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Banking litigation

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Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP single out the firm’s national expertise and international network, making it an ideal choice for cross-border work. The Manchester team is adept at handling disputes in the retail banking and payment services, as well as the asset finance and leasing sectors. The firm, which is on the panels of a number of major UK financial institutions, acts for clients including The Co-operative Bank, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK) and Metro Bank. Key work included representing RBS in the PIP breast implant Group Litigation Order, which involved advising on the bank’s position arising from potential liabilities under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. β€˜Exceptional’ Team head Stewart Plant specialises in litigation, regulatory issues and dispute resolution within the finance sector, and also heads the firm’s global payments practice. Ben Johnson is β€˜quick to assimilate facts’ and has β€˜good awareness of the commercial realities of cases, as well as a keen eye to the broader strategy of a dispute’. Other key figures include legal director Nicola Higgins, who handles disputes involving consumer credit and retail banking, payment services, as well as professional negligence claims; and senior associate Krystle Robinson.

Addleshaw Goddard acts for major UK Banks and other financial institutions on a range of disputes, with specialist expertise in asset finance and asset based lending. The team also handles professional negligence and fraud mandates, as well asset recovery and regulatory investigations. HSBC Bank, Shawbrook Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, West Bromwich Building Society, Aldermore Bank, Aldermore Invoice Finance and Nationwide Building Society are clients. The department was recently bolstered by the arrival of the β€˜outstanding’ Harold Brako from Shoosmiths LLP, who is experienced in asset based lending and receivables financing. He leads a team that includes Ben Lowans, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds and specialises in finance litigation and fraud, and Legal director Helen Collinge, who joined the team from Shoosmiths LLP alongside Brako. Managing associate Matthew O'Neill is also recommended.

The β€˜effective and commercial’ department at DWF is split across its Liverpool and Manchester offices and acts for major UK retail banks, finance houses and non-captive automotive finance companies. Recent work includes defending Brown Shipley & Co and KBL European Private Bankers against a Β£71m claim. Lloyds Banking Group, Santander Consumer (UK), FirstRand Bank and UK Asset Resolution are also clients. Key figures include national head of finance litigation John Perez, who is singled out for his motor finance expertise, and the β€˜tenacious’ Ritchie Irvine, who β€˜recognises the individual needs of the client’ and β€˜provides commercially effective advice’. Also recommended are the β€˜astute’ Graham Sidlow; David Wood, who handles non-contentious consumer credit and regulatory matters; Julia Williams, who heads the consumer credit and asset finance division; senior associate Daniel Fitzgerald, who recently joined from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP; and associates Dominic Jones and Jonathan Hall.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a β€˜highly regarded’ team that is able to draw on expertise from its UK and international network to handle major banking litigation. It is on the panels of several major UK banks and also acts for a number of challenger banks, for which the team handles matters involving regulatory risk, contentious regulatory investigations and enforcement cases. The team is representing a major financial institution in a number of claims brought by its customers on the basis that the application of the firm’s sanctions policy led to direct or indirect discrimination, and is representing an asset manager in five contested commercial lending cases. Key clients include HSBC Bank, BNP Paribas, Clydesdale Bank, The Co-operative Bank, Svenska Handelsbanken and Jerrold Holdings. The β€˜brilliant’ James Southworth heads the northern practice and Zia Ullah advises on fraud and financial crime compliance. Newly promoted partner Sarah Naylor is also recommended.

Squire Patton Boggs attracts praise for its β€˜sizeable litigation expertise and clout in the North West’ and ability to deliver β€˜sensible and pragmatic advice’. The team, which leverages the firm’s international network of offices, regularly represents financial sector clients in complex, high-value, high-profile litigation in the English courts, and in international arbitration. Highlights included conducting investigations for six non-US banks into compliance with US sanctions regulations, and advising a building society on a Β£55m professional negligence claim against a major UK accountancy firm. Department head Anthony Taylor (who is rated for his β€˜energy and resourcefulness’ and who β€˜will not let go until he has got the best result available’) handles a raft of professional negligence claims against the advisers to banks and building societies. Mike Caird and β€˜robust litigator’ Peter Lees are singled out at senior associate level.

Berg’s β€˜highly regarded’ borrower-focused practice primarily acts for SMEs, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in complex banking and finance disputes and investment claims. Chief executive Alison Loveday (an expert in financial regulation and mis-selling) is representing the claimants in a Β£30m financial dispute and regulatory claim against RBS. Euro Hotels Group, Metro Bank, Laver Holdings and Together Money are also clients. New recruits include team head Andrew Davidson, who joined from Knights Professional Services Limited; Daniel Brumpton, who handles professional negligence cases and joined from Irwin Mitchell; and insolvency specialist Christopher McDuff, who joined from BCIA Recovery and Turnaround. John Colvin is also recommended. Former head of dispute resolution Damian Carter joined Weightmans LLP in 2017.

Gateley Plc is noted for maintaining β€˜excellent client relationships’ and routinely handles a range of contentious matters – including complex recoveries, security enforcement, fraud and professional negligence claims – for banks, building societies and other financial providers. It also assists clients with complaints to the Financial Services Ombudsman and defends claims involving allegations of mis-selling of financial products. The team, which works closely with its colleagues in Birmingham and Leeds, is headed by the β€˜experienced’ Andrew Field.

Hill Dickinson LLP handles general finance litigation, with particular expertise in the asset based lending sector, for which it handles invoice discounting and receivables finance disputes. The team is also increasingly instructed on fraud-related matters. In Liverpool, Phil Sheard leads on finance litigation and heads the commercial debt recovery team. Sheard led the team representing Bibby Factors North West in two unpaid invoice disputes against Alifast and Highline Cladding. Sheard also led advice to the European Commission on the recovery of €1.8m from a limited company which had recently been placed into liquidation. In Manchester, legal director Sharon Williamson heads the finance litigation team and acted for Bibby Factors Manchester on the recovery of funds advanced pursuant to an invoice discounting agreement; she also led the team representing an asset based lender client in a personal and proprietary freezing injunction against an employee who had misappropriated funds. Lloyds Bank, Hitachi Capital (UK), Bank of Ireland (UK) and Factor 21 are also clients.

