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Commercial litigation

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The β€˜knowledgeable and accessible’ four-partner team at Blake Morgan LLP acts for public and private sector clients and is praised for providing β€˜skilful guidance through complex litigation’. β€˜Very approachable’ team head Allan Wilson is β€˜an expert in the healthcare field’ and is appreciated for his ability to β€˜explain options, implications and legal processes to a range of people at a range of different levels’. Wilson continues to represent the health boards in Wales and NHS England in a range of matters; in a case which is awaiting trial before the Supreme Court, Wilson recently secured a notable victory for the Welsh health boards when the Court of Appeal overturned a lower court’s decision concerning the funding of nursing care in care homes. Wilson, who is also recommended for his expertise in public procurement litigation, recently represented Solent NHS Trust in a dispute regarding the outsourcing of car park management services. Lee Fisher is noted for his expertise in handling shareholder disputes; he is defending and handling a counterclaim for Infinite Renewables and two of its directors following an allegation brought against them from a former director alleging unfair prejudice when he set up his own business in direct competition with his old employer. Senior associates Kevin Manship and Joanne Thompson are recommended for commercial agency and partnership disputes, respectively. Other clients include Clarins, Tinopolis and The University of South Wales.

Capital Law Limited’s β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ five-partner team has the strength-in-depth to handle a wide range of commercial litigation matters, from complex judicial reviews to shareholder and corporate disputes. β€˜Formidable’ team head Stephen Meade (who β€˜excels in highly technical matters’) is acting alongside senior associate Nicola Mead-Batten (who attracts praise for her β€˜very broad experience across a wide range of public sector and regulatory disputes’) for the British Medical Association (BMA) on numerous matters, including a high-profile judicial review challenging the Secretary of State for Health’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England. The firm is also beginning to reap the rewards of the third-party litigation fund it established in January 2016; in a recent mandate arising from this initiative, the firm is representing Fix Training in a Β£4m breach of contract claim against the Welsh government. Andrew Brown led on this matter and established the fund along with the β€˜very well-connected’ Christopher Nott. Other recommended partners include the β€˜hugely experienced’ Philip Jones, who handles a myriad corporate and financial disputes, and the β€˜tactical and responsive’ Wayne Beynon, who is singled out for IP disputes. Other clients include Cardiff City Football Club, The Royal Mint and Bunzl.

Now headed by Richard Pitt, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s two-partner team handles a broad cross-section of disputes including niche areas such as public procurement litigation, fitness to practice and public inquiry work. Education is also an area of strength for the team; Cardiff-based senior associate Trish D’Souza was part of a team led from the firm’s London office that acted for The Royal Agricultural University on the reinstatement of its Institutional Specific Funding (ISF) following a change in eligibility criteria for ISF. The β€˜superb’ Peter Watkin Jones leads the firm’s inquiries and investigations practice and is currently representing clients involved in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. Senior associate Luisa Gibbons handles a range of commercial litigation, in addition to fitness to practice, care services and public procurement work. Senior associate Angharad Shurmer is a key member of the public inquiries team and has played a pivotal role alongside Jones on the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry. β€˜Superb’ principal associate Gareth Vowles has a particular niche handling financial services litigation and regulatory work. Other clients include Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, Welsh Language Commissioner and The National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Following the firm’s merger with MLM Cartwright, Hugh James’s seven-partner team has the critical mass to handle a sizeable workload for regional businesses and public sector clients, as well as major national and international corporates including Novomatic and SA Brain. β€˜Extremely clever, commercial and calm’ team head Richard Locke successfully represented Rockwell in its application to strike out the majority of the claims brought against it by its logistics provider John Raymond Transport for an alleged breach of contract. The β€˜truly outstanding’ and β€˜hugely respected’ Gareth Williams has particular experience in the sports and insurance sectors; he recently secured a notable victory for Maccaferri at both first instance and on appeal regarding its right to be indemnified by its insurer Zurich following a claim brought by an individual who suffered an injury at work while using its machinery. The β€˜extremely bright and analytical’ Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has a focus on IP, media and defamation cases and successfully represented Pembrokeshire Housing Association in defamation claims against an online blogger. β€˜Tenacious and commercial’ senior associate Abigail Flanagan is recommended for professional negligence claimant work as well as pensions litigation. Other clients include Celsa Steel, Cardiff University and Welsh Water.

Berry Smith provides β€˜sensible and commercial’ advice to a range of local public and private sector clients. Team head Nick Parker has extensive litigation experience and is representing HR Harris & Partners, in its capacity as liquidators of a company, in a case brought against the former company directors alleging a breach of directors’ duties and the company’s former solicitors for breach of contract and negligence. Although they are best-known for their property-related disputes expertise, the β€˜focused and diligent’ Iwan Doull and β€˜solutions-oriented’ Simon Care are also adept at handling a range of general commercial disputes; Doull is continuing to represent ARAG, the leading provider of after the event insurance, in numerous cases. In an illustration of his track record in multi-jurisdictional matters, senior associate Gavin Hoccom recently represented Avateramedical, a corporate group domiciled in Germany and the Netherlands, in a €13m cross-border dispute against a London-based capital investment fund. Other clients include KTS Owens Thomas, Amber Energy, and EKF Diagnostics Holdings.

