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Birketts LLP¬†‚Äėprovides timely and commercially astute advice that responds to the direction that we want to pursue with the litigation‚Äė, remarks one client. ‚ÄėPragmatic, experienced and logical‚Äė practice head Matthew Atkins¬†is ‚Äėa highly skilled lawyer who is able to quickly cut to the pertinent issues, and his advice is always delivered with an appropriate sense of humour‚Äė. The practice handles a broad range of¬†matters including tortious and contractual claims, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, partnership disputes and claims arising from sale and purchase of companies. Associate Emma Albins¬†is an experienced litigator and advocate who handles both litigation and ADR. The firm's stellar client base of local businesses includes Greene King Plc, Archant Community Media Limited and Forfarmers UK Limited.

The dispute resolution practice at Gotelee Solicitors  has a highly respected practice for commercial contract and partnership disputes, and judicial reviews as well as contentious matters arising from online trading and data protection issues. It also has niched expertise in the litigation in the transport sector thanks to the vastly experienced Howard Catherall, who also handles a wider portfolio of high-value commercial disputes, some of which are cross-border in nature. The practice is led by Victoria Spellman, whose excels in matters relating to the technology sector, including e-commerce, and is a recognised expert in data protection law. Legal executive Laura Reed also plays a key role in the firm's commercial litigation and debt recovery practice. The firm recently acted for overseas investors in a group action claim for mis-selling against parties in England and France.

At Blocks¬†‚Äėthe level of service is first class and, compared to other companies, excellent value for money‚Äô, according to one client. Practice head Graham Mead¬†has ‚Äėa straightforward and realistic approach at all times; he¬†acts quickly, tells you what you need to know, and remains calm and calculated at all times'. Mead is a solicitor advocate with more than 20 years' experience in dispute resolution, including complex breach of contract claims. He recently represented client in a dispute with a contractor over expensive house renovations, obtaining full recission against the contractor.

Kerseys Solicitors LLP has a highly experienced head of dispute resolution in veteran litigator Anthony Wooding who has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation. Associate Ross Burkitt left the litigation team to focus on private client work, but the arrival of Kate Barnes from Bates Wells & Braithwaite added experience in a diverse range of claims in venues from the Small Claims Court to the Court of Appeal. She brought with her a loyal client base from North Essex and Suffolk. Since her arrival she has handled a range of work including a contractual dispute concerning building works, and a dispute arising from over-payment of fees by a commercial client.

Prettys Solicitors LLP has a highly experienced practice head in partner Peter Blake, who has more than 30 years' experience in both domestic and international litigation as well as arbitration. Consultant Roland Sharp, who also has more than 30 years' experience in dispute resolution, is also recommended for shareholder and company disputes, warranty claims and cases involving financial products. His recent work highlights include acting for a large provider of care homes and medical treatment centres in a compensation claim relating to contracts with advertisers that had an unfavourable impact on the client's reputation. The case was successfully settled after complex negotiations. Associate Ian Seeley moved to Ellisons Solicitors, but the firm recruited solicitor Michael Booth to help with the growing caseload.

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