Firms To Watch: Commercial litigation: Manchester

Daniel Thomas leads the litigation team at Primas; the firm handles a range of complex and high-value cases spanning corporate disputes, commercial fraud, professional negligence and breach of contract issues. Associates Lauren Steel and Carl Sebastian are names to note.

Commercial litigation: Manchester in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

The widely renowned team at Addleshaw Goddard is recognised for its excellence in Manchester, acting on high-value commercial and banking-related litigation spanning all sectors. Leading the team is Susan Garrett, an eminent litigator who also heads up the tech dispute and pension litigation practices at the firm, alongside Nick Ashcroft, known for his international practice. Other notable individuals in the team include Samantha Haigh, acting for domestic and international clients across a range of sectors, with a focus on retail and consumer, financial services, and energy, and Victoria Pool, frequently acting on the highest-value disputes in the team.

Practice head(s):

Susan Garrett; Nick Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Haigh; Victoria Pool


Their collaborative approach is what makes them unique. Lots of firms use the phrase – AG actually deliver on it.’

‘The way in which they work to deliver for the client is exceptional. The diversity and inclusion within AG is also market leading.’

‘They have very capable lawyers and the bandwidth to mix it with anyone and regularly do. I cannot rate them highly enough. They are a pleasure to work with and are quite rightly top of the tree for litigation in Manchester.’

‘Samantha Haigh is an extremely capable lawyer. Very forward thinking. She immerses herself in the detail and finds practical solutions. Sam is very easy to deal with – excellent manner with clients.’

‘High calibre partners supported by bright associates well versed in handling very complex disputes.’

‘I have worked with Nick Ashcroft and Victoria Pool. I find them both to be very savvy and commercially aware. Nick has an interesting niche with work from East Africa.’

Key clients

Accrol Group Holdings Plc

Associated British Foods including British Sugar

Britvic Plc

Soteria Insurance Limited

Co-op Group Limited

Credico Marketing Limited

Diageo plc

Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank (TDB)

Road Haulage Association Limited

NKT A/S and NKT Verwaltungs GmbH

Skanska Construction UK Limited

Stroma Building Control Limited

Tata Chemicals Europe Limited

Toyota Material Handling UK Limited

Trustees of the BT Rolatruc Limited Staff Life Assurance and Pension Scheme

Tsemex Global Enterprise Plc and Tsemex Hotels and Business Plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting for Soteria Insurance in the Court of Appeal against IBM and defeating IBM’s repeated attempts to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
  • Acting for The Road Haulage Association with transport specialists Backhouse Jones in a unique opt-in class action seeking to represent more than 15,000 class members and £1 billion+ in damages.
  • Acting for Credico Marketing Limited in a business protection dispute concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants in commercial trading agreements.

Brabners LLP

The litigation practice at Brabners LLP covers a broad range of disputes, spanning contract and shareholder disputes, breach of restrictive covenant claims, and professional negligence claims. The team is also strong with regards to media, defamation, and privacy work, regulatory work, and construction and property litigation. ‘Competent, professional, efficient and pleasant’ Jeff Lewis is the head of the Manchester team, with over three decades of experience. Associates Lucy Craven and ‘exceptionally astute and bright’ Imogen Duck are noted.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Andrews; Imogen Duck


‘Brabners provide holistic, strategic, practical advice and case management. My case was contentious and their contribution included dealing phlegmatically and unflappably with extremely difficult opponents, leading to a satisfactory resolution for their client.’

‘Jeff Lewis is a tenacious and highly competent individual who invariably produces results. When the going ‘gets tough’ he retains a sense of humour and usually wins the objective.’

‘Lucy Craven provides excellent and calm advice under pressure. She has a genuine empathy which shines through her work’

Key clients

Beaverbrooks The Jeweller

Veka Recycling

Well Pharmacy/Bestway National Chemists

British Swimming Limited

Warrington Borough Council

The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation

Nichols plc

Coleen Rooney

JD Wetherspoon

Work highlights

  • Acted for related clients in recovering almost £1 million in a claim for professional negligence against a national firm of accountants which had recommended a tax avoidance scheme which HMRC subsequently challenged.
  • Acted for a company in recovering a seven-figure sum from a national jewellery retailer in proceedings for breach of contract arising out of an alleged wrongful termination of a retail agreement.

DLA Piper

The commercial litigation practice at DLA Piper offers a cradle-to-grave service across corporate and commercial litigation, acting on shareholder and post M&A disputes, amongst others. Tech-related disputes are another key strength of the team, alongside a heavy involvement in the energy sector. The team acts for an impressive range of clients, including ScottishPower Energy Retail, JD Williams, and Magnus Granath in high-profile defamation proceedings brought by Dr Craig Wright, regarding his claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto, the Bitcoin inventor. ‘Tough, commercially-minded’ Andrew Smith leads the team, supported by ‘unflappable, hugely experienced, strategic’ Jonathan Eatough and Charlotte Leith - ‘a joy to work with’.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Eatough; Charlotte Leith


‘Great strength in depth and close ties with the Liverpool office’

‘Jonathan Eatough is unflappable, hugely experienced, strategic’

‘Andrew Smith is a tough, commercially-minded, excellent lawyer’

Key clients

Jemella Limited (ghd)

Fullbrook Thorpe Investments

Maven Capital Partners

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC

ScottishPower Energy Retail Limited

GE Capital

Close Brothers

Wise Payments (Transferwise)

New Day

ESG Impact Limited / Aberdeen Worldwide Group

JD Williams & Company (N Brown Group)

SEFE Energy

Payoneer Inc

Intelerad UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Magnus Granath in defending high profile defamation proceedings brought against MG by Dr Craig Wright, who claims to be the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin.
  • Acting for South Staffordshire Water plc in the defence of a GBP500,000 breach of contract claim.
  • Acting for SP Smart Meter Assets Limited in a GBP5 million claim against EDF Energy Customers Limited.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The litigators at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLPprovide a first-class service’, and remains one of the pre-eminent practices in the North West. Mainstream commercial disputes are at the heart of the practice, with sector expertise closely tied to the key sectors of the firm. The Manchester-based team is led by Matthew Taylor, regularly leading on heavyweight commercial disputes, with specialist knowledge of industrials, chemicals, and aviation. Heavyweight Michael Clavell-Bate who is recognised both domestically and internationally for the strength of his practice is integral to the team, as is Philip Duignan, who brings particular expertise in shareholder disputes, warranty claims, and employment related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Michael Clavell-Bate; Philip Duignan


‘The billing is timely, very clear and transparent -breakdown on how time was spent etc. always prepared to take feedback and make adjustments if needed.’

‘They are very approachable, genuine and its always feel like the make the effort to understand me and my core stakeholders.’

‘Phil Duignan is an excellent lawyer. He is commercial, accessible and moves at pace when necessary. You want him in your corner where urgent applications might be needed.’

‘Both the firms lawyers and and other client facing colleagues are extremely helpful and motivated to find out what would be truly useful to me as GC and also to my business partners.’

‘Very responsive, adaptable and open to new ways of working. Seek to understand what I need to make me look good towards my business and board and to find ways to make my life easier.’

‘The team provide a first class service. They take time to understand the problem and communicate well with the diverse range of individuals that business brings. Their advice is well considered and their presentation is very professional.’

