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DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘technically brilliant’ team is led by Richard Norman, who ‘has a real depth of experience’ and specialises in IT and telecoms litigation for clients including Arqiva, Tata Communications and Atos. Ashley Mott is also strong in the IT sector and has significant international arbitration experience, while Michael Wright is recognised for his expertise in the mining and minerals sector.

One of the market leaders in the region’, Irwin Mitchell’s ‘excellent’ team has sector expertise across retail, professional services, insurance, IT and manufacturing. Practice head Steven Beahan acted for Syncronicity in a dispute involving breach of contract, misrepresentation and negligence claims. Also recommended are Dorrien Peters, who is ‘extremely experienced and hardworking’, and Daniel Brumpton, who specialises in professional negligence issues.

Standout firmNabarro LLP focuses on the healthcare and technology sectors, and acts for clients including Appello, Electricity North West and new client Consort Medical. The team is co-led by George Lubega, who has ‘an excellent grasp of complex issues’, Carl Dray and the ‘pragmatic and firm’ Chris Horsefield.

Michael Peacock leads the practice at HLW Keeble Hawson, which includes the ‘extremely proactive and exceptionally knowledgeable’ Sarah Burton, who is based in Doncaster. Giles Searby recently acted for Electrosteel Casting in EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy complaints against the client, demonstrating the firm’s strength in the local manufacturing sector.

Alex Ross leads the team at Bell & Buxton, which recently gained Emma Rigby following the firm’s acquisition of CLL Solicitors. The department handles a variety of mandates including shareholder disputes, contract disputes and negligence claims. Jim Conlon is recommended.

Freeths works on a range of matters including professional negligence, financial litigation, competition litigation and international arbitration, and has a client list which includes Ernst & Young, Peerless Europe and Time To Lease. James Hartley is the practice head.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is headed by Rob Moore and includes ‘first-class litigator’ Paul Smith, who ‘combines a thorough knowledge of the law with a firm grasp of commercial realities’. The practice is recognised for its strength in the motor sector, and also has experience in contract disputes and insolvency litigation.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limitedgives practical and commercial advice, with an eye on the realities of each case’, primarily advising SME clients in the local region. The ‘straightforward, clear and thorough’ Nick Lambert leads the practice, and recently advised a global mountaineering expedition company in claims against its insurers.

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