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Banking litigation

Index of tables

  1. Banking litigation
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Addleshaw Goddard acts for a prestigious roster of clients including major UK and international banks, private equity firms, independent funders and financial service institutions, advising on negligence and fraud claims. Other areas of expertise include the recovery of assets in overseas jurisdictions, as well as regulatory investigations. The 'incredibly personable' and 'highly regarded' Harold Brako heads the team, while Helen Collinge is also recommended. The firm also offers a wide range of innovative litigation funding options to financial services clients looking to keep a handle on costs.

Practice head(s):Harold Brako

Other key lawyers:Helen Collinge; Ben Lowans; Matthew O'Neill; Lauren Lee; Ashlee Simms

Testimonials

This team is friendly and approachable but at the same time extremely professional and knowledgeable’.

Solutions offered are always pragmatic and I sometimes feel as though the team knows our business better than I do’.

Harold Brako is our go-to person, he is incredibly personable and humble and is known and highly regarded to many in our business across all levels’.

The team is extremely knowledgeable and offers clear and concise advice in a timely manner’.

A highly experienced team that always give a first class service’.

Key Clients

HSBC Bank plc

Paragon Bank

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Seneca Trade Finance

Aldermore Bank

Avicenna Capital

Santander UK plc

Amicus Asset Finance Limited

Davenham Asset Finance Limited

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group

Ultimate Invoice Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Praetura Asset Finance

DLA Piper UK LLP represents top-tier financial institutions and multinational banks on the full range of banking litigation issues. In Manchester, areas of expertise include complex commercial recoveries, group litigation and class actions, through to asset finance disputes and fraud. The practice has also recently added contentious financial regulatory expertise and offers innovative pricing structures to meet client demands for commercial flexibility. Stewart Plant and John Gollaglee head the team, while legal director Nicola Higgins and senior associate Krystle Robinson are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Stewart Plant; John Gollaglee

Other key lawyers:Nicola Higgins; Krystle Robinson; Philip Williams; Benjamin Fellows

Testimonials

Responsive, collaborative, and cost effective

Happy to talk and very personable

They have in-depth knowledge of the banking and credit industry and this goes across the whole team

All the lawyers are extremely good - including the trainees

They turn cases round quickly and are great at ensuring that deadlines are met

Benjamin Fellowes is great, very knowledgeable, unflappable and very organized

Key Clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl. Nat West, Lombard, RBS Invoice Finance)

The Co-operative Bank

Elavon Financial Services

First Data Corporation

WorldPay (UK) Limited

Metro Bank

Payvision

Lloyds Banking Group (incl. HBOS and C&G)

Global Payments

Close Brothers Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Co-operative Bank in relation to a claim for professional negligence and/or breach of contract against a firm of surveyors.

DWF advises major banks and finance houses on PPI mis-selling, cyber and external frauds, regulatory compliance and multijurisdictional litigation. Other areas of expertise include possession claims, mortgage fraud, professional negligence, operational loss claims, recovery claims, and fraud prevention and detection. John Perez heads the team, while senior associate Daniel Fitzgerald is also recommended. The team was boosted in September 2018 by the arrival of finance litigator Ben Johnson from DLA Piper UK LLP.

Practice head(s):John Perez

Other key lawyers:Daniel Fitzgerald; Ritchie Irvine; Ben Johnson; David Wood

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group, including Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc and Lloyds Commercial Finance

Shawbrook Bank

RBS Group, including National Westminster Bank Plc

Nationwide Building Society

Aldermore Bank Plc

Santander Consumer (UK) plc trading as Santander Consumer Finance.

FirstRand Bank t/a MotoNovo Finance.

KBL European Private Bankers SA

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR), including Bradford & Bingley plc, Mortgage Express and NRAM plc (formerly called Northern Rock plc).

Arkle Finance

PSA Finance UK Ltd

Redstone Mortgages

Brown Shipley & Co

MyJar

Together Money (formerly Lancashire Mortgages/Blemain)

Bank of Cyprus UK

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim brought by a company on behalf of an individual using a champertous assignment, for damages in excess of £71m in relation to an allegation of conspiracy and collusion with the landlord and local council to deprive the company of the benefit of a high-end London property by way of a sale by receivers.
  • Acting for a payday lender in respect of a wave of alleged mis-selling claims relating to the affordability of payday loans.
  • Assisting a number of finance houses facing vehicle mis-selling claims in a new wage of claims, akin to the PPI mis-selling claims, involving vehicles supplied on finance terms to retail customers.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has long-established relationships with a raft of major banks including HSBC, for which it manages a multimillion-pound portfolio of live matters. The team also advises clients on regulatory risks and contentious regulatory matters, as well as pensions litigation and financial crime. In recent months the firm has been working on an increasing amount of cyber and data privacy matters in relation to fraud. James Southworth and Birmingham-based Chris Busby head the team, while Sarah Louise Naylor is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Southworth; Chris Busby

Other key lawyers:Sarah Naylor; Zia Ullah; David Cook; Lindsey Roberts; Tom Parry

Key Clients

The Co-operative Bank

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Handling a portfolio of commercial banking litigation for HSBC, consisting of over 100 live matters with an aggregate value of £20m.

Squire Patton Boggs handles complex, high-value litigation for clients including banks, mortgage servicers, building societies and investment funds. The practice's expertise covers international arbitration, regulatory issues, investigations and risk mitigation, while other areas of focus include sanctions, professional negligence and enforcement actions. Anthony Taylor, who was recently promoted to head of UK litigation and is recognised for his 'sharp intelligence', heads up the team. Senior associates Mike Caird and Peter Lees are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:Mike Caird; Peter Lees; Rebecca Green

Testimonials

Anthony Taylor has a sharp intelligence that allows him to cut into issues quickly’.

Anthony Taylor handles his clients well, often in difficult circumstances’.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a financial institution in a claim against its auditors.
  • Acted for a major lender in relation to professional negligence claims.
  • Acted for a major lender in the defence of residential valuation claims.
  • Acted for a major lender in the investigation of fraudulent residential transactions.
  • Acted for a lender in a complex professional negligence claim.

TLT advises on high-profile and high-value financial services disputes, while also demonstrating a strong track record on contentious regulatory investigations. Clients include major banks, alternative lenders and fintech companies, as well as peer to peer lenders, loan acquirers and building societies. James Chadwick heads the team, which aims to distinguish itself from larger peers by offering agile and innovative pricing and service offerings via collaboration with other firms and accountants.

Practice head(s):James Chadwick

Other key lawyers:Roisin McGlinn; Chantal Peters; Ben Spivey

Testimonials

'Experts in their field and highly commercial.'

'Exceptional in dealing with complex matters.'

'James Chadwick and his team have a deep understanding of their field and do not encourage us to pursue situations unless they have confidence in the outcome.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Bank

Bank of America, ML

Capita/Link

Computershare

The Cooperative Bank plc

FRP

Handelsbanken

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Templeton

UKAR

Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Co-operative Bank on the successful defence of two 'test case' claims from a claims management company with allegations of interest only mortgage misspelling and breach of mortgage conduct of business.
  • Acting for a major clearing bank on a highly confidential internal investigation following whistleblowing allegations concerning the conduct of a large scale remediation project.
  • Instructed on behalf of a commercial bridging lender in respect of a portfolio that had been subject to fraudulent activity leading to a loss of security.
  • Advised on claim by a panel law firm against a major client relating to the sale of the secured Redstone portfolio and purported breaches of the contract for litigation and conveyancing services.

Gateley Plc 's practice acts for banks, building societies and other finance providers on a range of litigation matters, including asset finance disputes and regulatory issues. Other areas of expertise include mis-selling and misrepresentation allegations, professional negligence, unfair relationship claims and authorised push payment fraud. Birmingham-based James Baird heads the team, while Manchester partner Andrew Field, who has advocacy and mediation experience, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Baird

Other key lawyers:Andrew Field

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Hill Dickinson LLP 's Manchester practice represents a growing roster of banks, financial services providers and asset-based lending clients, and in recent months the team has seen an increase in fraud-related instructions. Asset-based lending specialist Sharon Williamson, who was made up to the partnership in 2018, now heads up the practice, while John Quicler was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):Sharon Williamson

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC

Metro Bank PLC

Bank of Ireland (UK) Limited

KBC Bank Ireland Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland Invoice Finance

Bibby Factors Limited

Bibby Factors Manchester Limited

Bibby Factors North West Limited

Bibby Factors Leicester Limited

Bibby Invoice Discounting Limited

Bibby Factors Slough Limited

Bibby Factors Sussex Limited

Bibby Factors Scotland Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited to make demand upon an indemnifier.
  • Instructed by Bibby Factors Limited to make demand upon indemnifiers.

Kennedys has continued to build on its 2017 merger with Berg, drawing on the Manchester outfit's strong track record on banking and financial disputes. The firm's Manchester team now primarily advises SME companies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, with regulatory investigations a particular area of expertise. Senior associate  Andrew Davidson heads the team, working alongside partners Alison Loveday and Reuben Berg. Davidson, an experienced mediator, focuses on contact disputes, professional negligence claims, partnership and shareholder disputes and injunctions.

Practice head(s):Andrew Davidson

Other key lawyers:Christopher McDuff; John Colvin; Alison Loveday; Reuben Berg; Ian Mendelsohn

Key Clients

Mr & Mrs Hockin

Together Money

Nationwide

Julian Hodge Bank

Metro Bank

Begbies Traynor Group plc

Duff & Phelps

Arnold Laver Holdings Limited

Euro Hotels Group

Brabners LLP boosted its team in May 2018 with the hire of Phil Sheard and associate James Stephenson from Hill Dickinson. The team advises on all aspects of finance litigation, particularly invoice finance and asset-based lending disputes. Other areas of expertise include fraudulent misrepresentation, injunctive proceedings and recovery of assets.

Practice head(s):Phil Sheard

Other key lawyers:James Stephenson

Testimonials

Phil Sheard and his team are very accessible’.

Their knowledge of invoice finance is superb and they are able to give good advice on the different ways the agreements can be interpreted’.

I know they will give me the best advice even if it is not what I want to hear and are very honest about the chances of success and the potential costs involved’.

Key Clients

Bibby Factors Northwest

Bibby Factors Manchester

Bibby Factors Yorkshire

Bibby Factors Leicester

Bibby Factors Bristol

Bibby Factors Sussex

Bibby Factors Slough

Bibby Invoice Discounting

Bibby Financial Services

4Syte Limited

4Syte Funding Limited

4Syte Construction Limited (previously Cirrus 4Syte Construction Limited)

Work highlights

  • Instructed in relation to a threatened claim of fraudulent misrepresentation by former client of 4Syte Funding Limited
  • Advised Kingsway Asset Finance in recovering a pool of vans provided to its customer pursuant to nine hire purchase agreements which had fallen in arrears and which involved the recovery of those vehicles from the customer and its own customers to whom it had sub-hired some of the vans.
  • Acting for Bibby Factors Slough in relation to a number of claims for unpaid invoices where the debtors are refusing to pay due to a dispute over who is entitled to payment for goods supplied.
  • Advised Cellular Services Limited on injunctive proceedings to prevent the dissipation of and secure the return of a pool of vehicles secured by way of finance by our client.
  • Instructed to pursue debtors for invoices assigned to 4Syte Funding Limited by Pro Delta Limited and to also pursue the personal guarantor of Pro Delta for any shortfall.

