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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Kendal Litherland

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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution - Professional Negligence


Legal Director


Kendal’s main expertise is in professional negligence claims against, amongst others, solicitors, accountants and financial advisors.  His aim is twofold: to get the best outcome for his client and at the same time restore that client’s faith in those who provide professional services. This is achieved by a combination of technical skill and good, old-fashioned customer service.

East Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Commercial litigation: Nottingham and Derby

The ‘impressive’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP delivers ‘clear and practical advice’ and focuses on litigation in sectors including energy, education and banking and finance. Particular strengths include equine law and litigation arising either from the theft of confidential or commercially sensitive data or from the setting up of competing companies. ‘Standout lawyer’ and associate partner Tim Speed, who recently moved from the Birmingham to the Nottingham office, represented West Bromwich Commercial in its long-running dispute with a guarantor regarding the non-payment of liabilities and allegations of misrepresentation. Legal director Steven Skiba took the lead acting for two defendants in a disputed share purchase agreement, a matter involving new law regarding cashflow insolvency, which eventually settled before the end of the trial. Martin Noble  in Leicester heads the East Midlands dispute resolution team. Professional negligence expert and legal director Kendal Litherland is also recommended. Michelle O’Brien left the firm.

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East Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Kendal Litherland - Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ‘provides an excellent service’ and is known for ‘taking on a wide range of claims’, with claims against solicitors, accountants and barristers, independent financial advisers, pension trustees and self-invested personal pension (SIPP) operators making up the largest portion of the caseload. The professional negligence team forms part of Martin Noble’s wider dispute resolution practice and includes legal director and ‘absolute starKendal Litherland, ‘who is amazingly tenacious and determined’ and ‘well-known for his intellectual power, superlative client skills, bravery against corporate opponents and obtaining excellent results in difficult circumstances’. Litherland recently acted for Paul Denning in a widely reported High Court case involving a claim against an independent financial adviser regarding the extent of the duty to advise in connection with potential claims against former advisers. In a recent SIPP matter, Litherland obtained a landmark decision from the Financial Ombudsman regarding the extent of a SIPP operator’s duty to carry out due diligence checks on unregulated and high-risk investments before allowing them to be held in a SIPP.

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