Key clients

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited

Next plc

International Air Transport Association

LEGO Group

Helly Hansen and Musto

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Capita plc


Boohoo Group Plc

Johnsons Controls

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘highly competent, sensible and no-nonsense litigation team‘ at Pinsent Masons LLP offers clients a comprehensive service, with dedicated specialists in fraud, cyber, financial crime, IT, and IP disputes. Clients include international, national, and regional operations across all industries. ‘Professional yet personal and friendly’ Julian Diaz Rainey leads the team, with Steven Porter leading the firm’s tax investigations and disputes team, bringing extensive infrastructure and energy experience. Senior associates Katie Hancock and Alexander Richardson are both ‘fantastic lawyers’. 

Practice head(s):

Julian Diaz-Rainey

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Mitchell; Steven Porter; Katie Hancock; Alexander Richardson; Chris Scorer


‘A highly competent, sensible and non-nonsense litigation team, particularly for technology disputes.’

‘Katie Hancock is super hard working, really bright and always thinking one step ahead. Very much one to watch.’

‘Katie Hancock & Alexander Richardson are both fantastic lawyers.

Key clients

Manchester City/City Football Group

United Healthcare

City of Edinburgh Council

Lenovo Technology UK Limited

4NS/Hiscox Insurance

The Cabinet Office

Department of Health and Social Security

Work highlights

  • Instructed to advise the Cabinet Office in its response to each of the various modules of the Covid-19 Inquiry.
  • Instructed to advise The Department of Health and Social Care in relation to the independent public inquiry into HM Government’s response to, and impact of, the Covid-19 pandemic, and lessons learned for the future.


The litigation practice at CMS consists of specialists with expertise in reputational risks, data protection, contentious IP, breach of confidential information issues, and sports law. The team is savvy at handling multi-party litigation, with extensive cross-border experience. Geraldine Ryan - a  ‘formidable presence on the North West litigation scene’ - leads the team, with senior associate Daniel Keating playing a key role in the team. Senior associate Kelly Heath is commended for being ‘conscientious in her approach’ 

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Keating; Kelly Heath; Ben Trust


‘My experience with the team at CMS has all been extremely positive as find them to have a real commercial understanding and depth of knowledge not found in many law firms I have dealt with previously. The response times are fast and extremely efficient.’

‘Dan Keating is very assured, calm and capable operator’

‘Pragmatic, commercial advice for in-house counsel. Understanding of internal political issues as well as legal matters. Would highly recommend Daniel Keating – hands-on and forward thinking.’

Key clients

Road User Charging Adjudicators

Oasis Community Learning- Multi Academy Trust

Michael Bennetts, Design Build Limited and Stadt Und Hof Properties Limited

Primaflow Limited

Oron Costtrici and Beluga Group Holdings Limited

Walley’s Quarry Limited, Share Properties Limited, RED Industries (Stoke) Limited and RED Industries Limited

International Tin Association

Powerwood Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for RUCAS on a judicial review which will affect 2 million people who use the Mersey bridges to cross the Mersey daily in the Runcorn area of the northwest. The action was brought by Halton Borough Council represented by DLA London and was heard by HHJ Fordham in December 2022.
  • Acting on the calculation of pensions contributions on the transfer of a number of schools from Croydon Borough Council to academy status and has the potential to affect many other academy schools across the country. There is a claim and counterclaim both valued in excess of £2m.
  • Acting for MB, DBL and Stadt who, together with four other defendants (who are separately represented), are defendants to proceedings brought by Care Surgical Limited (“CSL”), in the Chancery Division of the High Court (“the Current Proceedings”).Allegations of fraud are very rare and the value of the matter makes this a significant matter with London lawyers acting for the Claimant.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The litigation practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, advising frequently on claims in excess of £10 million. The team particularly excels in TMT, healthcare and the insurance sectors. Prominent clients across a wide range of industries rely on the expertise of the team, from former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, to the government legal department, to NHS England. Jan Levinson leads the team, with experience across all facets of commercial dispute resolution, with particular knowledge on IT and outsourcing disputes, property claims, and general corporate matters. ‘Knowledgeable, very personable’ dual-qualified Harald Loeffler  is a key figure in the team, with particular expertise in contractual and tortious claims, as well as experience across IT and IP disputes, defamation, product liability, and restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Harald Loeffler; Jo Dumphy; Anne Harrison


‘The team brings an incredibly high skill level, and has all the knowledge, history and input you could hope for from a top quality litigation shop, with value for money.’

‘Harald Loeffler is exceptionally responsive to all our queries. He is knowledgeable, very personable, has explained the litigation processes thoroughly, and most importantly, has delivered a string of victories in those matters he has been tasked with.’

‘Jan Levinson is a person with the highest integrity and is also very friendly and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Saint-Gobain Group of Companies (including Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Ltd and Jewson Ltd)

Charles Clarke (former Home Secretary) and family

Government Legal Department on behalf of The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

NHS England

DHL Management Services Limited


North Bristol NHS Trust; University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust; the Secretary of State for Health (acting by the UK Health Security Agency – South West Laboratory)

Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust

Bentley Motors Limited

HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. t/a Tokio Marine HCC

W Maher Group

MS Amlin

Envair Limited

Amethyst Homes Limited

Hauser Refrigeration UK Ltd

Auto Doc retailer for car parts. It operates in 27 European countries, dealing with 4m

Schweizer Electronic

IIC International AG

Greiner Extrusion Group

Unilever PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Jewson/Saint-Gobain Group of companies to pursue a breach of contract and / or negligence claim against a health and safety inspection company for providing negligent / no advice regarding the presence and management of asbestos at three sites.
  • Advised Charles Clarke and his family in claims against Mirror Group Newspapers arising from the unlawful obtaining and misuse of private and confidential information.
  • Advised North Bristol NHS Trust and 3 other NHS Trusts acting together to procure pathology services in relation to a procurement challenge brought by Roche Diagnostic Limited.


The commercial litigation practice at DWF acts for high-profile clients across the telecommunications, utilities and energy, public sector, food and drink, retail, and education sectors. ‘Knowledgeable, steadfast’  Daniel Williams is the head of the team, acting on a range of complex disputes, particularly in the areas of shareholder and director disputes, frequently representing large institutional clients of the firm including British Airways. Andrew Harris and Asima Rana are both key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Williams

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Harris; Asima Rana; Martha Allen; Jonathan Robinson; Jake Slinger


‘A great team offering clear, focused advice.’

‘Dan Williams has been a huge support over the last few years. He is responsive, personable, and an expert in what he does.’

‘Joel Heap was accessible and knowledgeable’

Key clients

CMAC Group UK Limited

JCB Power Systems Limited (part of the JCB Group)

Wincanton Holdings Limited

Serco Plc

Lambert Smith Hampton Plc

British Airways Plc

Durham County Council

Sportfive UK Limited

Crown Commercial Services

St Helena and the Ascension Isles

Work highlights

  • Advising Serco PLC on a number of business critical, often sensitive and complex high value disputes concerning procurement and contract interpretation matters.
  • Acting for British Airways PLC in defence and settlement of the first Group Litigation claim brought under GDPR in respect of a well-publicised cyber-attack and data theft concerning its website and mobile application which BA announced in September 2018, and which potentially affected several hundreds of thousands of individuals who continue to bring group claims.
  • Acting for Graham Martin in a high profile claim brought against Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.  He is seeking over £20m in damages.


