Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West in North West

Aaron & Partners LLP

Aaron & Partners LLP represents high-net-worth individuals, shareholders, and corporate clients in complex litigation, with matters including shareholder disputes, transactional issues, restrictive covenants and project disputes. The team takes a partner-led approach, with senior practitioners including practice head Nick Clarke, who handles a range of commercial disputes, John Devoy, noted for his work on property-related litigation, experienced mediator and energy sector practitioner David Harries, and David Mann, who handles high-value financial claims. Senior associate Bryony Cook has notable experience in Court of Appeal cases, and associate Claire Hughes is noted for her solutions-oriented approach.

Practice head(s):

Nick Clarke

Other key lawyers:

John Devoy; David Harries; David Mann; Bryony Cook; Claire Hughes


‘I was very impressed with my lawyer’s approach during mediation. In what was a very stressful time for myself personally, I was comforted by the way my lawyer managed the day for me.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Bryn Blaen Wind Farm Ltd in proceedings relating to the negotiation of damages.
  • Representing Sir George Pigot against the EA regarding conflict between Sir George’s rights to draw water from a river to power a hydro-electric generating plant and the EA’s operation of its fish pass at the plant’s weir.
  • Represented Hillside Parks Ltd in a trial relating to planning permissions.


DTM Legal LLP represents clients in complex commercial proceedings, arguing before London courts in cases that regularly include international elements, concerning issues such as contracts and financial disputes, construction, breach of duty, and shareholder disputes. Clients include major regional and national companies, as well as international businesses, in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, and defence. The Chester-based team is led by Jim  Morris, who has great experience in contentious and non-contentious construction and procurement disputes. Richard Thomas handles litigation involving company stakeholder disputes, fraud, and finance agreements.

Practice head(s):

Jim Morris

Other key lawyers:

Richard Thomas


‘DTM are have an excellent attitude to client service and deliver excellent value for money’

‘Jim Morris is a first class lawyer with excellent commercial awareness and delivers what his clients want.’

‘Jim Morris is an excellent lawyer, with a real commitment to his clients and an firm grasp of the case. He is good on tactics and always goes the extra mile to solve his clients problems.’

‘The team are always on hand to assist with any requirements, they are pragmatic and sensible in their approach. They understand our business and our culture, tailoring their responses in a way which reflects this and offering practical advice. Their key strengths are approachability and their excellent communication skills.

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)

Thomas Storey Fabrications Group Limited

Begbies Traynor

Edge Recovery

Clancy Consulting Limited

Halls Auctioneers Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Rotex Europe in a £48m claim before the Technology and Contruction Court in London.
  • Advised Foundation Piling on an adjudication against a claim related to piling works of circa £1m.
  • Represented Marine Specialised Technology in a procurement claim against the Ministry of Defence.

FS Legal

Specialist litigation firm FS Legal represents corporate and individual clients in national commercial disputes of significant value, including a High Court case and one before the CMA. These include high-profile cases involving household name individuals and companies. The firm is led by 'heavyweightKit Sorrell, whose practice encompasses contractual disputes, warranty claims, arbitration, and construction disputes. 'Class actJulia Norris  represents clients in high-profile sports agency cases, urgent injunctions, and high-value financial claims proceedings. Legal director Christine Newton represents clients in the manufacturing, construction and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Julia Norris; Kit Sorrell

Other key lawyers:

Christine Newton


‘FS Legal is a very experienced firm in dispute resolution/commercial litigation, with a deservedly good reputation for providing a top quality, commercial service to its clients. The practice is very commercially minded, and all its lawyers that I deal with/that instruct me on commercial litigation matters are very hard working, diligent and knowledgeable. The practice also on a regular basis funds work for some time before billing some clients.’

‘Kit Sorrell and Julia Norris, both of whom, apart from being excellent litigators, are client focused and responsive, thorough, and commercially aware.’

‘The Team at FS Legal are top drawer. They deal with heavyweight and complex litigation.’

‘Senior partner, Kit Sorrell is a heavyweight litigator and hugely experienced – the real deal. Julia Norris, also a partner, is a class act, very bright and goes the extra mile.’

