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First-rate firmAddleshaw Goddard is ‘one of the best in the region’ and ‘definitively deserves it place at the top of the table’. Sally Emerton heads the group and ‘always gives sensible advice and keeps a watchful eye to constantly adapt to whatever the case throws at her’; other key practitioners include Ian Hastings, who is ‘hugely experienced with a great well of knowledge to draw on’; the ‘absolutely top-notchBen Lowans and managing associate Steve Walpole, who is ‘a highly tenacious and energetic lawyer with excellent tactical skills and an ability to know when to fight and when to negotiate’. The team’s work spans asset finance and asset based lending issues, professional negligence work and international asset recoveries; it also has niche experience in racial discrimination claims arising from sanction breaches, investment fraud, mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and push payment frauds. The team recently defended Clydesdale Bank in litigation relating to third parties’ investment in a fraudulent investment scheme; HSBC Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, Nationwide Building Society, Santander and Shawbrook Bank are also clients.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘superb’ practice fields ‘first-class, London-quality lawyers’ who are ‘exceptionally friendly, strong commercially and hugely experienced’. Department head Adam Ibrahim has ‘an enormous amount of expertise that makes him highly dependable’; he handles financial product disputes, cybercrime and fraud issues, insolvency work and retail banking matters. Hugh Evans and Ben Johnson are also names to note; Evans has ‘great instincts’ and Johnson ‘consistently achieves excellent results’. Evans recently defended RBS in an issue relating to the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and Johnson acts for banks, payment service providers and asset-based lending clients. Other practitioners to receive praise from clients include legal director Sharon Duncan, who is ‘a friendly, client-facing lawyer’; legal director Chris Harvey, who is ‘extremely hardworking’; ‘highly knowledgeable’ senior associate Sohail Ali, and senior associate Claire Clayton-Stead, whose ‘hands-on approach makes her excellent with clients’. Aviva, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank and Standard Chartered Banks are clients.

Andrew Beck leads Walker Morris LLP’s ‘exceptionally strong’ practice, which acts for financial institutions including Lloyds Banking Group, Leeds Building Society and Bank of Ireland. In a recent highlight, the group acted for a high street lender in obtaining a freezing injunction over the assets of two companies; the team also handles lending disputes, fraud investigations, residential mortgage disputes and professional negligence issues. Other key names in the ‘highly professional’ group include Andrew Bennett, who is ‘a safe pair of hands; Louise Power, who is ‘personable, commercial and tough at just the right moments’; Richard Sandford, who has ‘a calming nature which assists with driving good results’; and Rob Aberdein, who joined from Aberdein Considine in 2017 and handles debt and asset recovery matters.

Clients praise Gateley Plc for its ‘ability to ensure that the correct level of legal services are provided while always being on hand to provide prompt, relevant and commercial advice’. The group, which is ‘a highly valued provider of regional legal services’, is led by Rob Payne who advises financial institutions and insolvency practitioners across pre-insolvency assessments, asset tracing and recovery efforts, claims arising from the sale of bank products, secured and unsecured lending enforcements, and professional indemnity claims. Clients include Macquarie Equipment Finance, Henry Howard Finance, Aldermore Bank, Tower Leasing and Scania Finance Great Britain.

With ‘a keen eye for both the legal arguments and the facts’, Gordons LLP’s practice is led by ‘complete star’ Andrew Breckenridge, who is ‘a very intelligent and experienced bank recovery litigator’. Clients include clearing banks, commercial lenders, receivers and corporate pension trustees; Breckenridge recently acted for Santander in a possession action against a bankrupt borrower relating to a residential property in Herefordshire, defended James Hay Pensions Trustees in two High Court actions alleging negligence and breach of duty, and was instructed by Computershare Mortgage Services in its attempts to recover debt as administrators of NRAM. Goldcrest Finance and Paragon Mortgages and Mortgage Trust are also clients. -Matthew Howarth joined Shoosmiths LLP in 2017.

Squire Patton Boggs has ‘an outstanding banking practice with a roster of high-profile banking clients’ including banks, mortgage services, building societies, bondholders, issuers and investment funds. Simon Miller !Leeds heads the Leeds team and is highly recommended for professional negligence matters; clients also praise Manchester-based Anthony Taylor, who is ‘a very committed partner with a strong grasp of the commercial imperatives of any particular case’ and is ‘an astute negotiator, who is brilliant at deploying the right pressure points to secure a strong settlement’. Recent highlights include conducting investigations for six non-US banks regarding compliance with US sanctions, acting for a building society in a professional negligence claim and defending a retail bank in a case alleging the mis-selling of investment products. Clients also single out associate James Peel !Leeds, who is ‘a diligent and reliable young lawyer’.


Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire

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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and practical advice’ that is ‘always delivered in a pragmatic manner and hits all the commercial points the client hopes for’ making it ‘easily one of the best in Hull for commercial disputes’. Hugh Smith leads the group and is highly recommended for mediation work, shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence claims, injunctions, restrictive covenants and economic torts. Other key names include Nick Dean, who handles commercial and property disputes; Jeff Swales, who is experienced in health and safety prosecutions; Peter Duffus and insolvency specialist Christopher Harrison in the firm’s Scarborough office. Recent highlights include representing Kingstown Works in a damages claim relating to road sweepers, acting for a manufacturer of temporary harbour facilities in a dispute regarding whether there was liability on a multinational corporation under the terms of agreement covering the manufacture and installation of a temporary harbour, and acting for the trustees of the Westerby Pension Fund in a construction dispute involving a dilapidations claim and structural engineering issues. BHP Chartered Accountants, Associated British Ports and Carpetright are also clients.

‘By far one of the best firms in Hull’, Gosschalks is ‘a safe pair of hands for any client looking for a sensible commercial result’. Department head Matthew Fletcher is ‘fantastic to deal with’; clients also single out Steve Dillon, who has ‘an outstanding ability to navigate clients through litigation with diligence and legal knowledge that go unmatched in the region’, and the ‘genuinely excellent’ Phil Osborne; Dillon focuses on disputes with an insolvency element and Osborne handles contract breaches and professional negligence claims. The team’s recent work includes representing SOG in the Upper Tribunal in a pylon wayleave compensation claim, acting for William Hill in a compensation claim arising from the compulsory purchase by Network Rail Infrastructure of its licenced betting office at London Bridge and defending a client in an action arising from the redevelopment of a property in London and related funding issues. Recently promoted partner Will Buckenham and associate Chris Adams are also names to note.

Rollits LLP's expertise encompasses shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract issues and sale of goods work with notable experience in the motor, education, food and retail sectors. George Coyle leads the practice, which also includes insolvency and property litigation specialist Ralph Gilbert, Caroline Hardcastle, who focuses on the construction sector; Chris Brinkall, who handles contentious landlord and tenant issues; and Andrew Digwood. In a recent highlight, Coyle defended two majority shareholders of an energy business in an unfair prejudice petition brought by a minority shareholder. The team also counts Cranswick, Allam Marine, Hull City Tigers, Leeds City College and Ideal Standard as clients.

A gem in the Hull legal market’, Bridge McFarland fields ‘a brilliant team of exceptional litigators who manage to balance a legal framework with a commercial approach to find the best possible solutions’. The team has expertise across contract disputes, business sale disputes, restrictive covenants, property litigation, professional negligence claims and insolvency matters. The practice acts for an extensive roster of clients in the Hull and North East Lincolnshire region; examples include Lincoln City Football Club, Pipers Crisps and Hogarth Construction. Rob Ripley, who ‘exudes confidence and well researches every case he has’, leads the group; clients praise him as ‘a vastly experienced lawyer, whose key strength is his ability to work with the client and maintain an eye on the broader commercial outcomes’. Other noteworthy individuals include Mike Wilson, who ‘provides great tailored advice’ and property litigator Lydia Hamnett.


Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

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Addleshaw Goddard receives ‘full marks across the board’ from clients, who single it out as ‘responsive, pragmatic and commercial with deep technical know-how’. Key individuals include head of international arbitration Simon Kamstra, who is ‘a first-class lawyer'; commercial litigation team head Bill Gilliam, who is ‘a consummate professional and manages to blend by-the-book legal advice with real world application and behaviour to help bring any dispute to a swift and effective solution’; and Sally Emerton, who leads the Northern litigation team and the financial services group and ‘takes a no-nonsense approach’. The team handles high-value complex litigation at a national and international level across multiple sectors with particular expertise in the energy, IT, industrial, transport and health sectors. Kamstra recently represented Scottish and Southern Energy in its support of a judicial review challenge against Ofgem relating to the statutory basis for charging for connections to the national grid by electricity distributors, and Gilliam defended Diageo in a case brought by SAP alleging unauthorised use of its software by Diageo’s customers and sale representatives via third party software. Louise Dobson, who made legal director in 2017, is recommended for health and pharmaceutical matters.

