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Baines Wilson LLP is defending an energy company in High Court litigation involving misuse of confidential information, breach of contract and the return of unpaid sums. Martin Stafford has significant experience in professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants and insurers. Isobel Milburn is experienced in multi-party disputes with an international element.

The disputes practice at Burnetts stands out for its wide-ranging coverage, which encompasses shareholder and partnership disputes, property litigation and challenges to public procurement. The education sector is a particular specialism; Patricia Hall acts for private schools on debt recovery matters, cross-border disputes and student issues and complaints. Team head James Johnston ‘provides very measured but firm advice’. Sian Spencer joined Napthens LLP in December 2015.

For some, Endeavour Partnership LLP has ‘the strongest reputation for commercial litigation in the Teesside area’. The team was recently strengthened by the addition of associate Ged Flanagan from Bond Dickinson LLP; he brings his experience to an already strong team that includes Lee Bramley, who is ‘an extremely knowledgeable lawyer who is good at seeing the wider picture and achieving clients’ aims’.

Clients of Jacksons Law consider the disputes practice’s knowledge, professionalism and guidance to be ‘of the highest standard’. Toby Joel (‘a good listener who absorbs the facts of a case quickly’) is noted for his debt recovery and equine law expertise and heads the team, which has been retained by the NFU to act on equine insurance claims. Nigel Kidwell left the firm to become a barrister.

Peter Stafford leads the practice at Cartmell Shepherd and is ‘a first-rate litigator who has a good strategic mind, is calm under pressure and can readily hold his own against others’. The practice recently acted for a claimant in High Court proceedings against a national animal feed company.

Punch Robson’s litigation team ‘provides a first-class service to its clients’. Recent work includes acting for the claimant against a firm of solicitors concerning alleged negligent advice in respect of the enforceability of a restrictive covenant in a business sale agreement. John Wilkin is ‘an excellent litigator who is noted for his steely determination and unflappable nature’.

At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, practice head Alison Leith and Debra Burton are praised for being ‘hardworking and effective; they fight hard for their clients’. Recent instructions include construction-related contractual disputes.

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