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Bond Dickinson LLP stands out for its ability to service complex litigation efficiently. Practice head Tom Beezeris incredibly clear and responsive’, and is recommended alongside Ian Newcombe and Gavin Matthews. The team defended the Post Office against allegations by its former agents that its systems were defective. Other clients include British Gas and Sainsbury’s.

Blake Morgan LLP successfully defended NHS England against allegations of breach of statutory duties, and represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the intervention and closure of Blavo & Co’s offices. Susie Dryden heads the three-partner team, which includes Richard Portlock and Jill Bainbridge.

Irwin Mitchell merged with Thomas Eggar LLP in 2015, bringing the legacy firm’s four-partner team in Hampshire led by Andrew Jackson (who is ‘brilliant at seeing the bigger picture’) and Hannah Clipston. The practice has an extensive track record in disputes for clients including Lloyds Bank and Gamma Telecom. Stephanie Beckett is ‘a real dynamo’.

Clarke Willmott LLP acted for Lendy on a possession order concerning a nursing home that had defaulted on loan repayments, and defended Bandai against a compensation claim. Owen Williams heads the team, which includes senior associate Greg Hughes and solicitor Cathy Harris.

Ian Dawes heads the team at Coffin Mew LLP, which includes associate Michael Ellis. Clients include Hungryhouse Holdings and Saxlund International. James Russell left to form his own automotive company.

Moore Blatch LLP acted for Monitor Audio in an appeal against HMRC’s decision that the client was not entitled to R&D relief. Claire Haverfield is a key contact. Paul Whitaker left the firm.

At Paris Smith LLP, practice head David Eminton ‘is an excellent litigator who understands the law’. Clive Thomson and Mike Pavitt are also recommended.

Pitmans LLP acted for JDI Dating in a contractual dispute with a customer service outsourcing company. Other clients include HCR Group and Cranbourne Holdings. Practice head Rick Munro and director Sylvia Yendall are recommended.

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‘pragmatic’ head Jonathan Grigg advised on several cross-border cases in 2015. Clients include Southampton Football Club and Cepia HK.

At Trethowans LLP, Richard Cook is noted for his ‘strong instincts’. Clients include Ladbrokes and Toys R Us.

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