Noted for its ‘incredible industry insight’, DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘unquestionably a top-tier firm’; the disputes practice is ‘easily one of the best in the region but can also hold its own on a national level against the London firms’. David Young leads the practice and is ‘an outstanding lawyer who compliments great intellect with exceptional judgment and has the vision to tell you how to win a case strategically and the raw talent to ensure the win’. Young’s recent highlights include acting for roughly 4000 members of IBM’s final salary pension plan in a case concerning IBM’s decision to close its final salary scheme. Paul Stone is also a key name to note; he recently represented Merseytravel in a challenge brought by Bombardier Transportation to a procurement contract initially awarded to Stadler and acted for Birmingham City Council in a dispute relating to a PFI contract. BBC, British Airways, Heineken, Nisa Retail and Shire Oak Quarries are also clients. Simon Kenyon is the key contact for technology disputes and senior associate Kathryn Ford is ‘very bright and always goes the extra mile to get things done’.

Gary Pellow and Richard Matthews lead Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘organised, friendly and approachable’ practice, which also fields TMT dispute specialist James Hyde, energy litigator Mark Howarth, principal associate Deborah Polden, who ‘works to get the best results for clients’; and senior associate Ed Williams, who specialises in IT disputes and public procurement challenges. Recent highlights for Hyde include representing the Canal & River Trust in the Court of Appeal in a case regarding the price to be paid by Thames Water for water abstracted from a waterway owned by the trust. The practice also acted for an automotive part manufacturer in claim in the High Court arising from a fatality on a French motorway, and defended a Middle Eastern oil company in an arbitration relating to the sale of gas under a long-term gas sales agreement. Other mandates include acting for Theakston Estates in a limited liability partnership dispute and representing a Middle Eastern state in an arbitration regarding contracted trade. Vodafone, Specsavers, DHL and EDF are also clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘incredibly reliable’ team provides ‘clear and concise advice’ thanks to its ‘excellent industry knowledge and technical expertise’. Department head Andrew Masterson is ‘brilliant’; he handles product liability, pensions and IT disputes. The team also includes James McBurney, who is ‘commercially minded and a pleasure to work with’; Julian Sladdin, who leads the firm’s universities disputes practice, and legal director Louise Nahon, who ‘quickly absorbs complicated facts and gives great advice with a clear strategy’. In a recent highlight, McBurney acted for Hamad M Aldrees & Partners in a claim against Rotex Europe relating to the supply of allegedly deficient mineral separating units; other work includes Sladdin defending the University of Sheffield in a claim brought by a former student who was removed from a course due to homophobic comments made on social media, and acting for Birkbeck College, University of London in multiple disputes with its former Executive Dean including a Part 8 claim relating to the College’s decision to suspend and dismiss the individual.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘first-rate team consistently puts the client first’ with ‘a good understanding of risk combined with commercial awareness and strong legal advice’ making it ‘easily one of the go-to firms in the North East’. Group head Simon Miller !Leeds is ‘vastly experienced and excellent at assessing the commerciality of litigation’; he handles national and international disputes. Clients also praise Lucci Dammone !Leeds as ‘experienced, commercially sensible and pragmatic’; he recently acted for Contact Print and Packaging in a claim against its insurer following the failure of a printing press at its Stockport site and represented Contact Originators in a claim against The Intouch Group regarding failure to transfer software licences, which breached the terms of an asset purchase agreement. Tesco, The Mansions Group, Trinity Mirror and Acorn Mobility Services are also clients. Other noteworthy individuals include senior associate Simon Lucas !Leeds, Victoria Leigh !Leeds, who focuses on pensions and financial services disputes, shareholder issues and data protection matters; Anthony Taylor !Leeds, who leads the financial service litigation team; and Rob Elvin !Leeds, who handles environmental and health and safety work. Jason Blakey !Leeds joined from DWF in 2018.

‘A first-class litigation boutique’, Stewarts Law LLP is ‘easily one of the best for litigation outside of the Magic Circle’ fielding ‘a strong team with a sense of purpose’ that is ‘undoubtedly the premier firm in Yorkshire, maybe even nationally’. The group is highly regarded for its experience in cartel damage claims, financial services disputes, fraud matters and investigations. Mo Bhaskaran, who ‘strikes the right balance between aggression and realism’, leads the department, which also fields the ‘tenaciousKate Pollock, who is ‘efficient and a popular team leader for competition work’; the ‘absolutely brilliantJonathan Sinclair and senior associate Nick Haworth, who is ‘a savvy litigator with a bright future ahead of him’. Highlights included Pollock representing multiple corporates in cartel actions relating to interchange fees charged by MasterCard on debit and credit card transactions, Sinclair acting in cartel actions against Visa relating to interchange fees and Ian Gatt QC representing Iiyama in damages proceedings relating to a cathode ray tube cartel. Marks and Spencer, Wm Morrison, Home Retail Group and B&Q are also clients. Martin Walsh made partner in 2018.

