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Commercial litigation: Cambridge

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  1. Commercial litigation: Cambridge
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Very good on all countsBirketts LLP’s ‘strong team of partners and associates’ includes team head Laurence Weeks, who is noted for his ‘professionalism and good communication’. He defended Powerscourt Services against a multimillion-pound fraud claim.

For some, Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable and professional’ team is ‘the strongest in the area’. Standout figures include Jamie Wheatley, who represented administrators in a £25m preference claim against SAG Group; associate Douglas McDonald; Helen Prandy (who stands out for her ‘sound judgement’ in procurement disputes); Gary Attle; and Graeme Menzies.

At Taylor Vinters, Luke Hibbert, Edward Perrott and associates Jonathan Davies and Victoria Mason attract praise for their ‘experience and unflappable natures’. Hibbert defended directors of a packaging business against a $15m fraud claim.

Clients of Ashtons Legal consider it ‘a top regional firm for dispute resolution’. Accredited mediator Michael Frape has ‘a good eye for detail’. Clients include Cambridge Building Society.

At Eversheds LLP, head of financial services compliance David Saunders handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations for financial services firms. He advised an education sector client on a £4m fraud matter.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP is ‘always quick to respond with excellent, unbiased advice’. Huw Wallis is ‘very commercial and gets straight to the heart of the matter’. He is defending a financial markets trader against an £8m VAT fraud claim resulting from carbon credits trading.

At Hewitsons, Simon Biggin leads ‘an experienced team that delivers good service and value for money’. He advised the claimant in a £3m procurement dispute. The Velux Company and Kawasaki Motors Europe are among Biggin’s clients.

Tees Law is ‘a hugely impressive and highly proficient litigation operation’. ‘Highly accomplished and shrewd’ senior associate Sara Stabler advised on a complex five-party contract dispute.

Commercial litigation: Ipswich

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  1. Commercial litigation: Ipswich
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Birketts LLP’s Matthew Atkins is singled out as one of the leading litigators in Ipswich. His team continues to handle an impressive roster of national and international cases.

Gotelee Solicitors is advising a number of overseas investors on group action claims relating to mis-sold investments. Victoria Spellman and Howard Catherall are notable figures in heavyweight litigation.

At Ashtons Legal, Rob Adam advised Servest Security Services on a £400,000 claim for unpaid fees and acted in a £600,000 breach of contract claim. Polly Stephenson is also recommended.

In a highlight matter for Blocks, Graham Mead settled a claim brought by a company seeking £250,000 for breach of a joint venture agreement.

At Kerseys Solicitors, the ‘considered, efficient’ Anthony Wooding (who is noted for ‘thinking outside the box’) advised an international IPTV company on breach of confidentiality matters. Associate Ross Burkitt is also recommended.

Prettyscompares well to larger regional firms but is more down-to-earth’. Head of dispute resolution Peter Blakemeasures up to London lawyers’ and Roland Sharp is ‘one of the best commercial litigators around; he combines sound technical knowledge with good client-management skills’.

Commercial litigation: Norwich

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  1. Commercial litigation: Norwich
  2. Leading individuals

Birketts LLPcan easily compete with London firms of much greater size’. Paul Matthews (who ‘cuts to the quick and understands the broader issues’) and senior associate Robert Tiffen represented Port Technology Holdings in a $11m dispute involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and misuse of confidential information. Max Roessler is also recommended.

Veteran litigator Andrew Barnes leads the six-lawyer team at Howes Percival LLP, which includes the highly recommended Alison Kirby and associate Gordon Simpson. Kirby is pursuing a complex fraud claim against multiple overseas defendants. Simpson brought a claim for a client receiving threats over a £15m loan.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘responsive and effective’ practice includes the ‘commercial, responsive, robust and good valueRachel Higgs, who is acknowledged as one of the region’s leading litigators. She is defending Recruit Ventures in multiple matters including a £500,000 claim arising from a failed joint venture.

Leathes Prior is ‘solid and dependable, consistently achieving good results’. Mike Barlow (who ‘fights hard for his clients’) and solicitor Polly Langford defended a £700,000 petition for unfair prejudice. Associate David Richards ‘understands and argues positions well’ and Martin Plowman, who leads the firm’s mediation team, are also highly recommended.