The experienced team litigators at Fieldfisher have vast expertise across corporate litigation, professional negligence, insolvency litigation, contentious probate, and contractual disputes. James Lappin is the head of the team, commended for being a ‘very astute litigator’. In addition to Lappin, other key individuals in the team include ‘technically excellent’ Daniel Sheehan, and Steven Garry who joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP as a director. The size of the team has been bolstered further by the addition of associate Grace Brown from Knights plc, and counsel Verity Quaite, joining the team from 18 St John Street Chambers as a specialist in white-collar-crime.

Practice head(s):

James Lappin

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Sheehan; Steven Garry; Grace Brown; Verity Quaite; Rebecca Smith


‘Excellent communications and a depth in resources allowing a quick turnaround of high volumes of paper and information but a good personal touch’

‘Very personal and friendly team’

‘The firm has an extremely able and well resourced team who undertake a high level owner managed litigation. The team, led by James Lappin, is driven and successful and is undoubtedly one of the best commercial dispute resolution teams in the North West.’

‘James Lappin – team leader and very astute litigator. Tactically excellent.

‘Dan Sheehan – director and technically excellent. The real workhorse of the team who makes sure things get done and get done well.’

‘Steven Garry is a first class litigator.’

Key clients

Jaywing Plc

M4nchester Holdings Limited

Swizzels Matlow Limited

3,000 Claimants who are employees or ex-employees of Morrisons supermarket

Getir UK Limited

Pearson Education Limited

MTX Contracts Limited

Financial Reporting Council



Neil and Mark Oliver

West One Loan Limited

3,000 Group Claimants

Former shareholders of AIM Engineering Limited

Lee Dickinson and Chris Fagan

Jack Eden

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Defendant, Jaywing plc, a multinational data science led marketing agency and analytical company with revenue for 2022 of over £23m, in a complex matter arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement and alleged failure to make Earn Out payments totalling over £1.25m. The matter was successfully defended at Trial in March 2022.
  • Acting for M4nchester Holdings Limited, in defending an unfair prejudice petition brought by Banton Investments Limited. This claim relates to the high-profile insolvency of a subsidiary in the construction industry (Artez Limited), these being the construction firm responsible for refurbishing Crusader Mill, Manchester, a large development in central Manchester for Capital & Centric and supported by Andy Burnham and the GMCA.
  • Acted for Getir (online grocery delivery company) in its claim against Enjoy Media Limited in respect of Enjoy Media’s breach of a contract in failing to comply with its obligations to provide adverts on the side of over 700 London black taxis.

Hill Dickinson LLP

The commercial litigation practice at Hill Dickinson LLP acts on multi-million-pound complex disputes, boasting considerable trial experience. The work of the team spans fraud, reputation management, education and public sector, professional negligence, procurement, and product liability work. Sharon Williamson leads the Manchester-based team. Also of note in the team are Andrew Little and director Moya Clifford.

Practice head(s):

Nina Ferris; Sharon Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Little; Alex Smith; Moya Clifford; Laura Scott; Michael French; Kevin Lee; Dan Taylor


‘They are a well-run team with people of a high calibre who work hard and are very capable.’

‘Andrew Little and Alex Smith were wonderfully efficient and effective in preparing the cases for court.’

‘Moya Clifford is an excellent litigator who we have worked with on many occasions all of which have led to successful outcomes. She is innately capable of absorbing huge amounts of technical and business detail. She is a trusted advisor and very committed to helping us navigate through commercial disputes.’

Key clients

Notemachine UK Limited

Genus PLC

Paul Bell – UTT Tax

NHS England

Ambulance Transfers Limited

NHS England

Work highlights

  • Representing a HNW individual, taking over the conduct of proceedings issued in the High Court. The case concerns the alleged fraudulent transfer of a high value West London residential property and a section 994 petition concerning a company founded to hold and administer a second high value west London mixed use property.
  • Acting for the distributors of products to the oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, chemical, fertilisation, power and automotive industries.
  • Acting for Notemachine in judicial review proceedings against the Payment Systems Regulator (‘PSR’)) after the fee rates payable were reduced by LINK.

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP handles high-value, multi-party disputes, with vast expertise in commercial and corporate litigation. The commercial public law capabilities of the team, along with media and reputation management sub-team, cryptocurrency litigation knowledge, and trusts and probate experience complement the commercial litigation core of the team. Steve Morris leads the team, specialising in all aspects of corporate disputes, ranging from contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, warranty claims, professional negligence, freezing injunctions, and directors’ duties, acting for a variety of clients. Graham Small and Michael Kennedy are key names in the team.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Barnard; Layla Kelly; Phillip Partington; Nathan Dean; Jemma Fleetwood


‘Peter Barnard is an effective, knowledgeable property litigator. Mike Kennedy is robust and pragmatic, with a wide range of expertise. Layla Kelly has a growing reputation for her expertise in professional negligence claims.’

‘Steve Morris has an excellent understanding of our business and the delicate factors that all have to be balanced to find a sensible way through commercial disputes. Steve’s critical, objective, and has a calm view on any case, allows us to set aside our emotional responses and hone in on what we really need in order to achieve a result.’

‘Philip Partington has been particularly outstanding , getting the big calls right. Nathan Dean has been hard working and diligent throughout the case.’

‘They have very talented individual members. At a senior level, Graham Small is excellent, approachable and very commercial. A special mention for Jemma Fleetwood, a rising star in crypto and NFTs.’

‘Mark Jones is a very experienced and commercially-savvy litigator. He is very focussed on the result and all the ways you might get there. excellent client rapport.’

‘Michael Kennedy – brilliant tactician and litigator – especially for shareholder disputes. Rebecca Young – brilliant all round lawyer with an imposing command of all aspects of a case. Graham Small – calm under pressure’

‘Peter Barnard, Layla Kelly, and their teams have accomplished a fantastic job on our case. They are both as approachable as they are knowledgeable in their areas of practice and beyond. Their advice is sharp, clear and concise and is not only legally precise but commercially viable and makes common sense. We would not hesitate a second to work with them again should we need to and to recommend them to anyone.’

‘Jemma Fleetwood’s knowledge and understanding of the Digital Asset space to be full and admirable. She is someone who took it upon herself to start learning about the digital world of crypto, blockchain, and web3, and in doing so put together a robust case study as to why her company should develop a practice in this space.’

Key clients

United Utilities Water Limited

Innovate Pharmaceuticals Limited

Clayton Recruitment Limited

Creative Car Park Limited; ParkingEye Limited Smart Parking Limited; Direct Collection Bailiffs Limited; Debt Recovery Plus Limited; ZZPS Limited

Bromcom Computers PLC

Morouj Commodities UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of private parking companies bringing a successful judicial review challenge of the decision of the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to remove the ability of these companies to recover debt recovery fees.
  • Representing client in successfully unwinding the transfer of a £4million property in central London and the first reported decision applying the analysis of the Judge in Ali v Dinc, that a constructive trust can arise in such circumstances.
  • Acted for the claimants in a successful non-disclosure injunction order, followed by an order for committal for breach against the respondent, and a further successful appeal to the Court of Appeal that the applicable sentence should be custodial, establishing important case-law on the appropriate sentence in such cases.