‘Approachable and responsive team willing to invest time in understanding issues and devising appropriate strategies in response’

‘Julia Norris has a tenacity that is particularly impressive.’

‘Julia and her team bring a common sense approach to the areas they specialise in. Having sought their advice on several matters they have as well as being competent and giving excellent legal advice including recommending excellent counsel when required they always bring sound commercial common sense to the table , weighing the costs of litigation against any benefits. This has helped enormously with some of the decisions we have had to make over the years.’

‘I work with Julia and Christine. They both return calls very quickly and as I outlined above can get to the heart of an issue quickly to help me as a decision maker decide what course of action to take. They do not sit on the fence! ’

Key clients

Paul Steel and Jaqueline Foster

George Urquhart

Clients of Blackstar (Europe) Limited (in Liquidation)

Work highlights

  • Representing private individuals against proceedings brought by the FCA, seeking a ground-breaking extension of the provisions of Section 382(2) FSMA to authorised IFA individuals.
  • Representing a football agent, initially in a high-profile case relating to the payment of commission to football agents.
  • Representing a number of former clients of Blackstar (Europe) Limited in fraud and negligence claims.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors represents a broad range of corporate clients across the region and nationally, with strong capabilities in company commercial and partnership litigation. It has handled a number of high-value claims in sectors including technology, manufacturing, and automotives. The team is led by Mark Deverell, an experienced practitioner with a successful record in partnership disputes, acting for businesses and shareholders. With City experience, Guy Lightowler represents corporate clients ranging from SMEs to multinationals, and is praised for his 'tactically astute' approach.

Practice head(s):

Mark Deverell

Other key lawyers:

Guy Lightowler


‘Mark Deverell is very approachable, with an excellent manner with clients. He has extensive experience of commercial disputes and litigation and is able to offer practical advice and support. He is also a seasoned negotiator.’

‘Guy Lightowler I have found to be professional and personable at the same time.’

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP offers an experienced commercial litigation team with strong expertise across complex issues relating to contractual disputes, shareholder and employee issues, discrimination and equality claims, and financial disputes. The team has notable capabilities in using instruments such as freezing injunctions and receivership in high-value claims. The Altrincham-based team is led by Adam Maher, a specialist in commercial agency disputes and shareholder issues, while senior partner Tim Norman is an experienced litigator, having regularly argued High Court cases. Director and shareholder disputes specialist Sven Clarke joined from Laytons LLP in early 2020 and has attracted a number of high-profile clients. Suzanne Carr represents clients in a broad range of disputes, including against public bodies, and Vicky Biggs is also noted for her IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Adam Maher

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Carr; Tim Norman; Vicky Biggs; Jonathan Hassall


‘Good understanding and knowledge of the relevant laws and cases that apply. Good knowledge of all processes, stage by stage of court proceedings. When one partner is not available, other partners are fully briefed on the case so there is always a partner to assist with enquiries. ’

‘Superb client engagement / handling, and punch well above their weight with some real stars in their ranks.’

‘Great reputation as one of the better dispute resolution teams in the North West Excellent team with an all-round attention to detail.’

‘The team led by Adam Maher are extremely knowledgeable and adept at achieving great commercial outcomes for clients, but still very personable and easy to work with. ’

‘Adam Maher is extremely personable and knowledgeable.’

‘Good solid commercial sense. The two people with whom I worked last year on a big High Court breach of confidence action were Jonathan Hassall and Vicky Biggs. The one thing that struck me is they have a huge range of satisfied clients from all over the country,  so they must be doing something right.’

‘Flexible approach in being prepared to consider billing arrangements such as CFAs; willingness to to accept risk and take on complex cases.’

‘Adam Maher: good level of involvement in the case and sound practical/commercial judgment.’