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises on financial and regulatory disputes,  representing major corporates and owner-managed businesses on claims against banks and the national and international firms that represent them. Jonathan Hassall heads the team with support from senior solicitor Vicky Biggs.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hassall

Other key lawyers:Vicky Biggs

Key Clients

Bennett Holdings Shrewsbury Limited

CGL Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented CGL Group Limited in a misrepresentation claim relating to a Property Participation Fee Agreement.


Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West

Index of tables

  1. Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Andrew Holden - Napthens LLP
    • Katie Mickleburgh - Manleys Solicitors

Aaron & Partners LLP is adept at handling disputes relating to shareholders, partnerships, corporate transactions, contracts, restrictive covenants, property and professional negligence, and the firm has recently begun to secure roles on an increasing amount of international cases. Clients come from a variety of sectors including energy, transport and warehousing. Nick Clarke heads the team; David Mann and John Devoy are also recommended. Stephen Taylor joined as partner from Beswicks.

Practice head(s):Nick Clarke

Other key lawyers:David Mann; David Harries; John Devoy; David Potts; Simon Edwards; Bryony Cook; Stephen Taylor

Key Clients

South Gloucestershire Council

Knights of Old Limited

Dŵr Cymru Ltd (t/a Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water)

Sanderson Plc

Brabners LLP recently welcomed a new head of litigation in its Preston office, with Tom Smith joining from Forbes Solicitors, where he was head of dispute resolution. Smith's practice focuses on contractual disputes, corporate issues, debt recovery and insolvency related issues. The 'proactive and friendly team'  has a strong regional reputation and derives a significant portion of its work via referrals from other professionals including lawyers, accountants, architects, surveyors and bankers.

Practice head(s):Tom Smith

Other key lawyers:Oliver Andrews

Testimonials

'The Brabners team are extremely approachable, knowledgeable and ready to help and advise’.

A very proactive and friendly team backed by their expertise in everything legal’.

DTM Legal LLP handles a wide range of disputes concerning contracts, finance, intellectual property, property and construction often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Other areas of expertise include mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Jim Morris, who splits his time between Liverpool and Chester, heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:Guy Thomas; Duncan McAllister; Richard Thomas

Key Clients

Scottish Power

Foundation Piling Limited

The Atmore Group

Lloyds Pharmacy

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Dee Tech Services Limited

Vale UK Limited

Henrob Limited

Anwyl Construction Company Limited

Rotex Europe Limited (part of Hillenbrand Group listed on NYSE)

Pochin Construction Limited

The Pickstock Group

CRS Plant Limited

J Ross Developments Limited

Elements (Europe) Limited

Begbies Traynor

Edge Recovery

Clancy Consulting Limited

Halls Auctioneers Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Rotex Europe Limited against a £38m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian company in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Represented Johann Van Den Noort in a case involving cross-border patents against Global Flood Defence Systems.
  • Acted for Foundation Piling Limited in relation to repeat instructions for complex and high value construction disputes.

Litigation boutique FS Legal acts for a range of clients in relation to contractual disputes, financial services claims, arbitration, shareholders disputes, warranty claims and injunctions. Other areas of expertise include judicial review, group litigation, tax litigation, property litigation and breach of fiduciary duty. Kit Sorrell - 'a leading commercial litigator who has seen and done it all' - and 'brilliant lawyer and strategist' Julia Norris head the team, which was recently boosted by the arrival of Christine Newton as legal director from an in-house position at Arrow XL.

Practice head(s):Kit Sorrell; Julia Norris

Other key lawyers:Christine Newton; Mubarik Haider; Nicola Stanley

Testimonials

Kit Sorrell is a leading commercial litigator who has seen and done it all’.

Julia Norris is very client friendly’.

Quick, efficient, responsive, and cost effective’.

Kit Sorrell is highly regarded as a hard-nosed litigator. Julia Norris is a brilliant lawyer and strategist - together they make a fantastic team’.

Key Clients

Michael Halsall,  Bernard Higgins Paul Stanton David McDermot (Michael W Halsall Solicitors)

George Urquhart

Leasehold Clients

Blackstar/E-Shares Clients

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimants in a £6m-plus claim concerning tax products
  • Acting for numerous claimant companies in claims concerning secret commissions paid when selling tax mitigation schemes known as E-Shares and promoted by Blackstar (Europe) Limited.

Gorvins Solicitors is adept at handling commercial and partnership litigation , while other areas of expertise include insolvency, shareholder disputes and property litigation. Mark Deverell and Guy Lightowler head the team, which acts for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses and SMEs to multinationals. Senior associate Danielle Clements is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Deverell; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:Danielle Clements; Jonathan Crook; Sunita Patel; Kimberley Daley; David Guest

Key Clients

Williams Motor Company (Holdings) Limited

Grasslin GMBH

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Acting as advisor to car and motorcycle retailer Williams Group on all litigation matters and all commercial matters.
  • Acting on claim in relation to the interpretation of a commercial insurance policy and in particular the definition of claim for the purposes of capping the value of multiple to claims to a single sum.

Myerson Solicitors LLP 's commercial litigation team is continuing to grow, boosting revenues and taking on a number of lawyers from firms including Pannone Corporate LLP, Linder Myers and Carson McDowell. The practice has recently seen an uptick in work from instructions to seek injunctive relief for breach of restrictive covenants or misuse of confidential information. The practices other areas of expertise include disputes relating to trademarks, copyright, patents, design rights and reputation management. 'Exceptional, dynamic and creative litigator' Adam Maher heads the team.

Practice head(s):Adam Maher

Other key lawyers:Seán Hackett; Suzanne Carr; Victoria Biggs; Helen Thompson; Jonathan Hassall; Tim Norman

Testimonials

The commercial litigation team at Myerson are excellent at every level with tremendous strength in depth’.

The members of the team are all exceptional - proactive, excellent communicators, engaging and consistently highly effective’.

Adam Maher is an exceptional, dynamic and creative litigator; a visionary leader with excellent communication skills, tenacity and a proven track record of success in the most complex and challenging of cases’.

Tim Norman is commercially astute, incisive, positive and assured’.

Jonathan Hassall is a leader in intellectual property disputes who remains calm under pressure’.

All levels of the firm reflect the same high level of knowledge and expertise allowing no weak links in the chain, which in turn ensures that my best interests are safeguarded’.

Key Clients

Hall and Co Projects

Freshasia Foods Ltd

Gorilla Glue

Bennett Holdings Shrewsbury Ltd

CGL Group Ltd

Clearway Drainage Services Ltd

International Pastry Concepts

Fortis Developments

Akzo Nobel

Work highlights

  • Acted on substantial commercial agency claim under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993.
  • Ongoing advice to a claimant regarding the continued freezing of the defendants’ assets post-judgment in commercial fraud proceedings, in the context of a criminal fraud investigation.
  • Acted for Freshasia Foods Limited in a claim against one of its former employees in relation to misuse of confidential information and copyright and database right infringements.
  • Representing a commercial agent in a claim for compensation under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993 against a large German manufacturing company.
  • Acted for a director and shareholder in an action for unfair prejudice under S.994 of the Companies Act 2016.

Napthens LLP works with a broad spread of clients across the corporate, commercial property, rural, leisure, energy, education and ecclesiastical sectors. Areas of litigation expertise include disputes over commercial contracts, professional negligence and contested probate. The 'knowledgeable, competent, and tenacious' David Bailey heads the team, which draws on the considerable experience of 'forthright and knowledgeable' firmwide chair John Whittingslow. Senior associate Andrew Holden is also recommended. Katherine Sibley joined as senior associate from Capita Business Services in early 2018.

Practice head(s):David Bailey

Other key lawyers:Andrew Holden; Katherine Sibley; Robert Richards; John Whittingslow

Testimonials

The team as a whole are very keen to understand their clients' businesses’.

Friendly, pragmatic, approachable and very commercially focused; unpretentious and results-orientated’.

John Whittingslow is an immensely experienced litigator and understands mediation very well and the benefits it can bring to his clients’.

Key Clients

Doosan Babcock

Daniel Thwaites Plc

The Diocese and Bishop of Blackburn

EH Booth & Co

Forbes Solicitors represents SMEs, plcs, housing associations and local authorities on various commercial litigation matters, with areas of expertise including corporate and contractual disputes, shareholders and warranty claims, professional negligence and contentious insolvency work. The firm is increasingly acting in the professional services, education, construction and manufacturing sectors. Michael Chambers joined from DWF as head of dispute resolution in May 2019, succeeding Tom Smith, who left for Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Chambers

Other key lawyers:Stephen McArdle; Claire Edbury; Ben Wilson

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Croud Inc Limited

Senator Group

Cegedim RX Limited

Millenium Care UK Limited

Physiofusion Limited

Kepak Group

Trust Inns Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for liquidators of a company to recover £150,000 in funds from the former director of the insolvent company.
  • Advised on claim on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy for a transaction at an undervalue.
  • Advised on claim for monies owed with a significant counterclaim for damages for losses arising from conviction of the defendant for manslaughter.
  • Advised on claim against former directors on behalf of a company in liquidation.

Jolliffe & Co LLP's work in the commercial disputes space includes shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of warranty claims, and litigation relating to IT, construction, property and restrictive covenants. Clients include SMEs, estate agents, auctioneers and private landlords. Andrew Bartley heads the team, which also has expertise in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. The practice has recently been bolstered with the additions of Stewart Burrows from HEDS Law Ltd and solicitor Jonathan Partridge from TLT.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bartley

Other key lawyers:Stewart Burrows; Jonathan Partridge; Simon Parrington; Peter Anderson

Testimonials

The team provides a personal service and is always available to discuss legal matters’.

Efficient and personable’.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a national waste management company in relation to a contractual dispute seeking damages in the region of £300,000.
  • Handled professional negligence claim against client’s former solicitor and/or medico-legal expert.
  • Advised on multi-party contractual dispute regarding non-payment of monies under a contract.
  • Acting for the proposed defendants in respect of an alleged claim for fraudulent breaches of warranties with an estimated value of £2.3m.

Manleys Solicitors works with a range of clients across sectors including healthcare, media and entertainment, music, sport, retail and gambling, including celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and political organisations. Mark Manley - who 'has a deserved national reputation in his field' leads the team alongside the 'tenacious' Leanne Wheeler, while senior associate Katie Mickleburgh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Manley; Leanne Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Katie Mickleburgh; Adam Berman

Testimonials

Very effective and punch above their weight’.

Mark Manley has good experience and judgement’.

Leanne Wheeler, Adam Berman and Katie Mickleburgh are recommended for client commitment and perseverance’.

Key Clients

Michael Owen

Lovania Nurseries Ltd

Arista Design Ltd

Bilton Ward

ASOS

Sofology

Riccardo Frati

Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP, Accounts Unlocked for Doctors Limited

David Mannheim

Mark Huxley

Work highlights

  • Represented client in a £1.5m shareholders dispute with a minority shareholder/investor.
  • Representing ASOS in relation to possible breach of confidence/media related matter.
  • Represented Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP, Accounts Unlocked for Doctors Ltd in a £1.5m successful defence of a high value and complex claim for breach of confidence, breach of directors’ duties, database infringement brought by Alliance Surgical Plc.
  • Representing Jeremy Rose and Certa Internet Limited in proceedings issued by Michael Harris and Planet Hippo Limited in the High Court for fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of various duties and conspiracy.
  • Representing Lovania Nurseries and LS Systems in a high value and complex professional negligence claim against auditors.

