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Banking litigation

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  1. Banking litigation
  2. Leading individuals

At DLA Piper UK LLP, team head Stewart Plant has an ‘excellent reputation’, and Ben Johnson delivers ‘clear advice, and is practical and very responsive’. Clients include RBS, Close Brothers Group, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK), HSBC Bank and The Co-operative Bank. Legal director Nicola Higgins is ‘a real star in the making whose expertise inspires confidence’.

Shoosmiths LLP’s banking disputes practice is commended for its ‘excellent response times’. The team advises clients such as Bibby Financial Services, RBS Invoice Finance, Aldermore Invoice Finance, Santander UK and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions on a range of receivables finance, asset finance and other banking disputes. The ‘calm and commercialHarold Brako heads the team and is ‘very solutions driven, obtains excellent results and is an expert in the field of asset based lending’. Senior associate Helen Collinge is also noted.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP delivers a ‘highly reliable and efficient service’ to a UK-wide client base that includes Barclays Bank, HSBC, Shawbrook Bank, Yorkshire Building Society and West Bromwich Building Society. Key individuals include the ‘highly ratedMaxine Davies, ‘absolutely tenacious negotiator’ Ben Lowans, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds, and John Gosling, who is experienced in professional negligence disputes in the banking sector. Managing associate Matthew O’Neill is also noted.

Key clients of the ‘first-rate’ team at DWF include Lloyds Banking Group, Santander Consumer (UK), PSA Finance UK, MotoNovo Finance and Brown Shipley & Co. Department head John Perez is recommended alongside Ritchie Irvine, Graham Sidlow and David Wood.

Eversheds LLP’s clients include Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Nationwide Building Society, Clydesdale Bank and The Co-operative Bank. The ‘outstandingJames Southworth heads the team, which includes the ‘technically ableZia Ullah, who specialises in fraud and financial crime compliance, and principal associate Sarah Naylor.

Squire Patton Boggs fields a team of ‘solid legal practitioners’ that delivers ‘clear and pragmatic advice’ to clients such as Manchester Building Society. Team head Anthony Taylor is a ‘good team leader, and is unafraid to get aggressive when necessary’.


Commercial litigation: Manchester

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  1. Commercial litigation: Manchester
  2. Leading individuals

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘top-rated’ team is headed by the ‘truly brilliantMark Molyneux and acts for a wide range of clients including Manchester Airport Group, Capita, PZ Cussons, Speedy Hire, Tata Chemicals and The Co-operative Group. Susan Garrett is a ‘very experienced commercial litigator and brings excellent judgement to bear on any case’. Maxine Davies, Jonathan Tattersall, John Gosling, legal director Clare Dwyer, and managing associate Paul Rowley, who is ‘very hardworking and quick to grasp the key thrust of a case’, are also recommended.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘response times are always quick, and the quality and depth of advice is always excellent’. Department head David Gray advised Tata Steel on a dispute with a water supplier, and Andrew Smith led Maven Capital Partners UK and others on a range of claims brought against two individuals and an international law firm. Jonathan Eatough is ‘personable’ and ‘goes the extra mile’.

Eversheds LLP acted for three companies within the Wockhardt group on an £80m litigation brought by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Other clients include Manchester United Football Club, Manchester Airport Group, INEOS, IATA and Wincanton. Team head Michael Clavell-Bate has a ‘strong reputation’, and Matt Taylor demonstrates ‘a keen ability to quickly get to the root of matters whilst not getting stuck in the details’.

Led by the ‘formidableGeraldine Ryan, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP was recently bolstered by the arrival of Peter Southeran from Millbank Edge LLP. Legal director Christopher Tyrrell and professional support lawyer Moya Clifford are noted for their ability to ‘quickly comprehend and master detailed evidence’. Clients include Peel Holdings, Swinton Insurance, Kuehne + Nagel and The Oddfellows Society. Iain Campbell and senior associate Alex Smith are also recommended.

At Brabners LLP, department head Jeff Lewisprovides a personable and highly professional service; he has a strong grasp of the commercial aspects of a case’ and is noted for his ‘determination, especially when speed is of paramount importance’. Alpha Technology is a key client. Paul Morton has acted in a number of claims against financial advisers.

