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Gowling WLG

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Clark Sargent

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Gowling WLG

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Commercial litigation team; dispute resolution group.


Partner specialising in commercial litigation for corporates, although also with prior experience of finance-related disputes for banks and other financial institutions.


Trained Wragge & Co; qualified 1992; Wright Hassall & Co 1997-98; Wragge & Co 1998 to date; partner 2000; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Warwick School; University College, Oxford (1989 BA Jurisprudence 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1990 LSF).


Football, rugby, reading, children.

London: Transport


Within: Aviation

Gowling WLG handles a range of mandates for aviation-sector clients inlcuding IP, competition, dispute resolution, pensions and employment matters. It is acting for Thai Airways in proceedings brought by British Airways in the UK Air Cargo litigation. dnata and Monarch Airlines are also clients. The team is predominantly based across its London and Birmingham offices and is led by litigation partner Clark Sargent. Bernardine Adkins handles competition and antitrust matters, and principal associate James Barr is noted for IT, commercial and outsourcing advice in the aviation sector.

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West Midlands


Within: Transport

Under the leadership of Giles Clifford and Clark Sargent, Gowling WLG’s transport team services client such as Transport for London, CRRC and Goodman. Sargent leads the aviation sub-team. Other key transport figures include senior associate James Barr. Recent highlights include advising Barnet Council on the closure of existing rail freight facilities and the delivery of new facilities as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood rejuvenation project, and on the aviation side, a team led by Sally Mewies and supported by director Richard Smith acted for an international airline in connection with the outsourcing of its passenger services system requirements to a global provider. Dispute resolution expert Helen Davenport was also part of the team handling this matter, and acted alongside Anna Fletcher for a railway manufacturing client on key pension and employment issues. Also recommended are Richard Lee, who heads the firm’s HR solutions team, and construction specialist Richard Green, who has experience in the development of new stations.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Within: Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Gowling WLG’s ‘excellent team’ is distinguished by its ‘detailed technical knowledge and understanding of the client’s requirements’. As well as delivering general commercial litigation, the practice also has in-depth specialisms in IT disputes, health and safety regulatory issues, procurement disputes, bribery and corruption issues, and international arbitration. The automotive sector is a particular area of strength and the team acts for a range of manufacturers, suppliers and dealers, including TRW Automotive and Aston Martin. Other target sectors include aviation and defence, where James Gordon is the key contact, food and drink, healthcare, manufacturing, and professional and business support services. Prominent lawyers in the sizeable practice include Andrew Smith, who is, for one client, ‘the best litigator outside of London’, the ‘experienced and analytical’ Andrew Manning Cox, the ‘outstanding’ Clark Sargent, and Andrew Nugent Smith, who is a ‘good judge of when to pick a fight’ and successfully acted for LucasVerity Electric Steering in the Court of Appeal in a £30m claim against a Portuguese subsidiary supplier for breach of an exclusive supply agreement. Regulatory specialist Andrew Litchfield co-heads the team alongside London-based James Sidwell.

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