Walker Morris LLP ‘stands out from other firms in the region in terms of quality of work and the quality of the professionals within its team’ who are ‘head and shoulders above the rest and are always right on the money with their commercial acumen and sound legal advice that brings a certain creative flair to proceedings’. Recent mandates include acting for Visage in an interim injunction application, acting for Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions in a High Court claim against a former director regarding allegations of fraud, and defending Trinity One in a case brought by York City Council relating to a commuted sum payment regarding the provision of affordable housing units. The team also represented Adler & Allan in a dispute relating to counter-pollution control costs following the capsizing of a fishing vessel carrying toxic pollutants in Dartmouth Harbour, and acted for Jet2.com in economic loss claims arising from disruptive passengers. The ‘incredibly confident and experiencedGwendoline Davies leads the group, which also includes the ‘genuinely excellent’ Malcom Simpson, Nick Lees, who has ‘a deep understanding of the law’; and director Lynsey Oakdene, who is ‘constantly focused on the needs of clients’. -David Williams joined Clarion in 2017.

Simon Young heads Clarion’s department, which includes IT and outsourcing specialist Dominic Higham, Roger Hutton, who handles pre-insolvency-related work; insolvency specialists Ryan Millmore and Alice Pratt, and Esther Kirwan, who focuses on IP disputes. David Williams  joined the group from Walker Morris LLP and bolstered its international litigation offering; he has notable expertise in project and joint venture disputes in Africa particularly in the oil, pharmaceuticals, distribution, IT and telecoms sectors. Recent highlights for the practice include Higham acting for Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in claims arising from a contract with Atos regarding the implementation and maintenance of a system critical to patient care, representing Wilton UK in a claim against Banks Group arising from a joint venture agreement for the development of a site near Durham, and acting for Caddick in litigation relating to a block of residential apartments in London Docklands including associated professional negligence claims against its former solicitors. Associate Kayleigh Fantoni joined from McCormicks in 2017.

Schofield Sweeney’s ‘commercially excellent’ team saw substantial growth recently following the recruitment of tax litigator Leo Jones-Rowe from LCF Law, financial services specialist Matthew Fidler from Stewarts Law LLP, and construction litigator Gary Ashton from Hawkswell Kilvington Limited. They join team co-heads James Staton and Alistair Kennedy; Staton is ‘incredibly professional’ and Kennedy is ‘a go-to litigator who is someone you definitely want fighting your corner’. Kennedy’s recent work includes defending an Isle of Man trustee company in litigation relating to sale proceeds from the public listing of a company on AIM, and acting for Menston Action Group in judicial review proceedings regarding a proposed Barratt Homes development including sustainable drainage issues. Other work includes Staton defending three former company directors in a dispute brought by a former director regarding allegations of conspiracy and collusion and breaches of directors’ duties; and Fidler defending a Guernsey property company in a banking claim arising out of a group restructuring and corporate sale. Closegate Hotel Group, A Share Greener and Bebe Clothing are also clients.

At 3volution Limited, team head Tim Stone ‘goes above and beyond to meet the client’s needs’; he recently acted for Print Express Partnership in a dispute with Asendia regarding a postal services contract and defended the Great Northern Envelope Company in a defamation claim regarding statements made in meeting minutes. Stone also has notable expertise in pensions-related disputes, professional negligence issues, shareholder disputes and warranty claims. FP Processing, Sharrow Organic Supplies, Goldfinch Entertainment, Tech Search Associates and the Trustees of Thorntons Pension Scheme are also clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include IP litigator Sara Ludlam and associate Samantha Wragg, who has particular experience in professional negligence actions, financial services claims, pensions disputes and defamation issues; clients praise her as ‘extremely efficient and able to put the client in a strong negotiating position’.

Gateley Plc‘s ‘absolutely excellent’ group has substantial expertise across the housebuilding, retail, energy, education and procurement sectors; recent mandates include defending Persimmon in a group action brought by 69 residents who allege that that sea-facing windows in a new apartment block on Swansea Dock have experienced water ingress, acting for Repsol Sinopec Resources in a contract dispute with One Sub Sea regarding equipment, and acting for the University of Leicester and St George’s, University of London in judicial review proceedings against students. The ‘practical and commercially mindedGerard Khoshnaw leads the team, which also fields Andrew Johnson, who is ‘a safe pair of hands and incredibly creative in his thinking and strategizing, which gives momentum to matters’; Simon Ingham and Gavin Winter.

