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  1. Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team ‘is terrific to work with and stands out for its pragmatic approach and considerable industry knowledge’. Sally Butt leads the practice, and has significant experience acting for clients in the financial services sector. Simon Kamstra is recommended for international disputes and arbitrations; he recently acted for Volkswagen in successfully obtaining an injunction to prevent the publication of confidential information relating to the immobiliser security systems in the client’s vehicles. Clients single out Bill Gilliam as ‘one of the best lawyers in the region’ with ‘a dynamic approach and an ability to see the big picture’.

DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘one of the dominant firms in the region’ and provides ‘a strong service and uniform excellence’. David Young leads the four-partner team, which includes IT specialist Simon Kenyon, Paul Stone, who specialises in international dispute resolution, and Josh Wong, who advises clients on issues relating to emerging markets. Recent highlights include representing Birmingham City Council in a contract dispute, and acting for Nisa Retail in a matter relating to misappropriation of confidential information.

Product liability specialist Richard Matthews leads the ‘excellent’ team at Eversheds LLP, which is noted for its ‘strategic approach’. Gary Pellow heads the national group, which includes Mark Howarth, who has expertise in energy disputes, and James Hyde, who focuses on the TMT sector and represented Peninsula Community Health in litigation against BT Cornwall relating to the threatened termination of an ICT shared services agreement.

Pinsent Masons LLP is a ‘leading outfit’ that is noted for its strength in the university sector. Department head Andrew Masterson specialises in product liability, pensions and IT disputes, and acted for Dixons Carphone in relation to a cyber-attack. The ‘outstanding and extremely diligent’ James McBurney focuses on corporate protection litigation, and Julian Sladdin, who made partner in 2015, is ‘a tremendous lawyer with exceptional versatility’.

One of the best firms in Leeds’, Squire Patton Boggs fields an ‘excellent’ team that stands out for its ‘practical approach and first-rate service’. Simon Miller (who is ‘robust and focused on the key issues’) leads the practice, which has significant cross-border experience as well as being strong regionally. Patrick Walker is recommended for property matters. Clients include Tesco, the European Commission and Kemira.

Boutique litigation firm Stewarts Law LLPpunches above its weight in the region’, advising on national and international matters for blue-chip clients. Mo Bhaskaran leads the practice, which includes Jonathan Sinclair, who specialises in competition litigation. The firm has considerable strength in fraud and financial services litigation.

For some, Walker Morris LLP has ‘one of the premier litigation practices in Leeds’, placing it ‘at the top of the tree’. Gwendoline Davies leads the department, which includes ‘standout partner’ Malcolm Simpson, who successfully defended Perkins Engines Company in a claim against a former distributor alleging the client had wrongfully terminated a distribution agreement. Also recommended are David Williams and director Nick Lees.

The ‘good, clear and commercialSimon Young leads the department at Clarion, which ‘focuses on key issues and provides practical and sensible advice’. Dominic Higham is recommended for IT and outsourcing disputes, and has acted for clients including Maersk, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and SRCL.

Gordons LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice is notably strong in the financial services sector, and has recently developed a pensions litigation team. Highlights for department head Matthew Howarth (who is ‘a total pleasure’) included successfully acting for the National Gamekeepers Organisation in a judicial review against Natural England relating to buzzard control licences. Clients recommend the ‘unflappable’ Ian McCombie, and James Laycock, who is ‘a very able litigator and incisive tactician’.

DWF’s practice, which provides ‘excellent advice at a professional standard’, is led by the ‘very approachableJason Blakey and includes Nick Carr, who is recommended for contractual disputes. James Haddleton has moved in-house, and Philip Clarke joined Eaton Smith LLP. Clients include Morrisons, Leeds Beckett University and BUPA.

Gateley Plc has significant strength in real estate disputes (with a particular focus on the residential development arena) for clients including Bellway, the Miller Group and Taylor Wimpey. Gerard Khoshnaw leads the practice and is an experienced mediator. The ‘rigorous and creative’ Andrew Johnson joined from Watson Burton LLP.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘excellent’ team is headed by Alex Newman, who took over the role from Steven Bate, who is now a consultant with the firm. Newman is experienced in IP and IT-related disputes, and recently represented the Intrepid Brewing Company in a trade mark dispute with Greene King.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till has a strong regional presence across both its Leeds and York offices, advising predominantly SMEs and owner-managed businesses as well as several blue-chip companies. Clients include Hand Picked Hotels, Seabrook Crisps and JCT600. Nigel Broadbent leads the department, which includes the ‘knowledgeable and supportive’ Jonathan Cripwell in York.

The ‘absolutely fantastic’ team at McCormicks is led by Peter McCormick, who is noted for his ‘immense experience and skill’, and the ‘upfront and superbPhilip Edmondson. The firm’s strength in the sport sector is reflected in a client roster including the Premier League, Walsall FC and Leeds United FC.

The four-partner team at Schofield Sweeney advises clients across a range of sectors including banking, construction, retail and real estate. Highlights included representing 4d Pharma in a shareholder dispute, and acting for Menston Action Group on commercial and administrative law remedies concerning a proposed property development. Key names include James Staton and Chris Charlesworth.

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