Headed by Paul Hopkins, Geldards LLP’s β€˜very efficient’ and β€˜balanced’ five-partner team handles a broad range of disputes, from corporate shareholder litigation, to IP disputes for private sector entities. It also acts for public sector clients such as the NPS, which recently appointed the firm to its commercial litigation panel. The team has a strong reputation for handling competition disputes; led by Hopkins, it continues to represent The Welsh Ministers and NHS in Wales in a complex competition law claim brought against Servier for an alleged abuse of a dominant position in the market in relation to the drug Perindopril. Senior associate Michael Evans has a burgeoning reputation and regularly works alongside Hopkins on litigation including on behalf of Insync Corporate Healthcare & Insync Pharmacy Healthcare in a shareholder dispute concerning potential breach of duty claims. Jonathan Griffiths specialises in public sector litigation, including judicial review challenges and defences. Other clients include Celsa Holdings, Finsbury Food Group and Welsh Water.

Darwin Gray LLP’s litigation team regularly represents clients in complex litigation, ranging from shareholder disputes to contentious insolvency mandates. The team also handles work on a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) basis, and is now able to assist clients as a result of its partnership with Augusta Ventures – a litigation fund aimed at the SME market. Although best known for his property litigation expertise, the β€˜commercially minded’ Rhodri Lewis also handles commercial litigation; recent highlights include successfully defending a family business in a constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claim by a family member who claimed to have been promised a valuable property in return for working for low salary for years. Ian Herbert (a β€˜sound commercial litigator’) has recently handled a spate of cases involving allegations of misuse of confidential information and breaches of restrictive covenants. Team head Kempton Rees is also recommended. Clients include Barratt South Wales, Mill Bay Homes, and NPT Homes.

Acuity Legal Limited’s nascent team was strengthened by the arrival in November 2016 of several litigators from Swansea-based firm Douglas-Jones Mercer, including β€˜tenacious and bullish litigator’ Hugh Hitchcock, who now heads the team alongside David Hudson. Although it is in its infancy, the team is viewed as a destination litigation practice as a consequence of the strong credentials of Hitchcock (who has β€˜an extraordinary ability to pull in work’), Hudson, β€˜thoughtful and perceptive’ associate Aisha Wardell – β€˜who is eminently capable of mixing it with larger firms in big-ticket cases’ – and senior associate Clare Tregoning, who is β€˜up-and-coming in the field of property litigation’. Recent highlights include successfully securing judgment in default on behalf of Phoenix Music International in a breach of contract claim concerning the distribution of musical tracks.

Now headed by Philip Graham following the departure of Hugh Hitchcock to Acuity Legal Limited, Douglas-Jones Mercer has a strong reputation acting on behalf of many local corporates in the region across a broad array of commercial litigation. Although Graham is largely focused on construction litigation, the team also has broader commercial litigation credential through Laura Zverev and Laura Alliss. The arrival in January 2017 of property litigator Russell Price from Blake Morgan LLP rounds out the team. Recent highlights include representing a national pet food supplier in relation to misrepresentation arising out of a purported electrical supply contract said to have arisen from an oral contract.

Headed by Christian Edwards and now including two partners with a focus on commercial litigation following the recent promotion of the β€˜superb’ Andrew Meech, the β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ team at JCP Solicitors provides an β€˜exceptional level of service’ across a range of commercial disputes for local, national and international clients. Edwards has a particular strength acting in sports-related disputes; he recently successfully represented Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron in a shirt sponsorship agreement dispute with Leeds United FC, and continues to act for the company responsible for managing and operating the Liberty Stadium in Swansea in connection with alleged defects arising out the building of the Stadium and certain remedial works. Other clients include Days Fleet, FRF Motors and Jovic Steel Fabrications.

Morgan LaRoche provides an β€˜excellent service’ across a range of commercial litigation. Team head Jason Williams is well regarded for general litigation and property-related disputes, and has a substantial track record in matters heard before the appellate courts. Recent highlights for Williams included successfully representing the landlord before the Supreme Court in Arnold v Britton and others, a precedent-setting case which provides guidance in relation to contractual interpretation, particularly as it relates to service charges. The β€˜calm and considered’ Andrew Manners, who is head of the firm’s health, regulatory and crime team, regularly works alongside Williams on matters involving both regulatory and private litigation components, including in relation to financial crime. The β€˜very approachable’ Llyr Davies is also recommended and has a strong following in west Wales, which was enhanced by the recent opening of an office in Carmarthen.