Key clients

AO World PLC/ AO Online

Freshasia Food Ltd

Gorilla Glue

Fortis Developments Ltd

Akzo Nobel

WJ Developments

Kverneland UK Ltd


PWS Brands Ltd

Melbourne Developments

Work highlights

  • Representing employees of 365Tribe in a case brought by previous employer alleging breaches of fiduciary and fidelity duties, misuse of confidential information and diversion of business.
  • Representing Victoria Mills in a case brought by a flooring subcontractor alleging non-payment of fees, which was successfully struck down.
  • Representing SMG Arena, defending claims brought by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association alleging unlawful religious discrimination, following the Arena’s decision to cancel an appearance by the foundation.

Napthens LLP

Napthens LLP represents a diverse range of regional businesses, alongside private clients, in commercial contract disputes, corporate litigation, and probate disputes. The firm has expertise in a broad range of sectors, particularly rural and agricultural businesses, energy, leisure, and construction. Preston-based practice head David Bailey prioritises commercial property work, while John Whittingslow specialises in high-value and complex commercial disputes. Andrew Holden represents clients in corporate and transactional disputes, alongside shareholder issues, while senior associate Katherine Sibley is noted for her work in dispute avoidance and ADR in the construction and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Bailey

Other key lawyers:

John Whittingslow; Andrew Holden; Katherine Sibley


‘Very accessible and responsive team.’

‘James Freeman was particularly helpful. Quick to respond and pragmatic with his advice.’

‘The Napthens team spend time understanding the clients needs and avoids unnecessary jargon to ensure that legal points that need to be made can be understood and actioned clearly. The death of knowledge by the team is excellent. Skills of this team have always been of the highest calibre. The reason why they stand out is their personal touch and partnership with the client.’

‘Very approachable and quick to respond to queries ’

‘Regional powerhouse with national standards.’

‘David Bailey, absolutely top flight for his dedication and client service, and I have recommended him to clients well outside the north-west. He has excellent appreciation of client needs and top draw legal knowledge and skills.

Katherine Sibley is one of the best and most clear thinking lawyers I have come across.’

Key clients

Doosan Babcock Limited

Shua Ltd ( T/A Bongo’s Bingo )

Daniel Thwaites Plc

The Diocese of Blackburn

E H Booth and Co

Alcedo Care Ltd

Barkby Group PLC

Cambridge Sleep Sciences Ltd

GBA Services Ltd

NIS Holdings Ltd

Zymurgorium Limited

CC McRae Ltd

Wrealands Investments Ltd

HML Recycling Ltd

Globe Enterprises Ltd

Breck Holdings Limited

Entel Consulting Group Limited

Q Medical Technologies Ltd

NRG Group & Riverside Truck Rentals Ltd

Chorley Building Society

Work highlights

  • Represented Zymurgorium Limited in relation to a claim for payment of its invoices to a wholesale business.
  • Represented two individuals in a professional negligence case against a firm of solicitors.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP represents a diverse range of mid-market corporate clients, including family-owned businesses, growth-oriented companies, and various SMEs across the North West and nationally. The experienced Tom Smith leads the Preston-based team, and has expertise across a range of insolvency and commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, contractual disagreements, and restrictive covenants. Stephanie Kerr specialises in estate and contentious probate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tom Smith

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Kerr


‘Tom Smith has an exceptional eye for detail, a willingness to go the extra mile and the ability to explain complex matters in a clear and concise manner. ’

‘The team are very reactive and practical in their advice and approach. Would highly recommend them for dispute resolution. ’

‘Tom Smith was very commercial in his advice which led to a successful outcome. His experience and knowledge of dispute resolution is second to none.’

Key clients

Begbies Traynor

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

Debt Focus

Leonard Curtis Business Group

ESE Group Limited

F2 Chemicals Limited

Hilton Smyth Group Limited

The Gas Safety Trust Limited/ CORGI

Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP

Work highlights

  • Representing 20 defendants in a claim valued at £3m brought by eight claimants against three defendants and the 20 defendants, arising out of the ‘abandonment’ of over 200 classic and vintage cars of various different states of repair at a farm.
  • Representing a business partner in successfully resisting an interim injunction application to restrain the sale of a property. Fully defended with costs ordered against the applicant.
  • Representing a solar energy company in a claim for defamation against a national newspaper arising from an inaccurate and damaging article published online and in print.

