Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West in North West

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP is adept at handling disputes relating to shareholders, partnerships, corporate transactions, contracts, restrictive covenants, property and professional negligence, and the firm has recently begun to secure roles on an increasing amount of international cases. Clients come from a variety of sectors including energy, transport and warehousing. Nick Clarke heads the team; David Mann and John Devoy are also recommended. Stephen Taylor joined as partner from Beswicks.

Practice head(s):

Nick Clarke

Other key lawyers:

David Mann; David Harries; John Devoy; David Potts; Simon Edwards; Bryony Cook; Stephen Taylor

Key clients

South Gloucestershire Council

Knights of Old Limited

Dŵr Cymru Ltd (t/a Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water)

Sanderson Plc

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP recently welcomed a new head of litigation in its Preston office, with Tom Smith joining from Forbes Solicitors, where he was head of dispute resolution. Smith's practice focuses on contractual disputes, corporate issues, debt recovery and insolvency related issues. The 'proactive and friendly team'  has a strong regional reputation and derives a significant portion of its work via referrals from other professionals including lawyers, accountants, architects, surveyors and bankers.

Practice head(s):

Tom Smith

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Andrews


‘The Brabners team are extremely approachable, knowledgeable and ready to help and advise’.

A very proactive and friendly team backed by their expertise in everything legal’.


DTM Legal LLP handles a wide range of disputes concerning contracts, finance, intellectual property, property and construction often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Other areas of expertise include mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Jim Morris, who splits his time between Liverpool and Chester, heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:

Guy Thomas; Duncan McAllister; Richard Thomas

Key clients

Scottish Power

Foundation Piling Limited

The Atmore Group

Lloyds Pharmacy

AAH Pharmaceuticals Limited

Dee Tech Services Limited

Vale UK Limited

Henrob Limited

Anwyl Construction Company Limited

Rotex Europe Limited (part of Hillenbrand Group listed on NYSE)

Pochin Construction Limited

The Pickstock Group

CRS Plant Limited

J Ross Developments Limited

Elements (Europe) Limited

Begbies Traynor

Edge Recovery

Clancy Consulting Limited

Halls Auctioneers Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Rotex Europe Limited against a £38m claim brought by a Saudi Arabian company in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
  • Represented Johann Van Den Noort in a case involving cross-border patents against Global Flood Defence Systems.
  • Acted for Foundation Piling Limited in relation to repeat instructions for complex and high value construction disputes.

FS Legal

Litigation boutique FS Legal acts for a range of clients in relation to contractual disputes, financial services claims, arbitration, shareholders disputes, warranty claims and injunctions. Other areas of expertise include judicial review, group litigation, tax litigation, property litigation and breach of fiduciary duty. Kit Sorrell - 'a leading commercial litigator who has seen and done it all' - and 'brilliant lawyer and strategist' Julia Norris head the team, which was recently boosted by the arrival of Christine Newton as legal director from an in-house position at Arrow XL.

Practice head(s):

Kit Sorrell; Julia Norris

Other key lawyers:

Christine Newton; Mubarik Haider; Nicola Stanley


Kit Sorrell is a leading commercial litigator who has seen and done it all’.

Julia Norris is very client friendly’.

Quick, efficient, responsive, and cost effective’.

Kit Sorrell is highly regarded as a hard-nosed litigator. Julia Norris is a brilliant lawyer and strategist – together they make a fantastic team’.

Key clients

Michael Halsall,  Bernard Higgins Paul Stanton David McDermot (Michael W Halsall Solicitors)

George Urquhart

Leasehold Clients

Blackstar/E-Shares Clients

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimants in a £6m-plus claim concerning tax products
  • Acting for numerous claimant companies in claims concerning secret commissions paid when selling tax mitigation schemes known as E-Shares and promoted by Blackstar (Europe) Limited.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors is adept at handling commercial and partnership litigation , while other areas of expertise include insolvency, shareholder disputes and property litigation. Mark Deverell and Guy Lightowler head the team, which acts for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses and SMEs to multinationals. Senior associate Danielle Clements is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Clements; Jonathan Crook; Sunita Patel; Kimberley Daley; David Guest

Key clients

Williams Motor Company (Holdings) Limited

Grasslin GMBH

The Property Alliance Group (PAG) and subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Acting as advisor to car and motorcycle retailer Williams Group on all litigation matters and all commercial matters.
  • Acting on claim in relation to the interpretation of a commercial insurance policy and in particular the definition of claim for the purposes of capping the value of multiple to claims to a single sum.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP 's commercial litigation team is continuing to grow, boosting revenues and taking on a number of lawyers from firms including Pannone Corporate LLP, Linder Myers and Carson McDowell. The practice has recently seen an uptick in work from instructions to seek injunctive relief for breach of restrictive covenants or misuse of confidential information. The practices other areas of expertise include disputes relating to trademarks, copyright, patents, design rights and reputation management. 'Exceptional, dynamic and creative litigator' Adam Maher heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Adam Maher

Other key lawyers:

Seán Hackett; Suzanne Carr; Victoria Biggs; Helen Thompson; Jonathan Hassall; Tim Norman


The commercial litigation team at Myerson are excellent at every level with tremendous strength in depth’.