Stephen McVey and Andrew Breckenridge jointly lead Gordons LLP’s team and specialise in commercial litigation and banking litigation respectively. The firm is ‘easily one of the best for clients in the retail space’; it recently defended a volume discount retailer in a contract dispute brought by an IT supplier and also counts Wren Kitchens, Nisa Retail, Pavers and Original Factory Shop as clients. Other recent mandates include acting for Houston Vessel Manufacturing in a claim for breach of exclusivity and supply agreements regarding specialist marine equipment supplied to a distributor, representing a liquidator in claims for recovery of payments made by a former law firm now in liquidation, and acting in a partnership and shareholder dispute following the dissolution of a partnership. Debt recovery specialist Graeme Davy, food and drink expert Mark Jones and Frances Mitchell, who acts for lender clients, are also names to note. -James Laycock joined Irwin Mitchell and -Matthew Howarth joined Shoosmiths LLP in 2017.

Irwin Mitchell fields a team of ‘top-class litigators’ including practice head Alex Newman, who has notable experience in contentious IP and IT issues; James Laycock, who joined from Gordons LLP in 2017 and handles contract disputes, shareholder claims, professional negligence issues and contentious trust and probate work; senior associate Richard Payne, who focuses on the construction sector; and senior associate Emma Yates, who ‘leaves no stone unturned and is dedicated to doing the best job possible’. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in franchising disputes and breach of warranty claims. Clients include Pirtek, Capita, Rubillion, Taskmaster and Handelsbanken.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent knowledge allows for effective and efficient advice that consistently produces the best outcomes’. Team head James Henson has ‘an understanding of the region and the law that is invaluable’ and handles civil fraud work, professional negligence actions and claims for breach of commercial contracts. Recent highlights include acting for the European Commission in a dispute with two liquidators and creditors regarding the ownership of unspent European Union grant monies, and representing Bauer Radio in a claim against Made Television relating to the breach of a supply agreement. Software Box, Electricity North West and Virgins Trains East Coast are also clients. Senior associate Elizabeth Turner is recommended for property litigation.

LCF Law is ‘commercially aware and gives practical advice to its clients’ thanks to ‘incredible strength in depth and sound legal knowledge’. The department, which is ‘one of those in the region that is becoming more and more noticeable’, is led by ‘excellent strategist’ Charles Abraham, who ‘thinks outside the box to find client-led solutions while still making sure the details are clear and the bigger picture is appreciated’; he has notable financial services and commercial agent regulation expertise. Other practitioners include Ragan Montgomery, ‘natural born litigator’ Jo Barnes and David Barker, who joined from Carrick Read (Leeds). The team recently defended a US-based corporation in proceedings arising from a claim by British Gas for unpaid gas and electricity charges, acted for a group of care homes in a claim against Yorkshire Bank relating to the bank’s rights to seek break costs, and represented a UK subsidiary of a global corporate in proceedings relating to unpaid electricity charges. Associate Roger Raper is also a name to note.

At Lupton Fawcett, the practice includes Jonathan Warner-Reed, who has a ‘very efficient, excellent and commercial mind’; Howard Rutter, who handles partnership work, shareholder disputes and contentious trusts and probate; property litigator Johanne Spittle and Jonathan Cripwell, who is experienced in civil fraud work and contentious probate matters. The practice also acts in professional negligence mandates, restrictive covenant and confidentiality disputes, defamation issues, fraud work, insolvency-related claims and injunctions. Seabrook Crisps, JCT600, SafeStyle, Yorkshire Cancer Research and Chaucer Foods are clients.

McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ practice has ‘exceptional customer service’ under the leadership of senior partner Peter McCormick, whose ‘excellent ability and knowledge of the sport sector really sets him apart’. The group is also active in the insolvency space and handles landlord and tenant disputes, fraud, partnership litigation and shareholder disputes. Clients also praise Philip Edmondson, who ‘is a genuine professional’. Recent work includes acting for the Premier League in a challenge to its ban of third party ownership of footballers’ economic rights; Rudding Park, Leeds United FC, GMI Construction Group and Oracle Finance are also clients.

As ‘a very strong firm with high-quality work’, Shulmans LLP is ‘one of the better mid-sized options in the region’ with ‘excellent all-round performance and well-experienced individuals who demonstrate technical knowledge and unmatched client attention’. The ‘efficient, thorough and experiencedRichard Wadkin is ‘a safe pair of hands’ and leads the recently reorganised team, which also includes IT specialist Mark Lumley, regulatory expert Lyn Dario, who focuses on environmental and health and safety issues; and associates Eleanor Stenson and Laura Hill, who are ‘excellent litigators with bright futures ahead of them’. The team recently acted for Montpelier Business Reorganisation in claims relating to the repayment of deferred consideration.

