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

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

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

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

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

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    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

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