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'A pragmatic firm with a willingness to help' is how one client describes Ashtons Legal in Bury St Edmunds. The office plays a key role in the broader litigation practice that acts as a single unit across the firm's many regional offices. Mark Merriam is the key contact and has more than 30 years' experience in commercial disputes. He recently acted for a company in the defence of a breach of contract claim in which the plaintiff sought substantial damages. He also advised a long-standing corporate client in a high-value claim relating to a share purchase agreement. Associate Annabel Mayer leads a niche practice that handles contentious matters on behalf of the owners and operators of care homes, which includes numerous instructions relating to regulatory compliance issues. Her recent work includes a high-value breach of contract claim, and a case arising from the transfer of company shares.

Buckles Solicitors LLP has one of the most highly respected litigation practices in Peterborough, but through its office in London and its relationship with Paris and Milan-based firm CastaldiPartners it has a growing caseload of work for clients with national and international disputes, which complement its work for SME clients in East Anglia. Leading light and practice head James Maxey is a solicitor advocate and CEDR-accredited mediator who specialises in company and partnership disputes, breach of commercial trading agreements, claims arising out of corporate warranties, shareholder disputes and breach of director’s duties matters. Last year, he represented a client in the transport sector in a high-value claim arising from the purchase of equipment that was deemed not fit for purpose. Alejandro Verdu de Haro, who is dual-qualified in both English and Spanish law, has been practising in the UK for more than ten years. He acts for British clients with interests in Spain and for Spanish banks, companies and individuals in enforcement proceedings in the UK. Senior associate Nick Porter, who focuses mainly on insolvency disputes, is also recommended for general commercial litigation.

The litigation practice at Greene & Greene is 'very good, very effective and good value for money'. The firm has a 125-year history and remains one of the market leaders in Bury St Edmunds for advice to companies and high-net-worth individuals. It has a large and diverse client base of  large and small businesses across a range of industry sectors, for which it handles disputes both nationally and internationally. Practice head Michael Batty  has 'a good manner and is an astute and effective mediator and negotiator'. He recently defended shareholders who had sold their company against a multimillion-pound warranty claim brought by the purchaser. He also acted for a home improvement company in a high-value case concerning the supply of allegedly defective materials to a property developer. The firm recently hired Rob Adam from Ashtons Legal, who has a reputation as one of the regions big-hitters and has a broad practice that encompasses  commercial litigation, contentious trusts and probate claims, insolvency litigation, claims against professionals and property disputes. Experienced solicitor Andrea Nicholls  is also recommended for commercial litigation.

Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough is known for 'good responses and clear knowledge of English Law in relation to litigation', according to one client. The firm handles a large caseload of regional work as well as a growing number of high-calibre cross-border matters. 'First-class dispute-resolution lawyer' Greenwoods GRM leads the litigation practice and works across the firm's network of offices in London, Peterborough and Cambridge. In Peterborough, the firm has strong associates in Adele Whaley, who has ten years' experience in commercial disputes, and Jamie McConnell, who regularly handles cases for clients in the financial services sector. The practice's varied workload from 2017 includes cases in sectors such as financial services, food, marine, insurance and property. McConnell handled a £2m claim for the purchaser of marine assets which focused on unpaid royalties. Whaley acted for a company seeking £800,000 in unpaid invoices, which subsequently involved defending a counterclaim for alleged defects in equipment sold to a customer in the US.

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a highly experienced litigator in legal executive Lesley Milne who leads the commercial litigation team and has 'vast dispute resolution experience that enables her to put clients at their ease; she never loses sight of the commercial realities of a dispute and the outcomes her clients desire'. Milne and personal injury partner Naina Tilney recently acted for a client who alleged that overseas companies had failed to honour contracts under a distribution agreement for the supply of heavy equipment. The same team also acted for a company director and shareholder in a claim concerning prejudicial treatment by other board members that resulted in a winding up order being issued. The case was settled favourable at mediation. Former in-house barrister Davide Corbino joined Chambers of Paul Hollow in Cambridge.

Hegarty LLP in Peterborough has a strong dispute resolution practice that provides litigation and mediation services to a both regional and national clients. Matthew Sidebottom leads the family, dispute resolution and criminal practices and has more than 30 years' experience. His broad commercial litigation practice includes a niche in contentious agricultural matters. Kally Singh's practice encompasses contentious contract disputes and business matters, partnership disputes, injunctions and IT litigation. Andrew Hornsby is also recommended.

Shears Law is a relatively young firm, having been founded in 2013, that provides advisory and advocacy services in the field of business disputes. Its work encompasses claims arising from commercial contracts, debt recovery, corporate insolvency and cross-border matters. The firm is best known for its work in the recruitment sector, and in matters relating to confidentiality and restrictive covenants. Principal Richard Shears recently pursued a claim on behalf of an employment agency to enforce a non-solicitation provision against a defendant surveying company. The case was settled before trial. SThree plc, Roc Search Limited, NonStop Recruitment Limited and Hydrogen Group Limited are among his clients.

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