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors works with commercial entities, including SMEs, listed companies, and trusts, as well as public sector clients, on a wide range of commercial litigation, including contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership issues, and warranty claims. Michael Chambers leads the Preston-based team, and has notable expertise in business disputes and insurance issues, while Stephen McCardle heads up the commercial litigation department, and continues to grow his profile in shareholder and partnership disputes, having been promoted to partner in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Chambers; Stephen McArdle


‘Broad based, successful commercial litigation team attracting a valuable range of dispute resolution work.’

‘Stephen McArdle – very intelligent and diligent litigator.’

‘A well connected and well staffed team with strong communication and efficient operations at all levels. ’

‘The team worked seamlessly and communicated excellently at all times .’

‘Stephen McCardle dealt with my case with integrity and upmost professionalism yet was still approachable and showed a real understanding with empathy all the way through the process.’

‘Forbes has long since been established in Lancashire but have quickly established themselves as a quality, cost effective alternative to other leading firms in the region in what is now a fiercely competitive market. Dynamic in its approach, client care is always at the forefront and having invested with solid recruitment, the firm is now progressing into new litigation markets at a pace. Both client focused and friendly, Forbes always strive to achieve the most pragmatic and commercially sensible outcome. Instructions are always carefully put together showing a very good understanding of the subject matter. ’

‘Stephen McArdle managed my case and he made sure he was always available for me to discuss issues and whilst treating me as an intelligent person he also made sure I understood every legal issue by simplifying it for me. Nothing felt like too much trouble even when I was at my wits end with threats from the companies solicitors, Stephen dealt with everything so calmly and efficiently – definitely helped reduce my stress levels.’

‘In my experience Forbes have offered my company the complete package of legal protection and advice over a wide range of subjects from conveyancing to dispute resolution. Each time the communication has been clear and robust with explanations in terms that a non legal person can understand. The pathway from instruction to final resolution has been very clear leaving no doubt what is to be done next and who’s responsibility it is to carry out the task. The billing is regular and clear. ’


Key clients

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

WEC Group Limited

Eleven Sports Media

Senator Group

Octagon Theatre Trust Limited

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service

Brian Clegg (Educational Products) Ltd & Color Lord Limited

Burnley Football Club

Millenium Care UK Limited

BeMo Tunnelling UK

Kepak Group

Lyndhurst Precision Engineering

Trust Inns Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual in a shareholder dispute concerning a group of 8 companies worth £8m and successfully settled the case.
  • Representing a company in connection with a JCT contract dispute worth £9,000,000.
  • Representing a private limited company in a professional negligence claim against a firm of chartered accountants relating to a transaction worth £800,000.

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co represents individuals and businesses in commercial litigation ranging from restructuring, contractual disputes and director malfeasance cases, to intellectual property and privacy disputes, including cases with significant public interest and media coverage. The firm represents a number of long-standing corporate clients, as well as individual executives and sportsmen, with notable recent work on COVID-19 mitigation for sports clubs. The Preston-based team is led by Sean Gibbs, with Nick Booth also a key player, while senior associate Helen Griffin is noted as a versatile litigator with involvement in a wide range of commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sean Gibbs

Other key lawyers:

Nick Booth; Helen Griffin; Matthew Astley


‘They are modern, plain speaking, up to date, and user friendly.’

‘I was very impressed how the team came together. Harrison Drury were very good at collaborating with different areas of the company to make sure the highest level of expertise was in place to get the best result at each stage.’

‘Matthew Astley in particular who led the dispute was fantastic. Matthew made us feel like our case was a top priority throughout. The prep work that went into the dispute before reaching adjudication was brilliant. The opposing party was almost blown out the water before we got going. Every response to the adjudicator came across professional and to the point. We feel honoured to have received Matt’s service and won’t hesitate to use Harrison Drury in general for all our legal needs going forward.’