Slater Heelis LLP represents owner-managed businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs on contractual disputes, construction litigation and public law matters, as well as shareholder, director and warranty disputes and specialist tribunal work. Elizabeth Wilkinson now heads up the team after joining from MLP Law LLP in January 2019, succeeding former practice head Helen Brown, who moved over to Paris Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Chris Bishop; Sunil Mohindra; Tom Christie; Daniel Wise

Testimonials

Very professional yet approachable’.

Chris Bishop works hard, is very knowledgeable and offers guidance in a straightforward manner’.

Key Clients

 

P J Livesey Group

Feltham Group

Work highlights

  • Dispute with and defending claim brought by Costcutter Supermarkets Group and related warranty claim under a sale and purchase agreement.
  • Ongoing matter relating to a claim resulting from bad workmanship in respect of a project valued in excess of £150,000  and the claim for outstanding monies due to the builder.
  • Claim in respect of unpaid commissions and attempts by the defendant to hide sales figures and divert business through third parties.

Butcher & Barlow LLP advises its roster of clients on commercial, contractual and property disputes, while other areas of expertise include estate inheritance, insolvency, construction, negligence and agricultural claims. Gadbrook Park-based Alexander Sandland and Bury-based Anthony Higham head the team. Andrew Mackenzie was promoted to the partnership in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Alexander Sandland; Anthony Higham

Other key lawyers:Andrew Mackenzie; Catherine Gregson; James Holton; Victoria Philipson

Testimonials

Very client focused and responsive’.

Alex Sandland is a commercially realistic litigator’.

Catherine Gregson is a through and efficient case manager’.

Clear and concise in their advice provided to clients, they provide advice that is balanced and assist clients in making decisions regarding litigation’.

Approachable and open to listening to alternative points made by parties’.

Catherine Gregson is approachable and provides succinct advice to clients’.

Key Clients

Joseph Holt Ltd

Junction Properties

Conveyor Services Limited

Fords Of Winsford

Apex Construction and Design

GB Properties

Leslie and Michelle Manning

Thomas Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented GB Properties in appeal proceedings following initial litigation in relation to the Application of ‘fixed costs’ pursuant to CPR.71 and CPR.45.
  • Represented client in a dispute with receivers in relation to a £4m-plus dispute.

Farleys Solicitors LLP represents a broad range of clients, including private individuals, sole traders and partnerships on breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. The firm also advises on injunctions, banking disputes, insolvency, financial mis-selling claims and claims against directors. Kieran O’Connor heads the team.

Practice head(s):Kieran O’Connor

Other key lawyers:Rachel Harrison

Hillyer McKeown LLP's client base includes multinationals, SMEs, and high-net-worth individuals. Fiona Blakeborough joined the firm from Jolliffe & Co LLP in February 2018 and now heads the team alongside Paul Marsh. The practice focuses on complex commercial disputes relating to contracts, construction, IT and property, as well as restrictive covenant disputes and professional negligence matters. The team's other areas of expertise include ADR and mediation.

Practice head(s):Fiona Blakeborough; Paul Marsh

Other key lawyers:Michelle Mayoh; Jennifer Lockhart

Work highlights

  • Represented clients in successful claim for damages for harassment, in which they were awarded £87,312.50 in damages, and an interim payment in respect of costs of £85,000.

KBL Solicitors LLP advises SMEs and owner-managed businesses on shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, and litigation relating to construction, property and manufacturing. The 'tactically astute' Michael Slater  heads up the team out of Bolton, working alongside the Blackburn-based Greg Gardner-Boyes.

Practice head(s):Michael Slater; Greg Gardner-Boyes

Other key lawyers:Nick Horsfall

Testimonials

Commercially orientated and client focused service’.

Michael Slater is tactically astute’.

The practice is well placed to provide a great local service with capable and expert partners who are able to deal with their client needs’.

Greg Gardner-Boyes applies a level of determination, professionalism and expertise to matters whilst maintaining a human perspective’.

Mason Hayes Solicitors primarily acts for clients in the telecoms industry, handling matters relating to cyber attacks, insolvency and personal guarantee claims. Marcus Hayes heads the team and is adept at handling commercial disputes and debt collection work.

Practice head(s):Marcus Hayes

SAS Daniels LLP advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals across Cheshire and the North West on a wide range of disputes, covering property, contentious probate, intellectual property and banking, as well as professional negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Anna Barnes heads the team, while Kathryn Clare joined as solicitor from Knights plc during 2018.

Practice head(s):Anna Barnes

Other key lawyers:Ray Woodward; Nicola Moulds; Kathryn Clare

Key Clients

Gladman Homes Limited

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

Specialist transport firm Backhouse Jones represents clients ranging from small businesses to multinational plcs in the haulage, passenger carrying sectors and other related industries. Areas of expertise include vehicle acquisition disputes, tax matters and vehicle seizures, as well as warranty claims, recoveries and property disputes. Steven Meyerhoff heads the team.

Practice head(s):Steven Meyerhoff

Other key lawyers:James Lomax; Stephen Crossley; Libby Ashton

Testimonials

Extremely fast and efficient in providing advice which invariably stands up to proper scrutiny’.

They are all, without exception, extremely proactive and supportive of clients’ needs’.

Baines Wilson LLP's team, which is led by Elizabeth Black, advises clients on a broad range of disputes covering insurance, professional negligence, construction and engineering and intellectual property. Other areas of expertise include injunctive proceedings, competition law, regulatory defence and media disputes. Solicitor Ruby McKeague joined the team from Myerson Solicitors LLP in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Black

Other key lawyers:Ruby McKeague; Caroline Rayner; Imogen Duck

At new model firm Excello Law, where partner-level lawyers work as consultant solicitors, the 'outstanding' and 'empathetic' Emyr Kerfoot and Alexandra Collett head up the firm's Chester office commercial litigation offering. The team advises clients on shareholder and partnership disputes, contractual matters and insolvencies. Clients include local companies, law firms and accountants, manufacturers and e-commerce retailers.

Practice head(s):Emyr Kerfoot; Alexandra Collett

Testimonials

A very professional, modern, and responsive law firm’.

Prompt and efficient’.

Emyr Kerfoot and Alex Collett both give very sensible, robust and commercial advice’.

Harrison Drury & Co advises clients on a range of litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, derivative claims and contractual matters. Other areas of expertise include intellectual property disputes and claims arising out of business sales such as breach of warranty and injunctive relief. Sean Gibbs heads the team.

Practice head(s):Sean Gibbs

Other key lawyers:Nick Booth; James Robbins; Helen Griffin

Testimonials

The team’s experience is unusual for a firm based outside the major cities’.

Key Clients

AFC Fylde Limited

Autocal Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AFC Fylde Limited on a highly complex area of law involving a sports law arbitration under Rule K of the FA Rules, which was appealed to the High Court.
  • Successfully defended a former director in relation to a complex dispute involving issues relating to offshore shareholders.

Linder Myers represents individuals and business clients from its regional network of offices across Manchester, Lytham, Sale, Chester and Shrewsbury. Areas of expertise include corporate and private disputes, property litigation, banking disputes, professional negligence, shareholder and partnership disputes, and general commercial and contractual litigation matters.

Other key lawyers:William O’Neill; Nicola Laurie


Commercial litigation: Liverpool

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Brabners LLP is adept at handling mainstream commercial litigation and finance, recoveries and enforcement litigation particularly in relation to sport and media. Areas of expertise include partnership, director and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, warranty claims, defamation, insolvency, real estate dispute resolution, Judicial Review, freezing injunctions and charity litigation. Paul Lunt heads the team. Phil Sheard joined as partner from Hill Dickinson LLP along with associate James Stephenson.

Practice head(s):Paul Lunt

Other key lawyers:Phil Sheard; James Stephenson; Philip Steel; Jacqui Lloyd; Andrew McGregor; Simon Morris

Testimonials

‘Phil Sheard is very proactive, responsive and knowledgeable, acts very fast and is easy to deal with’.

‘The team are knowledgeable and easy to work with’.

‘Phil Sheard is always available to assist, discuss and provide advice’.

Key Clients

Bibby Factors Northwest Limited (Bibby)

Kingsway Asset Finance Limited

4Syte Funding Limited

Nichols PLC (brands include Vimto)

Arnold Clark Finance Limited

United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Defended England cricketer Ben Stoke, against charges of affray arising from a fight in Bristol in September 2017 and ongoing related matters.
  • Acting for Cellular Services Limited on a breach of contract claim arising out of capital investment provided for the purchase and restoration/repair of second hand motor vehicles which has involved a successful application for interim injunctive relief.
  • Acting for promising young footballer in a £30m claim brought against an opponent who caused him a career-ending injury in a negligent challenge.
  • Acting for Bibby Factors following the assignment of invoices to it by AMP in the sum of £262,606 in respect of the supply of TK Maxx Carrier bags and gift sacks for its UK and European stores.
  • Acting on behalf of a firm of solicitors who had its offer of professional indemnity insurance coverage for 2018/19 (wrongfully and unlawfully) withdrawn by its prospective insurer two working days before the policy was due to take effect.

DLA Piper UK LLP represents clients in multi-jurisdictional cases, High Court proceedings and international arbitration. Areas of expertise include technology disputes, outsourcing disputes, professional negligence, corporate and M&A transactional disputes, pensions disputes, data breach issues and contractual disputes. It also advises on data breaches, cybersecurity, regulatory matters and GDPR. The team is now headed by legal director Christina Sharma and Manchester-based Stewart Plant , after former team head Mark Goodwin and legal director Catherine Radcliffe left the firm to form litigation boutique Fortuna Business Litigation.

Practice head(s):Stewart Plant; Christina Sharma

Other key lawyers:Hannah Catterall; Emma Charnock; John Gollaglee; Ben Miller

Key Clients

Information Commissioner Office

Lonrho Limited

ABB

Liverpool Football Club

United Utilities

Liverpool City Council

International Cotton Association

USS

Westminster City Council

Delta Airlines

Lloyds Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Freezing order and court appointed receiver order obtained to assist Lonrho in enforcing its $13m judgment.
  • Advising the ICO in relation to the investigation into the activities of Cambridge Analytica, GSR and Facebook.
  • Carrying out investigations in to the transfer of academy players to and/or from Premier League clubs.
  • Regularly advises the ICA Tribunals on discreet legal issues and English law principles.

DWF is adept at handling contractual and company disputes including reach of warranty disputes, indemnity claims and shareholder and partnership disputes. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence, Judicial Review, competition, directors' disqualification, contentious probate, arbitration, procurement litigation and injunctions. Key client sectors include telecoms, utilities and energy, public sector, food and drink, retail and education. Andrew Whalley, Graham Dagnall and Matthew Stoll head the team, and Whalley has been leading the firm's work for O2/Telefonica on a £300m claim against Ofcom. Director Chris King and senior associates Helen Otty and Lyndsay Crowder-Barton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Andrew Whalley; Graham Dagnall; Matthew Stoll

Other key lawyers:Chris King; Helen Otty; Lyndsay Crowder-Barton

Key Clients

Telefonica UK Limited (O2)

Burton’s Foods Limited

Stage Capital (formerly NBGI)

Crown Paints Limited

giffgaff Limited

DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited

Liverpool John Moores University

Chess ICT Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Liverpool City Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for O2 in its claim for restitution of annual licence fees paid to Ofcom in respect of wireless telegraphy licences. Similar claims have also been brought by the other mobile network operators against Ofcom with a combined claim value of more than £300m.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on complex breach of contract claim relating to waste services contract for the Liverpool city region.
  • Advised on complex dispute concerning deferred consideration/adjustment to purchase price dispute under SPA.
  • Advised Burton's Foods Limited on complex nuisance claim against developer of new housing estate.

