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Ashtons Legal has ‘a competent, efficient and no-nonsense practice’. Rob Adam advised All Stars Youth Club on the enforcement of an order requiring the landlord to carry out works. Michael Frape acted in a High Court matter regarding a contested commercial lease. ‘Thoughtful and practical’ associate Nigel Maguire is recommended for delivering ‘sound and reasoned advice’.

Birketts LLP’s ‘superb’ practice ‘punches well above its weight’. Clients recommend the ‘tactically astuteRichard Eaton, the ‘resourceful, creativeJohn Scannell, and James Robinson, who is ‘unquestionably one of the best’ and who advised adjacent property owners on the redevelopment of Tottenham Hotspur FC’s stadium. At associate level, ‘bright, thorough’ senior associate Simon Woodhead and associate Charlotte Wormstone are ‘a pleasure to work with’.

Eversheds LLP provides ‘first-class service and has good expertise at partner and associate level’. The ‘attentive, approachableRichard New advised Cemex on issues arising from a £200m development in Fulham. Senior associate Samuel Maw and ‘exceptionally hardworking’ associate Natalie Minott are also recommended.

Hewitsons has a team ‘brimming with specialists’ including Robert McLellan (who is ‘impressive with clients’), senior solicitor Kate Church and Lucinda Brown. The team advised on a contentious property swap agreement for multimillion-pound properties in Cambridge.

Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘top of the tree, and holds its own against City firms’. The ‘brilliantRichard Hanson is ‘the man you want in your corner’. Recommended associates include the ‘incredibly knowledgeableJulian Steed and ‘calm, unflappable’ James Hordern. Clients include Urban&Civic and Brookgate Developments.

Buckles Solicitors LLP provides ‘excellent value and all-round service’. Experienced solicitor advocate and accredited mediator Paul Branch counts Logex Services and Shield Engineering among his clients.

Fosters’ ‘very impressive’ practice includes Adrian Newborough, who advised on the forfeiture of commercial properties in North London, and Chris Fielding, whose highlights include a contentious business lease renewal, and advising an international company on alleged breaches of a lease.

Greene & Greene is ‘a well-established firm with high service levels and a strong reputation’. The ‘very helpful and knowledgeableMichael Batty advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind. Andrea Nichollscombines commitment, commercial awareness and common sense’.

At Greenwoods Solicitors LLP, associate Caroline Gumbrell is noted for her ‘excellent service; she is proactive and has an excellent grasp of matters’. Gumbrell and senior solicitor Michelle Cox are contesting a notice to quit for Mixmag Media.

At Howes Percival LLP, the ‘quietly confident, calmJamie Kiddhas a considered approach and communicates well with clients’. Simon Murphy, who joined from Taylor Vinters, is representing a landlord in a £500,000 diminution of value claim.

Hunt & Coombs LLP’s ‘efficient and effective’ team is led by legal executive Lesley Milne, an ‘approachable, effective litigator’ who ‘exudes a natural confidence founded on a wealth of experience’. She advised owners of a £600,000 property on claims of misrepresentation by the sellers.

The ‘utterly professional’ Anthony Wooding and Ross Burkitt at Kerseys Solicitorsprovide speedy, efficient and very informative responses’. They advised the developers on a claim of unauthorised cabling by an energy company.

For many, Leathes Prior is ‘one of the best local firms’. Highlights for Darren Bowen and associate Sabina Haag (who is ‘readily available and always helpful’) include successfully handling an easement dispute for the Earl of Leicester.

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