While it is best known for its defendant personal injury work, Dolmans is also able to provide a β€˜strong’ service to SMEs and public authorities in more general commercial litigation disputes. Team head Peter Bennett handles a range of litigation and regulatory disputes and has expanded the scope of his practice to include regulatory prosecutions in the environmental sector. Paul Veysey handles litigation for local authorities (including contract disputes) and has also developed niche expertise in relation to data protection and freedom of information compliance and related litigation. Consultant David Boobier is noted for his ADR expertise.

Led from Wrexham by Robert Williams, GHP Legal provides β€˜practical solutions’ to owner-managed businesses and SMEs based in north Wales, mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. Recent highlights include successfully challenging a public procurement decision by a local authority on behalf of an unsuccessful tender applicant and acting for a company director in challenging the validity of the appointment of the administrator by a finance company. The β€˜approachable’ Robert Talog Davies deals with matters in a β€˜practical and efficient manner’, and is also praised for his β€˜excellent depth of knowledge’.

At Gabb and Co, Abergavenny-based head Helen Tudball has a raft of commercial litigation experience both in arbitration and ADR strategies, in addition to conventional court litigation. Tudball’s broad ranging expertise covers the gamut of commercial litigation including advice on partnership disputes and general company disputes.

Newport-based RDP Law has considerably enhanced its litigation offering following the recent arrivals of new team head Michael Feakes, who joined from the Bristol office of Bond Dickinson LLP in July 2016, and β€˜analytical and pragmatic’ senior associate John Watkins, who joined from the Cardiff office of Gordon Dadds LLP. A β€˜very capable litigator’, the β€˜technically accomplished’ Watkins is noted for his β€˜particular strength at handling professional negligence cases’.

Debt recovery

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β€˜Pre-eminent in the field in Wales’, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a β€˜first-class’ two-partner team with the strength-in-depth to handle a tremendous volume of debt collection matters, both secured and unsecured, for financial institutions, insurance companies and major corporates such as Lloyds Bank, RBS, MD Insurance and Western Power Distribution. Nick Rundle (an β€˜impressive all-rounder’) leads the secured recoveries team and specialises in mortgage-related disputes and regulatory advice. The β€˜unflappable’ and β€˜enormously effective’ Anthony Davies leads the mortgage enforcement litigation and unsecured debt recoveries teams; he is the relationship partner for Arrow Global, for which it is handling litigation in relation to recently acquired debt portfolios. β€˜Commercially focused’ principal associate Gareth Vowles is β€˜very experienced in dealing with the technical side of consumer credit and mortgage debt collection’. Senior associate Tom Black is a β€˜rising star’ and attracts praise for his β€˜valuable specialist expertise in secured lending’. β€˜Tenacious and effective’ senior associate Helen Marriott is also recommended.

Sitting within its broader litigation group and praised for its β€˜real depth of service’, Capital Law Limited’s debt recovery offering, which falls under the firm’s "Capital Collect" service, provides a β€˜bespoke and personal’ service. β€˜Canny but charming litigator’ Guto Llewelyn heads the team, which is praised for its β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’ service and β€˜no-nonsense and logical advice’. Llewelyn worked alongside Andrew Brown for Fix Training on the successful recovery of Β£4m in unpaid invoices owed by the Welsh government. Other clients include Enterprise Rent a Car, The European Petroleum Refiners’ Association and Cardiff Blues RFC.

Overseen on a day-to-day level by β€˜absolutely superb’ legal executive Jane Rees, Berry Smith’s debt recovery team provides a β€˜very responsive’ service to clients from a range of industries including manufacturing, recruitment and financial services. Rees is particularly adept at handling fast track and small claim cases and recently successfully represented Master Concrete (Liverpool) on retrieving its unpaid invoices (and costs) relating to the supply of concrete.

At Douglas-Jones Mercer, legal executive Stephen Fitzgerald has successfully built up the firm’s debt recovery capabilities since his arrival in May 2014. As well as standalone instructions, the team also regularly works alongside the broader commercial litigation team on a range of issues, including the enforcement of judgments and costs orders. The firm receives regular repeat work for local businesses including Gravells, LAS Recycling and Dawsons, and has attracted a steady stream of new instructions form Credit Safe Business Solutions.

Christine Sharpe heads the firm’s debt recovery team at Geldards LLP, and has experience across a range of debt types. GE Capital Equipment Finance is a major client.

Now headed by β€˜leading light’ Sophie Thomas following the retirement in December 2016 of Gareth Llewellyn Williams, JCP Solicitors’ commercial lending recoveries team provides a β€˜well-prepared and efficient service’ to a range of clients including individuals and SMEs, as well as regional and national banks and building societies. β€˜Never afraid to speak her mind’, Thomas β€˜always has the facts of the case committed to memory’ and is β€˜willing to work to the tight timescales that are often required’. Recent highlights include successfully representing a national lender regarding the recovery of an unsecured liability in respect of a former solicitors’ practice, and representing a lender in successfully bringing possession proceedings against borrowers in respect of security over a poultry farm.

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