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Clients of Birketts LLP are quick to praise the ‘very quick, very reliable service, which demonstrates a high level of knowledge’, as well as the team’s ability to ‘give practical advice and quickly build an appropriate team for each case’. Its broad spectrum of work includes tortious and contractual claims, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, product liability and partnership disputes. Matthew Atkins has been one of the region’s foremost litigators for more than 25 years and associate Emma Albins is a rising star. Highlights included representing an overseas food supplier in a dispute with a customer in the UK; obtaining a favourable settlement by mediation in a claim against a supplier of hired machinery; resolving a complex research and development agreement dispute; and acting on behalf of a UK-based multinational enterprise in arbitrations related to claims arising from share and business sales. The firm’s clients include Greene King, Archant Community Media and Forfarmers UK.

Ashtons Legal is continuing to strengthen its reputation as one of the region’s go-to firms for contract and partnership disputes, and alternative dispute resolution. ‘Strong litigator’ Rob Adam and Polly Stephenson (who ‘has a tenacious and detailed grasp on matters and shows a real commitment to the interests of her clients’) are highly recommended. Among Adam’s many highlights is his representation of Team G Limited and Foam Home, which hold master franchise and franchise agreements, in a dispute arising from the franchisor’s assertion that it had a claim exceeding £100,000 against the firm’s clients; Adam successfully argued that the matters raised by the franchisor did not amount to a repudiatory breach of contract. He is also handling a claim exceeding £1m in value relating to a defendant’s commission agreement. Adam and associate Annabel Mayer, who handles many regulatory compliance issues, are handling a £250,000 claim concerning lease agreements for containers.

Victoria Spellman leads the team at Gotelee Solicitors and handles a diverse workload including disputes arising from commercial contracts, online trading, data protection, partnerships and judicial review. Experienced advocate Howard Catherall majors in road transport matters but has a wider commercial litigation brief that includes high-value and international disputes involving clients in the transport and property sectors. The firm is currently acting for overseas investors, including some based in Australia and South Africa, in a group action claim for mis-selling against parties in England and France. The team is also acting for an overseas businessman in an online defamation claim relating to his investment in an English football club and is representing a local parish council in its judicial review of the interpretation of district council policy. In another cross-border highlight, the firm is acting for investors who were mis-sold investments in Turkey, The Philippines and the Caribbean.

Blocks attracts praise for its ‘dedicated personal service’. Partner and head of team Graham Mead ‘deals with projects both large and small professionally, often preventing litigation from arising’. Mead is an experienced litigator with 20 years’ experience in breach of contract, insolvency, professional negligence and real estate disputes. One of his recent highlights was the defence of a £2m claim for a company based in Ireland. The claim, which was brought by a commercial agent, was settled on favourable terms.

Kerseys Solicitors provides ‘very fast, efficient and no-fuss advice’. Experienced litigator Anthony Wooding has more than 20 years’ experience and clients are quick to praise associate Ross Burkitt, noting that he is ‘easy to work with and his expertise is tempered with a very pleasant manner; he quickly understands the issues’. Recent highlights included representing a client in a dispute over uncollected goods left in storage; assisting with a claim against an auctioneer for alleged misrepresentation; successfully acting for Cost Management Consultants in claims for the payment of substantial fees for services provided to corporate clients; and acting for a property development company in a dispute with the main contractor concerning a large residential development project.

At Prettys, head of dispute resolution Peter Blake, who works from both the Ipswich and Chelmsford offices, oversees ‘an experienced team with a commercial edge’. ‘Excellent litigator’ Roland Sharp, who has more than 30 years’ experience, ‘combines toughness with good project management skills and a strong tactical approach always grounded in realism’. Associate Ian Seeley is known for regulatory and procurement litigation, as well as contract disputes in the construction sector. The firm’s client base is a mix of listed companies, UK and international private businesses, SMEs and limited liability partnerships. Sharp acted for the chief executive of a financial services company who advised on business strategy for a new care home but was cut out of the final project at the request of another shareholder. The resulting restitutionary claim achieved a favourable result for the client.


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