Hill Dickinson LLP handles shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, breach of contract claims, international arbitration, breach of confidence and misuse of confidential information claims and tax disputes. Other areas of expertise include multi-jurisdictional disputes, mis-selling claims against financial institutions, IP disputes, defamation, group litigation, judicial reviews, procurement claims and product liability claims. Fiona Parry  and Manchester-based Geraldine Ryan head the team. Newly promoted legal director Daniel Keating is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Fiona Parry; Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:Daniel Keating

Testimonials

What makes this team unique is their cohesion’.

They operate extremely well as a unit and whilst they fight incredibly hard for their clients in what is normally very complex litigation, they are also approachable, personable and easy to work with’.

Paul Walsh is an exceptionally talented lawyer, he has a fantastic breadth of knowledge and experience, a keen intellect and an impressive ability to keep a cool head whilst working under immense pressure’.

Paul Twigg and Jon Scally are also highly recommended; both are very bright, hard-working and personable individuals who go the extra mile to get the right result for their clients’.

Key Clients

Bourne Leisure

Stobart Group

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Direct Accident Management Limited

FS Commercial Limited

Hazedrive Limited

Poundland Limited

Coffee Republic Retail Limited

Ged Lynch-Smith (Lloyds Autobody)

Cheshire East Borough Council

MJ Quinn

Work highlights

  • Advised Direct Accident Management Limited on claim for injunctive relief/search order arising from claim for misuse of confidential information.
  • Advised on minority shareholder unfair prejudice dispute and partnership dispute.
  • Advised Poundland Limited on claim for damages in excess of £5m for breaches of competition law.
  • Advised F S Commercial Limited on appeal in the First Tier Tax Tribunal against determinations in respect of allegedly underpaid PAYE and NICs.
  • Advised Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited on £26m claim for damages for breach of contract.

Bermans focuses on the banking, invoice and asset finance, property and construction, IP, media, insurance, professional services, employment, environmental, education, leisure, sport, entertainment, publishing, consumer credit and tax sectors. Areas of expertise include contractual disputes such as shareholder, partnership and franchisor issues, and property, tax and licensed leisure litigation. The firm has a unique commercial dispute resolution product for SMEs called Escalate which it launched with Moore Blatch LLP and accountants PKF Littlejohn, which works on a no win, no fee basis. Nick Harvey heads the team. Former Premier League footballer Gareth Farrelly joined as solicitor from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Nick Harvey

Other key lawyers:Gareth Farrelly; Jonathan Berkson; Michael Smeaton; Andrew Koffman

Work highlights

  • Advised a firm of chartered accountants in the defence of a professional negligence claim for up to £5m which settled following mediation.
  • Represented a national telecommunications provider in defence of a claim valued at £750,000 relating to the design and build of a high-profile broadband network
  • Acting for a national textiles company in proceedings under the Communications Act against two major telecommunications and mobile network providers

Weightmans LLP is particularly focused on commercial contract disputes. The IP sector is also a key focus where the team advises on copyright infringement, trade mark infringement and passing off as well as other general brand and reputation protection work. Another key sector is education where the team advises on contentious matters for universities. the firm also advises clients in the manufacturing industry. Andrew Roberts and Sarah Conroy head the team. Michelle Connor joined as associate from DLA Piper UK LLP and James Walsh joined as solicitor from Aaron & Partners LLP.

Practice head(s):Andrew Roberts; Sarah Conroy

Other key lawyers:Michelle Connor; James Walsh

Key Clients

Peel Ports Limited

Sovini Group

Equality & Human Rights Commission

University of Wolverhampton

The Cabinet Office

Thomas Hardie Commercials

Liverpool Hope University

BMP Europe Limited

Elmgrove Foods Limited

Kirkby (Tyres) Limited

Newcastle University

Middlesex University

Ventcroft Limited

School Letting Solutions

All About Food Limited

Bangor University

Best Storage Limited

Work highlights

  • A claim was brought against the university in respect of their decision in March 2017 to reject an a appeal against the outcome of a FTP panel of 31 January 2017 that excluded a student for failing to disclose his spent convictions on his application.

DTM Legal LLP handles disputes relating to contracts, finance, IP, construction and procurement often with cross-border elements. Other areas of expertise include, negotiation, mediation, expert determination, other forms of ADR, adjudication, arbitration and High Court proceedings. The 'commercially minded' and 'exceptionally responsive'  Jim Morris, who is based in Chester and Liverpool, heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:Anna Duffy; Kate Roberts; Richard Harris

Testimonials

'A very strong team in construction litigation with a great deal of experience throughout the sector.'

'An exceptional, diligent, approachable and knowledgeable team that really gets to know the client. They are highly professional and very focused providing expert, accurate and pragmatic advice in a straightforward manner. They are proactive and have a can-do attitude that is first rate.

'Jim Morris is a commercially minded, client-facing lawyer who works hard to get a good result.'

'Jim Morris is exceptionally responsive, very reliable and thorough. His expertise and attention to detail is second to none and he gives excellent quick, practical and commercial advice.'

Key Clients

The Atmore Group

Funding Circle Limited

Rotex Europe Limited (part of Hillenbrand Group listed on NYSE)

Foundation For Art and Creative Technology t/a FACT

CRS Plant Ltd

J R Pickstock Ltd

J Ross Developments Limited

Elements (Europe) Limited

Begbies Traynor

Edge Recovery

Clancy Consulting Limited

RateSetter

Zodeq Limited

Pen-Y-Bryn EMI Ltd

Upex  Employment Limited

Global Baggage Solutions

Upex Hotel Services Limited

Carpenter Build Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Rotex Europe Limited against a £38m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian company in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Represented Johann Van Den Noort in a case involving cross-border patents against Global Flood Defence Systems.
  • Repeat instructions for Funding Circle Limited in high value and complex collections and recoveries.
  • Acted for a client in regards to a dispute in respect of property investment.
  • Represented a client in his claim for the recovery of his possessions which were being unlawfully held by the defendant following the forfeiture of a lease.


Commercial litigation: Manchester

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Addleshaw Goddard is 'a go-to firm for pre-action advice and disputes', handling complex litigation for local, national and international clients. Areas of specialism include large IT disputes, competition law claims and 'business protection' work, which involves helping employers to manage risks stemming from employees and third parties who pose a threat to their interests. Mark Molyneux - described as 'one of the best litigators in the country' - heads the team with strong support from Susan Garrett. Managing associates Nicholas Ashcroft and Paul Rowley are also recommended alongside legal director Clare Dwyer.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Susan Garrett; Nicholas Ashcroft; Paul Rowley; Clare Dwyer; Victoria Pool; Samantha Haigh; Alexandra Seabridge; Helen Collinge; Harold Brako; Erin Shoesmith; Jonathan Tattersall; Lisa Slevin

Testimonials

The team is excellent and a go-to firm for pre-action advice and disputes, big or small’.

The team has an ability to break down any problem, understand the issues quickly, ask the right questions and provide simple and commercially focused solutions at good value’.

Lisa Slevin stands as a great lawyer - she is unflappable, calm, bright, relentlessly hard-working, exercises excellent judgement and most importantly is commercially minded’.

'Mark Molyneux is one of the best litigators in the country. He is exceptionally bright and always focuses on the critical issues. He is always accessible and has exceptional communication skills. Clients have justified confidence in him. He is a joy to work with.'

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

The Road Haulage Association

PZ Cussons

The Co-operative Group

NKT Group

XRail Group Limited

Wolseley

Diageo

Office Depot Europe

Solvay Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Road Haulage Association in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, a claim which is expected to exceed £1bn.
  • Acting for two of the former directors of Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited (in liquidation) (BHUKL) in respect of a claim brought by BHUKL and its liquidator.
  • Acting for Co-operative Insurance on its claim against IBM issued in the commercial court in December 2017 which relates to IBM's wrongful purported termination of the contract under which it was to implement a new IT operating platform for Co-operative Insurance.
  • Instructed by five NKT companies, two of whom are addressees of a decision of the European Commission which made an infringement finding in relation to the supply of high voltage power cables.
  • Instructed by Wolseley in relation to a business protection case arising from the resignation of four senior sales employees from its pipe business who have since joined a competitor business.

DLA Piper UK LLP 's Manchester team sits as part of the firm's international practice, advising large corporates and private equity houses on matters often spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm also represents clients on contentious data protection matters such as regulatory enforcement and tribunal appeals and enforcement advice under GDPR. Other key client sectors include technology, energy, engineering, retail, transport and infrastructure and the public sector. The 'very commercial' Stewart Plant heads the team, working alongside key partners Jonathan Eatough and Andrew Smith and well-regarded senior associate Leontia McArdle.

Practice head(s):Stewart Plant

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Eatough; Andrew Smith; Leontia McArdle; Nicola Higgins; Philip Williams; Krystle Robinson; Benjamin Fellows; Alison Fagan 

Testimonials

'Very enthusiastic and responsive to client requirements.'

'Jonathan Eatough is commercial and strategic - a very effective team leader and easy to get on with.'

'Stuart Plant is very knowledgeable and experienced; has seen it all before, very commercial.'

'Ben Fellows and Krystle Robinson are very enthusiastic, positive, hardworking and responsive to client requirements.'

Key Clients

Information Commissioner’s Office

Klockner Pentaplast

Lonhro

SMG Europe Holdings

Molson Coors

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Scottish Power Energy Retail Limited

NCC Group plc

Bodycote plc

Solutus Advisors Limited

GHD Group Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a UK-based commercial property services company in relation to alleged breaches of duty arising from the sale of a large property portfolio.
  • Advising the Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to its investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.
  • Representing shareholders of a multinational media service group in business critical litigation in the High Court and arbitration proceedings in California.
  • Representing the sellers of a UK manufacturing company in an £4m M&A dispute in relation to warranty claims and alleged breaches of duty.
  • Acting for a private equity firm for claims for fraud, conspiracy, breach of warranty, breach of covenant and misrepresentation, brought against two individuals and an international law firm following investment in a group of companies.

DWF's advises nationally recognised brands, major north west businesses and high net worth individuals, with a particular specialism in sectors including utilities and energy, food and drink, retail and education. The firm aims to differentiate itself from its peers by taking a more proactive approach to sharing the cost of litigation, offering conditional fee agreements and damages based agreements via its Fundlit service. Lee Norman heads the team, while Andrew Harris, Steve Morris, Nicole Burton and Joel Heap - who 'has outstanding commercial acumen and is fantastic with clients' are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Lee Norman

Other key lawyers:Andrew Harris; Joel Heap; Steve Morris; Nicole Burton; Claire Graham; Zoryana Jurczyszyn; Daniel Williams; Benjamin Johnson; Asima Rana; Michelle Maher

Testimonials

'This is a strong team with a great presence in the region, doing some excellent work. Their presence and reach has expanded in recent years, making them one of the top firms doing commercial litigation outside of London. '

‘Joel Heap is a very experienced and savvy litigator who has the right balance of caution and aggression’.