The ‘excellent’ team at DWF acts for clients such as WM Morrison, The Insolvency Service, Leeds City Council, Lagardère Group, United Utilities Water, Booker Group and Serco Group. The ‘brilliantJoel Heap heads the national team, which includes the ‘exceptionalSteve Morris, Jon Hainey, Andrew Harris, Claire Graham and Lee Norman. Duncan Hope joined Irwin Mitchell in October 2015, and James Lappin joined Fieldfisher in February 2016.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, department head Julian Diaz-Rainey is considered to be ‘one of the biggest names in litigation outside London’. Key clients include Manchester City Football Club, Triple S Sport and Entertainment Group, Clydesdale Bank, Balfour Beatty and Northumbria University. Senior associates Andrew Mitchell and Jo Seed, and associate Michael Hannon are also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by the ‘experiencedJan Levinson and acts for clients including Manchester United Football Club, Sir Bradley Wiggins, DHL, Pirelli and BAE Systems. Key figures include Sydney Fulda and Harald Loeffler, who was promoted to partner in May 2015.

The ‘commercial’ team at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has a ‘strong collection of litigators’ and ‘punches above its weight’. Team head Andrew Weinberg is ‘fully committed to achieving the objectives of the client’. Also recommended are Damian Bailey, who ‘leaves no stone unturned’, Daniel Fitzgerald, and associate David Jones, who is ‘a superb commercial litigator’. Clients include BeautyBay.com, Harnbury Holdings and Begbies Traynor.

The ‘very efficient’ and ‘personable’ team at Pannone Corporate LLP is singled out for its ‘high-quality service and technical approach’. Bondcare, Boohoo.com, DB Schenker and Sibelco are clients. Clients highlight team head Paul Jonson for his ‘technical excellence, experience and commercial judgement’. The ‘focused’ David Brown and Nicola Marchant are also recommended.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘approachable and friendly’ department is led by Victoria Leigh who is ‘very highly regarded in the market’. Unichem UK, Stobart Group, Findel, Georgia-Pacific, INEOS Group and Yorkshire Building Society are clients. Among the ‘professional’ team Lucci Dammone is ‘first-rate’.

At TLT, the ‘outstanding’ John Lord is highly recommended; ‘very rarely do you find a lawyer who is so very clued up with the law and the technical side, and who is also very commercially aware’. Emma Flower (who is noted for her ‘real strategic insight and robust advice’) and Julien Luke are also recommended. Clients include The Co-operative Group, Boohoo.com, E.ON and Heineken.

At Weightmans LLP, department head Robert Jones is ‘a strong leader driving a strong team’; he ‘grasps issues quickly, and has a pragmatic and commercial approach’. Thomas Cook Airlines, BCRL, Premier Property Lawyers and Abbey Life Assurance Company are clients. Other key figures include Richard Corran, Carole Spiller, who is singled out for her professional negligence expertise, and associate Josh Conroy, who is ‘a highly attentive, no-nonsense, hard-nosed litigator’.

Gateley Plc is a ‘strong player in the North West’ and acts for clients such as British Medical Association, Alpha Panareti Public and CHUBB Insurance. Janine Allen and Sarah Sabin jointly lead the team.

JMW Solicitors LLP’s team is led by the ‘approachable and hardworkingMarc Yaffe and includes Mark Jones, who is ‘wise, considered and very assertive, without being unnecessarily aggressive’; and Andrew Farrell. Nick McAleenan was promoted to partner in May 2016.

At Kennedys consultant Anne Kershaw is ‘very thorough, very professional and leads a well-motivated and professional outfit’ that includes ‘extremely competent and efficient’ solicitor Simon Gerrard.

Mills & Reeve LLP is noted for its ‘willingness to take the time to understand the problem and find creative solutions’. Team head Richard Dawson-Gerrard is ‘very commercial and outcome focused’, and Simon Pedley is ‘great at giving straightforward advice’.

Ian Fitzpatrick leads the team at Turner Parkinson LLP, which is noted for its ‘practical and honest advice’ and for its ‘commercial approach’. The ‘excellent’ Lisa Shacklock is also recommended.

Robert Steele heads the team at BLM, which acts for insurers including Zurich, Ecclesiastical, Allianz and ACE, as well as retailers such as J Sainsbury. Elaine Chan joined Ward Hadaway in October 2015.

The ‘energetic’ and ‘efficient’ team at Berg includes team head Damian Carter, who is ‘a good tactician and goes the extra mile for his clients’.

