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Ashfords LLP’s client base cuts across a wide swathe of sectors including franchising, retail, waste and the public sector. Within the six-partner team, Antony Lee is singled out for his ‘commercial awareness as well as his legal skills’, and Andrew Perkins is highlighted for his track record in contractual disputes and professional negligence claims.

Michelmores LLP is ‘commercial, practical, efficient and thoroughly reliable’. The team has particular expertise in international disputes and cross-border enforcement. Tim Richards is ‘outstanding’ and has ‘a huge amount of experience to draw upon’. Clients include Flybe, The Met Office and HM Prison Service.

Stephens Scown LLPdemonstrates a similar level of service and understanding as would be expected of a London firm’. Recent work includes contractual and construction disputes, as well as disputes arising from mis-sold interest rate swaps. Catherine Mathews, Davina Haydon, Mark Richardson and Toby Claridge are all highly recommended.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team acts for clients such as British Gas, Post Office and Renewable Energy Assurance. Key figures include the well-regarded Gareth Kagan and Stephen Dilley, and the ‘approachable, knowledgeable and ethical’ Adrian Bratt.

Clarke Willmott LLP has a well-respected team with ‘vast experience in negotiating complex issues’, and its knowledge and grasp of legal issues is ‘second to none’. Greg Saunders’ team acts for a number of agri-business clients on shareholder actions and partnership disputes and has a growing presence in judicial review and high court challenges. Esther Woolford is ‘a good communicator’.

Foot Anstey handles complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and has particular strength in IP, trust and banking litigation. Steven Richards acted for Etiqa Insurance Berhad on a dispute with the reinsurers of the Malaysian Bar Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme. Peter Singfield is noted for his experience in IP and brand protection issues.

Key figures at Kitsons LLP include the ‘very knowledgeableJames Cross, who handles property litigation; and David Turner, who has ‘exactly the right approach to helping clients in a way that is highly professional but also reassuringly personal’.

OTB Eveling’s caseload spans employment, breach of contracts and purchase disputes. Grant Squire and Chris Over are the key contacts.

At Porter Dodson LLP, Stephen Wray has ‘a commercial and client-friendly approach to disputes’. Clients include private companies, professional trustees executors, and SMEs.

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