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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in East Anglia
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

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Buckles Solicitors LLP increasingly handles UK dispute resolution work with overseas elements for both corporate and private clients. The practice provides services from Peterborough, where practice head James Maxey resides, and offices in the East Midlands, and it acts for a large client base of mostly SME or entrepreneurial individuals in commercial contract, shareholder and partnership disputes. The flow of international work is bolstered by the firm's close relationship with Milan- and Paris-based CastaldiPartners.

Practice head(s):James Maxey

Other key lawyers:Paul Branch; Gail Sykes; Nick Porter


'They offer advice that we can understand.'

'They offer clear advice on all the options but are prepared to guide you and advise on the best solution for you.'

Key Clients

Whirlpool UK Limited

Durr Limited

Banco de Sabadell

Empiric Student Property PLC

Yours Clothing


Work highlights

  • Acting for a European plant and equipment manufacturer in relation to goods manufactured and supplied to a UK energy generation business.
  • Acting for an international retailer in relation to a dispute over consumer data ownership and exploitation rights.
  • Acting for the vendor of a company in the transport sector on a warranty claim arising out of the corporate transaction.

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Greene & Greene has a strong standing across East Anglia and handles significant work from outside the region. Rob Adam, who now leads the practice, and Michael Batty are the key partners and together they have a broad-ranging practice that encompasses commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property litigation. Among their recent work are numerous high-value commercial disputes including the defence of a £1.5m breach of fiduciary duty claim.

Practice head(s):Rob Adam

Other key lawyers:Michael Batty; Ben Fox; Sarah Western


'I find the team very pleasant and easy to work with – knowledgeable and efficient.'

'Michael Batty provides excellent service and makes the process very smooth.'

Work highlights

  • Advising a potential witness in connection with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Representing a supplier of construction materials in a £250,000 dispute involving both a developer customer and a materials manufacturer.
  • Representing a client upon the defence of a £400,000 commercial agency claim.
  • Representing a client defending a highly complex £1.5m claim in the High Court alleging dishonest assistance, secret profits and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Successfully acting for a foreign shipping company in obtaining the release of a disputed US$600,000 stakeholder account in relation to the sale of a vessel which had later been arrested.

Greenwoods GRM has office in London, Cambridge and Peterborough, the latter being an integral part of the firm-wide litigation practice. The firm acts for large corporate clients in East Anglia in commercial and financial services disputes, and practice head Huw Wallis, who works in all three offices, regularly receives referrals from Magic Circle and Silver Circle law firms in London. Associates Adele Whaley and Jamie McConnell are rising stars who frequently handle high-value and complex litigation, often with cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:Adele Whaley; Jamie McConnell


"They show good team work and the ability to ensure we talk with individuals with the correct expertise."

"They take a pragmatic and realistic view, providing options and appropriate guidance."

"Very good technically but able to translate the technical detal into plain English. Very user-friendly, the team provides timely advice and is very accessible."

"Huw Wallis and Jamie McConnell are always available for a chat early on in a matter just to make sure that the right steps are taken before a matter escalates."

"We work with Greenwoods across a number of legal areas, and they always have the right person, whatever the issue."

"Everyone we have worked with over the years has been able to get up to speed quickly with our specific issues, and has then provided clear, concise and easily understood advice."

"When called upon to act they have also been prompt and thorough in their approach, always leading to the desired outcome."

"Jamie McConnell took the time to listen and understand the background to the dispute and then advise on possible courses of action."

Key Clients

Brewin Dolphin

Work highlights

  • Advising one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury boats on various international claims.
  • Acting for one of the largest growers and suppliers of high-quality fresh vegetables in Europe in relation to a landmark claim for damages arising from a breach of the Groceries Code.
  • Retained on an ongoing basis by a major UK financial planning and investment management company with over 100,000 UK clients as off-panel adviser on various financial services matters, principally relating to alleged negligence/FSMA claims.
  • Acting for a former F1 racing driver in a dispute with a co-director/shareholder in relation to alleged unfair prejudice and related claims for our client to reimburse up to £2.5m to the company.
  • Acting for one of the world’s leading fire door manufacturers in defending claims from a London Borough about the safety of its products arising from concerns from the Grenfell disaster.

Ashtons Legal in Bury St Edmunds has a very experienced consultant in Mark Merriam and a talented associate in Annabel Mayer who work closely with the firm's larger litigation teams in Cambridge and Norwich. Mayer, who handles property litigation and debt recovery alongside business disptues, handled a number of contract disputes in 2018 with values in excess of £1m. One client describes the practice as 'knowledgeable, pragmatic and very easy to deal with'.