Nichola Evans at Browne Jacobson LLPcombines excellent legal knowledge with a very savvy approach and tactical astuteness’. Clients include Ted Baker, Cornwall Council and Elite Insurance Company.

The ‘commercial’ team at Freeths is led by John May and includes Christine Oxenburgh and Emma Emery, who is ‘able to distil complex legal issues quickly and to explain them in comprehensible terms’.

Irwin Mitchell was bolstered by the arrival of Duncan Hope from DWF. He now heads the team after the departure of Jonathon Crook.

At Linder Myers, ‘vastly experienced’ team head Peter Kayeinstils confidence in clients’.

At Nexus Solicitors Limited, Chris Pugh is noted for his ‘great depth of knowledge’.

Kath Livingston at Shoosmiths LLP is singled out as ‘a professional and an extremely competent litigator’.


Commercial litigation: Liverpool

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  1. Commercial litigation: Liverpool
  2. Leading individuals

DLA Piper UK LLP’s team advised former Queens Park Rangers chairman Antonio Caliendo and Barnaby Holdings on a high-profile professional negligence claim. Other clients include Bache Soletanche, Capita, Conviviality Retail, CRC Evans and Empirical Property Group. The ‘excellentMark Goodwin, legal director Catherine Radcliffe and senior associate Christina Sharma are recommended.

Key clients of the ‘astute’ team at DWF include Burton’s Foods, Telefónica UK, Derwent Holdings, Crown Paints, Tangle Teezer and Iceland Foods. Team head Andrew Whalley is ‘a superb practitioner; very practical, with good tactical skills’. Graham Dagnall, director Chris King and associate Lyndsay Crowder-Barton are also recommended.

At Hill Dickinson LLP, team head Fiona Parry has a ‘brilliant reputation’. Key clients include HS Ocean Group, Stobart Group, Bourne Leisure, United Utilities Water, Electricity North West, National Express and AstraZeneca. In 2015 Paul Walsh joined from DLA Piper UK LLP and Phil Sheard was promoted to partner.

Paul Lunt leads the ‘hardworking’ team at Brabners LLP, which advised rugby league club Salford Red Devils on several disputes. Senior associate Philip Steele is also recommended.

Weightmans LLP’s ‘experienced team’ includes Craig Blakemore and Andrew Roberts, and acts for clients including Bibby Distribution, NWF Fuels and Royal Mail Group.


Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West

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  1. Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
  2. Leading individuals

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Nick Clarke’s team at Aaron & Partners LLP is praised for its ‘strategic nous’. David Harries ‘combines great insight and experience with the ability to fight tremendously hard for his clients’. John Devoy is ‘a first-rate litigator with very good client skills’. David Potts is noted for shareholder disputes. FWG Sales, Haartz Tanker Rental and Dwr Cymru are clients.

Clients of the ‘small but very highly regarded’ team at Brabners LLP include Inteb Sustainability. Stuart Irons leads the team, which is noted for its ‘strength in depth’.

Gorvins Solicitors stands out for its ‘proactive, pragmatic and sensitive approach’. Clients include Bibby Leasing, Thorne Credit Union, Crystal Finance and Oldham Credit Union. Department head Mark Deverell attracts praise for his ‘incisive legal mind and keen understanding of commercial practicalities’. Guy Lightowler, Michael Morris and senior associate Danielle Clements are also recommended. Kevin Connell recently joined Pannone Corporate LLP.

Jolliffe & Co LLP fields an ‘impressive’ team that delivers ‘great response times’. Team head Andrew Bartley ‘is a lawyer who can be very aggressive when he needs to be, knows his facts and very clearly sets out the options and possible outcomes’. The ‘first-rate’ Peter Anderson and Fiona Blakeborough are also recommended.

Clients of the ‘excellent’ department at Myerson Solicitors LLP include TATA Chemicals Europe and ICI Dulux. Adam Maher heads the team, which includes Tim Norman.

The ‘top-quality’ team at Napthens LLP is led by Iain Wharton and is praised for its ‘in-depth expertise’. Other key individuals of the ‘highly regarded’ department include Robert Richards, who is praised for his ‘fantastic attention to detail’.

Based across the firm’s Liverpool and Chester offices, DTM Legal LLP’s team is led by Jim Morris, who is ‘able to get to grips with any matter swiftly’ and advises on a range of commercial disputes. The ‘experienced and effective’ Richard Thomas and ‘brilliant’ Anna Duffy are also recommended.