Pannone Corporate LLP

The litigation practice at Pannone Corporate LLP offers a ‘full service package for commercial undertakings,‘ with experience in shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, corporate and contractual disputes, real estate litigation, commercial fraud, IT disputes, privacy issues, and defamation. ‘Commercially minded and experiencedDavid Brown leads the team with significant support from Martin Pennington and Paul Jonson, commended for his ‘sound commercial judgement‘.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Martin Pennington; Paul Jonson; Sarah Bazaraa; Elizabeth Walsh; Callum Halley


‘Pannone offers direct partner contact, in-depth subject expertise and competitive rates due to its size and structure which makes it stand out in the Manchester and national market. In addition the Pannone Law Group international network is invaluable for international coverage and advice for a large multi-national client.’

‘Martin Pennington is stand-out for his pragmatic yet thoroughly detailed advice together with responsiveness and quick turn-around times. Martin is an invaluable resource for a busy in-house team.’

‘David Brown is an exceptional individual. Collaborative, responsive, thoughtful and with a deep knowledge and understanding of our business.’

‘Pannone Corporate is a relatively small firm but it has built a very strong following in the commercial litigation market. The solicitors I have worked with are extremely thorough when it comes to case preparation and client relationships.’

‘Paul Jonson – an extremely experienced commercial litigator with sound commercial judgement.’

‘Elizabeth Walsh – a highly effective associate with a very thorough grip of any case and great dedication to advancing the client’s interests.’

‘Niche practice specialising in corporate and commercial law and dispute resolution led by the highly experience Paul Jonson. Great modern facilities. Full service package for commercial undertakings. One of the top firms for commercial dispute resolution in Manchester.’

‘David Brown – a very commercially minded, experienced lawyer with a collaborative approach. Callum Halley – a hard working, proactive associate who is 100% dependable’

Key clients

SGS Group

DHL Express

Iceland Foods

TalkTalk Communications

Ryder plc

Tradebe Group

Sibelco UK Limited

SMG Europe

Ardagh Group


NG Bailey

Represent Clothing

Work highlights

  • Acting for TalkTalk Communications Limited in valuable Commercial Court proceedings against British Telecommunications PLC concerning the provision of ethernet circuits
  • Acted for a group of companies in their defence of Technology and Construction Court proceedings concerning an £18M claim for breach of contract and commercial conspiracy.
  • Acting for a waste management company in valuable Commercial Court proceedings brought against two defendant companies.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘s commercial disputes team acts on intricate national and international disputes with an extensive global reach. The Manchester-based team focuses largely on the manufacturing, tech, retail, recruitment, and financial services sectors. ‘Exceptional partner’ Victoria Leigh is the head of the team, handling general commercial litigation along with pensions and data protection-related litigation. ‘Excellent and experienced commercial litigator’ Lee Norman joined the team in December 2022 from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Lee Norman; Peter Lees; Mike Caird; Rebecca Green


‘Lee Norman is an excellent and experienced commercial litigator who will lead them to match the teams across the NW.’

‘Lee Norman – great client lawyer who does not “sugar the pill” and has a wide experience of all types of dispute that enables him to formulate strategies in the litigation at the outset that are all focused on achieving the client objectives.’

‘Victoria Leigh truly stands out as an exceptional partner. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in the field have been invaluable to our projects, and her ability to navigate complex legal issues has helped us avoid litigation. What sets Victoria apart from her competitors is her unparalleled understanding of the industry and her ability to employ tricks of the trade to achieve the best outcomes for our business. I have also valued her proactive approach to communication, which has made working with her a pleasure.’

Key clients

Co-op Group

Studio Retail Group

Enreach UK Limited

Cullum Detuners Limited

Fresh Property Group

X-Lab Limited

Suir Engineering Limited

James Cropper Plc

Entrust Pension Limited

Cole Music Productions (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a US-based private equity house on various claims arising from its acquisition of a UK-based company that manufactured Covid testing equipment.
  • Acted for a major engineering business dealing with a ransomware attack, including issuing take down notices and advising on injunctive relief
  • Acting for Cole Music Productions (UK) Limited in a speedy trial for a dispute about the right to use the name Brit Floyd in respect of Pink Floyd “tribute” concert shows.

Gateley Legal

Gateley Legal‘s commercial litigation practice has extensive experience in corporate and shareholder disputes, as well as healthcare and sports-related litigation. Reputation management is another strength of the team, providing multi-jurisdictional solutions for clients. Sarah Sabin is the head of the team, advising on a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes. ‘Stand out partner  Nick Murrills plays a key role in the team, acting for corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Sabin

Other key lawyers:

Nick Murrills; Nicola Richardson


‘The team hand a diverse group of individuals which mirrored the culture of our organisation. They were innovative in their approach and in the use of new technology. A very fair system of billing was agreed with huge emphasis on constant monitoring of costs which made for a greater understanding.’

‘The individuals within team was very thorough in its approach, with attention to detail. The team showed a willingness to understand the culture of the client which was very important to us. In addition, they were friendly and engaging which again, gave us the comfort of their advice.’

‘Nick Murrills heads up a team with experience over a wide range of sectors, ranging from medical supplies to road haulage.’

‘Nick Murrills is a standout partner. He explains matters clearly to clients, and has a full grasp of their commercial objectives.’

‘The team is particularly strong in representing sports clubs and cross-border disputes.’

‘Nick Murrills is great with clients and also on top of the legal issues in the cases he deals with. He is approachable but also combines that with a detailed knowledge of the law and legal insight that is usually found in a partner with many years more seniority.’

Key clients

Salts Healthcare Limited

Premier Technical Services Group Limited

Birchfield Harriers

Pervez Alam, Zahid Iqbal and Shahid Iqbal

England Squash

Wellbeing Software Limited

Everton Football Club

Crep Protect Limited

Northampton Saints Rugby Club

Inspired Energy Plc

RVA Surveyors Limited

North West Counties Squash League

Mamas and Papas Limited

United Kingdom Cheerleading Association


The commercial disputes practice at Kennedys provides strategic legal advice on intricate and high-value matters, working on shareholder and partnership disputes, cross-border disputes, inheritance tax claims, and contentious probate and trust disputes. ‘Superb litigator’ Caryln Weale leads the team alongside ‘one of the greats of commercial litigation’ Reuben Berg.

Practice head(s):

Reuben Berg; Carlyn Weale

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Millhouse; Frances Moseley


‘An exceptional team of commercial litigators with all-round expertise. They never flinchs from giving hard advice where appropriate but will strive to find the best solution for any client and are not afraid of innovative solutions and approaches.’

‘Carlyn Weale holds a significant position and is adept at handling every form of commercial litigation. She has an in-depth knowledge of an astonishing range of business sectors and the legal issues that can arise in each. She always has a tactical approach which combines practical approaches with the correct legal analysis and options. She is a superb litigator guaranteed to reassure clients and worry opponents throughout the process. Her ability as an advocate ensures that she identifies a case that will play well with the court from the outset.’