Other key lawyers:Mark Merriam; Annabel Mayer


'They work well on furthering their client's interests whilst retaining a high degree of objectivity and understanding of what is achievable and what is not achievable.'

'Mark Merriam has the rare combination of good sense, good knowledge of the law and a real insight into the matters he deals with.'

Key Clients

The Cambridge Building Society

The Cambridge Satchel Company Limited

Hunt & Coombs LLP in Peterborough is 'a powerhouse in the region; this firm has clients that other firms dream of', according to one client. Versatile and highly experienced legal executive Lesley Milne is the key practitioner and clients note that she is 'at the top of her game and equally comfortable in local courts as she is in the High Court'. The firm handles shareholder and contractual disputes ranging from small to high-value matters for companies and private individuals.

Practice head(s):Lesley Milne; Andrew Cave

Other key lawyers:Nina Bhatti


"The litigation team is diligent, dedicated, and very detailed in its approach to handling cases and offering support to its clients."

"What makes the team stand out is its persistent efforts in going the extra mile and its honest approach while doing it. ."

"Lesley Milne stands out - she is entirely dedicated to the needs of her clients, and I always feel that I am able to make contact, even when the firm is at its busiest."

"The seamless organisation makes it so clients always feel that their cases and need for advice are always prioritised. I consider Lesley Milne to be highly knowledgeable and skilled in her position."


Key Clients

NTP Hoistaid Limited

Inderpreet Dehal

Jonathan Norris

East of England Showground Serviced Ltd

Peter’s Cleaners Limited

Mr Richard Finch

Mrs Waller

Olive Properties Consultants Ltd

Cyber Ware

Mr Katherine Elizabeth Worth

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in a claim against it for €15,000 and a counterclaim of £46,000 involving two related Dutch companies and their failure to honour contractual arrangements in the UK.
  • Representing the director of a firm in a claim for unfair prejudice against him as a minority shareholder.
  • Claim against opponent for damages in the region of £300,000 for breach of contract.
  • Representing the client in a claim for damages for misrepresentation and rescission of contract.
  • Representing client in a claim for breach of contract for the provision of internet services.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors demonstrates the strength of its litigation offering through its Sheringham and North Walsham offices. Practice head Mark Kermez works mainly from the Norwich office and has experience in handling business, consumer rights and restrictive covenants disputes for local corporate clients and private individuals.

Practice head(s):Mark Kermez

Hayes + Storr Solicitors and Notaries has a dedicated commercial litigation practice that acts for high-value companies in Norfolk and across the UK. Anissa Hallworth, who leads the practice from the Fakenham office, recently acted in an important high-value complex insurance case, and frequently handles critical litigation for business owners. The firm recently recruited 40-year veteran legal executive Gerald Bloye from Fraser Dawbarns and legal executive Abigail Reynolds from Taylor Rose TTKW to boost the firm's presence across East Anglia.

Practice head(s):Anissa Hallworth

Other key lawyers:Gerald Bloye; Abigail Reynolds

Work highlights

  • Acted for a company in dispute with one of their director and shareholders.
  • Acting in a dispute which involved an insurance dispute and claims against the insurance company which involved complex fraud matters.
  • Acted for a company in dispute over the terms of their contract regarding insurance work and advising on terms and conditions and redrafting of contracts.

The 'dynamic and reliable' Shears Law is a one-partner firm that provides advisory and advocacy services in the field of business dispute management. Richard Shears 'has a gift for translating complex legal points into understandable language', and his work encompasses claims arising from commercial contracts, debt recovery, corporate insolvency and cross-border matters. Acting for companies of all sizes, from SMEs to multinational organisations, Shears provides a bespoke litigation and risk management service.

Practice head(s):Richard Shears


"Shears has a calm manner and his knowledge is second to none."

"Richard Shears is exceptional. He is credible, creative and superbly commercial.'

"Shears Law is excellent, a very dynamic and reliable firm. The service is superb, and the guidance clients get is invaluable."

Key Clients

SThree plc

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in the defence of a £100,000 claim arising from an alleged breach of an IT consultancy agreement
  • Acted in a claim to enforce the post-termination restrictive covenants in a former employees’ employment contract together with a claim for inducement to breach against the new employer.

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