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Applebyalways processes work efficiently and effectively’ and is very highly regarded for insolvency litigation. In the liquidation of Vintage Holdings, the ‘commercially sensible and user-friendlyMark Holligon acted for the liquidators and practice head Christopher Cope acted for the petitioning creditor. Highlights for Charles Davies included representing the defendant in a major personal injury case; acting for the claimants in securing worldwide freezing orders to enforce a US judgment; and representing the Lieutenant Governor in disciplinary proceedings involving the former Attorney General.

Cains fields a ‘reliable and sensible’ team that includes ‘sharp’ practice head Peter Clucas and the ‘user-friendly and cleverLindsey Bermingham. The pair are representing two investors in joint investment vehicle Lime Petroleum in a dispute with that company’s directors. Clucas also defended Eros International against a claim made by RR Connelly Company, which was settled through mediation. ‘Very good negotiatorRobert Colquitt defended Capital International in High Court proceedings concerning alleged negligent management of a trust’s investments. Seth Caine is also recommended.


Gough Law

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At ‘very strong’ litigation boutique Gough Law, Alan Gough shows ‘deep knowledge and a robust, no-nonsense approach’ and Charles Coleman is a ‘respected, intelligent litigator and a good communicator’. Gough is advising Ernst & Young as the liquidator of real estate fund Heather Capital, and is defending the same client against claims of professional negligence. Together with ‘hardworking and diligent’ associate Chiva Arthurs, Coleman was instructed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in relation to the enforcement of judgments against two American entrepreneurs. Metro Baltic Horizons is also a client.

DQ provides a ‘high calibre of service and sound advice’. ‘Very experienced’ practice head Giles Hill is acting for the liquidators of the Louis Group, and he and ‘excellent courtroom advocate’ and associate Tara Cubbon successfully struck out a claim against Lloyds Bank. The ‘outstandingTom Maher is ‘just the type of lawyer you want running your case’. He is acting for Dandara Properties in a high-value contract claim against a firm of advocates. Leanne McKeown’s work included representing a melanoma patient in a negligence and breach of duty claim against the Department of Health and Social Care. Simon Heggs left the firm in August 2015 to join Collas Crill’s Guernsey office and Walter Wannenburgh left in July 2015 to become Solicitor General.

Simcocksprovides timely and professional service and treats clients with sensitivity’. Practice head Christopher Arrowsmith is ‘technically skilled and able to explain things in simple terms’. The firm’s work included a number of disputes relating to the insurance sector, as well as family disputes. Together with associates Jacqui Owens and Peter Taylor, Arrowsmith continued to act for a defendant in the case of Metro Baltic Horizons v James and Others. Consultant Elizabeth Simpson is also recommended.

At Bridson Halsall, Andrew Bridson’s experience encompasses freezing injunctions, recovery of documents and claims for breach of fiduciary duties and professional negligence. Richard Halsall represents clients in white-collar and other criminal proceedings.

Callin Wild’s work includes matters relating to debt recovery, commercial litigation, boundary disputes and insolvency. The firm also takes part in mediation and inquests. Jonathan Wild is highly recommended.

At Long & Humphrey, Rob Long focuses his practice on commercial litigation matters, including those involving insolvency and asset recovery. Mark Humphrey has an excellent reputation for handling property disputes, and also handles trusts and succession matters.

MannBenham Advocates Limited acts for corporations and high-net-worth individuals in Chancery and common law litigation, and also acts for and against liquidators, and handles professional misconduct cases and trust disputes. Miles Benham is recommended. Timothy Mann re-joined the firm in August 2016.

The ‘responsive and sensible team’ at M&P Legal is led by John Aycock, whose specialisms include employment law and defending against clinical and professional negligence claims. ‘Very competent and communicative’ counsel Christopher Brooks handles a broad range of matters, and acted for HMRC in obtaining a freezing order in support of UK proceedings. Recent highlights for counsel Damian Molyneux include representing a claimant in a contract dispute with an oil exploration company.

The ‘excellentAdvocates Smith Taubitz Unsworth Ltdhas the ear of the court’. Hazel Smith’s areas of expertise include family law, personal injury, medical negligence and employment law. Darren Taubitz handles criminal and family matters and is representing a leading local insurer in road traffic accident cases. The ‘outstanding’ Vicki Unsworth handles commercial litigation and insolvency matters as well as personal injury and medical negligence cases.

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