‘Nick Booth is a very safe pair of hands in complex commercial and technical disputes. He keeps calm when others may let panic or emotions impair their performance. He listens to advice and weighs up the merits of conflicting advice calmly and logically. Hence he has just about impeccable judgment. Nick is responsive when needed.’

‘Nick Booth – very calm and unflappable who is a real fighter with a case. Great attention to detail but never loses sight of the big picture. Sean Gibbs – clear thinker and strategist who can see the route through disputes and litigation from then outset and plans the strategies accordingly’

‘A very hardworking team that will leave no-stone unreturned to help their clients. ’

‘Matt Astley is a very astute and diligent lawyer who works tirelessly for his clients.’

Key clients

AFC Fylde Limited

Jonathan Broomhead, private investor

Kwix UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing AFC Fylde in reported High Court proceedings which set judicial precedent on the interaction between the common law and FA Rules.
  • Representing a private client in an application to strike out the claim and amend the particulars of a financial claim brought by a bank.
  • Represented Kwix UK in UKIPO entitlement proceedings for a Declaration as to ownership and an Order transferring all right, title and interest in various Patent Applications from the Defendant into the company’s name.

Jolliffe & Co LLP

Jolliffe & Co LLP represents corporate clients and high net-worth individuals in a wide range of proceedings, including contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership issues, regulatory breaches, and financial services disputes. Alongside its litigation capabilities, the team also offers expertise in ADR, particularly arbitration and mediation. Stewart Burrows leads the Chester-based team, and is an experienced commercial litigator with noted capabilities in high value, complex contract law and shareholder issues. Associate Carlianne White has a diverse practice and has argued before the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Stewart Burrows

Other key lawyers:

Carlianne White; Jonathan Partridge


‘The firm competes very favourably with a small but skilled team. Sensible recruitment has resulted in a significant increase in the quality of work undertaken. Client care is clearly important to the firm and is impressed upon those who work with it.’

‘Stewart Burrows is the Head of Commercial Litigation and must take credit for driving the firm into a very strong position, now competing with firms in Manchester and Liverpool for work that in years gone by might not have been achievable.’

Stewart is commercially astute, has a pragmatic approach to litigation and a talent for identifying cases at an early stage that have good merits in succeeding. Stewart’s knowledge and appetite for work is particularly impressive and his concern to achieve what is fair and right for clients is clear for all to see.’

‘Jonathan Partridge is very easy to communicate with, explaining legal issues in simple laymans terms.’

‘Stewart Burrows is knowledgeable, experienced, reliable, professional, personable, a great negotiator and very supportive. He will always look at the most cost effective way of getting a ‘win/win’ on your behalf and that is acceptable to the other party.’


Baines Wilson LLP

Baines Wilson LLP represents individuals and large corporates in an array of complex commercial litigation, with matters including breach of contract claims, supply and contract disputes, partnership and shareholder issues. Elizabeth Black leads the Lancaster based-team, and has broad expertise across litigation and ADR, with Caroline Rayner also a key player, with particular experience in quasi-employment disputes such as post-termination covenants.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Black

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Rayner; Imogen Duck


‘Everyone I have dealt with at Baines Wilson has been very focused on their clients and prepared to go the extra mile to deliver the best result possible in the circumstances.’

‘I have worked most recently with Elizabeth Black and Imogen Duck both of whom are very effective professionals.’

‘Personal service, go the extra mile, always available.’

‘City Firm levels of ability and experience at non-City firm rates and with the bonus of being of a size where there is proper engagement between the client and the partners handling the claim’.

‘Elizabeth Black – excellent lawyer and tactician – unflappable’

‘I have worked with Elizabeth Black and the quality of advice she provided was excellent.’

‘Accessible to the team and the ease in which the whole process was conducted. Providing a no nonsense approach and feed back enabling a swift conclusion.’