Key Clients

WM Morrison plc

The Insolvency Service (an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

United Utilities

Serco Group

Safeway Limited

Essar Oil UK Limited

Perspective Financial Group Limited

Manchester United Football Club

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Munnelly Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the defendant in the Wm Morrison payroll group litigation, a civil claim brought by employees and former employees of Morrisons whose confidential data was put into the public domain in 2014 by an ex-employee.
  • Advised Perspective Financial Group Limited on its application for an urgent interim injunction to protect the client's legitimate business interests following a threat by an exiting director to divert customers, contrary to post-termination restrictions not to solicit or deal in this way.
  • Successfully defending a £2m-plus claim against Insurance & Legal Services Limited for alleged breach of a commercial contract in a six-day trial in the High Court.
  • Acting for Safeway in respect of a highly technical dispute concerning the operation of its pension scheme.
  • Acting for the owner of and companies within the Munnelly Group, in respect of a highly contentious claim against a former managing director/employee who had departed the business in acrimonious circumstances.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial dispute resolution team is co-led by hugely experienced Manchester senior partner Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who focuses on the industrial, chemicals and aviation sectors. The firm works with many of the largest corporates in the North West, as well as others with national and global coverage, with key sectors including diversified industrials and transport. Principal associate Phil Duignan is experienced in procurement disputes, while fellow principal associate Thomas Whitfield is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Michael Clavell-Bate; Matt Taylor

Other key lawyers:Phil Duignan; Tom Whitfield; Luisa Zukowski; Sarah Lewandowski

Key Clients

Manchester Airport Group

Store First Limited

Bentley Motors

Daisy IT Services Limited

Shawbrook Bank

Air Liquide UK Limited

Swissport

Verastar

INEOS

University of Keele

Work highlights

  • Advising Daisy IT Services Limited in respect of a multimillion-pound High Court claim brought by Centrex Computing Services.
  • Continuing to act for the Store First companies in defence of public interest winding-up petitions issued by the Secretary of State.
  • Representing Park First Limited in a group action commenced in the English High Court by 20 investor customers in respect of claims in misrepresentation and deceit.

  • Instructed to act for the University of Keele in on an £18m claim brought by UPP Group in respect of Keele terminating a contract with UPP Group for the redevelopment of the university campus.

Hill Dickinson LLP handles the full range of commercial disputes, from routine work to high-value, complex litigation and arbitration. The team, which has secured a number of very high-profile court win in recent months, has recently seen an increase in work on high value commercial fraud-related matters. Geraldine Ryan heads the team while also advising on complex high value disputes and reputation management issues. Christopher Tyrrell has a particular focus on procurement disputes and disputes for NHS bodies. Sharon Williamson was promoted to partner; Andrew Little is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:Christopher Tyrrell; Sharon Williamson; Andrew Little, Iain Campbell; Moya Clifford; Alex Smith; Emma Lewis; Kelly Heath

Testimonials

Fantastic at giving legal advice but with a commercial slant’.

Able to handle high value and complex litigation with a strong team who are efficient, disciplined and hard working while also understanding the client`s commercial interests’.

Offer sensible, pragmatic advice and are sensibly priced’.

Geraldine Ryan is particularly astute in understanding the legal and commercial issues of a case and can confidently lead her team in a disciplined approach to complex cases’.

Christopher Tyrrell is very pragmatic and offers original thought to the litigation process’.

Alex Smith and Andrew Little are very good team players and offer good advice and have significant input into developing arguments as well as working diligently and efficiently throughout transactions’.

Key Clients

NHS England

Port of Sheerness Limited

Manchester Ship Canal Company Limited

Investly Limited

Swinton Insurance Limited

Oldham Borough Council

Triple S Sports & Entertainment Limited

Chemox Pound Limited

Connells Limited

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Hitachi Capital (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Manchester Ship Canal Company is a case involving important issues of contract interpretation.
  • Acting for Port of Sheerness Limited in a trespass action seeking a declaration, injunction or damages in lieu, damages or mesne profits.
  • Acting for the NHS in two separate but related instructions (i) breach of procurement law claim and (ii) recovery of monies.
  • Represented NHS England in relation to critical termination of GP GMS contract and subsequent injunction against termination and CQC cancellation of registration.
  • Advised NHS Surrey Downs CCG on high-profile procurement challenge to a contract worth £100m.

Brabners LLP has a particular focus on clients in the healthcare, property, sports, recruitment and media sectors, which it advises on professional negligence, inquests and judicial review proceedings, property litigation, breaches of restrictive covenants and partnership disputes. The team is one of the largest in the North West to have a solely commercial, rather than insurance, client base. Jeff Lewis, who is experienced in partnership disputes and restrictive covenant cases in the recruitment sector, heads the team. Helena Davies joined as partner from DWF and Andrea James joined as partner from Knights plc.

Practice head(s):Jeff Lewis

Other key lawyers:Helena Davies; Andrea James; Barry Goodall; Liam Gallagher; Oliver Andrews

Key Clients

Matalan Retail Ltd

Interserve Engineering Services Ltd

National Pharmacy Association

Alasdair Dickinson

Cooper Property Services

CCR Motor Co Ltd

TBA Protective Technologies Ltd

Roman Catholic Archdiocese

Paul John Construction

Warrington Borough Council

Sword Construction Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for TBA in successfully defending a £2m claim brought by Ferotec for the return of specialist equipment.
  • Acting for promising young footballer in a claim brought against an opponent who caused him a career-ending injury in a negligent challenge, winning a multimillion-pound settlement for the player.
  • Helped a retired international rugby player to obtain a substantial payment arising out of a dispute over an income protection policy.
  • Advising Interserve Engineering Services Limited in respect of a dispute and adjudication in relation to a project in a large NHS project in Northampton for St Andrew’s Healthcare.
  • Acting for a former director of an art and antiques plc being pursed for alleged breaches of duty.

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†advises on shareholder, contract and professional negligence disputes and fraud and insolvency matters, with key client sectors including TMT, healthcare, insurance and the public sector. Jan Levinson¬†heads the team and focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes and property claims, while the firm's German Desk is run by ‚Äėtop solicitor‚Äô Harald Loeffler¬†in the Manchester office. Also recommended is Sydney Fulda, who is experienced in mediations, arbitration and adjudications.

Practice head(s):Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:Sydney Fulda; Harald Loeffler; Vicki Bates; Andrew Martin; Joanne Dumphy

Testimonials

The team are creative, modern and always service-orientated’.

Sydney Fulda has the tenacity, commercial awareness and firm grasp of the issues you would expect from a partner at a top-tier law firm’.

Vicki Bates is a stand-out associate who will go far

They always try to understand our issues from our point of view and can provide a solution very quickly’.

Key Clients

Former Home Secretary, the Right Honourable Charles Clarke

DHL

Irlam Wharf Properties Limited

Rosenbauer

RSA

Internorm

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

BUPA

AllScripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Wrights Health Group Limited

Manchester United Football Club

Work highlights

  • Acted for DHL Management Services Limited in a series of disputes, including anti-suit injunctions.
  • Acted for BUPA in £500,000 dispute arising from the sale of a number of dental practices in London and the South East.
  • Represented Internorm, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of windows and doors, in a variety of disputes.
  • Acted on behalf of Actavo (UK) Limited, a leading engineering company, in relation to a dispute with a former managing director.
  • Successfully represented W Maher & Sons in recovery of sums owed in connection with work on M6.

JMW Solicitors LLP's practice focuses on data protection cases and group litigation, and is one of the few firms outside of London that handles commercial judicial review matters. The team has recently seen an increasing amount of work in construction litigation, contentious probate and e-commerce disputes. Marc Yaffe, who 'oozes energy and enthusiasm' heads the team and represents high-profile individuals including Premier League footballers. Richard Allan recently joined the team from DLA Piper UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Marc Yaffe

Other key lawyers:Richard Allan; Claire Brown; Graham Small; Mark Jones; Michael Kennedy; Nick McAleenan; Alison Parry; Richard Glover; Holly Holland; Louise Wakely; Layla Kelly; Laura Wilkinson

Testimonials

'Mark Yaffe, who leads the team, is a tour de force. He oozes energy and enthusiasm and is a terrific leader. He is also incredibly bright, has great acumen and is incredibly motivated.'

'Mark Jones is great operator who is always thoughtful and insightful providing string and definitive advice as and when required.'

'Graham Small is one of those lawyers who you want on your side - he is always one step ahead an has a robust yet fair style that endears him to clients and opponents alike.'

'The JMW team is extremely strong and a force to be reckoned with.'

They have unrivalled quality across the board’.

Commercial and tactical acumen backed up with great litigation experience and excellent client service’.

Michael Kennedy is a complete litigator - you want him in your corner’.

As a team they work exceptionally well together and complement each other’.

Although JMW is now a large firm, the personal touch and service received was as if they were a much smaller practice with the client at the core of their values’.

The work done by Holly Holland and Graham Small is exceptional’.

Key Clients

Group Action against WM Morrisons Limited

Menzies LLP as Joint liquidators of Premier FX

Arena Plaza Jersey GP Limited

Philip Barton

Mr Daniel Opare

Abbeydale Food Group

Mr David Michael Rose, Mr David Philip Waxman and Palador Property Investments Limited

Risk Technology Limited

Buckley Memorials Limited

Tom O’Connor, Abigail O’Connor and Octax Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for almost 100,000 clients against Morrisons Supermarkets in the leading case in the UK involving a widespread data breach.
  • Assisted in the removal of the joint administrators of Premier FX and the subsequent appointment of Menzies as separate joint liquidators.
  • Advising Arena Plaza Jersey GP Limited on a claim relating to an investment made in the construction of a $360m development in Hungary.
  • Acting for an international businessman regarding several interconnected cases that emanate from a feud between two successful entrepreneurs.
  • Advising on a claim issued against the firm's client for outstanding payments plus considerable compound interest which his agents and general advisers allege are due under both a Sports Management Services Contract and a Loan Agreement.

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice advises an impressive roster of clients on high-value disputes, with the Manchester team leading on major international matters backed up by the firm's 24 offices around the world. The northwest practice is notable in that it offers a¬†'search and seizure' practice, which has attracted a number of referrals from leading law firms.¬†‚ÄėFantastic team leader and a stand-out litigator‚Äô Julian Diaz-Rainey¬†heads the team; he advises on commercial disputes, company disputes and trust litigation, while senior associates¬†Andrew Mitchell¬†and¬†Jo Seed¬†are also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Julian Diaz-Rainey

Other key lawyers:Andrew Mitchell; Jo Seed; Steven Porter;

Testimonials

The Pinsent Masons litigation team is superb’.

Julian Diaz-Rainey is wonderful to work with, a great strategist and handles clients superbly well’.

Key Clients

Travel CounsellorsLimited

London School of Economics and Political Science

NoMauser UK Limited

CVS (Commercial Valuers& Surveyors) Limited

NoHCMT Limited / AnthonyHanson

United Drug (UK) Holdings Limited

Manchester City Football Club

Jockey Club Racecourses Limited

Work highlights

  • Helping our clients defend a guarantee claim in an amount of around £6m brought by the Irish National Asset Management agency.
  • The team are acting for United Drug (UK) Holdings Ltd ("UDH"), the Defendant in a claim for misrepresentation (and negligent advice) arising out of the purchase of a pharmaceutical events company.
  • Instructed to act on City Football Group's application for an injunction against a group of prominent and infamous parkour enthusiasts who had, without permission, climbed on the roof of the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
  • The firm obtained an anti-trespass injunction barring ticket touts from selling tickets on Cheltenham Racecourse premises.
  • We are leading a series of ground breaking Judicial Review challenges brought by taxpayers against HMRC's decision to issue them with payment notices as a result of their prior involvement in tax avoidance schemes (the Treasury claim that these new powers will bring in £5.5bn of tax).