‘Very experienced litigation team’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Paul Nicholson, Steven Reid, Jamie Grant and ECI Cumbria Limited in defence to a claim by Paul Evans that the clients had started ECI Cumbria (a company that Paul Evans was not a shareholder in) with the sole intention of removing business from Electrical Control Installations Limited (a company that Paul Evans was a shareholder in) and thus causing Paul Evans a loss.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s litigation practice acts for both claimants and defendants on precedent-setting commercial cases, acting across a wide range of industry sectors. Large-scale domestic and cross-border disputes, including shareholder litigation and contract-related disputes are widely undertaken by the team, with specialist knowledge across food, agribusiness, sport, charities, life sciences, and private wealth. Richard Dawson-Gerrard and Simon Pedley lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Dawson-Gerrard; Simon Pedley

Other key lawyers:

Jacob Walker


‘A service level that outstrips their price point. The team responded and adapted to Covid very well and has used that to leverage their national resources to provide an excellent service in Manchester, which still remains Manchester led.’

‘Richard Dawson-Gerrard has years of experience and is an old hand at litigation of any scale.

‘Jacob Walker is a future star in insolvency and CDR. He has a calm manner, an excellent drafting style and over-delivers on his commitments.’

Key clients

Marshall Bioresources

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Birdlife International

Zedra Trusts (UK)

Bako North West

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP covers the full range of commercial disputes from its Manchester office, with dedicated experts in corporate and post M&A disputes, banking, and insurance sector disputes. ‘Extremely experienced litigator’ Jonathon Crook is another key figure on the team, focusing on the financial services sector. Principal associate Sylwena Sempa  acts on the pensions and employment litigation sub-team of the practice. Former practice head Kath Livingston left the firm in May 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Marshall; Sylwena Sempa


‘One of the best teams of commercial litigators in the country, not just the North West of England.’

Richard Marshall is hugely experienced. Very adept and capable in litigation. Sticks to his guns and will always goes the extra mile for his clients.

‘Matthew Brown is very bright and thorough. Nothing is likely to get past him.’

‘This is a diverse team of exceptional and world class lawyers who go above and beyond for all their clients big and small. The team are always responsive and have a strong depth of knowledge, breadth of expertise and range of experience that I think is unsurpassed by other firms. Their work repeatedly impresses me, they have exceeded my expectations on multiple occasions, and their personal approach upended what I had expected of a large law firm.’

‘Everyone I have worked with at Shoosmiths, and this has been a number of their partners and associates over several years, has been outstanding in their knowledge and professionalism. They have been extremely supportive through stressful and complex problems.’

‘A depth of expertise and knowledge and a collaborative approach to matters with a high level of professionalism.’

Key clients

French Connection Limited

Everbridge Holdings Limited and Everbridge Inc

Euro Garages Limited

Continuum Financial Services LLP

Property Alliance Group Limited / MB Vacant Property Solutions


Amway / Alticor Inc

AmTrust Europe Limited

Hoover Limited

BGL Insurance

Domain Transport Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Everbridge Holdings Limited and Everbridge Inc in defence of a substantial US$60 million Commercial Court claim involving allegations of delayed issue of shares and losses caused by fluctuations in share value.
  • Acting for AmTrust Europe Limited in defence of a £17 million claim relating to defective cladding and fire stopping.
  • Continued involvement in national teams representing: |PSB UK Limited via |insurers Chubb at the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry|; ||a variety of private clients involved in |Mobile Telephone Voicemail Interception claims.


TLT‘s commercial litigation practice provides a wide range of services for market-leading clients in commercial and financial sectors. ‘Exceptional’ Emma Flower leads the team, frequently acting on shareholder actions, breach of directors’ duties, warranty claims, and partnership issues. ‘Approachable and knowledgeable’ Julien Luke is another key figure in the team, with specific expertise in energy and utilities, leisure, telecoms, and recruitment.

Practice head(s):

Emma Flower; Julien Luke

Other key lawyers:

Jon Hainey; Alistair Noakes


‘I have used TLT’s services for a number of years. They are excellent, professional, competent and communicative.’

‘Emma Flower is superb. You feel you are in safe and honest hands.’

‘It was a really straightforward process from engagement, right the way through to resolution. The team made clear at each stage the best way to navigate through, and provided no-nonsense confidence to what would have been a very difficult situation otherwise. Meetings were efficient and billing was clearly communicated.’

‘Emma Flower was exceptional, and provided rational and confident advice at each stage of the process. She brought clarity and effective delivery in what would have been a very tricky negotiation without her advice.’

‘Julien Luke is has helped us through some of the most challenging periods and also written our terms and conditions. TLT offer a tailored service with excellent knowledge of our industry.’

‘Julien Luke is approachable, knowledgeable and puts our best interest at the forefront of anything we ask him to do. He provides us with a great level of confidence and is helping our business grow each time he defends a claim or helps write legal advice. We enjoy working with Julien and the rest of the TLT team.’

‘Friendly, helpful and calm advisors. Explain complex legal processes in a simple and respectful way.’

‘Kind, calm and patient.’

Key clients

Police Digital Service

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

boohoo group plc

Co-operative Group Limited

The Insolvency Service

David Luke Limited

Unite Students (Part of Unite Group plc)

Freeway UK Insurance Services Limited

Briar Chemicals Limited

The Office of Sir Howard Bernstein Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Police Digital Service on a procurement challenge arising out of a tender exercise carried out by the PDS. The claim was determined in PDS’s favour following a two day trial on preliminary issues.
  • Acted for the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime defending a claim brought in the High Court challenging a procurement relating to a framework contract for the provision of estate management and back office services in respect of the Metropolitan Police Service’s property estate.
  • Acted on a dispute with ENGIE Gas, a supplier and shipper of gas to our client; a major agrochemicals business and large consumer of gas.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP‘s litigation practice in Manchester has extensive experience in a range of high-value complex commercial litigation from professional negligence, warranty claims, breach of contract, confidential and restrictive covenant claims, contentious IP disputes, defamation, company claims, shareholder disputes, and unfair prejudice petitions. ‘Very responsive and efficient’ Carole Spiller leads the team in both Manchester and Leeds.

Practice head(s):

Carole Spiller

Other key lawyers:

Damian Carter; Matthew Fox; Jessica Kraja; Josh Conroy; Richard Corran; Robert Jones; Andrew Roberts; Victoria Pace; Karen Elder


‘Weightmans have a high-powered and experienced team that fights for its clients.’

‘Carole Spiller. Very responsive, efficient and expert in her field.’

‘Damian Carter is a excellent team leader, knowledgeable, tactically gifted and highly motivated to do the best for his clients

‘Jessica Kraja. Very skilled and highly detailed in her approach to matters. She has really gone to the highest lengths to assist and always seems to have the right information just to hand.’

‘Richard Corran is clear-sighted and authoritative in his approach.’

‘Robert Jones – a great litigator who has seen it all and is great “client” solicitor. Conrad McDonald – very good lawyer who will be a star of the future’

‘Josh Conroy – calm, commercial and a good litigation tactician. Victoria Pace  – is always on top of the detail and makes sure the logistics of a case run smoothly.’

‘I have dealt with Damian Carter and Karen Elder, but they were a great team – Damian’s strategic vision combined with Karen’s written communication skills produced a powerful and cost-effective result.’