The members of the team are all exceptional – proactive, excellent communicators, engaging and consistently highly effective’.

Adam Maher is an exceptional, dynamic and creative litigator; a visionary leader with excellent communication skills, tenacity and a proven track record of success in the most complex and challenging of cases’.

Tim Norman is commercially astute, incisive, positive and assured’.

Jonathan Hassall is a leader in intellectual property disputes who remains calm under pressure’.

All levels of the firm reflect the same high level of knowledge and expertise allowing no weak links in the chain, which in turn ensures that my best interests are safeguarded’.

Key clients

Hall and Co Projects

Freshasia Foods Ltd

Gorilla Glue

Bennett Holdings Shrewsbury Ltd

CGL Group Ltd

Clearway Drainage Services Ltd

International Pastry Concepts

Fortis Developments

Akzo Nobel

Work highlights

  • Acted on substantial commercial agency claim under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993.
  • Ongoing advice to a claimant regarding the continued freezing of the defendants’ assets post-judgment in commercial fraud proceedings, in the context of a criminal fraud investigation.
  • Acted for Freshasia Foods Limited in a claim against one of its former employees in relation to misuse of confidential information and copyright and database right infringements.
  • Representing a commercial agent in a claim for compensation under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993 against a large German manufacturing company.
  • Acted for a director and shareholder in an action for unfair prejudice under S.994 of the Companies Act 2016.

Napthens LLP

Napthens LLP works with a broad spread of clients across the corporate, commercial property, rural, leisure, energy, education and ecclesiastical sectors. Areas of litigation expertise include disputes over commercial contracts, professional negligence and contested probate. The 'knowledgeable, competent, and tenacious' David Bailey heads the team, which draws on the considerable experience of 'forthright and knowledgeable' firmwide chair John Whittingslow. Senior associate Andrew Holden is also recommended. Katherine Sibley joined as senior associate from Capita Business Services in early 2018.

Practice head(s):

David Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Holden; Katherine Sibley; Robert Richards; John Whittingslow


The team as a whole are very keen to understand their clients’ businesses’.

Friendly, pragmatic, approachable and very commercially focused; unpretentious and results-orientated’.

John Whittingslow is an immensely experienced litigator and understands mediation very well and the benefits it can bring to his clients’.

John Whittingslow is a very forthright and knowledgeable litigator/solicitor who is extremely professional but also approachable’.

David Bailey is knowledgeable, competent, and tenacious’.

The team is very easy to work with and very responsive to client needs’.

Key clients

Doosan Babcock

Daniel Thwaites Plc

The Diocese and Bishop of Blackburn

EH Booth & Co

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors represents SMEs, plcs, housing associations and local authorities on various commercial litigation matters, with areas of expertise including corporate and contractual disputes, shareholders and warranty claims, professional negligence and contentious insolvency work. The firm is increasingly acting in the professional services, education, construction and manufacturing sectors. Michael Chambers joined from DWF as head of dispute resolution in May 2019, succeeding Tom Smith, who left for Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):

Michael Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Stephen McArdle; Claire Edbury; Ben Wilson

Key clients

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Croud Inc Limited

Senator Group

Cegedim RX Limited

Millenium Care UK Limited

Physiofusion Limited

Kepak Group

Trust Inns Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for liquidators of a company to recover £150,000 in funds from the former director of the insolvent company.
  • Advised on claim on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy for a transaction at an undervalue.
  • Advised on claim for monies owed with a significant counterclaim for damages for losses arising from conviction of the defendant for manslaughter.
  • Advised on claim against former directors on behalf of a company in liquidation.

Jolliffe & Co LLP

Jolliffe & Co LLP's work in the commercial disputes space includes shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of warranty claims, and litigation relating to IT, construction, property and restrictive covenants. Clients include SMEs, estate agents, auctioneers and private landlords. Andrew Bartley heads the team, which also has expertise in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. The practice has recently been bolstered with the additions of Stewart Burrows from HEDS Law Ltd and solicitor Jonathan Partridge from TLT.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bartley

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Burrows; Jonathan Partridge; Simon Parrington; Peter Anderson


The team provides a personal service and is always available to discuss legal matters’.

