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    • Simon Burn - Simon Burn Solicitors
    • Rupert Croft - Croft Solicitors

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BPE Solicitors LLP is ‘an excellent choice for medium-sized businesses seeking to resolve contentious disputes’; according to one client, it is ‘probably the best firm in its locality’. Philip Radford is ‘vastly experienced with excellent judgment’ and is a recognised name for commercial contract and IP disputes. Property litigator John Carter and IP litigator Riyaz Jariwalla are also recommended.

Croft Solicitors was formed in June 2015 by the well-respected Rupert Croft who was previously in charge of the litigation practice at Maitland Walker LLP. The practice focuses on civil fraud and antitrust cases, financial services claims, commercial property and professional negligence claims. Gaynor Hall specialises in international product liability and high-value commercial disputes.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is noted for its ‘excellent combination of technical knowledge mixed with commerciality’. The team, which is ‘prepared to muck in and deal with matters in a collaborative manner’, includes Adam Finch, who is highly regarded in financial and banking disputes; in 2015 Finch acted in a class action concerning the mis-selling of various tax deferment and saving schemes, as well as interest rate hedging products. Andrew Cave is a key name for property litigation.

At Willans LLP, Paul Gordon is praised for his ability to ‘take in detailed information and formulate a winning strategy’. Its growing IP litigation practice has handled numerous claims for patent and copyright infringement. Nick Cox has particular expertise in contentious landlord and tenant work.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is now led by Guildford-based Stephen Burns following the departure of Colin Gibson in January 2016. The practice advises clients across a range of sectors including TMT, aviation, sport, and retail and leisure. Sarah Jane Brostoff represents clients in employment disputes in both the tribunal and the High Court. Senior associate Claudine Morgan is also highly recommended.

Stone King LLP is ‘excellent on all fronts’, and acts for charities, educational institutions, businesses and private individuals on a wide range of contractual and other commercial disputes. The team is led by Paul Sutton, who is ‘courteous, professional and a good listener’.

Thrings LLP advises clients in the defence, manufacturing and financial services sectors. Key contacts include mediator Ramona Derbyshire and David Patterson. Andrew Herridge left to join Tanner Solicitors LLP in November 2015.

At Royds Withy King, Chris Kane and Philip Banks-Welsh are ‘a dream team’ that provides ‘advice which is legally and commercially sound coupled with a robust approach towards litigation’. Clients include Bath Rugby, Clever Digit Media and Horseworld Trust.

At Mogers Drewett LLP, construction and real estate dispute specialist Maeve England is ‘thorough and robust in her conduct of litigation’. Terry McDermott left the firm in January 2016.

Dispute resolution boutique Simon Burn Solicitors is noted for its ‘high levels of expertise coupled with an ability to establish close relationships with clients’. Simon Burn is ‘an ace litigator’ and is ‘one of the best in the country’ for directors facing disqualification proceedings. The team also handles high-profile mobile voicemail interception litigation.

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