Key clients

Acasta Europe Limited and Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Be Caring Limited

Anixter Limited

Kenneth Downing (former guitarist of Judas Priest)

Edge Worldwide Logistics Limited

London Fire Commissioner

Lancaster University

Royal Mail Group

All About Food Limited

Chiesi Limited

Apadmi Limited

Certas Energy UK Ltd

Mawdsley Brooks & Co Ltd

Bestway National Chemists Ltd T/as Well Pharmacy

The Lowry Hotel

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

The Ombudsman Service Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for KK Downing (former guitarist in Judas Priest) in a multi-party professional negligence claim against solicitors who had advised on a multi-million pound property refinance deal to develop The Astbury – a stately home, hotel, golf and leisure complex in Shropshire.
  • Successfully defended Be Caring, the UK’s largest employee owned provider of social care, in a High Court action brought against it in the widely reported case of Blu Sky Limited v Be Caring Limited [2021] EWHC 2619 (Comm) and subsequent insolvency proceedings against the unsuccessful Claimant.
  • Acted on behalf in Birmingham City Council in bringing an application for Strikeout/Summary Judgement, within a Procurement law setting, which has the potential to significantly re-write the current law on limitation should the Court not accept the central propositions of BCC’s case.

Clyde & Co

The commercial litigation practice at Clyde & Co acts on disputes linked to insolvency, breach of contract, fraud, injunctive relief, IT, partnership agreements, minority shareholder, banking, and commercial property, among others. The team has a strong regional presence, but frequently works with teams from other offices. Craig McAdam leads the team, with ‘highly experienced all round commercial litigator’ Nick Gee also a key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Craig McAdam

Other key lawyers:

Nick Gee; Fred Feistauer


‘The team at Clyde & Co provide first class support for anyone engaging in commercial litigation. They have an excellent knowledge of the law whilst also recognising the needs of clients, working tirelessly to find a sensible resolution.’

‘Craig McAdam provides excellent advice in relation to what can be significant commercial disputes. He is able to convey complicated legal points in a manner which can be more easily understood and he adopts an approach to enable a sensible resolution for clients’

‘A renowned firm for commercial and insurance based litigation with some highly experienced litigators. Very strong on insurance litigation.’

Key clients

Rupert Jowitt/KSH Plant



Mark Taylor as assignee of Taylor Hotels

Work highlights

  • Acting for Travelodge in defending a c£280k breach of contract claim from one of its suppliers.
  • Acting for the assignees of Taylor Hotels Limited in pursuing a c£8m claim against Bank of Scotland arising out of a mis-sold interest rate hedging product and fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Acting for Rupert Jowitt and his company in defending a c£750k claim from his former business partner to trial.

Glaisyers LLP

Glaisyers LLP‘s commercial litigation team acts on high-value cases, frequently working with domestic and international law firms on complex matters. The team works closely with the firm’s London office, expanding the resources available to clients. ‘Tenacious, commercial’ Daniel Fitzgerald leads the team, with particular expertise in handling litigation for lenders.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fitzgerald

Other key lawyers:

David Marlor; David Jones; Kathryn Parrish


‘Does what it says on the tin – consistently deliver appropriate and effective advice.’

‘Their commerciality and desire to go the extra mile for clients is absolutely exceptional. I were in a difficult spot there is almost no-one I would want alongside to support me more.’

‘David Jones is an excellent leader of his team offering practical no-nonsense advice. He’s able to tailor his approach to the merits of any case he deals with. You want him in your corner.’

Key clients

United Trust Bank

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Reward Finance

Cynergy Bank

Aldermore Bank

Assetz Capital

Manchester Building Society

Moneything Capital


Broadoak Private Finance

Kroll Advisory

The Leeson family


ETL Global

Croma Pizzeria Restaurants

Ownreagh Investments Limited

McCrory Brickwork Limited

Sale Property Consultants Ltd

SKIIM Limited

AMT Vehicle Hire Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting on a highly publicised matter, arguing that the applicants will be able to prove to the civil standard that Mr McPherson unlawfully killed Paula Leeson and is thereby prevented from benefiting from her death pursuant to the ‘forfeiture rule’ recognised in the Forfeiture Act 1982.
  • Brought a successful claim on behalf of AMT Vehicle Rental Limited against Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited following a multi day trial concerning the proper construction of a contract for the supply of replacement hire vehicles. Judgment was given by HHJ Pearce in favour of AMT in the sum of £1.3m.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

The dispute resolution department at Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for clients on high-value corporate and commercial disputes, with expertise in complex contractual disputes, corporate disputes including unfair prejudice petitions, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, manufacturing, and contentious probate disputes. Damian Bailey leads the team, bringing a wealth of experience. Since publication, Nichola Evans has joined from Ward Hadaway LLP.

Practice head(s):

Damian Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Peter Kaye; Richard Wilson; Daniel Adcock-Kirsh; Francesca Geddes


‘The quality of the litigation team at Kuits is, in my view, second to none in Manchester. Each member that I have had the opportunity to work with is conscientious, considered and hardworking. There is an ethos within the team that encourages thinking outside the box to gain a tactical advantage whilst always being mindful of the risks of litigation.’

‘Damian Bailey, Peter Kaye and Richard Wilson – These are all very shrewd operators who are highly experienced with excellent instincts. They are each astute and thoughtful litigators who are prepared to go the extra mile for their clients. That said none are afraid to give clients difficult advice nor to highlight problematic attitudes or issues in the case. This means that clients proceed in litigation without any doubt as to the strengths and weaknesses of their case often to a successful conclusion.’

‘Peter Kaye is a very experienced lawyer with sound judgment and great client care. He is the best senior solicitor I have met at encouraging young talented lawyers to excel. A supportive and generous spirit.’

‘Daniel Adcock-Kirsh is conscientious and hard-working and has a great rapport with clients and opposing solicitors.’

‘Francesca Geddes is very responsive and provides swift instructions when requested.’

‘Richard Wilson is an upcoming talent with great people skills.’

‘One of Manchester’s leading mid-sized commercial litigation teams, with solicitors with a range of skills and expertise and a loyal following of clients from across the local business community. They are very good at ensuring client expectations are met and dealing with cases swiftly and at reasonable cost.’

‘Peter Kaye is a very experienced lawyer with sound judgment and great client care. He is the best senior solicitor I have met at encouraging young talented lawyers to excel. A supportive and generous spirit.’

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP‘s commercial litigation practice acts on high-value disputes, with the ability to act on the full range of commercial disputes and business protection matter. Expertise of the team also lies in data-breach claims, and public procurement disputes. ‘Thorough, articulate, and highly skilled litigator’ Steve Dunseath leads the team with Dan Butler.

Practice head(s):

Dan Butler; Steve Dunseath

Other key lawyers:

Ellie O’Sullivan; Simon Banks


‘Trowers’ Manchester commercial litigation team are switched on. They provide straight to the point, concise and robust advice. They are a supportive and professional team and go the extra mile to provide really solid client-centred service.’

‘Steve Dunseath is excellent. You certainly want him in your corner in any dispute. He is thorough, articulate and a highly skilled litigator.’

‘Working with the team at Trowers is seamless, they are an extension of our inhouse team.

We can always rely on timely, and relevant advice, and responses.’

‘We have worked with Steve Dunsheath for several years and we have always been very happy with his approach. Steve is always accessible and if he isn’t he provides alternative contacts, he also provides timely and appropriate advice which is always very well clear. He also has a very pragmatic approach.

‘Ellie O’Sullivan is very responsive and accessible.’