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP represents companies and individuals in large-scale cases relating to data privacy, partnership and shareholder disputes, and contractual issues, as well as in business insolvency and estate litigation, with a strong focus on bringing cases to trial. Practice head Alexander Sandland is based in Cheshire and has a strong profile around the region, regularly representing clients in court, including national and international bodies.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Sandland

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Dean


‘The Team have a strong collaborative presence, which I feel is a strength within litigation. A particular asset that I have observed from the team would be the ability to contextualise a situation with ease. I usually find that the teams natural collaborative approach, enables both my direct representative and firms partners to have a thorough understanding of work undertaken and in hand. This is extremely reassuring, as demonstrates transparency between the team and an interest in clients.’

‘Despite litigation being a challenging and difficult process, my representative Natalie Dean has demonstrated empathy, whilst ensuring that I am aware of my legal rights and thus, to keep focus objective.’

‘The team provide high quality, commercial and logical advice. They quickly understand the issues put forward and provide advice which is specific and relevant to us the client, rather than a range of advice which covers the spectrum of small businesses to multi national plcs.’

‘We have been provided with excellent advice by Alex Sandland of dispute resolution. His understanding of both the legal and commercial issues relevant to this dispute was first class. He is an extremely good operator who provides robust advice in a clear and confident manner. ’

‘I would single out Alex Sandland as being an exceptionally talented commercial litigator. He has a good rapport with clients and is trusted to handle difficult and complex disputes. Probably one of the most natural and gifted litigators I have encountered.’

‘The team at Butcher and Barlow are excellent litigators with a keen eye for detail. They maintain professionalism, even in an area of law that is particularly litigious. They are a strong litigation team with a breadth of experience in all areas of commercial law. They foster team work and input from everyone working on the case. They are a go-to firm for complex, high-end legal advice.’

‘Alexander Sandland is professional, reliable, and an outstanding commercial lawyer who is always available. His leadership’s impact is clear, as his thoroughness and pragmatic approach is matched only by that of the associates, trainees, and paralegals he manages. He also has a good sense of humour in a crisis and works with counsel to achieve the best outcome for the client. 


Key clients

Aeroco Group International Limited

Duff and Phelps – Insolvency Practitioners

AD Aerospace Limited

Barlows Property Group (and Holding Company)

Fords of Winsford Limited

Booth Charities

Dutton Contractors Limited

The Beauty Quarters Limited

Wallhill Engineering Limited

Cheethams Music School

Work highlights

  • Advised Junction Property on an unregulated commercial loan agreement which had been entered into by a departed director.
  • Advised Beauty Quarters on a multi layered insolvency issue.
  • Represented Peter Gresty substantially and pervasively in conventional civil proceedings; Judicial Review; Application to the European Court of Hunan Rights; referrals to the Local Authority Ombudsman and later to the information commissioner.

Excello Law

Excello Law represents a range of clients in diverse sectors, including media, sports, and education, in shareholder disputes, contractual issues, and issues relating to breach of covenant and commercial tenancy. The team includes consultant lawyers Emyr Kerfoot and Alexandra Collett, both experienced litigators, who also provide personal and commercial advice to clients.

Other key lawyers:

Emyr Kerfoot; Alexandra Collett


‘We’ve been dealing with a matter for nearly 4 years and have got to know the team pretty well.. We are always able to contact them, even after hours and weekends. As the relationship has grown it is clear that we’re getting more value then we’re paying for in terms of billing and if anything, we find that the team find innovative ways of helping us that keep our costs to a minimum.’

‘Alex is excellent and even when we’ve been stressed with the direction or the numerous set backs, she has been able to help us to understand the legal situation, which is always more complex that we’d expect.

‘Emyr Kerfoot is an experienced commercial litigator who puts his client’s business needs first. He works hard to pursue his client’s case without issuing proceedings and fights the client’s corner once litigation is underway. He assembles a team of counsel and experts and ensures that the client gets a team working for them, not just individual professionals. Emyr is thriving in the relative freedom that Excello provides and clients like the directness and informality to be found outside more institutional firms.Alexandra Collett has an excellent reputation as a commercial litigator and gets to grips with disclosure, leaving the opposition with nowhere left to hide.’

