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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Michael Clavell-Bate

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Michael is the Senior Office Partner in Manchester and the head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution team.

He specialises in heavy weight corporate disputes including warranty claims, shareholder disputes, claims arising from sale and purchase agreements, negligence claims and has expertise in all areas of defamation law.  Reputation management is a feature of Michael's practice particularly arising from online publications.  Michael has featured in the legal directories for many years in the top category of leading individuals for commercial litigation in the North West.

Legal 500/Chambers and Partners:

He is a polished operator - rated by clients as an excellent strategist".

Lauded for its 'commercially focused advice', Eversheds LLP represents an impressive array of corporates across a broad spectrum of commercial litigation. Headed by the vastly experienced Michael Clavell-Bate, the team is praised for its 'strength and depth'.

Senior partner Michael Clavell-Bate is a highly respected individual in the North West market and beyond. He is renowned for his wide-ranging expertise in commercial disputes and his specialisation in defamation law. Clients praise him as "accommodating and very experienced. He's always able to deliver pragmatic advice when you need it most."

Examples of Michael's recent experience include:

  • Acting for a major retailer in managing the press following the termination of a high profile contract.
  • Acting for the one of the North West's fastest growing and most profitable private companies in various disputes following numerous acquisitions.
  • Acting for one of the world's largest manufacturers of kitchenware in relation to various contract disputes in the UK.
  • Acting for numerous clients and Logistics disputes (on both sides of the supply chain).
  • Acting for one of Europe's largest private companies in multi-million pound claims for overpaid tax.

Logistics - Michael coordinates and leads the Logistics Sub-Sector of our global Transport Sector Group coordinating client service for our logistics clients across the globe.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on reputation management, privacy, advertising and branding disputes.  Andrew Terry successfully acted for the Chairman of Millwall FC in his defamation claim against former Tory Minister, Mr Stephen Norris. He also represented BUQ in obtaining privacy injunctions to prevent the publication of highly personal information. Michael Clavell-Bate is experienced in handling reputation management matters for public and private institutions.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Clavell-Bate - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is commended as ‘extremely responsive’ and delivers ‘pragmatic and commercial advice’ and acts for regional, national and international corporates on a range of disputes. The team is also noted for its experience in reputation management-related cases. Representing Manchester Airport on a £12m claim against Australian television network Ten Group PTY, under a guarantee arising out the termination of an advertising contract with Airport Advertising UK by Manchester Airport; advising five Store First companies in relation to public interest winding up proceedings brought by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and representing Weir Group on two related disputes, in the Jordanian courts, in connection with the termination of a longstanding relationship between Weir Minerals Europe and Weir Solutions FZE and its Jordanian agent; are key highlights. Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Jersey), Begbies Traynor Group and Air Liquide UK are also clients. The ‘impressive’ Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor, who is ‘very hands on and leads from the front’, lead the department. Principal associates Tom Whitfield and Phil Duignan, who is noted for procurement disputes, are recommended, as is senior associate Luisa Zukowski, who is experienced in international arbitration.

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