‘Steve Dunseath is a superb litigator; he has the interests of his clients at heart; he is an excellent strategist and has a firm grasp of the law. A huge pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Pinewood Technologies PLC

Helske Limited

The University of West London

Begbies Traynor PLC

West Midlands Combined Authority

Administrator of a large Trust (the Trust had operated several key leisure and sports facilities, including the London Olympic Water Park)

Supplier to the Ministry of Defence and other Government Departments


Work highlights

  • Acting for Pinewood Technologies PLC in a $312m contractual dispute relating to a software reselling agreement.
  • Acting for Leidos Supply Limited in respect of a challenge to the award of a £20m contract by the Ministry of Defence following a procurement process.
  • Acting for Kay Johnson Gee as administrators of a number of Liverpool property development companies who are pursuing asset recovery and fraud claims in respect of purpose built student accommodation and substantial payments. These claims arise from multiple failed property investment schemes where we acted for a very large group of investors working collectively.

Ward Hadaway LLP

In addition to general corporate and commercial litigation matters, the team at Ward Hadaway LLP specialises in healthcare, transport and cargo work, with notable capabilities in alternative dispute resolution. Managing associate Melissa Munday is integral to the team, and is commended for her knowledge and expertise. Since publication, former team head Nichola Evans has moved to Kuit Steinart Levy LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Munday


‘Ward Hadaway have a strong litigation team, particularly suited for handling urgent matters well.’

‘Melissa Munday was very responsive and able to turn around work quickly.’

‘The team at Ward Hadaway are always willing to assist my clients and provide logical/sensible advice to ensure the clients are fully aware of the pros and cons of their cases plus the potential financial costs before commencing down the litigation route.’

‘Ward Hadaway’s lawyers possess strong communication skills, including the ability to listen actively and express themselves clearly and persuasively. They also have exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills, allowing them to identify key issues, analyze complex information, and develop creative solutions.’

‘They have also strong work ethic, a commitment to excellence and continuous learning, and the ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment.’

Key clients

Howard Gardens Manco Limited

Prime Student Living Limited

Stanhope House Manco Limited

Crosslane Property Group (UK) Limited

CSD (Stonebatter) Limited

My Online Estate Agents Limited

Mr Ebrahim Dalal

EC3 Marine Limited

Amphitrite Underwriting Limited

Hammonds of Knutsford Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr. Dalal, together with his late wife, the directors of Bolton Halal Chicken Limited (In Liquidation). They were being pursued for the recovery of £9.5m made up of alleged unpaid tax (plus fines and interest) together with allegations of mis-selling company assets and misappropriation of property in a claim brought by Manolete (an assigned claim).

Browne Jacobson LLP

The commercial dispute resolution practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is home to a team of specialists across both public and private matters, particularly focusing on the automotive, manufacturing, health and social care, and local government sectors. Jonathan Tardif is the head of the team, with the ‘ever impressive’ Paul Kirkpatrick also key to the team, specialising in high-value litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tardif

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kirkpatrick; Lucy Priestley


‘A tightly knit and hard working team led by the ever impressive Paul Kirkpatrick. They have a high volume of high quality work and deliver their legal services expertly and commercially.’

‘Excellent quality advice.’

‘The lead partner in the commercial litigation team, Paul Kirkpatrick, is an excellent leader who seems to draw the best out each of the associates in the team. He specialises in dealing with high value complex disputes.’

Key clients

Sanglier Limited

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘very responsive’ team is commended for its ability to ‘provide good quality solutions quickly’. Manchester team head Duncan Hope brings a wide range of experience, notably acting for Leeds City Council and FC United. At senior associate level, Ailsa Anderson is noted.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:

Ailsa Anderson


‘They are very responsive and provide good quality solutions quickly’

‘DuncanHope  is very user friendly, capable of sorting out what is needed and the critical path needed.’

‘Duncan Hope is my go-to solicitor. He is capable and professional but has a very agile mind. He takes great pride in understanding the situation and clearly explains the problem from a legal point of view, the options open to us and balances the risk clearly and concisely. He listens and questions, and takes on board concerns too.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of 27 high net worth individuals in connection with claims made against them for unpaid share capital. The client group includes high profile city lawyers and investment bankers and the total value of the claims exceeds £7 million.
  • Advising a large number of consumers in cross border disputes against banks, developers and law firms regarding the mis-selling of loans provided in relation to the purchase of overseas property.
  • Acting for circa 250 internationally based individuals in a Group Claim against several conveyancing solicitors who advised them in respect of a property investment scheme.

Prosperity Law LLP

Boutique firm Prosperity Law LLP acts for a number of high-profile commercial clients, ranging from small enterprises to multinational organisations. The team consists of a number of ‘very highly skilled professionals, whose advice has always been both timely and informative.’ Of these, managing partner Andrew Farrell is noted as a ‘hard-working solicitor, quick to learn and adaptable’. Farrell leads the team alongside Edward Smethurst, with the pair highlighted as ‘exceptional individuals’. The team continues to expand, with the arrival of Chelsey Bayliss and Charlotte Keating in December 2022, and Paul Edels from Goodman Grant Solicitors in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Farrell; Edward Smethurst

Other key lawyers:

Chelsey Bayliss; Charlotte Keating; Paul Edels; Paul Magee


‘The team at Prosperity Law take a personal interest in how the case affects each client within the family group. Care is taken to ensure all methods of communication are made in a manner which enables all involved to understand the position and the options. The team have a very good understanding of corporate law and have often correctly anticipated how the opposition will act. The team have expansive skills and knowledge with the subject of the law and other disciplines. This has helped tremendously in the handling of our case.

‘Billing has been made in an extremely understanding and compassionate way enabling the family to cope.’

‘Andrew Farrell and Edward Smethurst have been so supportive during our case. Each of them makes every effort to progress our case to a satisfactory conclusion. They always go the extra mile, often contacting us out of office hours and when on annual leave..’

Key clients

Hope Capital Limited

Trafalgar Insurance Co Limited

Beechfield Brands Limited

Palladium Insurance Limited

Kay Johnson Gee

Path Business Recovery

DS Insolvency

Mulholland Spence Accountants

R&M Roofing Supplies Ltd

H&H Print Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hope Capital, a leading short-term bridging loan lender on a portfolio of claims ranging from £250,000 to £3,600,000.
  • Acting for Trafalgar Insurance Co Limited, defending a substantial number of matters on their behalf as professional indemnity insurer in relation to professional negligence claims brought against their insureds.
  • Acting for clients in the resolution of a shareholder dispute between family members where the assets owned by the company are worth approximately £9 million.

Clarke Willmott LLP

The ‘very commercial and pragmatic’ team at Clarke Willmott LLP acts across the board of commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership, complex contractual, defamation, breach of confidential information, international and arbitration disputes, and freezing, forfeiture, and search and seizure orders. John Flint leads the team, with sector specialisms in retail, banking and finance, renewable energy, sport, and technology. ‘Extremely diligent and practical’ associate Louise Goodwin brings expertise in all aspects of litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Flint

Other key lawyers:

Alex Megaw; Louise Goodwin


‘Across the board the team is very commercial and pragmatic. They adopt a birds-eye view to litigation; making sure that their advice will support the commercial aims of their clients.’

‘John Flint is always available and able to discuss the nuances of a case. He ensures that all decisions taken in a case are consistent with the client’s goals.

Louise Goodwin is etremely diligent and practical. Louise is a lawyer you want on your side.’

‘Everyone l deal with is always very diligent in all they do. That is so, so, so important in the work they do for me.’

