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BDB Pitmans

47 CASTLE STREET, READING, BERKSHIRE, RG1 7SR, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +44 345 222 9222
Fax:
Fax +44 118 958 5097
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Web:
www.pitmans.com

Phil Smith

Tel:
Work 0118 957 0462
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BDB Pitmans

Work Department

Dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring.

Position

Phil specialises in commercial litigation, bringing and defending claims on behalf of
businesses, individuals and insolvency practitioners. He has particular expertise in
technology disputes, property litigation, costs and contentious insolvency matters. He
is Pitmans' Training Principal, managing the recruitment and training of trainee
solicitors.

Career

Trainee solicitor Pitmans, September 2005; solicitor September 2007; director May 2012; partner May 2014.

Education

Chichester High School; University of Reading, Law LLB, 2.1 (2003); College of Law, Guildford, LPC, Distinction (2004).

Leisure

Cricket, sailing, motorsports.


South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Next generation lawyers

Phil Smith - Pitmans LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The team at Pitmans LLP is ‘rated very highly for its responsiveness, value for money and knowledge’, with particular strengths in IT disputes, professional negligence claims, corporate and shareholder disputes, and substantial commercial disputes including logistics, distribution and international trade matters. Practice head Tim Clark is advising an individual client on a shareholder dispute in the context of matrimonial proceedings relating to a company valued at around £3m. Phil Smith is ‘first rate; he has a sharp, analytical mind, identifies and advises clearly on key issues, and is very user-friendly’. Clark and Smith have together been advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN which involves content-hosting arrangements, services and a shareholders’ agreement. William Richmond-Coggan, who has higher rights of audience, has been acting for One Step (Support) in bringing a non-competition and non-solicitation clauses claim against two individuals, which was heard in the Supreme Court in late 2017. Other clients of note include Veritas Technologies, Symantec and Banner Homes. Deputy managing partner and insolvency expert Suzanne Brooker is also noted, as is contentious construction and engineering expert David Gwillim.

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South East: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Pitmans LLP acts for a number of the region's leading property developers, and also handles landlord and tenant litigation, insolvency-related disputes, and construction litigation. The practice recently represented the applicants in an application for the registration of land based upon adverse possession, which was opposed by the adjoining owners. Key figures include practice head David Williams, who regularly handles lease renewal claims, dilapidations litigation, and possession applications; Phil Smith.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

'First-class' Pitmans LLP is recommended for its ‘sector knowledge, turnaround times, commercial rates, personable team and overall level of service’. Commercial litigator Phil Smith heads the firm’s IT and telecoms offering, advising big-name clients including Sky, Humax and Symantec. Tim Clark acts on contentious IT disputes, particularly those relating to cyber security and breaches thereof, and is currently advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN. On the advisory side, Philip Weaver has been handling the renewal of licence and maintenance agreements for KAI Computer Services and giving legal guidance on GDPR compliance to the UK arm of an international business which manufactures electronics and hardware. ‘Highly personable’ legal adviser Marie Evrard has wide-ranging expertise in areas including data protection compliance, software and master service agreements, with one recommendation that ‘in such a "dry" subject it helps that Marie has a great sense of humour and is a great relationship builder’.

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