Nothing is too much trouble’ for the ‘extremely knowledgeable, helpful and efficient’ Peter Hastings and his team at Rogers and Norton, which includes regulatory specialist Phil Kerridge. Hastings is pursuing a £1.5m High Court claim for an energy company.

Experienced and highly capable’ barrister Tom Bailey and associate Jean Parkinson are the key figures at Steeles Law. Bailey is acting in a €2.5m cross-border breach of contract claim, and in a £1m commercial agency claim.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors continues to be ‘one of the most sought-after firms locally for its expertise’. Mark Kermez and solicitor Sarah Cattermole ‘provide excellent client care and are both fighters’. Highlights included a £500,000 joint venture dispute.

At Fosters, 30-year veteran litigator Adrian Newborough has a strong local following. Chris Fielding is also recommended. Highlights included a £100,000 contract dispute for a national company.

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia

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  1. Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia
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Ashtons Legal’s Mark Merriam is highly recommended for commercial disputes. He acted in a £525,000 claim for breach of oral contract. Solicitor Annabel Mayer is also recommended.

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the region’s leading lights in litigator James Maxey. With associate Nick Porter he defended a £5m High Court breach of covenant claim. His international work includes enforcement orders for an overseas bank, for which Spanish-qualified Alejandro Verdu de Haro is also recommended.

Greene & Greene combines ‘accurate, balanced advice and good value’. The ‘calm, assured and very client-friendlyMichael Batty defended a £250,000 claim for breach of a supply agreement. Andrea Nicholls and newly hired consultant Henry Nydam, formerly a self-employed legal adviser, are also recommended.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s ‘professional and approachable’ team provides ‘excellent advice in a timely manner’. ‘Thoughtful, confidence-inspiring’ associate Adele Whaley represented Olympus Automation in a £1m fraud matter. Solicitor Jamie McConnell is also recommended.

Clients of Hegarty LLP recommend 30-year veteran Matthew Sidebottom, 20-year veteran Kally Singh and experienced associate Andrew Hornsby. Hornsby acted in a £280,000 beach of contract claim.

Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘extremely on the ball and very robust’. The team is led by veteran litigator and legal executive Lesley Milne, who ‘goes the extra mile and is prepared to fight hard’. Barrister Davide Corbino is also recommended.

At Nicholsons Solicitors LLP, Gareth Lamb advised a manufacturing company on a breach of confidentiality matter. Mark Nicholson is also recommended.

Debt recovery

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  1. Debt recovery
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Matthew Atkins’ team at Birketts LLP is ‘in a league of its own in the region’. 40-year veteran Robert Howardstays one jump ahead of debtors’ and acts for a loyal client base that includes Greene King plc, publishing group Archant and Ford & Slater Leyland Daf.

Fosters is ‘highly rated and delivers good value’. Litigation partner Adrian Newborough and associate Mark Harris recovered £70,000 through insolvency proceedings against a limited company, and secured judgment on a debt owed to a client based in the US.

At Leathes Prior, newly promoted partner David Richards oversees debt recovery as part of his wider litigation practice, supported by chartered legal executive Darren Bowen and associate Polly Langford. Clients include Intelligas and Norfolk Farm Produce Ltd.

Tom Bailey’s team at Steeles Law handles debt recovery for SMEs, large commercial clients, local authorities and overseas clients. Chartered legal executive Denise Traube recovered £60,000 from a major motorsports company and also handles bulk debt recovery for Lewisham Homes.

At Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, Mark Kermez advised an expat client in Spain on recovery of a six-figure commercial debt despite the defendant’s attempt to conceal assets. He also handled the enforcement of a Spanish judgment against a defendant who fled to England.

At Howes Percival LLP, litigator Alison Kirby and insolvency partner Morris Peacock handle contested debt recovery, while paralegal Leon Head leads on uncontested matters. Clients include Larking Gowen and Busseys. Gillian Scott retired.

Harriet Wells at Mills & Reeve LLP handles complex matters while chartered legal executive Lynne Lawn handles the majority of debt instructions. Lawn recovered £18,000 for a local SME.

Veteran litigator Peter Hastings oversees a team at Rogers and Norton that provides ‘reliable advice and service’. The ‘hardworking’ Maria Taylor handles bulk instructions from a national finance company.

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