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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.

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