Litigation is one of the key practices in Fieldfisher's fast-growing Manchester office, which is led by experienced commercial disputes lawyer Ian Austin. Clients are offered a range of funding and insurance options to help them control costs, including conditional fees, damage-based agreements, third-party funding and after-the-event insurance, while in-house costs recovery and debt recovery teams also form part of the firm's offering. The team, which has expertise in corporate litigation, civil fraud, professional negligence and contractual disputes, acts for an impressive and growing roster of clients.

Practice head(s):Ian Austin

Other key lawyers:James Lappin; Donall Caherty; Daniel Sheehan; Barry Sharples; Mark Fairclough; Emma-Kate Hargreaves

Testimonials

The team are very approachable and a pleasure to deal with’.

James Lappin combines approachability with commercial acumen; he will always go the extra mile for a client’.

Daniel Sheehan has a formidable style and fights his clients' corner with a ferocity that can bring the other side quickly to the table’.

The team work well together, by using each member's key strengths and areas of expertise’.

The members of this department display a vivacious and focused appetite for achieving the best results possible’.

Key Clients

Allied London

Kellogg

Co-Operative Group

Perkier Foods Limited

British Cycling

Walker Smith Global

Karen Millen / Oasis / Warehouse / Coast

JLA Limited

Venn Group

GCI

JD Williams

Fleximise

Creative Capital

N Brown Group

Firstport Limited

Burford Capital

Inenco

Time Group

Stewart Davies

Estates & Management Limited

Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Limited ('Betfred')

Naeem and Anne Maniar

Group Litigation (318 clients)

Access Install Limited

Paul Stewart

ABM Technical Solutions Limited

Lynsey and Katie Coombes

Creative Trade Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing client in a multimillion-pound claim relating to a commercial loan provided to a Manchester solicitor to purchase a prestigious estate in the North West.
  • Providing an outsourced recoveries solution to the largest UK managing agent/property owner.
  • Represented Betfred in a complex £60,000 claim based on Authorised Guarantee Agreements.
  • Representing two individuals in defending a claim brought against them by an Indian bank in respect of personal guarantees. The claim involves complex cross-border corporate and personal insolvency issues in Ireland and England, as well as EU regulations and conflict of laws between member states.
  • Acting for a leading UK installer of smart meters in a multimillion-pound claim against an energy company in relation to a failure to pay and breach of contractual terms.

Kennedys' Manchester commercial litigation practice took a major step forward in 2017 with the firm's tie-up with Berg, and the merged team has continued to build on the combination, working together on substantial cases. Key work handled by the practice includes commercial and insurance litigation, GDPR and cyber-crime disputes, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Andrew Davidson heads the team, which was boosted in 2018 by the hires of Nick Bond and consultant Robert Steele from BLM.

Practice head(s):Andrew Davidson

Other key lawyers:Anne Kershaw; Reuben Berg; Alison Loveday; Ian Mendelsohn; John Colvin

Testimonials

'What has always impressed me is their commercial nous and how they look for practical solutions. I always feel that they look to build long-term relationship with clients.'

‘Ian Mendelsohn is a first-rate, top-drawer lawyer; he is a generalist, has a good understanding of the law and a great deal of personal integrity’.

Key Clients

Wasps Rugby Club

Michael Isaac

Work highlights

  • Represented Wasps Rugby Club in judicial review proceedings brought by the owners of Coventry City Football Club alleging unlawful state aid in respect of the consideration paid by Wasps to Coventry City Council and the Edward Higgs Charity for the Ricoh Arena, a case which is valued at around £30m.
  • Acted for Michael Isaac, defendant to an £8m claim brought by Cardiff City Football Club.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP represents SMEs and entrepreneurial clients on shareholder disputes and finance litigation, particularly pre-enforcement and enforcement on behalf of lenders and associated professionals. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence, product liability and white-collar crime. Head of team Andrew Weinberg focuses on commercial landlord and tenant actions for key clients, as well as professional negligence and product liability disputes. Associate Kathryn Parrish, who leads on contractual and property-based disputes, as well as insolvency-based matters, is also recommended. Peter Kaye joined the firm from Linder Myers.

Practice head(s):Andrew Weinberg

Other key lawyers:Damian Bailey; Wendi Bussin; Phillip Warburton; Kathryn Parrish; Peter Kaye

Testimonials

A very strong and able department with lawyers of quality at each level of seniority’.

Damian Bailey is measured, rational and incisive’.

Andrew Weinberg is thorough, capable and calm; always well-prepared and on top of the detail’.

Phillip Warburton is dedicated, unflappable and confident; a very impressive and useful asset in any team’.

A commercially aware, client-focused team which is thoughtful about strategy and tactics to achieve a resolution of complex matters’.

Kathryn Parrish is thoughtful, sensible and has an eye for detail’.

They care with a passion about your problem and they really show they are keen to provide the best possible advice and service they can to a client’.

Key Clients

Beech Holdings

BeautyBay.com

Harnbury Holdings Limited (trading as San Carlo Group)

Robert McBride Ltd

Chase de Vere Financial Services

Broadoak Private Finance Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

London & Scottish Investments Limited

Inventive Leisure (trading as Revolution Bars and Revolucion de Cuba)

Persimmon Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture in a dispute with a local authority concerning breach of contract in relation to a landmark residential development.

  • Advised McPartland and Gifford Limited on a damages claim on behalf of receivers for failure to complete on a sale contract with a value of £1.1m.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises clients on corporate litigation, including shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims. Other areas of expertise include contractual disputes, commercial fraud, civil competition claims, franchise litigation and partnership disputes. Team head Paul Jonson focuses on resolving disputes arising from the running, sale and purchase of businesses, as well as IT disputes, defamation, IP disputes and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Paul Jonson

Other key lawyers:David Brown; Nicola Marchant; Martin Pennington; Sarah Bazaraa; Jonny Scholes; Alexandria Winstanley; Callum Halley

Key Clients

The Performing Rights Society

SMG Europe

L’Oreal

Boohoo.com

NG Bailey

DHL Express

Iceland Frozen Foods

Sibelco UK

Brother International Europe Ltd

Transport for Greater Manchester

Work highlights

  • Represented UK ROed in defending a claim issued by Startraq in the High Court.
  • Acted for Travel Insurance Facilities on a £1m libel action against The Times.
  • Obtained an urgent interim injunction and preservation and delivery-up order against a former employee of Seatriever International Holdings.

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong track record on complex national and international disputes, working in tandem with the firm's Leeds base on domestic matters and leveraging its international platform on cross-border work. The team has a particular focus on the retail, chemical, manufacturing, IT and financial services sectors, acting for a raft of major banks and building societies. Victoria Leigh, who heads the team, is well known for her work on pension disputes.

Practice head(s):Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:Anthony Taylor; Sean McCay; Rob Elvin; Helen Hoath; Mike Caird; Peter Lees; Simon Lucas

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic, sensible and collaborative’.

Victoria Leigh and the team maintain their good humour and professionalism and their commitment to reaching a sensible conclusion in the face of the most challenging circumstances’.

Key Clients

SSP Limited

GB Group Plc

INEOS Group

Yorkshire Building Society

Assetz SME Capital Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Instem Plc

Coyle Personnel Plc

Valtris Speciality Chemicals

Hough Green Garage

Manchester Building Society

MAN Energy Solutions UK Ltd

Albis (UK) Ltd

Boal (UK) Ltd

Concordia Management GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised a trustee of the Southern Water Pension Scheme on a high-profile matter involving the Pensions Regulator’s first attempt to exercise its funding powers with a cross-practice and office team.
  • Advised energy company on defence of a corporate warranty claim.
  • Advised on dispute between chemical companies over a chemical supply agreement.

Weightmans LLP's Manchester commercial litigation practice has a particular focus on intellectual property-related disputes, while other areas in which the firm specialises include shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims, complex breach of warranty claims and property damage and recovery cases. Andrew Cox heads the team, which has recently seen an increase in work relating to judicial review matters. Other key partners include former national commercial litigation head Robert Jones, Manchester office head Richard Corran and Damian Carter, who formerly led the commercial litigation team at Manchester firm Berg before joining Weightmans in 2017.

Practice head(s):Andrew Cox

Other key lawyers:Robert Jones; Richard Corran; Carole Spiller; Damian Carter; Josh Conroy; Danielle Best; Jessica Kraja; Joanne Williams

Key Clients

Certas Energy UK Limited

Business Energy Solutions Limited

All About Food Limited

IKO plc

Slush Puppie Limited

116 Cardamon Limited

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Acasta Europe Ltd

Wallwork Cambridge Ltd

BES Commercial Electricity Ltd

Card Saver Ltd

Commercial Power Ltd

Chrysalis Finance Ltd

Nimogen Ltd t/a Prestons Diamonds

Ken Downing (ex Judas Priest)

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of 116 Cardamon Limited, in a claim for breach of warranty arising from a share purchase agreement
  • Acting for longstanding client MPTG Limited, the leading producer of mattress making machinery, in High Court Chancery Division proceedings against two former senior employees.
  • Acting for the claimants in relation to a professional negligence claim against three firms of solicitors who advised on a multimillion-pound property refinance in respect of the development of The Astbury – a stately home, hotel and golf and leisure complex in Shropshire.
  • Acting for Acasta European Insurance Company and Acasta Europe, providers and underwriters of insurance, in respect of a dispute with a broker in relation to a misrepresentation/breach of contract claim.

BLM handles the full gamut of commercial litigation matters, including disputes relating to insolvency, breach of contract, contracts, debt recovery, fraud and injunctive relief. Clients include insurers, multinational corporations, SMEs, public sector organisations and high-net-worth individuals. Craig McAdam, Nick Gee and Steve Kuncewicz head the team, which has continued to build on the the formation of its commercial advisory department, which was launched in late 2017 on the back of a 33-lawyer team hire from Slater and Gordon.

Practice head(s):Craig McAdam; Nick Gee; Steve Kuncewicz

Other key lawyers:Catherine Mangham; Rebecca Young; Clare Durkin; Susan Rands; Philip Skwierczynski

Key Clients

Sainsbury’s

Travelodge

Mission Mars

John Welsby

Urban Splash

Schuh Ltd

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Browne Jacobson LLP's practice is particularly focused on the healthcare and public sectors, and the firm has fee incomes in both areas increase over recent months. Areas of expertise include restrictive covenants, both in relation to employment contracts and sale and purchase agreements. Nichola Evans, who heads up the team, has experience of international arbitration and cases in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and is also a board member on the Civil Mediation Council.

Practice head(s):Nichola Evans

Other key lawyers:Emma Marshall

Key Clients

Derby Hospitals NHS foundation

Cornwall Council

Antony McGann

Ted Baker

Elmdene Group Limited

Michael Ballard

NHSE

London Borough of Croydon

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

DPD Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a claim brought by a junior doctor in a representative class action funded by the BMA.
  • Representing Lady Maddison against estate agents Hazeldrive Limited and a number of individuals for breach of duty/misrepresentations made in respect what development work could take place on the site.
  • Advised a former agent of a world famous MMA fighter on a contract payment dispute.
  • Advised on claim against Ted Baker’s former brokers for failing to put into place suitable business interruption cover.

Gateley Plc's commercial dispute resolution team is led by Sarah Sabin , who advises on shareholder and boardroom disputes, including those with an international element. The practice's clients include SMEs, large corporates and high-net-worth individuals, with specialist areas including healthcare, sports litigation and shareholder disputes arising from M&A deals. The AIM-listed firm also handles multi-jurisdictional work, including leading on a multimillion-pound class action relating to the alleged mis-selling of property in Cyprus.