Key clients

Aperture Debt Solutions LLP

Landlords of Barkway Golf club

Mr and Mrs Saunders

Social Media/television celebrity

Local firm of Solicitors

Work highlights

  • Represented the landlords in proceedings brought against tenant of golf course and awarded costs on indemnity basis at trial. The matter is ongoing as the tenant continues to breach the terms of his lease and the Court’s order.
  • Representing a director and shareholder of a businesss in a proposed unfair prejudice claim and her proposed employment claims for constructive dismissal and whistleblowing.
  • Represented a social media and television personality in proceedings initiated by her former agent for lost commission and an account of her earnings, and the client’s countersuit for damages. The matter settled shortly before trial.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Farleys Solicitors LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including private individuals and sole traders, limited companies, and larger groups throughout the region. The team has expertise in a variety of commercial litigation matters, with practice heads Kieran O’Connor and Mark Hague (based in Blackburn and Preston) specialising in high-value contractual claims and business insolvency respectively, with the wider team regularly receiving referrals from surveyors and accountants in the region. Also of note is Rebecca Fairclough's work on intellectual property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kieran O’ Connor; Mark Hague

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Fairclough

KBL Solicitors LLP

KBL Solicitors LLP represents shareholders, directors, and associated mid-sized businesses in an array of complex commercial disputes, including owner managed businesses on shareholder and partnership disputes, director and shareholder duties and obligations, liquidations, and contractual disagreements. Bolton-based Michael Slater leads the team, and specialises in commercial litigation, with Blackburn's Greg Gardner-Boyes also offering extensive experience in a variety of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Slater; Greg Gardner-Boyes


‘Their in-depth inquiry into my case enabled me to become confident relative to their representation. ’

‘The partner in charge of my case Michael Slater was both approachable, available and very professional.’

‘Partner had a good in depth knowledge of the law and quickly developed a plan of attack in relation to my litigation case.’

‘Mike Slater was easy to talk to and we developed a good relationship.’

‘Very-well respected by other firms and counsel. A good team which is always on top of its cases and cares for the clients. ’

‘Greg Gardner-Boyes – he attracts good work due to a fantastic level of client service coupled with formidable legal and tactical knowledge. Always willing to fight the client’s corner.’

Manleys Solicitors

Manleys Solicitors represents businesses, shareholders, and high-profile individuals in litigation relating to commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership disputes, and trust actions. The practice is led by managing partner Mark Manley.

Practice head(s):

Mark Manley

SAS Daniels LLP

SAS Daniels LLP offers considerable expertise in a diverse range of commercial disputes, with Stockport-based practice head Anna Barnes and Chester-based senior associate Ray Woodward both holding significant experience in contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership proceedings, injunctive relief, and banking litigation. Clients include individuals (primarily shareholders and directors), and diverse small-to-medium-sized regional businesses.

Practice head(s):

Anna Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Ray Woodward


‘The team benefits from their experience and in-depth knowledge of all these areas of law and their insightful perspectives on the conduct of litigation at all of its stages. This insight is regularly used to maximise their clients position in each case, achieving the best result in any given circumstance. The litigation team is well supported by an efficient and effective support network which is always on hand to give any assistance as needed. SAS Daniels are easy to contact and always accessible providing effective points of contact throughout cases.’

‘SAS have stood apart due to their ability to have adapted during the recent difficult and demanding period. They have sought to use technology to stay in touch and invested in this from the very outset and I believe were ahead of other firms. They have strength and depth in their departments which is critical in providing clients with a complete service. Their work ethos is constant throughout the firm which again stands them apart from other firms. All the team are approachable and have an unique ability to gain trust, they place a great value of working as a team which for a barristers chambers is essential.’

‘I deal with Ray Woodward. He sets himself apart by his ability to gain your confidence with a very client focused approach. He understands the stresses that any legal involvement brings and sets out to ease those pressures whilst providing first class legal assistance. His ability to calmly deal with issues and guide you through the legal process is exceptional and he places great weight on working as a team, a critical ingredient to achieve a successful legal outcome for his client.’

‘Ability to process large volumes of complex information and data quickly. High level of pro-active policy development and program management skills.’

