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DLA Piper UK LLP's wide-ranging expertise covers complex technology and outsourcing disputes, disputes relating to M&A transactions, and professional negligence and commercial contract cases, often with a multi-jurisdictional component. Clients include Bache Soletanche, International Cotton Association, Conviviality Retail, Stanley Black and Decker, Begbies Traynor and Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool team head Mark Goodwin  is ‘excellent’. Legal directors Catherine Radcliffe  and Christina Sharma are also key members of the department.

DWF fields a team of ‘switched-on, commercial litigation heavyweights’ commended for their ‘proactive and client-centric approach’. The practice is active across the telecommunications, food and drink, retail and education sectors, handling contractual and company disputes as well as professional negligence, Judicial Review, competition, directors' disqualification, contentious probate, arbitration and injunctions. Highlights included advising Telefónica UK on a £20m dispute against Packet Media and representing Burton’s Foods in a business interruption claim against Barratt Homes relating to flooding caused to its factory following the development of adjacent land by Barratt.  Derwent Holdings, Crown Paints and Iceland Foods are also clients. Department head Andrew Whalley is ‘very committed and has a great manner with clients’; he also leads the firm’s telecoms sector group. other key figures include Graham Dagnall , who specialises in corporate and commercial litigation and has particular expertise in disputes in the food and professional services sectors; Matthew Stoll , who is head of the insured litigation practice group; and director Chris King is ‘tactically brilliant’. Senior associates Lyndsay Crowder-Barton, who is a ‘technically able lawyer with a strong eye for detail’, and Helen Otty are also recommended.

Hill Dickinson LLP regularly handles shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, breach of contract claims, environmental claims, commercial fraud, defamation, IP, procurement and competition cases. The team is also noted for its arbitration expertise and is often instructed on cases with an international element. Team head Fiona Parry is representing HS Barrier Coatings in a £2.1m breach of contract claim concerning work taking place in a Ministry of Defence shipyard in Scotland, and represented Aquarius Holdings in relation to claims against the former captain of a super yacht, and other associated companies and individuals, for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Medway Council, Stobart Group, Bourne Leisure, United Utilities Water and Electricity North West are also clients. Other key figures include Phil Sheard and Paul Walsh, who is experienced in IT litigation, and legal director +Nina Ferris. Senior associates Kate Steele, Daniel Keating and James Stephenson are also recommended. Stewart Burrows joined HEDS Law Ltd .

Brabners LLP’s ‘experienced’ team handles a raft of commercial litigation, with expertise spanning director, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, insolvency, commercial fraud and contentious probate. The team is active across the sports, financial services, recruitment, media and charity sectors. Highlights included acting for International Sports Management in connection with the termination of a 24-year relationship with professional golfer, Lee Westwood; representing Integra Compliance (and others) in a dispute against SWS Compliance; and representing Francis Green Racing in a case involving breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance. Team head Paul Lunt is ‘extremely astute and knowledgeable, with a very proactive commercial approach to resolving disputes’. Also recommended are defamation and privacy team head Philip Steel , who is rated for his ‘straight forward and commercial advice’; Jacqui Lloyd, who handles construction, engineering and property disputes; associate Andrew McGregor, who is noted for sports sector work; and senior associate Simon Morris.

Weightmans LLP enjoys a ‘great reputation’ in the market, and its team 'brings great energy and skill to achieve the best outcome for clients'. The team represents large corporates, owner-managed businesses, public bodies and private individuals in commercial contract disputes, with particular expertise in IP and franchising work, as well as disputes in the manufacturing and education sectors. Clients include Elmgrove Foods, SHS International, Mazars, NWF Fuels and Southampton Solent University. Craig Blakemore  and Andrew Roberts are ‘very experienced’ and the 'brilliant' Sarah Conroy  ‘combines excellent tactical nous with brilliant client management skills’.

Bermans delivers a ‘very high level of service’ and is regularly instructed by individuals, plc’s, private companies, SMEs, family businesses, entrepreneurs, management teams and professionals on a range of commercial disputes spanning the banking, invoice and asset finance, property, construction, insurance, tax, IP and media sectors. Team head Nick Harvey is ‘solid, commercial, and is not afraid to highlight weaknesses in a case' and is noted for his expertise in in professional negligence claims and high-value contractual disputes. Jonathan Berkson is noted for his experience in commercial recovery work for asset-based lenders and senior associate Michael Smeaton is also a key member of the team.

DTM Legal LLP handles a range of high-value commercial disputes including contract, finance, construction, property and IP disputes. Highlights included representing Rotex Europe in a £38m claim brought by a company based in Saudi Arabia. Anwyl Construction Company, Funding Circle, Lloyds Pharmacy and AAH Pharmaceuticals are also clients. Construction expert Jim Morris heads the department, which includes property litigation specialist Anna Duffy , who leads the healthcare sector team and handles property litigation, and insolvency specialist Kate Roberts, who 'identifies the issues within any particular dispute at a very early stage, provides credible and sensible options to the client and then identifies the most appropriate step to take giving clear, concise advice'. Associate Richard Harris is also a key member of the team.

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