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Commercial litigation

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  1. Commercial litigation
  2. Leading individuals

The ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ three-partner team at Blake Morgan LLP represents a diverse array of private and public sector clients including NHS England, Axa Insurance and University of Wales. ‘Very skilled’ team head Allan Wilson represents public sector clients in judicial reviews and procurement challenges, while Lee Fisher advises private sector clients across a range of litigation including shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims.

Capital Law LLP’s four-partner team provides a ‘commercial and proactive’ service to public and private sector clients. Practice head Andrew Brown is praised for his ‘eye for detail’ and for his specialist knowledge of the third party funding market. Brown also played a key role in the establishment of the firm’s nascent litigation fund. The firm handles a vast range of work for the British Medical Association (BMA) and recently secured a notable judicial review victory against Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board regarding consultation processes. ‘Highly intelligent’ associate Stephen Meade was central to this victory and is a key member of the team, which includes associate Nicola Mead-Batten, who is ‘absolutely superb at judicial and public law litigation’; the ‘tacticalChristopher Nott; Philip Jones; and Wayne Beynon, who is ‘excellent on IP disputes’.

At Eversheds LLP, team head Peter Watkin Jones has considerable expertise in public inquiries and is currently leading a team of 30 lawyers investigating child abuse in children’s homes in Jersey ranging from 1965 to the present. Senior associate Trish D’Souza specialises in public sector disputes and is defending multiple judicial review and breach of contract claims against a higher education institution. Mark Rhys-Jones joined the Bristol office of Foot Anstey in May 2016.

Led by the ‘commercial and sensibleRichard Locke, Hugh James’ four-partner team is regularly instructed by major domestic and international corporates across a broad range of high- profile commercial disputes. Locke is representing Rockwool in breach of contract claims brought by its logistics provider, John Raymond Transport. Robert Phillips and Gareth Williams are recommended for disputes within the property and sports sectors, respectively.

At Berry Smith, Iwan Doull provides ‘clear advice’ across an array of commercial disputes and is ‘able to crystallise issues in some very complex matters’. Team head Nick Parker is also recommended. Clients include ARAG, Julian Hodge Bank and Riverstone Insurance.

Geldards LLP provides ‘pragmatic and cost-effective advice’ to private sector clients including Finsbury Food Group, Celsa Holdings and Target Group. On the public sector front, the team recently secured a panel position on the newly configured National Procurement Services for litigation in Wales. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Paul Hopkins continues to represent the Welsh government and the NHS in Wales in a high-profile competition case relating to an alleged abuse of a dominant position by a pharmaceutical company.

At Darwin Gray LLP, Kempton Rees handles a broad mix of commercial litigation cases including partner and shareholder disputes. Rhodri Lewis and Ian Herbert handle property and insolvency litigation, respectively.

Dolmans provides a ‘very helpful service’ to numerous local SMEs, as well as public authorities. Recent highlights include successfully representing the Vale of Glamorgan Council against a noise nuisance claim by a local resident. Team head Peter Bennett is recommended.

Headed by the ‘astute’ Hugh Hitchcock, Douglas-Jones Mercer provides ‘a great service’ to a predominantly local client base. Hitchcock continues to act for a number of corporate clients on large rate swap claims against several banks.

Led by Christian Edwards, JCP Solicitors has a good reputation for handling sports-related disputes. Highlights including acting for Swansea City FC in connection with a challenge brought by FC Utrecht as to an entitlement to a ‘sell-on’ fee for former player Michel Vorm.

Morgan LaRoche Limited handles a broad array of commercial litigation, including shareholder and contractual disputes, as well as property litigation. Jason Williams leads the team, which is also able to call upon the services of Andrew Manners, who specialises in criminal and commercial fraud cases.

At GHP Legal, ‘exceptional litigator’ Robert Williams provides ‘clear and functional advice’ and leads the team that also includes ‘excellent’ senior solicitor Robert Talog Davies. Recent highlights include successfully challenging a public procurement decision by a local authority on behalf of an unsuccessful tender applicant.

Headed by Helen Tudball, Gabb and Co provides a range of expertise in contract disputes, partnership disputes and general company litigation.

MLM Cartwright is active across a range of commercial litigation including property and partnership disputes, as well as general contractual disputes. Jo Brown is the main contact.

Debt recovery

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  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals

Head and shoulders above the competition in the market’, Eversheds LLP’s four-partner team has the critical mass to handle a large volume of instructions from financial institutions, insurance companies and major corporates including Lloyds, RBS, and Severn Trent Water. The team’s ability to provide ‘significant legal and strategic insight’ makes it a natural choice for secured lenders, particularly those in which regulatory or consumer credit law issues have arisen. The ‘technical and pragmaticNick Rundle and ‘commercially focused’ associate Gareth Vowles are key members of a team that also includes partners Richard Pitt and Anthony Davies.

Capital Law LLP provides ‘commercially sensible advice’ to a growing roster of clients including MSS Group, Valleys to Coast Housing and St John’s College. Team head Guto Llewellyn displays a ‘willingness to explore non-contentious options and is not afraid to get into a fight when needed’.

Trading under the name of Hollis Briggs, Geldards LLP’s debt recovery team, spearheaded by Christine Sharpe, handles a significant volume of predominantly fast and small-track claims. Clients include GE Capital Equipment Finance, and PRA Group.

Blake Morgan LLP’s Cardiff office is part of a broader national offering based out of Portsmouth that is particularly strong within the financial sector.

Darwin Gray LLP handles volume collections for Castell Howell Foods and Business Credit Management Services.

Douglas-Jones Mercer handles debt collection work for many of its construction clients. Commercial litigator Hugh Hitchcock oversees the team, which includes legal executive Stephen Fitzgerald.

At Harding Evans LLP commercial litigation head Zep Bellavia handles a significant amount of debt recovery work and specialises in the enforcement of judgments, including utilising freezing injunctions and third party debt orders.

Headed by consultant Gareth Llewellyn Williams, JCP Solicitors handles work for a number of local clients and also notably secured re-appointment to Lloyds Bank’s commercial lending recoveries panel.

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