Commercial litigation: Manchester

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  1. Commercial litigation: Manchester
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Commended for its β€˜strength-in-depth’ Addleshaw Goddard is β€˜first-rate in handling complex and sensitive litigation, and obtains optimal results’. The team’s recent track record includes handling a number of competition law claims, as well as complex, high-profile commercial mandates spanning procurement, public and administrative law, judicial review, pensions, fraud, tax and IP. Highlights included defending Stansted Airport in an abuse of dominance competition law claim relating to the termination of the licence held by Terravision Transport, and others members of the Terravision group of companies, to operate coach services between the airport and central London after Terravision was unsuccessful in a competitive tender. It also represented Pillbox 38 UK in the conclusion its legal challenge to the Tobacco Products Directive 2014, which imposed new regulations on the manufacture, sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes from May 2016; and defended Natalie Roche, a UK-based distributor of beauty products, in an attempt by EstΓ©e Lauder, through one of its subsidiaries, GlamGlow, to terminate a distribution agreement, following EstΓ©e Lauder's acquisition of GlamGlow. PZ Cussons, NKT Group, Delta and Capita are also clients. Standout figures include Mark Molyneux, who is a β€˜very skilled litigator’; Susan Garrett, who β€˜brings excellent judgement to bear on any case’; Jonathan Tattersall, who heads the construction, engineering and environmental disputes team; and John Gosling, who is recommended for professional negligence disputes. Also recommended are legal director Clare Dwyer, who is a commercial and public law litigator, β€˜very astute’ managing associate Paul Rowley, and associates Nick Ashcroft and Fiona Walker.

Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP’s litigation team are quick to praise its β€˜excellent service’. It regularly handles litigation arising from private equity and corporate transactions, often with an international dimension, and has particular strengths in the outsourcing and technology sectors. The team defended two designated members of MicroFusion in a common law derivative claim brought by another member of MicroFusion, and is acting for Maven Capital Partners UK on 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. The team is also acting for Tata Steel in a long-running dispute with its water supplier concerning the price of supply of non-potable water for use at three sites in Wales. Brother International Europe, KlΓΆckner Pentaplast, Matalan and Pets at Home are also clients. Key figures include Stewart Plant, who heads the department; David Gray, who leads on manufacturing dipsutes; Andrew Smith, who handles complex transactional and shareholder disputes and is joint UK lead for the firm's international corporate and securities litigation group; and Jonathan Eatough, who advises on disputes arising from M&A, infrastructure projects, and PFI and PPP arrangements. Legal director Nicola Higgins and senior associates Philip Williams, Leontia McArdle and Krystle Robinson are also recommended.

DWF’s β€˜very responsive’ team provides an β€˜excellent service’ and covers a range of disputes including breach of warranty cases, indemnity claims, and shareholder and partnership. Jon Hainey is representing Lancashire County Council in a judicial review of DEFRA’s decision to withdraw a grant worth Β£90m, following the council’s termination of a Β£2bn PFI contract to provide waste recycling and disposal across Lancashire. Claire Graham acted for The Insolvency Service in a court application to disqualify directors of Rice Flame Bar & Grill, which operated from various locations in Manchester. WM Morrison, United Utilities Water and Serco Group are also clients. National head of commercial litigation, Joel Heap is β€˜extremely professional and totally understanding of the client’s needs and goals’; he is recommended alongside Steve Morris, who is head of commercial litigation in Manchester and is β€˜a superb strategist who works tirelessly for his clients’. Other key figures include the β€˜very experienced’ Andrew Harris; Lee Norman, who handles professional negligence claims; director Chris Gee, who is β€˜outstanding’ and β€˜understands how important it is to make commercial decisions during litigation’; and senior associates Zoryana Jurczyszyn and Nicole Burton.

Noted for providing β€˜technical expertise that is second to none’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s β€˜approach is clearly well reasoned and based on great expertise and experience’. the team, which is β€˜able to rival litigation departments of Magic Circle firms’, acts for large North West corporates, as well as corporates with national and global coverage. It is defending Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Jersey) in litigation brought by two individuals relating to royalties arising out of a feature film; and is representing Manchester Airport in a claim against Ten Group under a guarantee arising out of the termination of an advertising contract with Airport Advertising UK. The team continues to represent three companies within the Wockhardt group in an Β£80m litigation brought by Teva Pharmaceuticals; and is representing Managed Communications in a number of breach of warranty and fraud claims relating to its acquisition of Infinicom Communications. Thomas Cook, TATA Chemicals, Manchester United and Daisy Communications are also clients. Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who is noted for his β€˜calm approach’, head the team. Principal associates Tom Whitfield and Phil Duignan, who joined from DWF in July 2016, are also recommended alongside associate Luisa Zukowski.

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a β€˜strong and capable team’ that handles a range of complex litigation and arbitration. Recent highlights include several large, multi-party group litigation cases. β€˜Real fighter’ Geraldine Ryan heads the team and is noted for his β€˜robust advice’; she is representing Manchester Ship Canal Company in a dispute with General Motors UK regarding rights relating to drainage, and is acting for new client Vynova Wilmshelmshaven on issues arising out of the purchase of a UK-based business from Inovyn Chlorvinyls. Peter Southeran (who β€˜always sees the route through a case’) is representing a high-net-worth individual in a Β£150m case against an accountancy firm, and led the team representing the estate of PC David Rathband in a liability case against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police. β€˜Unflappable’ legal director Christopher Tyrrell is an β€˜up-and-coming star’ and attracts praise for his β€˜very analytical approach and good commercial skills’. Tyrrell defended NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group in a procurement challenge by an unsuccessful bidder. International Cotton Association, Swinton Insurance, Pig Improvement Company and Dechra Pharmaceuticals are also clients. Also recommended are Iain Campbell, who has a particular specialism in handling higher education sector claims; professional support lawyer Moya Clifford, who is noted for her β€˜command of heavy technical detail’; and senior associate Alex Smith.

Noted for its β€˜no-nonsense, robust representation’, Brabners LLP’s team is particularly experienced in disputes related to the sports and recruitment sectors and is regularly called on to handle law firm partnership disputes and shareholder disputes. Key work included issuing judicial review proceedings on behalf of Rullion Engineering in relation to a dispute regarding the manner in which a public body designed and conducted a tender process; defending Swimming Championships 2016 in complaints made by competitors of the London 2016 Arena European Master Swimming Championships; and acting for Keppel Healthcare in recovering outstanding rent arrears from a public body tenant. International Sports Management, Begbies Traynor and Cooper Property Services are also clients. Clients single out β€˜exceptional’ department head Jeff Lewis.