Practice head(s):Sarah Sabin

Other key lawyers:Janine Allen; Nicola Richardson; Nick Murrills; James Seed

Testimonials

'A good practical approach to dispute resolution while also recognising the potentially different outcomes of each approach.'

'Excellent value as well as being easy to approach and work with.'

Work highlights

  • Acted on shareholder dispute arising out of a joint venture and leading to an eight-day trial of principally contractual issues in the High Court.
  • Acting for a football club in ongoing high value Commercial Court litigation.
  • Successful resolution via mediation of an Inheritance Act claim against a private client resulting in the retention of a £1m-plus commercial property.
  • Acting for lead defendants in a multimillion-pound class action relating to the alleged mis-selling of property in Cyprus.

Knights plc ramped up its presence in the north west with the acquisition of Manchester firm Turner Parkinson in Manchester in 2018. The deal added 45 fee earners to the growing firm in the wake of its AIM listing in 2018. In the commercial litigation sphere, the firm advises on claims for breaches of contract, shareholder and partnership disputes, claims of IP infringement, defamation actions and claims of misrepresentation.

Mills & Reeve LLP advises its clients on a wide range of litigation matters including boardroom disputes, shareholder disputes, warranty claims and fraud. Key client sectors include food and agribusiness, waste, private wealth, sport, manufacturing and education. Richard Dawson-Gerrard heads the team, while Simon Pedley focuses on corporate and commercial disputes and contentious trusts.

Practice head(s):Richard Dawson-Gerrard

Other key lawyers:Simon Pedley; Rachael Somerset; Sandra Morrison; Ben Reeves

Testimonials

'I have worked most closely with Richard Dawson-Gerrard and Niall Innes. Both are very strong commercial litigators, with huge experience and great common sense - a pleasure to work with.'

Highly professional and knowledgeable team members.'

'This is a strong commercial team with good knowledge of both the regional legal market and the ability to manage large litigation.'

'Rachael Somerset provides superb communications and client care.'

'Rachael Somerset is particularly impressive as an associate.'

'Richard Dawson-Gerrard is hands-on and gives straightforward, robust advice to his clients.'

Key Clients

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Phoenix Medical Supplies Limited

West Midlands Ambulance Service

Remondis U.K. Limited

Laila’s Fine Foods Limited

Bidfresh Limited (formerly Seafood Holdings Ltd)

Zedra Trusts

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rangers Football Club Limited in ongoing litigation with Sports Direct, arising out of a dispute in relation to the agreement under which Sports Direct had a licence to sell Rangers replica kit and other merchandise.
  • Represented long standing client Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd this year and succeeded on a high-profile appeal in the High Court of Justice.
  • Representing a well-known international football super-agent in a dispute with a Premiership Club.

Shoosmiths LLP handles complex and high value litigation for a variety of clients including household name corporates. Specialisms include product liability and consumer defence work in the consumer goods and automotive sectors, as well as shareholder and business disputes and pensions and employment litigation. Kath Livingston heads the team, while senior associate Richard Marshall focuses on commercial litigation, professional negligence and product liability.

Practice head(s):Kath Livingston

Other key lawyers:Richard Marshall

Testimonials

The team have an excellent response time, they always make time to advise at short notice’.

The team quickly understand the nuances of how an individual organisation works’.

The team is extremely approachable, respond very quickly to instructions and are adept at proposing pragmatic commercial solutions to problems alongside advising on the strict legal position’.

Key Clients

Hoover Candy Limited

ComparetheMarket.com (BGL Group)

Xyfil Limited

Allied London

Derwent Estates Limited

University of Bolton

Amicus Capital Consulting LLP

The Law Society

MD Insurance Services

PSB UK Limited (Grenfell Inquiry)

Work highlights

  • Acting in the defence of a number of complex fire defence cases, including a £3m loss.
  • Handling recovery claims for MDIS under the Premier Guarantee and LABC new build warranty / insurance schemes, having stepped in to replace MDIS’s previous preferred firm
  • Instructed by HDI Gerling to defend its insured BASF plc, a global chemicals group, against a high value claim against multiple defendants for catastrophic personal injuries after a contractor fell several metres into a sump at their factory.

TLT 's practice,  handles litigation, arbitration and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Key client sectors include retail, leisure, food and drink, clean energy, digital and the public sector. Emma Flower co-heads the team and deals with commercial disputes, including contractual and warranty claims, supply chain cases, commercial agency issues, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Julien Luke also co-heads the team and is experienced in disputes in the energy sector. Jon Hainey joined the firm from DWF, he is adept at handling commercial disputes for a broad range of clients from SMEs to multi-national businesses, and public law disputes for and against local authorities and central government.

Practice head(s):Emma Flower; Julien Luke

Other key lawyers:Jon Hainey; Gary Freeman; Helen Daley

Testimonials

TLT are above par and fresh in their approach to clients’.

Jon Hainey stands out; he leads his team well and is always available’.

Jon Hainey is a sound litigator, a safe pair of hands and effective in an understated way’.

Key Clients

Boohoo.com

Co-operative Group Limited

CityFibre Limited

Entanet International Limited

Farmcare Trading Limited

Movianto UK Limited

New World Trading Company UK Limited

PrettyLittleThing

Provident Financial plc

Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland

Search Consultancy Limited

Wilker UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Lancashire County Council (LCC) judicially reviewed DEFRA's decision to withdraw Waste Infrastructure Credits following LCC's reorganisation of its waste management facilities across the County which primarily involved terminating an expensive PFI contract with the then provider of services.

Irwin Mitchell's team is particularly focused on clients in the financial services, consumer, tech and manufacturing sector, working with national and international companies and financial services institutions, as well as high net worth and high-profile individuals. Duncan Hope heads the team and is experienced in High Court litigation, mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:Ailsa Anderson

Testimonials

The team at Irwin Mitchell are diligent, conscientious and thorough’.

Irwin Mitchell adopt a calm and considered approach to litigation, which is reassuring and sets them apart from other legal teams’.

The team appear to genuinely care about client service and communication’.

Communication is frequent, timely and consistent and as a team they are always available when needed’.

The individuals are personable and engaging, which differentiates them from other litigation teams’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a successful claimant bank in multi-party cross-border proceedings concerning a facility of circa £25m.
  • Acting for the respondent tech company in relation to a petition in respect of alleged unfair prejudice pursuant to section 994 of the Companies Act 2006.

Boutique commercial firm Prosperity Law LLP , which has three offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire, advises clients on commercial disputes relating to property, contracts, shareholder and partnerships, construction, professional negligence and insurance. Clients include SMEs and multinational organisations. Edward Smethurst heads the team alongside Andrew Farrell who recently joined as partner from JMW Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Edward Smethurst; Andrew Farrell

Testimonials

The team is professional, streetwise and has a flexible approach’.

Ed Smethurst and is a very pragmatic and capable lawyer who gives solutions-based advised in a very well communicated way’.

Key Clients

Professional, Financial Claims Association

Gladstone Brookes

C & C Insurance Brokers Limited

Trafalgar Insurance Limited

Carey Design Limited

Metrolink RATP Dev Ltd

Palladium Insurance Limited

Acasta European Insurance Company Ltd

Jed Clark

Mary Kilham, Jayne Kilham and Emma Bodie

Work highlights

  • Advising the Professional Financial Claims Association on various legislative changes and potential judicial review challenges.
  • Advising Gladstone Brookes on new areas of financial claims business and various high value actions against UK banks and financial institutions with an aggregate value of over £500m.
  • Representing C & C Insurance Brokers Limited, one of the UK’s largest independent insurance brokers, on a variety of legal matters with an aggregate value of over £100m.
  • Represented Trafalgar Insurance Limited as retained advisors and acted for insureds in relation to defending a variety of complex and important matters.
  • Dealing with a £3m-plus litigation for Carey Design Limited concerning defective products provided by a key supplier.

Clarke Willmott LLP's Manchester practice is led by commercial and private client litigator John Flint, who has expertise in shareholder disputes, complex contractual disputes and defamation, among other areas. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, owners, directors and shareholders of plcs, medium and small businesses and major financial institutions. The north west team work in tandem with the national firm's other bases in Birmingham, Bristol and Southampton.

Practice head(s):John Flint

Key Clients

The National Union of Mineworkers

Leisuresec plc

USL Consultants Limited

Fieldside Business Support Limited

Richard Wales

Andy Scott/REL Capital Limited

Capital Growth Group Limited

Patricia and Derek Smith

Daisy Street Limited

Wessex Investment Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The National Union of Mineworkers on a claim against Organisation International Energie Mines (aka IEMO) relating to alleged breach of an agreement to repay to NUM funds recovered by IEMO in a long-running legal battle against a former senior executive of NUM.
  • Representing Fieldside Business Support Limited in respect of unpaid invoices under asbestos consultancy service contracts with The Co-operative Group.
  • Acting for an IFA in a complex and high value dispute against Norland Managed Services Limited (now part of CBRE Group) and Friends Life Pensions.
  • Advising Leisuresec in relation to a proposed injunction application, High Court claim for damages and cross claim for breach of contract.
  • Advising Fieldside Business Support Limited on a claim against Asda following the termination of a national services contract for the provision of construction design and management services.

Farleys Solicitors LLP's areas of expertise include breach of contract claims, IP disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Daniel Draper heads the team and is particularly adept at resolving sports disputes.

Practice head(s):Daniel Draper

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Fairclough

Testimonials

'Very responsive, sensitive and clear.'

'Rebecca Fairclough is extremely helpful, diligent and fully communicative.'

Freeman Fisher LLP advises clients on corporate disputes, insolvency, financial litigation, regulatory work, commercial fraud, professional negligence, defamation and IP. Other areas of expertise include search and seizure orders and freezing orders. Alex Megaw heads the team, while Christopher MacCafferty recently joined as a consultant from SAS Daniels LLP, where he was head of commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):Alex Megaw

Other key lawyers:Christopher MacCafferty; Louise Goodwin

Testimonials

The litigation team at Freeman Fisher have an extremely commercial, refreshingly pragmatic and personal approach’.

The strengths of the individuals in the team complement each other well, creating a well-rounded, strategic team’.

They are hard working, dynamic, approachable, available and always remain fully focussed on the best outcome for each client and their individual circumstances’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a director and shareholder of a company in the home and leisure industry in respect of a corporate dispute with a co-director/shareholder.
  • Acting for a director and shareholder of a prominent Irish manufacturing business in defence of s994 proceedings, a dispute which also involves insolvency aspects.

Nexus Solicitors Limited advises on professional negligence claims involving solicitors and barristers, accountants and the medical profession. Other areas of expertise include tax liability, enforcement and damages, and the firm regularly acts in the High Court. Chris Pugh heads the team with support from Debbie Whiteley.

Practice head(s):Chris Pugh

Other key lawyers:Debbie Whiteley

Ralli Solicitors¬†is adept at handling various commercial litigation matters including partnership and corporate disputes, defamation and IP disputes. Other areas of expertise include business and property matters, breach of contract, banking litigation and boundary disputes. ‚ÄėExcellent lawyer‚Äô Christian Eagle¬†heads up the ‚Äėfantastic litigation team‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Christian Eagle

Other key lawyers:Sam Pepper; Polly Hill; Allan Kornbluth

Testimonials

Christian Eagle is an excellent lawyer with a good feel for a case’.

