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Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s team is ‘focused on the best outcome’ for the client and is ‘excellent in all regards’. Practice head Hugh Smith and Nick Dean, are ‘very good at getting to the heart of an issue without losing sight of the case’. Smith handles shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence claims, injunctions, restrictive covenants and economic torts. He is representing the former shareholder of a solar power firm in dispute pertaining to a share purchase agreement, and is acting for a financial institution in respect of the recovery of losses from the directors of the borrower arising from a failed development project. Dean, who has considerable property litigation expertise, is acting for a farming client in a dispute with a neighbour over a lane separating the land, and is representing Essential Nutrition in pursuing a claim for breach of directors’ duties against a former director. Peter Duffus handles contentious trusts and probate; he recently successfully resisted a £700,000 claim for damages for a farming client. Jeff Swales is experienced in handling health and safety prosecutions and Christopher Harrison, who is based in Scarborough, specialises in insolvency and agricultural matters. Other clients include Associated British Ports and Carpetright.

Gosschalks’ ‘extremely competent and professional’ team is led by the ‘pragmatic’ Matthew Fletcher, who has ‘sound legal knowledge and expertise’. Steve Dillon and Phil Osborne, who have expertise in high-value breach of contract and professional negligence claims against solicitors and insurance brokers, as well as advising on shareholder disputes and breach of directors duties claims, are the other key names. Fletcher focuses on construction disputes; he recently represented SOG in proceedings against SP Manweb regarding a £2.5m pylon wayleave compensation claim heard in the Upper Tribunal, and defended an international engineering company against a claim brought by a Ukrainian company regarding an alleged manufacturing deficit. Osborne is defending the UK subsidiary of an international manufacturer of apparel solutions against a claim brought by a household retailer for damages of approximately £1m. Associate Sarah Coates-Madden and solicitor Tom Storer ‘are sensible and, pragmatic lawyers’; Coates-Madden is defending the owner of a residential property against a claim brought by a neighbour in a three-way boundary dispute between the neighbours and the high-profile property developer that sold the properties.

George Coyle leads Rollits LLP’s practice, which acts for clients including Cranswick, Allam Marine, Hull City and Leeds City College. The team is experienced in handling company shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract and sale of goods issues and regulatory defence work. Ralph Gilbert is representing a bathroom manufacturer in a dispute relating to ownership of goods supplied following administration, and is acting for a local trust in a dispute regarding the acquisition of a college. Caroline Hardcastle is handling a £3m dispute arising from various defects within a sports stadium for SuperStadium Management Company.

Bridge McFarland has ‘a strong team’ that inspires ‘confidence’ in clients. Recent highlights include representing two claimants in bringing a professional negligence claim against a solicitors’ firm; acting for a liquidator in a £3m insolvency dispute; and representing a hotel group in pursuing a negligence claim against a bank. The team also represented a client in bringing a claim and application for summary judgment in the Technology and Construction Court regarding a payment for technical design services for the construction of a waste-to-energy gasification plant. Clients include Independent Steel Fabrications, Hogarth Construction, 3Q Industrial Supplies, Lincoln City FC and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. Practice head Robert Ripley is highly regarded.

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