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‘A strong player in the local market’, BPE Solicitors LLP is regularly involved in commercial contract litigation and ADR, but is perhaps best known for its high-profile professional negligence work. Practice head Philip Radford, who ‘never seems to switch off’, is involved in multiple high-stakes arbitrations involving issues such as breach of covenant against a utilities provider. Acting on the claimant’s side, Riyaz Jariwalla is representing a client in a multimillion-pound contract dispute with a US-based company. Recently promoted to associate, Thomas Hall has been picked out by clients as ‘one to watch for the future’. Hall represented an individual in a dispute regarding a £1m investment that was allegedly mis-used by the entrusted companies. The team also has experience of property disputes, IP claims, fraud and, uniquely, classic car litigation. John Carter specialises in property litigation and professional negligence and was promoted to senior associate in 2017.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has experience across a range of commercial disputes, but is perhaps best known for its specialisms in civil fraud, banking and financial services litigation. Department head Adam Finch is acting for BVI-incorporated Intex Management Services and WinUnited, as claimants, in relation to the enforcement of a settlement award concerning a £2.5m sum owed to the clients by EU Pay Group. Fiona Hayles leads a team that is representing Paragon Banking Group in a £10m claim brought by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which aims to recover monies paid by FSCS to consumers as compensation for PPI mis-selling. Demonstrating the intersection between the firm’s financial services and professional negligence expertise, Jenny Raymond represented two individuals in a case regarding negligent investment advice they had received. Andrew Cave is another key figure in the department, and property litigation specialist Andrew Walker joined the team from Squire Patton Boggs.

Noted for its ‘oustanding service’, the litigation team at Thrings LLP has particular expertise in professional negligence, product liability, and commercial disputes in the financial services, manufacturing, IT and aerospace sectors. Caroline Watson represented a telecoms company in multimillion-pound High Court claims against Devon and Somerset County Councils for breach of procurement regulations. Watson also acted for a client in a high-value High Court claim against a mezzanine lender for alleged breach of facility loan agreement. Department head David Patterson is representing a fibre optic manufacturer in Technology and Construction Court proceedings regarding damages arising out of a breach of sale and supply contract. Further, Patterson is advising a multinational consumer goods company on an appeal of a ruling from a European regional court.  Ramona Derbyshire advised the company on significant claims under the Consumer Protection Act regarding allegedly defective products that caused serious injuries to adolescents.

The disputes resolution team at Willans LLP has ‘developed long-standing client relationships through an impressive combination of technical expertise and interpersonal skills’. Headed by the ‘pragmatic yet appropriately aggressive’ Paul Gordon, the team is most active in contract and Companies Act litigation, construction disputes, IP claims, professional negligence and property-related litigation. Acting alongside associate solicitor Nick Southwell, Gordon is representing Turbo K International and other defendants in a complex, multimillion-pound High Court dispute concerning the IP rights associated with Turbo K’s flagship product. The practice head is also advising The Juckes Partnership on a potential claim concerning losses incurred from a faulty piece of agricultural equipment. Additionally, Southwell is assisting Apollo Radiators with ongoing Insolvency Act proceedings brought against AK Ticaret. Nick Cox specialises in property-related disputes, but also has experience in professional negligence claims. Severnside Software and Crest Garden are also among the team’s recent clients. All lawyers mentioned are accredited mediators.

By some clients’ reckoning, the lawyers in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s disputes resolution group are ‘at least on par with their London contemporaries in terms of technical ability’. The team is regularly involved in shareholder and director disputes, and cross-border banking and fraud claims. Clients and peers alike have noted legal director Claudine Morgan’s ‘commercial acumen’ and her ability to ‘effectively manage complex and technically demanding cases’. Morgan is acting for an investment company, on behalf of an indirect subsidiary, in relation to proceedings issued by the client against ten defendants in multiple European jurisdictions concerning a large, euro-denominated facility agreement. Senior associate Anna Smart is assistng a publicly-listed Middle Eastern bank with its High Court application to vary a freezing order, which was served upon it. Further, a team including associate Ben Moore is advising a foreign corporate in the hospitality sector on potential defamation claims against a number of well-known corporate entities. Peter Scandrett retired in 2017.

Croft Solicitors’ boutique litigation team specialises in international disputes, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, competition and product liability. Of particular note in 2017, name-partner Rupert Croft represented Fair Deal for Expats in the highly publicised judicial review concerning the Government’s intention to give notice under Article 50 to leave the EU without the approval of Parliament; the case reached the Supreme Court, where Croft’s team achieved a favourable ruling. Croft was also instructed to enforce a high-value arbitral award against a European sovereign state. Further, a team including Gaynor Hall is representing Stirling Mortimer Global Property Fund PCC in a €58m claim against a major London-based accountancy practice, alleging conspiracy and negligence resulting from misappropriated monies. The department also includes associate director Laura Nelson and consultant David Perkins, who has over 40 years of experience in IP and competition disputes.

Royds Withy King’s sector-driven disputes team has particular strengths in the retail, leisure and healthcare industries and has been increasingly involved in criminal law and regulatory mandates. Philip Banks-Welsh is acting for a medical supplies company in relation to actions taken by a competitor to undermine the client’s activities throughout Europe; this matter involves assertions such as abuse of dominant market position. Additionally, Banks-Welsh and associate Nicola Cutler are representing a leisure village in potentially multimillion-pound claims against a high-street bank. Chris Kane is defending an individual in damages claims for alleged infringement of IP rights. Andrew Ash has considerable experience in construction litigation. Mei-Ling Huang joined from QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day and has bolstered the firm’s healthcare and social care regulatory practice. Key clients include Bath Rugby, Bath Building Society and DNA Legal.

Stone King LLP provides ‘excellent service, characterised by quick responses and good value for money’, but most importantly, ‘the firm knows how to win cases’. The team specialises in property litigation, private client work and commercial disputes, including insolvency and companies act claims. Associate Sarah Eden represented Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church St. Mary of Debre Tsion in a case of strategic and cultural significance regarding the identity of the charity’s trustees and the allegiance of the church toward competing Patriarchs. Solicitors Simon Stone and Hannah Brittain are also recommended contacts. Additional clients include British Heart Foundation, The Hain Celestial Group and Future Acadamies.

Mogers Drewett LLP has a ‘strong and growing geographic reach’ and ‘punches above its weight in the regional dispute resolution market’. Department head Maeve England is ‘extremely hardworking’ and has a ‘well-deserved following’. England has experience in international arbitration. Luke Watson has particular expertise in disputed wills, trusts and estates, and associate Jake Stacey is noted for his ‘clear communication’ and ‘good technical knowledge’ of construction disputes.

Simon Burn Solicitors is a boutique litigation outfit based in Cheltenham with particular experience in defamation and privacy law, property litigation, insolvency, regulatory and criminal proceedings, director disputes, and general commercial litigation. Name partner Simon Burn is the key contact at the firm.

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