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Key names in B P Collins LLP’s ‘excellent’ team includes ‘formidable adversaryMatthew Brandis, Craig Williams, who is ‘a consistently strong, highly dedicated and tactically astute litigator’, and Nick Hallchurch, who is strong on shareholder and partnership disputes. Clients include Biffa Waste Services and Norgine.

Dentons’ team provides a ‘first-class service’ and further cemented its position with the arrival of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP’s banking litigation team in February 2016, including Tim Constable, Steven Mills and Clare Stothard. The team is developing a niche in sports litigation through James Fairbairn, who ‘has great instincts as a litigator and knows the right buttons to press with the other side to aid the right result’. Highlights included representing a Chinese football club in bringing appeals before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Helen Simpson is ‘extremely impressive’.

Paul Kite’s team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) handles business critical disputes that are frequently at an international level, and has particular strength in commercial fraud. Sarah Jackson is ‘an excellent negotiator who has a level-headed but powerful approach to litigation’. Clients include Renault UK and Cummins Power Generation.

SA Law LLP’s ‘first-class’ team is jointly headed by Robert Ryall, who ‘instils confidence and exudes professionalism’, and Tracy Lacey-Smith, who is ‘a super tactician’. ‘Intelligent, strategic and level-headed’ senior associate Nathanael Young recently represented a client in defamation proceedings. Simon Walsh, who is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile’, was promoted to senior associate in 2015.

At Debenhams Ottaway practice head Luke Harrison is ‘a high-quality and experienced commercial litigator’. The group is acting for Pharmacina in a case pertaining to an alleged repudiatory breach of a distributor contract.

Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent litigation department’ is representing the claimant in a dispute pertaining to a breach of a joint venture and / or licence agreement. Key names include Kenneth Stangoe, Trevor Coward, Guy Brooks, Mairead McErlean and Richard Millard.

Highlights for Sherrards Solicitors LLP’s ‘professional’ practice included franchising disputes, property disputes and banking litigation. Paul Marmor is leading on the development of the firm’s international litigation offering.

Shoosmiths LLP’s Paul Kirkpatrick attracts praise for his ‘excellent strategic thought and creative solutions’. Recent highlights included acting for a client in a breach of contract dispute. Associates Harriet Campbell and Sarah Ingram are also recommended.

EMW Law LLP is increasingly handling disputes in the waste and recruitment sectors. Damon Watt, Karen Young and Mark Rondel are the key names. Clients include Vax and Inter MK.

Experienced litigatorSimon Hobbs leads Freeths’ team of ‘very experienced lawyers’, which acts for clients including Niftylift and Whitbread.

Highlights for Machins Solicitors LLP included representing the respondents in an unfair prejudice action at the High Court. Neil O’Callaghan’s team includes John Carter and Janice Young.

At Taylor Walton LLP, practice head James Carpenter acted for the claimant in a judicial review of a decision not to validate a planning application. Tracy Harris is another key contact. Andrew Knight retired from the law in October 2015.

Tees Law’s ‘excellent’ team is singled out for its ‘pragmatic and timely solutions’. Key names include Justin Robinson and the ‘unflappableDarren Perks, who focuses on property disputes.

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