Clients of DAC Beachcroft LLP rate its β€˜fantastic level of service’ and β€˜speedy response times’. The practice acts for global organisations in high-profile and high-value disputes, often with a cross-border element. Department head Jan Levinson (who is β€˜very wise’) acted for a former cabinet minister in claims against Mirror Group Newspapers arising from the unlawful obtaining and misuse of personal information. Harald Loeffler represented the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in a Β£15m dispute with its former Non-Emergency Patient Transport provider, SRCL. Other clients include Manchester United, BAE Systems, Royal Mail Group, DHL Management Services and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Also recommended are the β€˜very experienced’ Sydney Fulda and senior associate Vicki Bates, who is β€˜very responsive, commercial and practical’ and has specialist expertise in disputes involving insolvency practitioners.

According to clients, Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜technically excellent’ team is β€˜the full package; it has great litigators who are commercially minded, efficient and personable’. It handles a broad spectrum of commercial litigation cases, often with a cross-border element. It is particularly noted for its expertise in sports, media and entertainment litigation, as well as regulatory disputes. Highlights included acting for Allied Irish Bank (AIB) in multimillion-pound proceedings brought by an individual alleging AIB was not entitled to repayment of sums loaned and secured against properties and that AIB fraudulently signed documents. It is also representing The Green Home Company (South) as one of twelve claimants in a multi-party claim against the now-defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) relating to a proposal by the DECC to reduce feed-in tariffs within the solar power industry. Manchester City Football Club & City Football Group, Everton Football Club and Balfour Beatty are also clients. Department head Julian Diaz-Rainey is a β€˜superb lawyer, strategist, and commands a very strong team’. He is ably assisted by senior associates Andrew Mitchell (who is a β€˜very savvy commercial litigator with good instincts’) and Jo Seed, who is β€˜a very safe pair of hands’ and β€˜just the kind of person you want assisting you in large-scale and complex litigation’. Associate Michael Hannon is also recommended.

Following a series of recent hires, JMW Solicitors LLP is β€˜becoming the new force in the North West for commercial litigation’, with clients singling out its combination of β€˜a keen understanding of the law with an understanding of clients’ aims and objectives’; β€˜it never loses sight of the importance of commerciality in commercial litigation’. The team handles a raft of contentious commercial matters in a range of sectors, including sports, e-commerce and media. It is representing Megtec Environmental in a four-party dispute involving construction works for a waste management site and is acting for over 5000 employees of WM Morrisons in a group litigation claim against WM Morrisons arising from a leak of payroll information in 2014. The Hut Group, Manchester Building Society and Smart Parking are also clients. Marc Yaffe heads the team, which includes consultant Michael Kennedy, who joined from Slater and Gordon in 2016 and has β€˜a huge amount of experience and tactical nous’; Mark Jones, who β€˜always talks the client’s language’; the β€˜excellent’ Andrew Farrell; and Nick McAleenan. Other new recruits include Graham Small, who joined from LHS Solicitors LLP, and senior associate Claire Brown, who joined from Kennedys. Senior associate Ben Miller is also recommended.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP fields a team of β€˜really strong litigators’ that is β€˜highly effective at getting results’ and is β€˜increasingly active in arbitration cases’. Its wide-ranging commercial client base includes several international companies, as well as high-profile entrepreneurs, sports stars, lenders and SMEs. The team acted for Turtle Bay Restaurants in a contractual dispute with Npower Direct and acted for Character World in a settlement enforcement matter. Beech Holdings,, Harnbury Holdings, Chase de Vere Financial Services and Robert McBride Ltd are also clients. Team head Andrew Weinberg (who β€˜really knows his stuff and is quick to build a rapport’) handles professional negligence claims relating to valuers’ and solicitors’ negligence, as well as providing VAT and tax advice. Damian Bailey, who is experienced in shareholder disputes, is β€˜highly intellectual and leaves no stone unturned’. David Jones, who was promoted to partner in 2016, is β€˜excellent at getting results, even in difficult cases, and has a real eye for finding commercial solutions’. Daniel Fitzgerald recently joined DWF.

Pannone Corporate LLP attracts praise for its β€˜good commercial advice’ and β€˜very responsive’ service. The practice acted for Community Safety Development (UK) in a data protection dispute, and defended Turley Associates in a multimillion-pound claim brought by Henley Healthcare., Conviviality, Cotton Traders, DB Cargo, DHL Express and Iceland Frozen Foods are also clients. Team head Paul Jonson is β€˜very experienced and knowledgeable’ and David Brown is singled out for his β€˜commercial acumen and no-nonsense advice’. Also recommended are the β€˜very able’ Nicola Marchant and associate partner Martin Pennington.

Clients of Squire Patton Boggs appreciate its β€˜global support structure’ and its β€˜ability to communicate in simple terms’. It has a particular focus on the chemical, manufacturing, IT and financial services sectors, and is also developing its offering in the data breach and cyber security sphere. Highlights included acting for the representative beneficiary in an application to court for rectification of three trust deeds for the Leisure Connection Pension Scheme; and representing Instem Clinical in a breach of contract claim by a customer for failure to pay for a software licence and associated services. Contact Holdings instructed the team in a Β£1m claim against its insurer following the failure of a printing press at its site in Stockport. Assetz SME Capital, GB Group, Graham & Brown and SSP are also clients. Department head Victoria Leigh is β€˜practical, reliable, proactive and calm’ and has β€˜considerable technical expertise in pensions and financial services, as well as broad commercial and litigation experience’. Lucci Dammone specialises in company and commercial disputes, professional negligence claims, and pensions, IT, franchising and partnership disputes. Senior associate Mike Caird is also recommended.

Weightmans LLP houses β€˜a wealth of talent’, enabling it to handle a range of complex contentious commercial matters, including IP, civil fraud and franchise disputes. It is also noted for its public and financial sector expertise. 116 Cardamon instructed the team in a Β£2.4m breach of warranty claim arising from a share sale and purchase agreement; in another highlight the team acted for Joseph Gleave & Son in an Β£8m procurement challenge against the MoD. It is also representing Slush Puppie in a dispute with the ICEE Company. Gulf Marine Contracting FZE, Wainhomes (North West) and Thomas Cook Airlines are also clients. National team head Robert Jones is β€˜a real fighter and provides a quality legal serviced informed by a real commercial awareness’. He is assisted by the β€˜pragmatic’ Richard Corran, who β€˜takes a tough line against opponents’, and professional negligence specialist Carole Spiller, who β€˜has great rapport with clients, is incredibly hardworking and dedicated, and achieves great results’. Key figures at associate level include Josh Conroy, who is β€˜a very good lawyer, with an ability to command great detail in all manner of cases’; Danielle Best; and Joanne Williams. Damian Carter recently joined from Berg.