Efficient and personable’.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a national waste management company in relation to a contractual dispute seeking damages in the region of £300,000.
  • Handled professional negligence claim against client’s former solicitor and/or medico-legal expert.
  • Advised on multi-party contractual dispute regarding non-payment of monies under a contract.
  • Acting for the proposed defendants in respect of an alleged claim for fraudulent breaches of warranties with an estimated value of £2.3m.

Manleys Solicitors

Manleys Solicitors works with a range of clients across sectors including healthcare, media and entertainment, music, sport, retail and gambling, including celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and political organisations. Mark Manley - who 'has a deserved national reputation in his field' leads the team alongside the 'tenaciousLeanne Wheeler, while senior associate Katie Mickleburgh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Manley; Leanne Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Katie Mickleburgh; Adam Berman


Very effective and punch above their weight’.

Mark Manley has good experience and judgement’.

Leanne Wheeler, Adam Berman and Katie Mickleburgh are recommended for client commitment and perseverance’.

A niche and highly specialist firm with a team of excellent lawyers’.

Mark Manley has a deserved national reputation in his field, he is very approachable and easy to work with’.

Adam Berman is possessed of knowledge and experience beyond his years

Leanne Wheeler is very thorough and knowledgeable, tenacious and willing to fight hard for clients but also very friendly, pleasant and approachable’.

Key clients

Michael Owen

Lovania Nurseries Ltd

Arista Design Ltd

Bilton Ward



Riccardo Frati

Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP, Accounts Unlocked for Doctors Limited

David Mannheim

Mark Huxley

Work highlights

  • Represented client in a £1.5m shareholders dispute with a minority shareholder/investor.
  • Representing ASOS in relation to possible breach of confidence/media related matter.
  • Represented Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP, Accounts Unlocked for Doctors Ltd in a £1.5m successful defence of a high value and complex claim for breach of confidence, breach of directors’ duties, database infringement brought by Alliance Surgical Plc.
  • Representing Jeremy Rose and Certa Internet Limited in proceedings issued by Michael Harris and Planet Hippo Limited in the High Court for fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of various duties and conspiracy.
  • Representing Lovania Nurseries and LS Systems in a high value and complex professional negligence claim against auditors.

Slater Heelis LLP

Slater Heelis LLP represents owner-managed businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs on contractual disputes, construction litigation and public law matters, as well as shareholder, director and warranty disputes and specialist tribunal work. Elizabeth Wilkinson now heads up the team after joining from MLP Law LLP in January 2019, succeeding former practice head Helen Brown, who moved over to Paris Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bishop; Sunil Mohindra; Tom Christie; Daniel Wise


Very professional yet approachable’.

Chris Bishop works hard, is very knowledgeable and offers guidance in a straightforward manner’.

Key clients


P J Livesey Group

Feltham Group

Work highlights

  • Dispute with and defending claim brought by Costcutter Supermarkets Group and related warranty claim under a sale and purchase agreement.
  • Ongoing matter relating to a claim resulting from bad workmanship in respect of a project valued in excess of £150,000  and the claim for outstanding monies due to the builder.
  • Claim in respect of unpaid commissions and attempts by the defendant to hide sales figures and divert business through third parties.

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP advises its roster of clients on commercial, contractual and property disputes, while other areas of expertise include estate inheritance, insolvency, construction, negligence and agricultural claims. Gadbrook Park-based Alexander Sandland and Bury-based Anthony Higham head the team. Andrew Mackenzie was promoted to the partnership in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Sandland; Anthony Higham

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Mackenzie; Catherine Gregson; James Holton; Victoria Philipson


Very client focused and responsive’.

Alex Sandland is a commercially realistic litigator’.

Catherine Gregson is a through and efficient case manager’.

Clear and concise in their advice provided to clients, they provide advice that is balanced and assist clients in making decisions regarding litigation’.

Approachable and open to listening to alternative points made by parties’.

Catherine Gregson is approachable and provides succinct advice to clients’.

Key clients

Joseph Holt Ltd

Junction Properties

Conveyor Services Limited

Fords Of Winsford

Apex Construction and Design

GB Properties

Leslie and Michelle Manning

Thomas Properties

Work highlights

  • Represented GB Properties in appeal proceedings following initial litigation in relation to the Application of ‘fixed costs’ pursuant to CPR.71 and CPR.45.
  • Represented client in a dispute with receivers in relation to a £4m-plus dispute.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Farleys Solicitors LLP represents a broad range of clients, including private individuals, sole traders and partnerships on breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes, commercial landlord and tenant matters, professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes. The firm also advises on injunctions, banking disputes, insolvency, financial mis-selling claims and claims against directors. Kieran O’Connor heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kieran O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Harrison

Hillyer McKeown LLP

Hillyer McKeown LLP's client base includes multinationals, SMEs, and high-net-worth individuals. Fiona Blakeborough joined the firm from Jolliffe & Co LLP in February 2018 and now heads the team alongside Paul Marsh. The practice focuses on complex commercial disputes relating to contracts, construction, IT and property, as well as restrictive covenant disputes and professional negligence matters. The team's other areas of expertise include ADR and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Blakeborough; Paul Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Mayoh; Jennifer Lockhart

Work highlights

  • Represented clients in successful claim for damages for harassment, in which they were awarded £87,312.50 in damages, and an interim payment in respect of costs of £85,000.