The firm provides sound legal advice whilst taking into account the wider commercial context of a situation’.

The whole team is very approachable and strongly recommended’.

Key Clients

Site Contract Personnel Ltd

Shade Ltd t/a Shade Station

Duggan & Pam Scoltock (High Net Worth)

C&T Pharmacy Ltd

IMS Euro Ltd

B2B1 Print & Packaging

Moore Stephens International Ltd

Gullco International UK Limited

Manchester firm Stripes Solicitors, which was founded in 1995 as a niche litigation practice, has a particular focus on construction disputes. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence, contractual disputes, company and partnership disputes, insolvency, and banking and property matters. Andrew Stripe heads the team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Stripe

Other key lawyers:David Gallagher

Trowers & Hamlins LLP represent clients on procurement disputes, contentious insolvency disputes, contentious bankruptcy, fraud, shareholder disputes, breach of warranty claims, and professional negligence claims. Clients include local authorities, real estate investment companies, pension funds, private companies, high-net-worth individuals and public sector bodies. Dan Butler co-heads the team and acts for local authorities, housing associations, NHS trusts, and other contracting authorities, working alongside London-based co-head Lucy James.

Practice head(s):Dan Butler; Lucy James

Testimonials

'Robust yet commercial legal advice given in a very timely manner. Whilst other firms can also give good technical advice, this isn't always backed up by a commercial and pragmatic approach. The team, which has strength and depth, is particularly strong in the not-for-profit and property sectors and draws on the deep sector expertise within the wider firm.'

'Dan Butler is consistently proactive and gives robust and commercial advice.  He is able to work very quickly and pick things up at very short notice.'

'Dan Butler has an excellent career ahead of him - he has an impressive set of skills and commercial nous.'

Key Clients

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Arch (North Staffs) Limited

MMBS (UK) Limited

Your Housing Group

Equity Housing Group

Integrated Dental Holdings Limited (t/a MyDentist)

Caprice Holdings Limited

UK Container Maintenance Limited

Caring Homes Group Limited

RSM Restructuring & Recovery LLP

Quantuma LLP

Ningbo Corleone Import and Export Company

Mazars LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

Core Education Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the Education and Funding Skills Agency in contested insolvency proceedings against its former landlords, R Square Properties and Moors Properties.
  • Represented an institutional landlord in an advisory capacity arising out of its tenant House of Fraser's proposal for a CVA and subsequent administration.
  • Represented an institutional landlord in respect of issuing flowing from the CVA of Homebase.
  • Represented MMBS (UK) Limited in its challenge against Birmingham City Council's procurement of major adaption building works for housing for citizens with disabilities.
  • Represented Arch (North Staffs) Limited in its challenge against the Police and Crime Commissioner's procurement of domestic abuse support service across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.


Debt recovery

Index of tables

  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • James Stephenson - Brabners LLP

Bermans is adept at handling a range of litigation and recoveries matters for clients including SMEs, family businesses, entrepreneurs and management teams. Key sectors include publishing, finance, construction, leisure, professional services and retail. Nick Harvey heads the collection and recoveries team.

Practice head(s):Nick Harvey

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Berkson; Andrew Koffman; Michael Smeaton; Gareth Farrelly; Claire McDonnell

Brabners LLP's Liverpool debt recovery offering secured a major boost during 2018 with the hire of Phil Sheard and associate James Stephenson from Hill Dickinson LLP. Sheard and his team brought over a significant amount of work on their arrival, and have also since secured multiple instructions from the firm's existing clients, which come from a range of sectors including financial services, professional services and recruitment.

Practice head(s):Phil Sheard

Other key lawyers:James Stephenson; Jacqui Lloyd; Tony Foley

Key Clients

4Syte Construction Finance Ltd (formerly Cirrus 4Syte Funding Ltd)

4Syte Funding Ltd

Battlefield Machinery Ltd

Bibby Factors Bristol Ltd

Bibby Factors Leicester Ltd

Bibby Factors Manchester Ltd

Bibby Factors Northeast Ltd

Bibby Factors Northwest Ltd

Bibby Factors Slough Ltd

Bibby Factors Sussex Ltd

Bibby Factors Yorkshire Ltd

Bibby Invoice Finance Discounting Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to a claim for the sum of £262,606 in respect of unpaid invoices assigned to Bibby by AMP. The invoices are for the supply to Office Depot International (UK) Limited of TK Maxx Carrier bags and gift sacks for its UK and European stores.
  • Handling regular instructions for Kingsway Asset Finance Limited to deal with the recovery of monies due under loan agreements, hire agreements, hire purchase agreements and personal guarantees.
  • Acting for Bibby Factors Slough Limited in relation to a number of claims for unpaid invoices where the debtors are refusing to pay due to a dispute over who is entitled to payment for goods supplied.
  • Instructed by 4Syte Funding Limited to pursue debtors for invoices assigned to our client by Pro Delta Limited and to also pursue the personal guarantor of Pro Delta Limited for any shortfall.

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on various debt recovery matters including collection of business-to-business debts. The firm concentrates on high volume instructions and handles cases from the letter before action stage through to judgment and enforcement as well as insolvency proceedings. Karl Williams heads the team and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management.

Practice head(s):Karl Williams

Other key lawyers:Denise Lamb; Simon Fitzgerald; Darren Judge

Testimonials

A unique combination of many years of experience in the debt recovery sector, along with a highly competitive pricing structure’.

Denise Lamb and Karl Williams offer a superb level of service - both are highly experienced in their fields, always willing to go the extra mile, and with excellent communication and guidance’.

Key Clients

Exertis (UK) Limited

Hilti (GB) Limited

L’Oreal (UK) Limited

Kellan Group

Ryder Limited

PPL PRS Limited

Bolton School

Edmundson Electrical

DHL International (UK) Limited

Weightmans LLP’s has recently seen an increase in work from corporate and owner-managed business clients  in relation to litigation and winding-up Petitions. Team co-head Andrew Cox has experience of ADR and advises clients in the banking, utilities and transport sectors, while fellow co-head Mark Burch focuses on secured and unsecured public and private sector debt recovery.

Practice head(s):Andrew Cox; Mark Burch

Key Clients

Cabot Financial (UK) Limited

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

The Cabinet Office

Neopost Limited

UK Fuels Limited

Murray Metals Group

Indigo Footwear UK Limited

NWF Fuels Limited

The King’s School

Davis Cotter Lyons

Johnsons Apparelmaster Limited

Specific & General Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Motor Insurers' Bureau in recovering monies from uninsured motorists.
  • Handling thousands of consumer credit accounts for Cabot Financial.

Chandler Harris LLP focuses on recovering service charge and ground rent arrears; it acts for large management companies and freeholders in England and Wales. The firm also advises on company and partnership disputes, breach of contract, insolvency law, land actions and professional negligence claims. David Harris heads the team.

Practice head(s):David Harris

Other key lawyers:Simon Stopher

Gorvins Solicitors advises on the collection of debts on behalf of liquidators and administrators and the recovery of monies due under guarantees. Other areas of expertise include defended work and enforcement, fast track and multi-track claims and debt collection out of jurisdiction. Other clients include finance houses, businesses and professional clients. Mark Deverell heads the team.

Practice head(s):Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:Danielle Clements; Sunita Patel; David Guest; Kimberley Daley

Greenhalgh Kerr has a particular focus on representing local authorities, collecting millions of pounds in outstanding council tax and business rates to be returned to the public purse. Richard Kerr co-heads the team and deals with debt recovery and commercial litigation; he works alongside Daniel Tate, who handles finance and leasing work.

Practice head(s):Richard Kerr; Daniel Tate

Other key lawyers:Steven Owens;

Testimonials

Fast, efficient and proactive’.

Daniel Tate is excellent and presents matters practically, using common sense rather than legal jargon.

Key Clients

PCF Bank

Asset Advantage

Advantedge Commercial Finance

Ignition Credit

Kingsley Asset Finance

Renaissance Asset Finance

Preston City Council

Bradford City Council

Durham County Council

Dudley Council

Zuto Car Finance

Camden Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a liability order for Ipswich Council, and successfully defended an appeal of the decision in the High Court, against a charity engaged in rates avoidance.
  • Represented Cheshire East Borough Council in a case concerning business rates avoidance by the granting of questionable leases.
  • Represented Trafford Council in a case involving widespread attempts to avoid business rates liability.
  • Represented Walsall Council on summonses for two liability orders for unpaid business rates.
  • Represented Southend On Sea Council in respect of three disputed summonses for liability orders in respect of unpaid business rates.

Hill Dickinson LLP carries out routine debt recovery work, while also fielding litigation specialists to deal with complex and contested recoveries. Areas of expertise include enforcement of judgments and costs orders, Norwich Pharmacal Applications, vehicle finance disputes and restitution claims for NHS clients. Client sectors include agriculture, leisure, retail, estate agency, engineering and construction companies, professional education institutes and high-net-worth individuals. Legal director Sharon Williamson leads the Manchester-based team.

Practice head(s):Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:John Quicler; Kate Steele; Paul Twigg

Key Clients

Bibby Financial Services

Thomas Hardie Commercials Limited

Agilent Technologies LDA UK Limited

Wirral Teaching Hospitals

Borgun HF

MJ Quinn Integrated Services Limited

Anexys Limited

Irwell Street Metal Company Limited

Broder Metals Group Limited

Urban Bubble

Work highlights

  • Successfully recovered £76,000 from a local authority in relation to care services provided by client to a vulnerable adult.
  • Successfully recovered monies in the sum of £33,000 held in the claimant’s various bank and pension accounts following third party debt order applications.
  • Regular instructions to recover payment of invoices assigned to Bibby Factors Manchester and to issue their daily letters of demand which in the last calendar year totalled in excess of 200.
  • Regularly acting for NHS Business Services Authority to recover overpayment of pensions and other benefits.

The team at Mason Hayes Solicitors, which is led by firm founder Marcus Hayes, handles general dispute resolution and debt collection work, primarily acting for clients in the telecoms sector. Hayes was awarded an MBE for services to the law and to education in 2019.

Practice head(s):Marcus Hayes

Stripes Solicitors deals with various insolvency and commercial debt recovery matters including summary judgments and winding-up petitions. The firm has recently seen an increasing amount instructions for claims against other lawyers. Andrew Stripes, Ian Hughes, and Leigh Sunter head the team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Stripe; Ian Hughes; Leigh Sunter

Other key lawyers:Tracey McIver

The Keith Jones Partnership advises clients on business-to-business debt recovery, tenancy eviction, and service charge and rent recovery. The team is headed by three partners; Keith Jones, who advises well-known companies and corporations and is a qualified mediator; Nicholas Brown, who focuses on construction litigation, and Brenda Li, who specialises in technology disputes.

Practice head(s):Keith Jones; Nicholas Brown; Brenda Li

Other key lawyers:Kris Minks; Stuart Thomas

Testimonials

Their intricate knowledge is phenomenal.

Keith Jones is very approachable and has a wealth of knowledge.

Highly professional and good manners; most importantly they understand businesses and provide efficient advice.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented KCEG Limited in opposing set-aside application in relation to a £4,000 judgment debt; costs sought against client of £30,000 dismissed.

TLT advises on the recovery of outstanding mortgage arrears and property for a variety of clients, including financial institutions and banks. Other areas of expertise include recovery of ground rent and service charge arrears for property management companies, landlords and developers. Legal director Darren Shaw heads the team.

Practice head(s):Darren Shaw

Other key lawyers:James Chadwick; David Robinson


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