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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.

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