KBL Solicitors LLP

KBL Solicitors LLP advises SMEs and owner-managed businesses on shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, and litigation relating to construction, property and manufacturing. The 'tactically astuteMichael Slater  heads up the team out of Bolton, working alongside the Blackburn-based Greg Gardner-Boyes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Slater; Greg Gardner-Boyes

Other key lawyers:

Nick Horsfall


Commercially orientated and client focused service’.

Michael Slater is tactically astute’.

The practice is well placed to provide a great local service with capable and expert partners who are able to deal with their client needs’.

Greg Gardner-Boyes applies a level of determination, professionalism and expertise to matters whilst maintaining a human perspective’.

Mason Hayes Solicitors

Mason Hayes Solicitors primarily acts for clients in the telecoms industry, handling matters relating to cyber attacks, insolvency and personal guarantee claims. Marcus Hayes heads the team and is adept at handling commercial disputes and debt collection work.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Hayes

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals across Cheshire and the North West on a wide range of disputes, covering property, contentious probate, intellectual property and banking, as well as professional negligence claims. Newly promoted partner Anna Barnes heads the team, while Kathryn Clare joined as solicitor from Knights plc during 2018.

Practice head(s):

Anna Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Ray Woodward; Nicola Moulds; Kathryn Clare

Key clients

Gladman Homes Limited

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

Backhouse Jones

Specialist transport firm Backhouse Jones represents clients ranging from small businesses to multinational plcs in the haulage, passenger carrying sectors and other related industries. Areas of expertise include vehicle acquisition disputes, tax matters and vehicle seizures, as well as warranty claims, recoveries and property disputes. Steven Meyerhoff heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Steven Meyerhoff

Other key lawyers:

James Lomax; Stephen Crossley; Libby Ashton


Extremely fast and efficient in providing advice which invariably stands up to proper scrutiny’.

They are all, without exception, extremely proactive and supportive of clients’ needs’.

Baines Wilson LLP

Baines Wilson LLP's team, which is led by Elizabeth Black, advises clients on a broad range of disputes covering insurance, professional negligence, construction and engineering and intellectual property. Other areas of expertise include injunctive proceedings, competition law, regulatory defence and media disputes. Solicitor Ruby McKeague joined the team from Myerson Solicitors LLP in February 2019.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Black

Other key lawyers:

Ruby McKeague; Caroline Rayner; Imogen Duck

Excello Law

At new model firm Excello Law, where partner-level lawyers work as consultant solicitors, the 'outstanding' and 'empathetic' Emyr Kerfoot and Alexandra Collett head up the firm's Chester office commercial litigation offering. The team advises clients on shareholder and partnership disputes, contractual matters and insolvencies. Clients include local companies, law firms and accountants, manufacturers and e-commerce retailers.

Practice head(s):

Emyr Kerfoot; Alexandra Collett


A very professional, modern, and responsive law firm’.

Prompt and efficient’.

Emyr Kerfoot and Alex Collett both give very sensible, robust and commercial advice’.

The practice is very practical and has dealt with a number of matters extremely well’.

Emyr Kerfoot is an outstanding client-facing individual who is empathetic to his clients needs and delivers on his promises’.

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co advises clients on a range of litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, derivative claims and contractual matters. Other areas of expertise include intellectual property disputes and claims arising out of business sales such as breach of warranty and injunctive relief. Sean Gibbs heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Sean Gibbs

Other key lawyers:

Nick Booth; James Robbins; Helen Griffin


The team’s experience is unusual for a firm based outside the major cities’.

Key clients

AFC Fylde Limited

Autocal Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AFC Fylde Limited on a highly complex area of law involving a sports law arbitration under Rule K of the FA Rules, which was appealed to the High Court.
  • Successfully defended a former director in relation to a complex dispute involving issues relating to offshore shareholders.

Linder Myers

Linder Myers represents individuals and business clients from its regional network of offices across Manchester, Lytham, Sale, Chester and Shrewsbury. Areas of expertise include corporate and private disputes, property litigation, banking disputes, professional negligence, shareholder and partnership disputes, and general commercial and contractual litigation matters.