‘I have primarily worked with Anna Barnes’ team. Anna is highly experienced, incredibly good with clients and a pleasure to work with, as are the members of her team.’

Slater Heelis

Slater Heelis' Sale-based team represents individual shareholders and corporate clients in company litigation, specialist tribunal work, and large-scale contractual disputes, as well as offering alternative dispute resolution services such as mediation. Experienced litigator Elizabeth Wilkinson leads the team, with managing partner Chris Bishop also handling contentious commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Bishop


‘I have worked with Daniel Wise primarily and find him user friendly and well prepared as well as being good with clients.’

‘Chris Bishop – very approachable but effective style with clients. Able to distil difficult arguments into a manageable form for client feedback and in letters.’

Backhouse Jones

Boutique firm Backhouse Jones represents a wide range of transport sector clients, including road haulage companies, bus and coach operators, and trade associations. Matters include shareholder disputes, breach of contract proceedings, and disputes relating to the sale of goods. The team is led by Steven Meyerhoff.

Practice head(s):

Steven Meyerhoff

Key clients

Road Haulage Association

Rotala PLC

Abellio UK

British Association of Removers Limited

Warrington Borough Transport Limited

Stagecoach Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising on the Road Haulage Association’s collective proceedings claim in the Competition Appeal Tribunal which seeks to represent over 13,000 truck operators seeking damages arising out of an EC decision finding the major European truck operators guilty of anti-competitive practices.
  • Advising the Road Haulage Association as part of collective proceedings on a discrete and preliminary issue regarding RHA’s Litigation Funding Agreement with Therium.
  • Advising the transport sector in COVID-19 response, providing free initial telephone advice to those in crisis, a free information hub and free fortnightly webinar.

HM Legal

HM Legal represents high net-worth individuals, SMEs, and international companies in a range of proceedings, including high value commercial contract disputes, shareholder disputes, and breach of warranty claims, as well as issues relating to corporate insolvency. The team is now led by Fiona Blakeborough following the transition of Paul Marsh to a consultancy role, and has a strong record in handling complex litigation.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Blakeborough

Other key lawyers:

Paul Marsh

Mason Hayes Solicitors

With offices in Wilmslow and London, Mason Hayes Solicitors regularly acts on behalf of major corporate and telecommunications clients in proceedings of significant value, including contractual and privacy disputes, as well as relating to transactions. The firm is led by Marcus Hayes, who maintains a diverse litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Hayes


‘The practice delivers hands-on involvement at a senior level where legal expertise is married to industry knowledge and commercial savviness. This gives fabulous value for money. It also helps them keep and maintain close client relations’

‘Marcus Hayes knows the industries he advises as if he worked in them, always goes the extra mile and has a realistic view of what could and should be done for the clients, and how best to utilise and support the Counsel team.’


WHN Solicitors

WHN Solicitors represents clients in contractual and licensing disputes, shareholder and ownership cases, and financial claims, acting primarily for regional OMBs and SMEs, as well as larger national business groups. The team is led by Michael Shroot, who specialises in director and shareholder disputes, alongside Daniel Long and Sara Beaumont.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shroot; Daniel Long; Sara Beaumont

Key clients

iTouch Reporting Systems Limited

Hartland Electrical Systems Ltd

Peel Holdings Land & Property (UK) Ltd

Atos IT Services Ltd

Event City Ltd

Thompson & Partners

Cartime Motor Company UK Ltd

Horsfields Ltd

Redfoot Shoes Ltd

Aim2Learn Limited

Professional Surveillance Management (PSM) Limited

Intelitrack Limited

Dermot Supple

Buckhurst Plant Hire Limited

Warton Metals Limited

Steven and Ellen Lomax

McDermott Homes Ltd

Lindsay Court (St Annes) RTM Company Limited

Progeny Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Event City, defending against an alleged breach of Licence Agreement and misrepresentation relating to ‘Winter Wonderland’ pop up events.
  • Representing Atos in a claim against Fylde Borough Counci.
  • Representing a group of residents in a case affirming their right to manage following their bid to take control of the management of their flats.