Womble Bond Dickinson’s ‘impressive’ practice regularly handles disputes in the financial services, chemicals, manufacturing and public sectors; recent clients include City of York Council, Lehman Brothers International (Europe), David Brown Gear Systems, Anpario and the Post Office. Team head Nick Mason is ‘a calm and effective manager of the team and sensible in his decision making’ and regularly handles international litigation. Clients also single out associate Tom Graham, who has ‘a good grasp of the detail’.

At Blacks Solicitors LLP, department head Luke Patel is ‘very client focused and is driven by getting the right outcome for his clients and always delivers an impeccable service’. Patel is also a member of the personal injury and medical negligence team, and recently defended personal injury firm GSD Law in claims brought by Allianz alleging systematic fraud and misconduct. The team primarily acts for owner-managed business and private individuals. Other names include James Teagle, Oliver Gross and associate Aimee Hutchinson, who is ‘extremely approachable and has an air of confidence that puts the client at ease’.

As part of the firm’s Northern team, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice includes team head Jan Levinson, Sydney Fulda and Harald Loeffler, all of whom split their time between Leeds and Manchester. The group is active in the healthcare space and Levinson focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes; he recently acted for Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a contract dispute with its IT product licence provider. Lynne Young Associates, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are also clients. Leeds-based associate Tim Dennis regularly advises on procurement disputes.

James Hartley heads the department at Freeths LLP, which also fields Lindsey Clegg, who has ‘excellent attention to detail’; Hartley’s work includes group actions, competition work, finance litigation and professional negligence claims while Clegg regularly works on cross-border litigation. Hartley recently acted for over 550 sub-postmasters in a claim against the Post Office regarding damages incurred following a failure of the computer system resulting in staff having to repay sums in the form of alleged shortfalls, and Clegg represented Onur Air in proceedings arising from the catastrophic mid-flight failure of an aircraft engine leased by the client. Peerless Europe, North Tyneside Council and Travis Perkins Group are also clients.

In Harrowells Solicitors’ ‘highly commercial’ group, Richard Hugill is ‘extremely astute and a joy to deal with’, Paul Birkinshaw is ‘enormously experienced and fights with 110% commitment for his clients’ and team leader Simon Black is ‘excellent’. The practice is increasingly acting for national clients alongside its traditional client base of local corporates and high-net-worth individuals. It is also recognised for its expertise in the agriculture and horse racing sectors.

Recent highlights for Metis Law LLP include representing Yoo Group in proceedings arising from the construction of a hotel island resort in Malay, representing C21 London Estates in a liability claim and acting for SPV Gaia Ventures in a claim against Abbeygate Helical Developments relating to breaches of covenants in a property deed transfer. G4S Group, the Interparcel Group, Northern Powerhouse Developments and Sakura Partners are also clients. Rajat Sharma leads the department, which ‘punches above its weight’ and advises clients at a regional, national and international level.

Ramsdens’ ‘excellent’ group includes team head Steven Singh, whose expertise covers civil and commercial litigation; Jeremy Cook, who has notable experience in the manufacturing, environmental, health and food sectors. Property litigator Nick Armitage, ‘incredibly able’ employment specialist Hilary Garnett and Paul Booth, who is ‘a very tenacious litigator who remains cool, calm and collected no matter that situation’, are also names to note. The group is active in professional services litigation and agriculture disputes.

As ‘one the most knowledgeable firms in Harrogate’, Raworths’ ‘proactive, responsive and experienced’ team is led by Jonathan Mortimer, who ‘takes a lot of stress away from the client and handles cases with supreme confidence and a tactical approach that is difficult to match’; his expertise encompasses contract disputes, financial services claims, franchise matters, insurance litigation, partnership disputes and professional negligence claims. Clients also praise ‘quality act’ Matthew Hill, who ‘delivers commercially sound and well-considered advice’. Highlights included representing Financiere Mademoiselle Desserts in proceedings relating to fraudulent misrepresentation and warranty claims, and defending Technology Sciences in a breach of contract and negligence case.

Matthew Howarth leads the practice at Shoosmiths LLP following his recruitment from Gordons LLP in 2017; he has experience in shareholder and warranty claims, professional negligence issues, contractual disputes, financial services claims and pensions disputes. Recent highlights include defending the former managing partner of an insolvency practice in claims alleging breaches of duty, acting for a former partner of a solicitor practice in proceedings relating to breaches of a partnership agreement, and representing a manufacturer and supplier of welding and positioning equipment in trade mark litigation. Senior associate Emma Lowe is also a name to note; she joined from Genus Law in 2017.


Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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CMS ‘achieves full marks across the board’ and is ‘on par with some of the best firms in the country’, particularly for litigation in the healthcare, technology and infrastructure sectors, as well as cross-border work. Key individuals include George Lubega, Carl Drey and Chris Horsefield; Lubega regularly handles judicial reviews, healthcare litigation and public procurement issues. Recent highlights include representing Consort Medical in multiple disputes over the development and manufacturing of medical devices, acting for Industrial Chemicals Group in commodity supply proceedings against Ineos relating to the failed supply of hydrochloric acid used for water treatment, and defending Cape Intermediate Holdings in a series of claims involving insolvency, contractual, corporate insurance and product liability law. Qatar Airways, United Biscuits and New Balance Athletic Shoes are also clients. Senior associate Richard Wilson is recommended for international litigation. -Mark Gudgeon joined Freeths LLP.

DLA Piper UK LLP is praised for its ‘excellent response times, pragmatic solution-oriented advice and incredible business acumen’, with notable expertise in telecoms litigation, cross-border disputes, competition law, construction disputes and finance litigation. Telecoms specialist Richard Norman leads the group; he recently defended The Coal Authority and Wentworth Woodhouse in a mining subsidence damage claim and represented Boots in a claim relating to the historic overcharging for water management services by Severn Trent Water. Arqiva, Atos, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Big Hand are also clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include senior associate Barney Connell, who is experienced in the financial services sector; IT litigator Ashley Mott, legal director Michael Wright, who specialises in mining and minerals issues; and senior associates Mick Lawlor and Harriet Farrant.

Key names in Freeths LLP’s recently expanded Sheffield practice include team head James Hartley, who also works in the Leeds office; James Berry, who joined from Irwin Mitchell in 2018; senior associate Mark Gudgeon, who joined from CMS Sheffield; and associate Lisa Greenstreet, who has experience in the manufacturing and retail sectors. In a recent highlight, Hartley acted for over 550 postmasters in litigation against the Post Office relating to damages incurred following the failure of its computer system resulting in staff having to repay sums in the form of alleged shortfalls. Travis Perkins Group, Aldo, Peerless Europe and North Tyneside Council are also clients.

Michael Peacock leads the department at HLW Keeble Hawson and regularly acts for regional owner-managed businesses. The team also fields Giles Searby, who focuses on the manufacturing sector; Doncaster-based Sarah Burton, and Andrew McKenzie Smith, who handles property, landlord and tenant, and construction disputes. Highlights included acting for Sharpsmart in a breach of contract dispute and representing Sheffield Sports Stadium in claims relating to various trainers' retention agreements.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘highly proactive and commercial’ practice ‘stands out in the region’ for its expertise across the manufacturing and insurance sectors and knowledge of injunctive applications and shareholder and derivative claims. Steven Beahan leads the team and regularly handles insurance litigation; clients also praise the ‘brilliantDorrien Peters, who is ‘up there with the best’ and acts in high-value disputes and manufacturing litigation. Clients include Westfield Health, MGS Technical Plastics, Aviva, Allianz and Buchan Concrete Products. -James Berry joined Freeths LLP in 2018.

Nick Lambert heads Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s department; he is ‘exceptionally calm, sensible and thoroughly pragmatic’ and ‘provides excellent insight into his cases, analyses the issues with precision and has a keen eye for detail’. Other key names include ‘seasoned practitioner’ Mark Serby, who is ‘an excellent tactician’ and focuses on IP disputes; director Holly Dobson, who handles inquests and data protection work; and property-focused director Elizabeth Shaw, who has ‘great interpersonal skills, excellent legal knowledge and always communicates in a clear way’.

The team at Bell & Buxton has ‘in-depth knowledge of the local market’ and is ‘extremely understanding and reassuring, giving clients confidence in its ability to fight their corner’. Emma Digby heads the group; clients praise her ‘down-to-earth and approachable manner and ability to explain things in layman’s terms’. Digby’s recent work includes defamation issues, property litigation and contract disputes. Alex Ross is also a name to note.

Keys names in Lupton Fawcett’s Sheffield team include Simon Lockley, who ‘listens carefully, formulates a highly practical plan and executes it in an outstandingly professional manner’, and Rob Cooke; Lockley regularly acts in contractual and shareholder disputes, fraud issues, partnership litigation and professional negligence claims while Cooke handles property litigation and professional negligence work. Clients include Seabrook Crisps, Yorkshire Cancer Research, SafeStyle, York Mailing Group and TNT Fireworks.

Taylor & Emmet LLP represents a combination of corporate and private clients with substantial experience in the automotive sector; the team is also active in the retail and manufacturing sectors and handles professional negligence claims and unpaid licence fee issues. Paul Smith is recommended for his expertise acting in commercial contract disputes for organisations and also assists start-up businesses, individuals, SMEs and national companies. Rob Moore focuses on corporate and contentious insolvency matters and solicitor Adam Hollis is the key name for property litigation, particularly residential landlord and tenant disputes and insolvency work.


