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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s department is led by Sally Butt (who also heads the firm’s national financial disputes group) and includes construction litigation partner Joe Wilkinson and Bill Gilliam, who handles procurement-related disputes. The team primarily advises banks and building societies, as well as clients in the construction sector.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s professional negligence team is led by Hugh Evans and sits within the firm’s wider litigation and regulatory practice. Evans and legal director Chris Harvey represented RBS and NatWest in a claim brought by Crestsign alleging the banks negligently sold hedging products. Ben Johnson joined from the firm’s Manchester office.

Gordons LLP’s ‘proactive and knowledgeable’ team is headed by Matthew Howarth, who is ‘easy to get along with’ and who often acts for lenders against solicitors and valuers. The team has been advising long-term client Paragon Mortgages on a group claim valued at over £1m alleging breaches of duty and trust concerning planning and building consents on multiple properties.

Irwin Mitchell’s group is led by Daniel Brumpton, who handles claims against solicitors, surveyors, financial advisers, architects and insurance brokers.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s department is headed by Nigel Broadbent, who acts for PLCs and SMEs in disputes involving suppliers, customers and government bodies. Property litigation specialist Rob Cooke joined the Sheffield office from Taylor & Emmet LLP.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘practical’ department acts for lenders and blue-chip companies on a wide range of professional negligence and fraud matters, including construction disputes. Andrew Beck heads the practice and is recommended alongside Andrew Bennett, who leads on all fraud matters.

3volution Limited’s team is headed by co-founder Tim Stone, who has particular expertise in pensions-related disputes. Matt Pugh often handles property-related disputes for a wide range of clients, including other law firms.

Blacks Solicitors LLP provides a ‘very high level of service’ under the leadership of the ‘exceptional’ Luke Patel, who also heads the commercial dispute resolution team. The group primarily acts for individuals, owner-managed businesses and SMEs in a wide range of sectors, including insurance, financial and construction.

Schofield Sweeney’s team is led by Richard Stockdale, who advises on claims against solicitors, financial advisers and professionals in the construction sector. Alistair Kennedy has particular expertise in claims against financial advisers and financial institutions.

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