The β€˜first-rate’ department at Gateley Plc is particularly known for its expertise in the sports and healthcare sectors, and the team is often instructed on cross-border disputes. Clients include British Medical Association, British Sub-Aqua Club and Chubb Insurance. Department head Sarah Sabin has β€˜in-depth experience’ of complex multi-party disputes and surety claims. Janine Allen handles corporate, partnership and shareholder disputes and professional negligence claims, and is experienced in healthcare-sector litigation. Associate Nick Murrills is noted for his experience in the sports-sector and acts for the North West Counties Squash League on a range of instructions. Senior associate Nicola Richardson is also recommended.

Mills & Reeve LLP impresses with its β€˜client care’ and β€˜commercial and strategic acumen’. It acts in cases across a wide variety of sectors including food, agribusiness, sport, waste, education, manufacturing, and private wealth. Highlights included defending Jatinderjit Bhullar, Bhullar Bros and Bhullar Developments in a Β£1.2m double derivative claim; and representing Ripple Developments in a Β£1.2m breach of contract claim. It also defended Phoenix Wholesale Distribution in an Β£8.4m claim from a pharmacy chain arising out of the alleged sale of patent-infringing generic drugs. Remondis UK, Bidfresh and Global Group are also clients. Team head Richard Dawson-Gerrard is β€˜not afraid of a fight’ and demonstrates β€˜impressive knowledge’. The β€˜first-rate’ Simon Pedley handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as contentious trust cases. Principal associate Sandra Morrison β€˜grapples with issues quickly’ and operates the firm’s German desk.

Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for its β€˜prompt and pragmatic legal advice’ and handles a range of commercial disputes including product liability, shareholder, policy coverage, defamation, and pensions cases. It represented GlaxoSmithKline UK in a Β£2m product liability case, and acted for Chubb Insurance in a multi-party High Court product liability claim following a goods lift failure. The team also receives a number of product liability instructions from Hoover. MD Insurance Services, Carewatch Care Services and University of Bolton are also clients. Department head Kath Livingston is β€˜a talented lawyer who can competently address commercial matters with a robust, pragmatic legal solution’. Senior associate Richard Marshall handles a raft of commercial insurance and product liability matters.

TLT is noted for its β€˜good legal knowledge; its advice is always thoughtfully considered and the approach is always thorough’. The team, which is experienced in the retail, leisure and utilities sectors, acted for Lee Westwood Golf Schools in a dispute involving unpaid fees, which led to a multi-layered investigation into the business of the school and its partners. It also defended ASD Westok in a Β£2.6m contractual dispute arising out of the construction of a large supermarket, and acted for CityFibre regarding an injunction for trespass concerning its network of fibre-optic assets in Coventry., Home Retail Group and Farmcare Trading are also clients. Team head Emma Flower is β€˜robust, very sharp, understands clients and quickly gets to the heart of a case’; she has developed a specialist practice in export controls and sanctions. Julien Luke is also recommended. Former team head John Lord joined Knights Professional Services Limited in November 2016.

Turner Parkinson LLP β€˜punches above its weight’ and is involved in an increasing number of high-profile matters and multimillion-pound disputes for high-net-worth individuals, large national and international companies, plcs, and investors. Its recent highlights include acting in large-value shareholder and commercial fraud actions; breach of warranty claims arising out of corporate transactions; and acting in multimillion-pound claims against banking institutions and lenders. The team is headed by Ian Fitzpatrick, who is a β€˜tough litigator’ who β€˜handles big cases with ease’, and includes the β€˜creative’ Lisa Shacklock, who β€˜never misses a trick’.

BLM’s β€˜pro-active and thorough’ team has β€˜an expert sense of the realities of litigation’, and is β€˜a leading player in the insurance-backed commercial litigation market in and around Manchester’. It acts for a range of insurers, multinational corporations, SMEs, public sector organisations and high-net-worth individuals. Zurich, Ecclesiastical, Allianz, Chubb and J Sainsbury are clients. Team head Robert Steele handles high-value and complex policy coverage, property damage, construction and engineering matters, as well as product liability disputes. Catherine Mangham, who has β€˜a high reputation as a litigator in the commercial insurance market’, and Nick Bond, who is β€˜an excellent technical lawyer’, are also recommended.

Berg acts in a range of commercial disputes for SMEs, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, and is particularly experienced in banking and finance-related litigation. It is representing the claimants in a Β£30m case against RBS, which involves breach of contract, misrepresentation, breach of duty of care, and currency manipulation claims. Sixt, Arnold Laver Holdings and Euro Hotels Group are also clients. Department head Andrew Davidson recently joined from Knights Professional Services Limited. Reuben Berg, Alison Loveday, John Colvin, and Daniel Brumpton are also recommended. Former department head Damian Carter joined Weightmans LLP.

Browne Jacobson LLP handles high-value commercial litigation and is particularly active in Commercial Court cases, with an emphasis on the insurance, public sector and healthcare sectors. It is continuing to represent Ted Baker and No Ordinary Designer Label in a high-profile claim against AXA Insurance UK and two co-insurers, and represented Cornwall Council in a Β£160m Commercial Court case against BT. DPD Group, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, NHS Commissioning Board and Celtheath are also clients. Department head Nichola Evans has β€˜fantastic commercial judgement and strategic nous; she is calm and collected under pressure and is capable of turning around complex and voluminous tasks in a surprisingly short period of time. Her experience shines through and lights the way.’ Associate Katie Scott is also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell’s β€˜responsive and understanding’ team is β€˜knowledgeable and professional’ and acts for a range of corporate and financial-sector clients in high-value disputes. Highlights included representing The Co-operative Bank in proceedings against Deutsche Bank, Hayes Freehold (in liquidation), Sentrum (Hayes) and Sentrum Holdings, concerning a facility provided to Hayes Freehold. It also defended Ascentis in a high-value breach of contract claim. Team head Duncan Hope is β€˜an experienced litigator’ and has β€˜a very effective and measured approach’.

Kennedys is particularly well-known for its expertise in insurance-related disputes and is increasingly handling instructions involving fraud, often with a cross-border element. Recent highlights include defending Allied Irish Bank (AIB) in interest rate hedging product claims, and is acting for a claimant in a high-value fraud case. Consultant Anne Kershaw is β€˜very highly regarded’.

