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Blake Morgan LLP’s team has a strong track record across all areas of dispute resolution, including partnership disputes, professional negligence, asset recovery, and commercial and contractual disputes. Highlights included acting for Griffins in a series of fraud claims totalling Β£8m brought against companies involved in VAT carousel fraud. Key figures include practice head Chris Potts, who has extensive experience in High Court litigation; Stephanie Walls, who handles all types of commercial disputes; and James Bessey, who is recommended for construction matters.

Mike Robinson’s team at Boyes Turner includes senior associate Stephen Baker, who is praised for his β€˜impressive preparation and analysis’; he is β€˜very tenacious when required, but ultimately pragmatic in his approach’. Also recommended are Rowan Turrall, who is β€˜brilliant in highly stressful situations’; and Ally Tow, who β€˜is very thorough in addressing each development’. Highlights included acting for Zimmer in a multi-party product liability case totalling Β£8m.

Clarkslegal LLP’s β€˜high-quality’ practice is β€˜particularly strong in commercial and property litigation’. Practice head Antony Morris is singled out for his experience in trade, IT, professional negligence and property disputes, and Christopher Tayton is recommended for his handling of IP, pensions and product liability disputes, among other matters. Highlights included defending Strategic Procurements (UK) against a Β£9m High Court claim brought by a former employee.

Penningtons Manches LLP has β€˜a strong track record of seeking innovative solutions on behalf of clients’. Matthew Martin is assisting All Saints with its commercial and brand protection matters. Emma Davies is β€˜driven, efficient and approachable’, and Alex Fox is commended for his β€˜strong tactical acumen, which ensures a robust and effective running of the case’. Rustam Dubash has taken over as head of the practice from David Pritchard, who retired in October 2015.

Highlights for Pitmans LLP’s β€˜responsive, commercially savvy and client-friendly’ group included acting for XMA in High Court proceedings brought by InTechnology totalling Β£1.2m. Tim Clark heads the practice, which includes insolvency practitioner Suzanne Brooker, β€˜responsive, flexible strategic thinker’ Phil Smith, and Sue O’Brien, who has notable cross-border experience. Other clients include Thames Water, Westcoast and Toshiba.

Clients of Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜pragmatic’ team note its β€˜acute awareness of the commercial pressures that the client operates under’ and for its ability to β€˜always delivers clear, practical solutions’. Practice head Stuart Little handling a range of IP and commercial litigation matters for clients including Volkswagen, British Gas and Associated British Foods. Commercial insurance specialist Paul Eccles and retail-focused Fleur Turrington are also recommended.

At Field Seymour Parkes LLP, practice head and newly promoted partner Tom Maple handles a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Joe Lott heads the property litigation team, which recently represented Gold Property Development in a contractual dispute over a North London site. Bill Dixon is also a key figure.

Freeths has solid experience across a range of industries insurance, government, real estate and technology. Duncan Crine and Sarah Foster are recommended alongside Andrew Dashwood-Begg, who is β€˜particularly good at handling cases involving difficult points of law’.

Gardner Leader LLP’s team β€˜punches well above its weight’ and provides β€˜excellent assistance in highly complex, multi-jurisdictional cases’. Department head Chris Felton is β€˜very bright, a real strategist who gives 110% for clients’, and β€˜is able to explain complex legal issues in simple terms’. Michelle Di Gioia focuses on High Court litigation and regulatory matters.

Osborne Clarke combines β€˜sound, accessible and commercial advice with a great appreciation for the bigger picture’. Practice head Peter Sheppard is β€˜an excellent commercial litigator with strong strategic skills’ and β€˜always goes the extra mile’. β€˜Superb practitioner’ Michael Bell is the key contact for tax issues.

White & Black Limited’s β€˜brilliantly responsive’ team is noted for its β€˜great understanding of the client’s goals’ and for its β€˜pragmatic and cost-effective approach’. Henry Mendus heads the group, which acts for a range of public figures, corporations and institutions, primarily within the technology sector. Senior associate Victoria Wright’s β€˜focus on the commercial outcome of the matter inspires confidence’.

Philip D’Arcy heads the team at Blandy & Blandy LLP, which also includes contentious insolvency expert David Murray and associate Jessica Irwin. Key clients include Miele, University of Reading and RAW Technology.

Brethertons LLP acted on behalf of Chelsea Harbour in a Β£4m dispute concerning service charges, obtaining a favourable finding on the majority of issues. Debbie Phillips heads the group, which includes Sioban Calcott.

Emma Banister Dean is the key contact at Knights Professional Services Limited, and is β€˜incredibly thorough and determined to get a favourable outcome for the client’.

Clifton Ingram LLP Solicitors is able to give β€˜sound and considered advice at short notice’ and provides β€˜great value for money’. Key figure Jonathan Davies β€˜is calm and collected in the face of adversity’, and has extensive experience in personal injury, insolvency and contentious probate cases. Carlton Rae is recommended for fraud and property law.

Litigation boutique Emmerson Law is led by Simon Emmerson, who β€˜really understands the dynamics of litigation’. The firm has notable experience handling claims arising from commercial contracts and economic torts.

The β€˜responsive and pragmatic’ Steven Maier is the key figure at Maier Blackburn LLP, which continues to act for The Tolkien Estate in a high-value claim against Warner Bros concerning merchandising rights. Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster and Marvel Entertainment are also clients.

Spratt Endicott is β€˜very professional in its approach’. Practice head David Whiting has β€˜a vast wealth of experience’ and is β€˜a safe pair of hands in any contentious matter’. Shamsher Pangu recently handled a number of contentious probate matters.

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