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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.

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