Linder Myers’ expertise spans shareholder and partnership cases, high-value professional negligence claims, and contractual, banking and property-related disputes. Team head Peter Kaye brings β€˜a wealth of experience’ and is adept at complex High Court and County Court litigation cases, and often acts for overseas clients on complex, cross-jurisdiction issues. William O’Neill and senior associate Paul Magee are also recommended.

Nexus Solicitors Limited delivers β€˜excellent client service’ and handles a range of commercial litigation cases, including matters regarding the alleged mis-selling of mortgage and other financial products. The team is acting in a professional negligence claim against solicitors who advised on arrangements to enforce security over a piece of land and an associated sale of the land. The team also represented an international company in a mediation involving a Singapore-based company. Team head Chris Pugh acts in high-value cases involving professional negligence, and contractual and financial issues. He is assisted by Debbie Whiteley, who specialises in property litigation, and Andrew Tonge, who handles insolvency-related cases.

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for owners, directors and shareholders of plcs, medium and small businesses and major financial institutions in disputes across the retail, banking, finance, renewable energy, sport and technology sectors. Its expertise covers shareholder disputes, complex contractual disputes, defamation, and breach of confidential information cases. Team head John Flint joined the firm in April 2016 from Linder Myers.

Farleys Solicitors LLP draws on its network of offices across the region to handle a wide range of commercial disputes including breach of contract claims, IP disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. Sports-related matters are also a key area of specialism. Daniel Draper heads the team and is experienced in professional negligence, as well as sports-related work. Solicitor Richard Yates is also a key member of the team in Manchester.

Stripes Solicitors, which is commended for its β€˜insight, quality and speed of service’, handles a range of contentious commercial cases covering shareholder and partnership disputes, employment, professional negligence, insurance, banking and finance, insolvency and contract litigation. Property and construction litigation is also a key area of expertise. The team continues to act for major insolvency practitioners including Begbies Traynor, Leonard Curtis, KPMG, RSM Tenon, Baker Tilly, FRP Advisory and Wilson Field. It also acts in construction disputes on behalf of liquidators. Managing director Andrew Stripe is β€˜an extremely competent litigator and is always able to achieve a fair and commercial result’.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP focuses on procurement challenges, judicial review and contentious insolvency cases, acting on behalf of claimants and defendants, owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals. It is also noted for its contentious public law practice. The team acted for numerous law firms in the duty solicitors’ scheme litigation in the High Court challenging the Legal Aid Agency's procurement for duty provider contracts. It also represented four criminal defence law firms in a judicial review case. Rowlinson Constructions, Begbies Traynor, MyDentist and Equity Homes Group are also clients. Senior associate Dan Butler heads the team in Manchester, while London-based Lucy James is the national team head.

Commercial litigation: Liverpool

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  1. Commercial litigation: Liverpool
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  3. Leading individuals
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DLA Piper UK LLP has an extensive track record in disputes with an international dimension, leveraging expertise from its international network of offices. The technology, energy, engineering, retail, transport and infrastructure sectors are all key areas of strength for the team, which regularly handles M&A-related litigation, private equity disputes and corporate re-organisations. Key clients include Lonrho, Serco, Capita and United Utilities. Team head Mark Goodwin has a β€˜fantastic reputation’ in the region, and handles a raft of heavyweight litigation, including disputes relating to IT and outsourcing matters, commercial contracts, and M&A transactions. He also handles high-value professional negligence disputes. Also recommended are legal directors Catherine Radcliffe and Christina Sharma.

DWF fields a β€˜simply superb’ team of β€˜quality litigators’ that handles a range of contractual and company disputes, including breach of warranty, indemnity claims, shareholder and partnership disputes. It also regularly handles professional negligence issues, judicial reviews, competition cases, and contentious probate matters. The food and drink, retail, technology, telecommunications, healthcare and education sectors are all areas of focus for the department, which is representing TelefΓ³nica UK in its high-profile dispute against Packet Media. It is also acting for TelefΓ³nica UK as an interested party in EE’s judicial review of OFCOM’s decision to revise annual licence fees. Burton’s Foods, Derwent Holdings, Crown Paints, Iceland Foods, and Horizon Care & Education Group are also on the team’s client roster. Andrew Whalley is β€˜an excellent practitioner, with great tactical nous’; he leads a team that includes Graham Dagnall, who has particular expertise in disputes in the food and retail and professional services sectors; and Matthew Stoll, who heads the insurance litigation practice group. Also recommended are director Chris King, senior associate Lyndsay Crowder-Barton, who is β€˜bright and very switched-on’, and associate Helen Otty.

The β€˜impressive’ team at Hill Dickinson LLP is β€˜very well prepared’ and β€˜very determined in pursuing its clients’ interests’. It regularly handles high-value, complex commercial litigation and arbitration, often with a cross-border element, and has particular experience in judicial review, professional negligence, commercial fraud, procurement, IP, IT, defamation, and environmental cases. β€˜Outstanding’ team head Fiona Parry is representing Bourne Leisure in a claim for compensation concerning the client’s land interests at Hopton Holiday Village, Hopton-on-Sea, and is representing Aquarius Holdings in claims against the former captain of a superyacht for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Phil Sheard is acting for The European Commission in a €1.8m recovery case relating to a limited company which had recently been placed into liquidation. Stewart Burrows, who was recently promoted to legal director, is defending Coffee Republic Retail in a cross-border franchising dispute. HS Ocean Group, Stobart Group, United Utilities Water, Finance Wales and National Express are also clients. Other key figures include Paul Walsh, who is experienced in IT-related litigation; legal director Nina Ferris; and senior associates Daniel Keating, who is β€˜hardworking, knowledgeable, and excellent with clients’, and James Stephenson.

Clients of Brabners LLP praise the team’s β€˜commercial and practical approach’ and β€˜knowledgeable, approachable and straightforward service’. In addition to having acknowledged strength in director, partner and shareholder disputes, as well as professional negligence claims, insolvency cases, commercial fraud, media, and defamation cases, the team is also noted for its sports-sector expertise, and acts for International Sports Management (ISM) on a range of commercial litigation and reputation management matters. Recent work includes acting for Integra Compliance in a Β£4m dispute against SWS Compliance, and representing T J Morris in a Β£16m claim for compensation under competition law for excess Visa and MasterCard fee charges. Salford Red Devils, Hadfield Wood Recyclers and Chester Racecourse are also clients. Team head Paul Lunt has a β€˜wise head, and a calm, reassuring manner’; his β€˜advice is straightforward and commercial, and is able to deal with matters with little fuss and good success’. Other key figures include recently promoted partner Philip Steele, who heads the defamation and privacy team, and is β€˜hardworking and clever beyond his years’; Jacqui Lloyd, who handles construction, engineering and property disputes; and senior associate Jack Froggatt.

