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Birkett Long LLP’s team, led by the ‘excellentPeter Allen, delivers ‘complete satisfaction’ to clients, who value its ‘well-researched’ advice. Highlights included acting for BEW Electrical Distributors in a breach of warranty dispute arising from an asset purchase agreement.

Birketts LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team handles a range of matters, from representing clients in shareholder disputes to managing claims arising from omnibus contracts and licensing agreements. The ‘exceptionalDaden Hunt has been defending Elektron Technology against a £2m derivative claim.

At Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP, ‘supreme tactician’ James Burkett acted in a £30m claim arising from shareholder disputes over the removal of the company’s CEO and alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

Nick Hatchett leads the group at Wortley Byers LLP, which attracts praise for its ‘strategic approach to difficult litigation’. Also recommended are the ‘hardworking’ and ‘versatile’ Sarah Stanyer and Wendy Beach, who ‘fights her client’s corner really hard’.

Ellisons Solicitors’ ‘well-established and respected’ team continues to act for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Lee Pearce and Graeme Wallington are recommended.

The ‘efficient, proactive and knowledgeable’ Clive Tant heads the practice at Palmers. Adam Davis has been promoted to partnership.

Stephen Eccles at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors secured a favourable ruling for Carbon Smart in a breach of contract case before the Court of Appeal.

Leanne Philp at Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors is noted for her clear grasp of the technicalities of commercial litigation.

The two-partner team at Jefferies Essex LLP is led by Sarah Mitchell and represents a number of large businesses in Essex.

Fiona Colwell leads the ‘practical, efficient and responsive’ group at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP.

At Rainer Hughes, Sanjay Panesar is a ‘good strategist who can pull a big team together’.

Tees Law’s practice is particularly active in the property sector. David Perry is the key figure.

Thompson Smith and Puxon’s Sharon Auton regularly handles consumer disputes. Judith Winward is also recommended.

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