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GROSVENOR HOUSE, 45 THE DOWNS, ALTRINCHAM, WA14 2QG, ENGLAND
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Altrincham, West Midlands

Kit Sorrell

Tel:
Work 0161 714 4520
Email:
FS Legal

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Kit is personally ranked as a Leader in the Field in both Commercial Litigation and Professional Negligence in Chambers & Partners 2018. He is also recognised in Legal 500’s ‘Hall of Fame’ as a Leading Individual in both Commercial Litigation and Professional Negligence. He is the only lawyer in the entire North West to be ranked by Legal 500’s ‘Hall of Fame’ in the field of Professional Negligence and in Commercial Litigation (elsewhere in the North West).

With over 30 years’ experience, Kit Sorrell is a highly renowned litigation specialist. He acts in complex high value commercial matters such as contract disputes, minority shareholder claims, property disputes and also acts for both high net worth individuals and corporate entities in complex and high value professional negligence claims against, by way of example, tax advisers, solicitors, property professionals and independent financial advisers.

Kit is nationally recognised as a Leader in the Field and is recommended in both Chambers UK Guide and Legal 500 where he is described as “highly experienced”, “one of the best commercial litigators in the region” noting in particular his “gravitas, tough negotiation skills and dogged determination”. Kit has developed a particular specialism in commercial construction disputes of all types in his many years of acting for well-known national property developers and is a founding member of the firm’s specialist Construction Disputes Team.

Kit is also widely known for leading the way in Professional Negligence claims against financial and tax advisers in particular claims involving tax avoidance and mitigation schemes. Kit was amongst the very first lawyers to be instructed on the high profile Film Scheme Tax Partnership cases and to issue the first High Court proceedings against advisers who recommended such schemes. Kit has become known as the ‘go-to’ lawyer for well-known sports and media personalities in this field. Kit has been interviewed by the Financial Times on a number of occasions and quoted in numerous articles in the FT, The Mail on Sunday, FT Adviser, Money Marketing and IFA Online.

Notable cases

  • Halsall v Champion Consulting Ltd [2017] EWHC 1079 (QB)
    Represented the claimants in a £6M claim arising out of tax avoidance schemes. This widely reported case is believed to be one of the first claims of this type to reach the courts.
  • Acting for a group of high net worth individuals in a £5M claim against an international law practice arising out of negligent conduct of litigation initially brought against their accountants and tax advisers.
  • Acting for a client in a seven-figure professional negligence claim against Gibraltar based IFA company arising out of the clients’ investment into a £50M failed investment scheme.
  • Acting for minority shareholder in a shareholder dispute in relation to his holding in a highly successful engineering company. Action resolved with an order for the purchase of his shares on very satisfactory terms.
  • Acting for a national property/property development company in Judicial Review proceedings challenging enforcement orders made by the Authority which threatened a regeneration scheme the value of which ran to many hundreds of millions of pounds.
  • Acting for a sports management company in a dispute over the ‘ownership’ of a very high profile premier league professional footballer.
  • Acting for Morris Homes Group, the country’s largest privately owned house builder, in a number of complex seven-figure claims against various property professionals.

Career history

  • FS Legal – Partner, 2014 to date
  • Pannone LLP – Partner, 2006 – 2014
  • Wacks Caller – Partner, 2000 – 2006
  • DWF- Partner, 1983 – 2000

 

Career

Kit joined Liverpool practice Bremner Sons & Corlett before joining DWF in 1983 and founding the litigation department. In 2000 he joined Wacks Caller before heading the professional negligence team at Pannone in 2006. In 2014 Kit opened the Manchester Office of FS Legal where he is a Partner.


North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Within: Leading individuals

Kit Sorrell - FS Legal

Within: Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

Boutique litigation firm FS Legal is ‘robust and uncompromising’ in its approach and houses ‘fearless and innovative litigators who really seem to go the extra mile for their clients’. It handles complex, high-value commercial litigation, is praised for its ‘extensive experience’ in professional negligence cases and is also active across complex contractual disputes, financial services, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination in commercial property development and planning cases, shareholder disputes, warranty claims, tax litigation and property litigation. The team is instructed by the claimants in a £6m claim against Champion Consulting and Champion Group of Companies relating to tax advice arising from tax mitigation schemes. Kit Sorrell is a ‘great tactician and inspires real confidence in his clients’ and heads the team with Julia Norris, who is ‘extremely hard working, very bright and unfazed’. Senior associate Mubarik Haider is ‘very responsive’.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Kit Sorrell - FS Legal

Within: Professional negligence

FS Legal  is a ‘leading firm in this geographical area for professional negligence relating to financial advice' The team has notable expertise in conducting proceedings on behalf of high-net-worth individuals and undertakings who have suffered losses arising out of negligent advice in connection with tax avoidance schemes. The ‘immensely experienced and thoroughly professional’ Kit Sorrell  is a ‘great tactician who knows how to plot the outcome of a case from the very outset’. Julia Norriscan command a lot of detail very quickly. She is extremely hardworking, very bright and unfazed by anything that is required of her. Together they make an ‘excellent and completely client-focused team. They can attract work that one would ordinarily expect to see large firms litigate on. They are fearless and innovative litigators who really seem to go that extra mile for their clients’. The claimant-focused professional negligence firm also has ‘high-quality assistants and junior staff who all provide creative and insightful advice’.

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