Weightmans LLP regularly handles complex and high-value contractual disputes, and is handling a growing number of outsourcing, franchising and IP disputes, as well as a number of judicial review claims relating to tax. The firm acts for a wide-ranging client base, with an emphasis on the education and manufacturing sectors; Middlesex University, NWF Fuels, and Graylaw International Freight Group are all clients. Clients single out Craig Blakemore, who has β€˜a clear understanding of the needs of the client’ and is β€˜very attentive’; Andrew Roberts, who heads the firm’s national manufacturing sector group; and recently promoted partner Sarah Conroy, who is β€˜a very able practitioner, with great client-management skills’.

The β€˜very responsive’ team at Bermans β€˜undertakes work in value and complexity at a level beyond that which you would expect for a firm of its size’. It acts for individuals, professionals, privately owned companies, SMEs, family businesses, entrepreneurs and management teams on a range of commercial disputes. Highlights included acting for Bibby in a dispute relating to a factoring agreement with Morleys, under which Bibby purchased debts owed to Morleys by HFD and MCD Group. It also represented Porter Capital in a $1.7m debt claim against a London-based guarantor and indemnifier. Team head Nick Harvey is β€˜calm and attentive’ and has β€˜the ability to break down a situation down to its salient points, and explain them in a way that a layman can understand, while always focusing on the main issues’. Jonathan Berkson and senior associate Michael Smeaton are also recommended.

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West

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Aaron & Partners LLP fields a β€˜competent, friendly and assured’ team that is adept in disputes related to agency agreements, M&A transactions, distribution, sale of goods and supply of services contracts, shareholder and partnership issues, as well as professional negligence. It is also noted for its expertise in cross-border cases. The transport and warehousing sectors are a key focus for the department, which is headed by insolvency expert Nick Clarke and which includes David Harries, who has particular expertise in energy, engineering, construction and IT disputes; John Devoy, who is experienced in professional negligence cases; and David Potts has extensive expertise in shareholder disputes. Associate David Mann is also recommended.

Brabners LLP attracts praise for its β€˜no-nonsense and direct approach’. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans directors and shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, professional negligence, warranty claims, commercial fraud and insolvency cases, with particular expertise in recruitment industry disputes, as well as contentious probate cases. The β€˜very experienced’ Stuart Irons leads the department.

DTM Legal LLP fields a β€˜very able litigation team’ that β€˜always tries to find a solution and a way forward, rather than just state the law’. Operating across its Chester and Liverpool offices, the team handles a range of contract, finance, property, IP and construction disputes. Highlights included defending Rotex Europe in a Β£26m claim brought against it by a Saudi Arabian firm. Scottish Power, Lloyds Pharmacy, AAH Pharmaceuticals and Pochin Construction are also clients. The β€˜exceptionally talented’ Jim Morris leads the team, which includes Richard Thomas, who impresses with his β€˜depth of knowledge, and his extremely commercial and pragmatic approach’; Anna Duffy, who is experienced in healthcare and education sector disputes; and the β€˜highly regarded’ Duncan McAllister.

Gorvins Solicitors β€˜provides a first-class service’ and is β€˜a real alternative to many of the bigger, regional, city-centre firms’. The team’s expertise covers company commercial and partnership disputes for companies, shareholders and partners; finance-related disputes; and insolvency, professional negligence, and property cases. Avonside Group, Bibby Leasing, Thorne Credit Union, ECF Asset Finance, Crystal Finance (Europe) and Oldham Credit Union are clients. Department head Mark Deverell is a β€˜very approachable and pragmatic individual, who is able to burrow down to the key issues in the most complex of cases’. Also recommended are property litigation expert Guy Lightowler, who β€˜leaves no stone unturned, and always strives to achieve the best result for clients’; Michael Morris, who is experienced in finance-related instructions; David Guest; and senior associate Danielle Clements, who handles contentious will and estate disputes, as well as property litigation. Jonathon Crook joined in early 2017 from Irwin Mitchell.

Jolliffe & Co LLP has an β€˜outstanding team’ whose β€˜overall level of service is extremely high; everyone acts with speed and accuracy, and the team has great knowledge of specialist areas’. It handles a range of heavyweight litigation for its strong local client base, with expertise covering high-value, complex contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of warranty claims, and personal and corporate insolvency, among other areas. The firm also houses strong debt recovery expertise. Team head Andrew Bartley β€˜consistently goes the extra mile to find innovative solutions to disputes, and is rarely stumped by an issue, regardless of its complexity’. Peter Anderson, the β€˜clear-thinking’ Fiona Blakeborough (who is singled out for her β€˜excellent litigation management’) and the β€˜excellent’ Jo-Anna Martin are also singled out for praise.

According to clients, Myerson Solicitors LLP fields β€˜one of the most user-friendly team of lawyers in the North West’. The team handles β€˜complex commercial litigation with confidence and with an entrepreneurial spirit’ and is praised for its combination of β€˜strength in litigation and approachability’. It is acting for CGL Group on three separate high-value banking litigation and professional negligence matters, and is acting for Sinclair Construction and its directors in a damages claim related to a residential development. Lima Orthopaedics, TATA Chemicals Europe, CI Dulux, Akzo Nobel and Starkey Laboratories are also clients. Adam Maher is a β€˜first-class litigator’ who is praised for his β€˜razor-sharp commercial judgement, tenacity and excellent communication skills’; he β€˜quickly identifies the core issues’ and is β€˜extremely robust under pressure. Also recommended are the β€˜client-friendly’ Tim Norman, who is a β€˜very clear and incisive thinker’; recently promoted partner Jonathan Hassall, who specialises in IP, finance and regulatory disputes and is β€˜not fazed by any situation or challenge’; and Helen Thompson.

Napthens LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team is particularly noted for its expertise in the rural industry, agriculture, leisure, energy, education and ecclesiastical sectors, and for its track record defending clients in regulatory prosecutions, as well as contested probate matters. Iain Wharton heads the team, which includes the β€˜experienced and knowledgeable’ David Bailey, who is recommended for commercial property disputes and is β€˜very quick to respond’; Robert Richards; and senior associate Andrew Holden.

