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Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

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  1. Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby
  2. Leading individuals

Browne Jacobson LLP’s disputes team is ‘absolutely first rate’. The team, which is headed by insolvency expert Dominic Offord and includes international trade disputes specialist Jonathan Tardif, is recognised for its ability to handle complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in the manufacturing, retail, finance, IT and utilities industries.

At Eversheds LLP, department head Steve Dunseath attracts praise for his specialist expertise in industrial engineering, aerospace and chemicals, and sports. The practice has seen a steady flow of instructions relating to inquiries and investigations and routinely acts for client such as Mitchells & Butlers, Birmingham City Council, National Grid, and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. Sarah Jones and Richard Lloyd are also recommended.

Flint Bishop LLP is lauded for its ‘very high level of service and excellent attention to detail’. Key figures include Nick Wells and Qamer Ghafoor, who is particularly experienced in property litigation and professional negligence disputes.

Highlights for Geldards LLP’s disputes team included representing Litho Supplies before the High Court in relation to a damages claim arising from a breach of contract. Energy specialist Nino Simone heads the team, which includes defamation expert Paul Hackney, engineering claims specialist Paul Southby, and Jonathan Butler, who focuses on the automotive, manufacturing, retail and engineering sectors.

The ‘strategic and analytical’ team at Freeths handles a wide spectrum of commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, financial services litigation, insurance and professional negligence claims, and property disputes. Key figures include Guy Berwick, who is recommended for his construction expertise, and Graham Greenfield, who heads the dispute management team in the Nottingham office.

In addition to its litigation expertise, Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘hardworking and committed’ team also acts in alternative dispute resolution mandates, and has a dedicated mediation practice led by Chris Adams. The team, which includes IP and insolvency specialist Stewart Vandermark and Jon Roberts, is headed by property litigation expert Simon Waterfield.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for an extensive client list that includes the Coventry Building Society, Grantham Engineering and Camborne Capital Developments. Steven Skiba and his ‘excellent and responsive’ practice handle shareholder disputes and contractual disputes. Professional negligence expert Kendal Litherland is also recommended.

Smith Partnership’s ‘very efficient’ team is headed by trained mediator Russell Davies, who is especially noted for his expertise in contractual disputes and insolvency litigation. Also recommended are Bally Atwal and Claire Twells.

A recent highlight saw Actons’ ‘very professional and knowledgeable’ team act on a possession claim related to a rented property. Victoria Dunstall heads the team, which includes insolvency specialist Chris Murratt.

Rothera Dowson merged with Sharp Young & Pearce LLP in June 2016, forming Rothera Sharp Solicitors. Richard Hammond heads the team , which has a strong track record in contractual disputes and transport litigation for clients including the Road Haulage Association.


Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands

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  1. Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
  2. Leading individuals

A ‘leader in East Midlands dispute resolution’, Gateley Plc’s team includes Chris Greenwell, who routinely advises clients on professional negligence in connection with insolvency and has developed a niche in assisting with contentious probate and inheritance claims. Associate Claire Herbert is also recommended.

Highlights for Hewitsons’ dispute resolution practice included acting in a number of judicial review proceedings in relation to a planning permission for an out of town supermarket. The practice, which is headed by Dominic Hopkins and includes John Shephard and Stephen Cole, routinely acts in mandates related to commercial contracts, professional negligence, insolvency and corporate recovery.

Geraint Davies heads Howes Percival LLP’s ‘impressive and pragmatic’ practice, which is noted for its work for both national and international clients in connection with breach of warranty claims, minority shareholder actions, and commercial agency and distributorship disputes. Clients include HM Revenue & Customs, Getronics Services UK, and Intertek Group.

Following Sundeep Ladwa’s move to the London office in July 2015, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s ‘highly proficient and practical’ Nottingham practice is now headed by Emma Anderson and Andrew Wilkinson. The practice handles commercial contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, debt recovery, and contentious trust and probate issues.

Spearing Waite LLP acts for clients including Leicester City Football Club, the Panther Group and Travis Perkins, and acts on a wide range of matters including contractual, partnership, shareholder and professional negligence disputes. Jonathan Wheeler and Phillippa O’Neill are recommended.

At Freeths, managing partner Mukesh Patel leads the commercial litigation practice, which continues to act for national and international clients in a wide range of mandates, including construction, insurance, and financial services disputes, as well as property litigation and insolvency litigation.

Recent highlights for Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s team include acting for Bombardier Transportation in a commercial contract dispute and advising a client on a complex construction dispute. The key name to note is Simon Trees.

Chattertons’ commercial litigation team routinely acts in damages and negligence disputes. It recently successfully represented a client in complex IT litigation. David Rogerson heads the department.

At Else Solicitors LLP, Andy Rudkin heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in regard to alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property disputes and defamation.

Langleys Solicitors LLP recently represented a Lincolnshire-based individual in an inheritance dispute involving a £2m estate. Department head Graeme Stenson led on that matter.


Debt recovery

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  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals

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    • Nicky Calthrop-Owen - Actons

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘robust, practical, and fantastic’ team leverages the firm’s compliance and regulatory practice, which is headed by Waine Mannix. The firm acts for lenders and debtors nationally. Jim Taylor is recommended.

Chris Grocock heads Wilkin Chapman LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and excellent’ recoveries department, which routinely handles property-related debt and sundry debt matters and focuses on bankruptcy, charging order and order for sale mandates.

Recent highlights for Flint Bishop LLP’s practice include acting for Office Depot in a debt recovery mandate spanning the UK and in Ireland. Qamer Ghafoor and Nick Wells are the names to note.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s debt recovery team has particular strength in the residential sector and on international debt recovery mandates. Simon Key is the main contact.

The ‘excellentSmith Partnership has a strong reputation handling debt recovery mandates in the brewery and education sectors. Jak Ward is recommended.

In a recent highlight, Actons represented Begbies Traynor LLP in a mandate that involved obtaining a charging order and an order for sale. Nicky Calthrop-Owen heads the ‘extremely professional’ department.

At Brady Solicitors, Clare Brady is noted for her strength in the property management sector. Clients include BLR Property Management. Harpreet Lehal and Annette Frost joined the firm, and Laura Severn left to establish LMP Law.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP continues to handle debt recovery matters for blue-chip companies from a broad range of sectors and industries. Jayne Gardner and Alan Hamblett are the names to note.


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