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Charles Russell Speechlys LLPcan match the big London names and provide an excellent result’. Highlights for ‘tactically superb’ practice heads Duncan Elson and Stephen Burns included Elson’s representation of Fiat Chrysler on several terminations of authorised dealerships, and Burns’ handling of an unfair prejudice shareholder dispute. Senior associate Jamie Cartwright is also recommended.

David Bennet and Tim Foley lead Clyde & Co LLP’s practice, which has acted for clients such as Virgin Atlantic and Ericsson. Bennet represented Apache North Sea in a wilful misconduct claim against Talisman under a joint operating agreement, while Foley acted for RTS Contracts in a dispute with a former client.

Noted for its ‘very good quality of advice’, Stevens & Bolton LLP’s team is led by Richard King and supported by the ‘sharpMichael Frisby and Sarah Murray, who is ‘good at advising cost-effective strategies’. The team handled several disputes in the technology and aviation sectors, including Montise Create’s claim against Formula E for breach of contract.

DMH Stallard LLP has handled multiple cross-border disputes in the aviation and banking sectors and spanning countries such as the US and Portugal. Highlights for ‘commercially astute’ practice head Simon Elcock included representing BDO LLP in several breach of contract disputes.

Thomas Eggar LLP merged with Irwin Mitchell, bringing on board commercial litigation head Robert Kenyon and his team. Martin Cross acted for a representative of a group of retail investors in a dispute arising from the liquidation of ARM Asset Backed Securities SA. Other clients include Lloyds Bank and Nuffield Health.

asb law LLP’s team is noted for its ‘personal service and good judgement’. Led by Lyndsey Ratcliffe, it is a regular fixture in insurance claims and commercial court proceedings.

Cripps LLP represented Diamond Point International in a damages claim for breach of design right, and acted for several UK and cross-border clients in contractual disputes and court appeals. Managing associate Joanna Ford and Ed Weeks are recommended.

Joseph Kean heads the four-partner practice at Mundays LLP, which defended Premier Coatings against several complaints made by customers regarding waterproofing products. Oliver Jackson was promoted to partner.

Rawlison Butler LLP provides ‘an excellent, prompt service’ to clients including Swarovski and Suzuki. Head Stuart Evans and Clive Lee are recommended.

TWM Solicitors LLP’s clients include Shilton and Lodgecrest. The ‘always excellent’ Eileen Barry heads the practice, which include newly promoted partner David Hitchcock.

Kamal Aggarwal and Nicholas Horton lead the team at Thomson Snell & Passmore, which acts for clients including Motorline Holdings and Faithdean.

At Whitehead Monckton, the well-regarded Adrian Robbins heads the team, which acted in several cross-border cases.

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