FS Legal has β€˜a deservedly good reputation for providing a top-quality, commercial service’. The team is well regarded for its expertise in high-value professional negligence cases and is increasingly advising on general commercial cases and construction-related proceedings. Morris Homes Group is a key client. Kit Sorrell is β€˜a tenacious litigator’ and is β€˜able to turn his hand to any kind of dispute’; he heads the team alongside β€˜excellent litigator’ Julia Norris and was recently joined by senior associate Mubarik Haider from Berg.

Forbes Solicitors is β€˜always quick to respond’ and delivers β€˜practical advice’ in a way that β€˜is easy to understand’. Its expertise spans corporate, contractual, property and construction disputes, as well as professional negligence, debt recovery and contested probate cases. Highlights included advising Blackburn Cathedral Development Trust in a dispute regarding a multimillion-pound development at Blackburn Cathedral. Blackburn Rovers FC, Burnley FC, Trust Inns, Croud Inc. and Twin Valley Homes are also clients. Recently promoted partner Tom Smith heads the team and is applauded for his β€˜good commercial knowledge’. The β€˜very experienced’ Robin Stephens handles a range of construction, procurement and property-related disputes.

KBL Solicitors LLP’s commercial litigation department β€˜punches above its weight’. The team, which is singled out for its β€˜efficient’ and β€˜focused’ approach, is particularly experienced in professional negligence claims against solicitors and accountants, and has continued to develop its specialist knowledge in relation to financial mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. It also handles general commercial, corporate, property and insolvency disputes. Michael Slater has a β€˜contagious enthusiasm for work, is tactically good, and displays a good commercial understanding of the needs of the client’. Also recommended are consultant Nick Horsfall, who is recommended for property litigation, β€˜first-rate’ consultant Gregory Gardner-Boyes, and associate Stephen McArdle, whose β€˜excellent advice gets straight to the real nub of disputes’.

Specialist litigation firm Manleys Solicitors is β€˜able to explain matters of law in a very simple way’. Its expertise spans contentious trusts, media, entertainment, healthcare, politics and sports-related matters. It is acting for Lovania Nurseries in a Β£1m employee fraud case, and is advising ex Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook in several matters involving the rights to the "New Order" trade mark, and to the band’s back catalogue. Team head Mark Manley is β€˜able to turn his hand to most commercial disputes’ and β€˜fights hard to get the right outcome for clients’. Manley is noted for his expertise across media, entertainment, sport, retail, finance and politics disputes. Leanne Wheeler is β€˜very thorough and insightful’ and is particularly noted for her healthcare sector experience. Associate Katie Mickleburgh is also recommended.

The β€˜well-managed and professional’ team at Slater Heelis LLP has β€˜the interests of the client at the heart of its ethos’ and has β€˜great awareness of practical and tactical considerations’. It acts predominantly for owner-managed businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs on a range of matters, from debt recovery through to high-value contract claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, construction cases, IP disputes, and contentious wills and probate matters. Highlights included acting for Hofler Global in a cross-border dispute relating to the sale of goods to a UK company, and defending Advanced VOIP Solutions in an enforcement notice relating to alleged automated marketing calls. Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, Angela Mortimer, Euro Car Parts and State Bank of India are also clients. The β€˜excellent’ Helen Brown heads the β€˜user-friendly’ team, which includes β€˜first-class’managing partner Chris Bishop and associate Pritham Raj, whose β€˜knowledge of the law and procedure regularly enables his clients to gain a tactical advantage over the opponent’.

Based across its Preston and Blackburn offices, Farleys Solicitors LLP delivers a β€˜personal service’ and regularly handles breach of contract claims, IP disputes, and commercial landlord and tenant matters, as well as professional negligence and shareholder disputes. Department head Kieran O’Connor is recommended for high-value contract disputes and also acts in cases involving disputed wills and inheritance.

Based across its Birkenhead and Chester offices, the team at Hillyer McKeown LLP acts for a range of SME clients and high-net-worth individuals. John Lambe heads the team, which includes Paul Marsh, who is recommended for insolvency-related matters and Michelle Mayoh.

Niche firm Mason Hayes Solicitors is noted for its specialist expertise in the TMT sector, where Marcus Hayes heads the dispute resolution department.

SAS Daniels LLP attracts praise for its β€˜excellent response times’ and β€˜sound and direct’ advice. It is experienced in general commercial disputes, as well as property, fraud, negligence, construction and probate-related litigation. Gladman Homes, Three Mobile, Qualtex (UK), and F J Gibson are clients. Team head Christopher MacCafferty is recommended for property, construction, partnership and shareholder disputes. Also recommended are Paul Formby, who heads the insolvency and corporate recovery team, and Roger Allsup, who is noted for construction-related disputes. The team has recently been bolstered by several hires at associate level. Richard Smith recently retired.

Niche transport firm Backhouse Jones β€˜punches above its weight’. Its client base ranges from small businesses to multinational plcs in the haulage and passenger carrying sectors. It regularly disputes arising from the sale and carriage of goods, and breach of warranty claims. Team head Steven Meyerhoff is noted for his β€˜excellent technical and team management skills’.

Baines Wilson LLP’s β€˜highly recommended’ commercial litigation team acts for a range of national corporates as well as local businesses and individuals, and is experienced in professional services, manufacturing and construction-related disputes. The β€˜experienced’ Elizabeth Black heads the team, which includes Katherine Sibley, who specialises in construction and engineering sector disputes.

Butcher & Barlow LLP’s β€˜meticulous’ and β€˜highly commercial’ team is β€˜always well prepared and demonstrates an intricate knowledge of the law’. Highlights included acting for Clearway Drainage Systems in a Β£1m insurance dispute. Alex Sandland (who is β€˜bright, resourceful’ and β€˜always ready to fight the client’s corner’) and Anthony Higham head the team.

The team of β€˜skilled practitioners’ at Slater and Gordon has β€˜good experience across the board’ and is focused on advising individuals, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in a range of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, professional negligence, partnership disputes, misrepresentation claims, insolvency and tax disputes. The team also advises on contentious probate and property litigation. The β€˜very experienced’ Andrew Bogle heads the team.

