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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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