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    • Daniel Carlton - Clarion
    • Jo Pearson - drydensfairfax solicitors

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    • Charise Marsden - HLW Keeble Hawson

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Boutique debt recovery firm drydensfairfax solicitors has expertise spanning the full range of issues including unsecured and secured recoveries, high-volume litigation, asset-based recoveries and insolvency issues. Key practitioners include head of conduct risk Jo Pearson, Philip Holden, who is experienced in high-value debt litigation and insolvency actions; Sue Nickson and insolvency specialist Tim Pope. Clients include lenders, debt purchasers and government departments.

Daniel Carlton leads Clarion’s practice and is noted for his debt collection and credit control service expertise particularly in the leisure, construction and manufacturing sectors. Carlton’s recent work includes acting for Shred-It on the recovery of aged debts, recovering over £2m of debt for Encon Insulation and assisting Admiral Taverns with its out of possession recovery of debts. Other clients include Asics UK, Hurst Plastics, Tunstell Healthcare, Communicorp UK and Brunwood Investments. The team also fields insolvency specialist Dale Fawcett, Kayley Hartley and Ryan Millmore, who regularly acts for asset-backed lenders.

DWF’s ‘impressive’ department is ‘efficient in processing and delivering the best possible service to achieve the best results for its clients’ who single out team head David Scottow whose ‘knowledge of volume-based consumer and commercial debt is outstanding’; other names include regulatory expert James Perry, who has ‘a great deal of practical experience and applies it in a way that is truly invaluable’; Kevin Feehan, who handles debt collection and civil recovery work; and Neil Jinks, who has experience in the credit industry and developing and managing debt recovery operations. Recent highlights include acting for Hillsborough Steelstock in the recovery of unpaid invoices and assisting LGSS with the recovery of social care costs for two local authorities. Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Anglian Water Services and the High Court Enforcement Officers Association are also clients.

Key areas of expertise for Optima Legal include recovery, litigation and enforcement matters spanning payment management, debt collections, secured and unsecured recoveries, repossession litigation, professional negligence claims, mis-selling issues and recovering mistaken payments. Craig Underwood leads the group. Scott Nodder joined Gordons LLP in 2018.

Graeme Davy leads the team at Gordons LLP, which ‘consistently provides a first-class service and sound advice with expertise that can’t be faulted’. Clients of Davy feel they are ‘very lucky to have him fighting their corner thanks to his undeniable knowledge of the market’ and also praise solicitor Sallyanne Phillips as ‘one to watch’ and Scott Nodder, who joined the practice from Optima Legal in 2018. The team regularly acts for trading companies that work on credit terms and also has clients in the manufacturing, retail and financial services sectors. Recent highlights include assisting Optare with its trade debt, advising the Canal & River Trust on its debt recovery and disputed debt work, and acting for a supplier in issues relating to trade monies due. Safestyle, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Core Communications and Directorbank Group are also clients.

Lupton Fawcett’s debt recovery expertise sits in its business recovery and insolvency department under the leadership of James Richardson and Nigel Whitfield in Leeds and York respectively. The team handles the full array of debt recovery advice including contract work, information collection, credit control issues and procedures, pre-legal collections, bankruptcy petitions and enforcement procedures. Clients include local businesses, schools, landlords and blue-chip companies. Senior debt recovery executive Daniel Elsworth is a key name for commercial debt recovery work.

HLW Keeble Hawsonprovides a service that is nothing short of excellent’ with a team that ‘is always quick to respond, has exceptional knowledge of the realistic application of the law and an extremely proficient and practical approach’. Department head Rachel Crookes is ‘brilliant’ and associate Charise Marsden ‘will happily go above and beyond to sort any issues’. The team’s work includes debt recovery encompassing small claims and fast track contentious debt recovery, contractual disputes, emergency injunctive relief and disputes relating to breach of restrictive covenants. Clients include owner-managed businesses, manufacturers and stockholders with notable experience in the manufacturing, engineering and automotive sectors.

LCF Law’s ‘pragmatic and commercial’ team ‘always goes the extra mile to make sure the issue reaches its end in an easy and successful manner’; it is ‘constantly looking to cut through any problems and challenges with the best possible end goal in sight’. Department head Andrew Langton has ‘commercial experience and excellent insolvency knowledge that is second to none paired with client relationship skills that build a real trusted-pair-of-hands feel’; his recent work includes advising VP on its collection of over £2.5m of debt and assisting Mabey Hire with the reduction of its days sale outstanding (DSO). Other clients include MKM Building Supplies, Smiths News Trading and Acumen Waste Management.


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