Debt recovery

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Bermans has a β€˜first-class reputation for debt recovery matters’, and acts for businesses, individuals, discounters, insolvency practitioners, and leasing companies. Highlights included acting for Porter Capital (an Alabama Finance Company) in a $1.7m case against a London-based guarantor and indemnifier. Bibby Factors Northwest is also a client. Nick Harvey leads the collections and recoveries team, and Jonathan Berkson is experienced in commercial recovery work for asset based lenders.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜supportive and effective team’ is spread across its Liverpool and Manchester offices, and covers a range of debt recovery expertise such as factoring disputes and recoveries, restitution claims, enforcement of judgments and costs orders, and vehicle finance disputes. Key mandates included acting for Finance Wales in a loan recovery; acting for AWB Plastics in a claim against a Swedish Company for non-payment of goods and services; and advising The European Commission on the recovery of €1.8m from a limited company, which had recently been placed into liquidation. Bibby Factors, Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance and Myriad Genetics are also clients. Liverpool team head Phil Sheard β€˜shows great understanding’ as to the needs of the client, and β€˜tailors the approach of the team to ensure effective recovery, with proper sensitivity’. Recently promoted senior associate James Stephenson is also recommended. Legal director Sharon Williamson heads the Manchester-based team.

The β€˜superb’ department at Pannone Corporate LLP delivers β€˜quick responses’ to its commercial client base, which includes Bargain Booze, Exertis (UK), Hilti (GB), L’Oreal (UK), Berkeley Scott, Hydes Brewery and DHL International (UK) are clients. Practice head Karl Williams β€˜has an immense amount of patience’, β€˜a professional attitude’, and β€˜is willing to explain issues in a way that the client can understand’. Associate Denise Lamb is β€˜sensible, hardworking, very experienced’ and β€˜always has a sensible and appropriate assessment of cases’. Associate Darren Judge joined from Stripes Solicitors in September 2016 and is experienced in the SME market. Peter Swann retired in October 2016.

Weightmans LLP β€˜delivers an excellent level of service’ and is commended for its ability to β€˜keep clients up-to-date’. The team acts for a range of clients in the banking, debt purchaser, utilities and transport sectors, including Cabot Financial, HSBC Bank, The Motor Insurers’ Bureau, NWF Fuels, Credit Collections (UK), Specific & General Services and UK Fuels. The team has also experienced and uptick in public sector mandates. The β€˜superb’ Andrew Cox leads the national team, which includes consultant Mark Burch, who specialises in secured and unsecured public and private sector debt recovery, with particular expertise in the use of insolvency procedures to assist in the collection of debt.

Brabners LLP has a β€˜professional’ department that delivers a β€˜fantastic service’ and handles a range of high-value, complex debt recovery work. The team also provides a full recovery and enforcement service. Jacqui Lloyd heads the team in Liverpool, which includes legal executive Tony Foley, and advises on a range of secured and unsecured debt recovery work. Stuart Irons heads the team in Preston, and acts for banks, building societies and finance houses on secured and unsecured lending, as well as the recovery of commercial debt on behalf of companies and professional organisations.

Chandler Harris LLP’s β€˜efficient, tactful and professional’ department is β€˜quick to respond with good, professional advice’. It acts for clients across England and Wales on a range of debt recovery matters and has a practice dedicated to collecting residential service charges and ground rents on behalf of over 130 property clients. Associate Simon Stopher β€˜always explains the pros and cons of all scenarios’. David Harris and associate Philip Boulton, who acts for creditors in commercial debt recovery matters, are other key figures in the team.

The β€˜impressive’ team at Gorvins Solicitors handles debt and asset recovery for finance houses, claims on behalf of liquidators and administrators, and the collection of rent arrears and service charges. The team acts for finance houses, leasing companies, businesses and professionals, including Thorne Credit Union, Bibby Leasing, Bibby Asset Finance, E-Foods, Photo & General Finance and Oldham Credit Union. Dispute resolution head Mark Deverell leads the team, which includes Michael Morris, and senior associate Danielle Clements. Mark Fairclough joined Berg.

β€˜Specialist firm’ Greenhalgh Kerr deals exclusively with debt recovery and insolvency matters, as well as associated litigation. The β€˜persistent and diligent’ debt recovery team (whose β€˜technical and legislative knowledge is second to none’) regularly handles debt recovery matters related to the leasing and finance industry, and its growing local authority team handles complex recovery matters for 53 councils across England and Wales, including the collection of unpaid business rates. The team also has a strong track record in advising clients in the student accommodation sector. Key figures include department head Richard Kerr, who β€˜takes a hands-on approach’; and leasing team head Daniel Tate, who specialises in asset based finance and advises on debt collection, return of goods and breach of contract disputes. Also recommended are β€˜excellent communicator’ Steven Owens, who is β€˜an all-round performer’, and Warren Usden.

Jolliffe & Co LLP’s β€˜excellent’ debt recovery team advises SMEs, estate agents, auctioneers and private landlords throughout Cheshire and North Wales, as well as internationally. It also acts for letting agents and block management companies in obtaining possession, in addition to collecting rent and service charge arrears. The department also manages volume debt recovery work for Chester Cathedral. Dispute resolution head Andrew Bartley is recommended alongside senior debt recovery executive Kerry Davies, who joined in February 2017 from Knights Professional Services Limited to head the team.

Niche commercial law firm Mason Hayes Solicitors provides debt collection advice to a range of commercial clients. The firm has been appointed as provider for commercial debt recovery work by a major UK insurance company, a national car retailing chain, and one of the largest UK telecommunication reseller companies. Marcus Hayes is the key contact.

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜very responsive team’ β€˜works hard to deliver a seamless digital experience’ and β€˜pushes hard to ensure that the best possible value is achieved for customers’. The team utilises expertise across its national network of offices and provides debt recovery services to major banks, other lenders, debt purchasers and corporates across the UK. It handles all debt types including asset finance, consumer secured and unsecured lending, commercial and corporate secured and unsecured lending, invoice finance, mortgage shortfall, and B2B trade debt. Team head Sean Adams leads the mortgage shortfall recoveries team. Harold Brako joined Addleshaw Goddard in January 2017.

Stripes Solicitors’ β€˜keeps clients fully informed of progress throughout the process’ and continues to act for insolvency practitioners including KPMG, Leonard Curtis and Wilson Field, CRS, Chamberlain & Co and CLB. The team has recently been appointed to handle 100 debt recovery matters on behalf of a surveying practice specialising in business rate reductions, and has been retained to collect a Β£1.5m book ledger for a medical agency company. Tracey McIver joined from Thomas Higgins & Co in November 2016. Ian Hughes and the β€˜highly recommended’ Andrew Stripe are singled out.

The Keith Jones Partnership provides an β€˜excellent’ level of service and fields a β€˜fantastic’ team that specialises in business-to-business debt recovery, as well as commercial litigation, for a range of clients including sole traders and international plcs. Managing director Keith Jones is β€˜extremely efficient and knowledgeable’; β€˜his advice is always sound and commercially aware’. Brenda Li is also recommended.

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