The ‘effective, energetic, and knowledgeable’ team at FS Legalexcels’ in professional negligence matters, and also handles general commercial litigation. The ‘exceptionalKit Sorrell and ‘first-classJulia Norris are recommended.

Associate Tom Smith took on the leadership of Forbes Solicitors’ team following his arrival from Napthens LLP in July 2015. Clients include Blackburn Rovers FC, Burnley FC and Twin Valley Homes. Robin Stephens is also recommended.

Greenhalgh Kerr displays ‘in-depth legal knowledge, tactical astuteness and meticulous case preparation’. Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council is a key client. Richard Kerr is ‘very impressive’ and team head Warren Usden has a ‘very keen eye for detail’.

Led by the ‘responsive’ and ‘tacticalMichael Slater, the team at KBL Solicitors LLPprovides an excellent service’ and has a particular strength in professional negligence cases. The team is also experienced in financial mis-selling cases. Gregory Gardner-Boyes joined in April 2016 as a consultant from Garricks Solicitors LLP.

Slater Heelis LLP’s team is noted for its ability to ‘assess a situation very quickly’. Clients include Angela Mortimer, Euro Car Parts, Go Goodwins and Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery. The ‘very skilled’ Helen Brown and ‘highly regarded’ managing partner Chris Bishop are recommended.

Kieran O’Connor leads the ‘professional’ team at Farleys Solicitors LLP, which acts for a wide-ranging client base of sole traders, partnerships and SMEs.

Led by the ‘highly rated’ John Lambe, the team at Hillyer McKeown LLP also includes the ‘knowledgeable’ Paul Marsh and leverages resource from the firm’s Liverpool office.

Mason Hayes is an ‘excellent’ niche firm that houses Marcus Hayes, who is rated for his ‘combined qualities of a first-rate lawyer with a first-rate businessman’.

SAS Daniels LLP’s clients include Gladman Homes, Three Mobile and Qualtex (UK). Practice head Christopher MacCafferty and Richard Smith are recommended. Helen Thompson joined Myerson Solicitors LLP in February 2016.


Debt recovery

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  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals

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Led by the ‘brilliant’ Nick Harvey, the team at Bermans is noted for its ‘timely assistance’, ‘practical advice’ and ‘expansive’ debt recovery expertise. Jonathan Berkson has a strong asset based lender client base.

The team at Hill Dickinson LLP is ‘professional, approachable and knowledgeable’. It advises Bibby Factors on a range of matters, and also acts for clients such as NHS Business Services Authority and Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance. Newly promoted partner Phil Sheard heads the team, which includes legal director Sharon Williamson.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘great manner with clients’. Sean Adams heads the recoveries team, and Harold Brako leads the receivables finance and litigation practices. Miriam Scott joined the firm as a consultant in December 2015, while Darren Shaw joined TLT in 2015.

Clients of the ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘professional’ team at Weightmans LLP include Cabot Financial, HSBC, The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, The Cabinet Office and Murray Metals Group. Consultant Mark Burch is ‘vastly experienced, knowledgeable, commercially aware, proactive, and approachable’, and ‘is always client focused’. National team head Andrew Cox is also recommended.

At Brabners LLP, legal executive Tony Foley and Jacqui Lloyd are recommended in Liverpool, and Stuart Irons is the key contact in Preston.

Chandler Harris LLP is noted for its ‘very efficient, organised and professional service’. Simon Stopher and Philip Boulton are singled out at associate level.

The ‘excellent’ team at Gorvins Solicitors is led by Mark Deverell and includes the ‘remarkable’ Michael Morris. Associate Mark Fairclough is developing a reputation for property-related debt recovery matters.

Clients of the ‘approachable’ team at Greenhalgh Kerr cite its ‘outstanding’ service. Richard Kerr is ‘a true professional’.

Jolliffe & Co LLP is advising an increasing number of letting agents and block management companies. Andrew Bartley is the key contact.

The ‘experienced’ Marcus Hayes is recommended at niche outfit Mason Hayes.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on both commercial and consumer debt recovery and acts for a blue-chip client base. Karl Williams heads the practice.

Key figures at The Keith Jones Partnership include Keith Jones and Brenda Li, who is ‘very fluent and organised’ and ‘excellent with clients’.


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