‘John Flint and his team are very thorough in all they do for me..’

‘I would not hesitate to recommend this team. They are able to get to the nub of the issue and kept me fully informed and prepared throughout so there were no unexpected nasty surprises! I was also very impressed that they were able to answer questions on the billing promptly and was reassured throughout by the clear and transparent billing.’

‘I cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support and professionalism throughout. They truly care/cared and kept me steady throughout my hard fought litigation. Needless to say we won and I am very appreciative of all their excellent hard work.’

Key clients

Morgan King Group

AD Investments Limited

National Union of Mine Workers


Anhui Morden Living Co Ltd

Capital Growth Group Limited

Super Fund LLC

Trailstream Limited


Outhall (UK) Limited

Fash Dispatch Transport Limited

Derbyshire Flooring Contractors Limited

Premierserv Limited

Benoit Properties International Limited

JMGT Asset Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising JMGT Asset Management Limited in respect of misrepresentation claim arising from provision of credit facilities and digital trading platforms.
  • Acting for Paul Clements in respect of multi-million pound claim arising from operation of leading online retailer.
  • Acting for AD Investments Limited a Cayman incorporated international investment fund in respect of cross boarder international arbitrational dispute pertaining to funding in the gaming industry.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

The department at Farleys Solicitors LLP acts on a wide range of commercial disputes, regularly representing clients including private individuals, sole traders, partnerships, and LLPs in high-value complex litigation. Daniel Draper leads the team, and is commended for being ‘particularly strong on partnership and LLP disputes.’ 

Practice head(s):

Daniel Draper


‘Really understand how business operate and what their priorities will be.’

‘Dan Draper really understands the commercial realities of operating a business. He is particularly strong on partnership and LLP disputes.’

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP‘s bench of commercial litigation talent continues to grow in Manchester, acting across fraud, injunctive work, arbitrations, insolvency, and business disputes for both public and private companies. ‘Extremely experienced litigator’ Harvey Stringfellow is a key name, acting alongside Sydney Fulda, widely commended for his ‘wealth of knowledge and commercial acumen.’ 

Other key lawyers:

Sydney Fulda; Harvey Stringfellow; Christine Oxenburgh; Neville Takhiar


‘The Gunnercooke team in Manchester are excellent. They are committed, experienced and able to look at complex problems and simplify them into understandable key components. The team are responsive and excellent.’

‘Sydney Fulda is an excellent Fraud specialist. He has the ability to see through the smoke and get right to the heart of issues’

‘Christine Oxenburgh is a formidable but fair opponent. She knows when to push and when not to. Unlike many litigators, she is balanced and appropriate in her correspondence and her arguments are always on point’

‘The proactive and personal approach of Harvey Stringfellow is very welcome. His direct no-nonsense approach explanation of Court procedure and Company Law are very reassuring to SME businesses such as mine. Over the years I have worked with many large firms of Solicitors and find this very refreshing. He has an ability to quickly grasp the essential elements of a case and explain the options and possible courses of action and the implications of same. His willingness to offer suggestions on issues which probably need to be addressed in the future as the Company develops has been particularly welcome.’

‘Sydney Fulda is creative, robust, and a strategic litigator. He runs his team very effectively

‘We have found that the partner-only model at gunnercooke serves our needs very well. In that it is efficient and feels we are getting the best level of care, attention and service throughout.’

‘Sydney Fulda is highly tactically savvy and achieves outstanding results for his clients. Neville Takhiar is technically excellent and very thorough in his approach.’

‘I have worked with Christine Oxenburgh for over 20 years. She has been provided valuable commercial advice to my clients, raising very positive feedback that reflects well on me for referring clients to her.’

Horwich Farrelly

Partnership, shareholder, and breach of contract claim disputes are all key to the practice at Horwich Farrelly, acting for clients ranging from FTSE100 and Euro 50 companies to high-net-worth individuals. John Lord leads the team, with a focus on corporate and commercial disputes including breach of contract and tortious claims, and regularly represents directors and members of limited liability partnerships. Mark Dennis is integral to the practice, with extensive experience in insolvency and commercial litigation, along with Alison Rocca.

Practice head(s):

John Lord

Other key lawyers:

Mark Dennis; Alison Rocca

Key clients

Muller UK and Ireland Group LLP

Skipton Business Finance

SEFE Energy

Seneca Trade Partners

Heineken UK Ltd

Star Pubs and Bars



SOG Limited

Cowgill Holloway Business Recovery LLP

AB Inbev UK Limited

Cashflows Europe Ltd

O’Connors Legal Services Ltd


Express Solicitors


Work highlights

  • Advised Michael Taplin in reference to his action against Freeths LLP and further escalation to the SRA and JR.
  • Advising SOG Limited in reference to Judicial Review on the Energy Bill Relief Scheme published on 21 September 2022 and the updated Energy Bill Relief Scheme for Non-Standard Customers published on 29 December 2022.

Markel Law LLP

The team at Markel Law LLP acts for clients with ‘a human touch and understanding’ with particular ‘experience and working knowledge of insurance backed commercial litigation’. Mark Rankin leads the team, with ‘efficient, diligent, and on the ballShazia Aslam playing a key role in the team. ‘Exceptional’ Sarah Hogan-Dempsey is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rankin

Other key lawyers:

Shazia Aslam; Sarah Hogan-Dempsey; Jody Thomasson


‘Markel deal with a large case load of clients with the benefit of legal expense insurance. and the work they handle is diverse.’

‘Shazia Aslam is quick to act on advice, and quick to raise issues in appropriate ways. Jody Thomasson is also a clued up practitioner who can be trusted to getting things done properly and when needed.’

‘Markel’s commercial litigation team has a depth in experience and working knowledge of insurance backed commercial litigation. They are highly regarded and specialist in their area. They have an acute dedication to client management.’

‘Sarah Hogan-Dempsey is exceptional. She well balances technical knowledge and know-how with a a client faced sympathetic approach.’

‘Shazia Aslam is superb. Very knowledgeable, focused and determined to deliver the best outcome for clients.’

‘Shazia Aslam is efficient, diligent, and on the ball.’

‘Sarah Hogan-Dempsey has been extremely helpful and ensures that points that claimants wish to raise are done so to the defendant with emphasis on issues that claimants really want to push.

‘Sarah Hogan-Dempsey  is well versed in her area of law and able to read the developing landscape taking political and legal changes and appetites into consideration and advising her clients accordingly.’

Key clients

Federation of Small Businesses

Markel (UK) Limited

Markel Legal Expenses Insurance

Markel International Insurance Company Limited

Modular Garden Limited

Blind Veterans UK

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant restaurant owner pursuing a loss of profit and property damage claim against its insurers following a serious fire.
  • Pursing a claim, currently valued in excess of £300,000, against a Defendant local authority in relation to outstanding care fees owed to the client in relation to the care services provided to vulnerable service users.
  • Defending a claim against an international hedge fund arising from a business email compromise. A client of the hedge fund acted on emails sent from the compromised account by the threat actor to transfer Bitcoins to a third party wallet from where they could not be recovered.

Slater Heelis

At Slater Heelis Elizabeth Wilkinson’s practice centres on commercial contract disputes, with the team advising on shareholder, director, and warranty disputes. Pharma and life science related clients particularly rely on the expertise of the team. Mike Carter is another key figure in the team, having joined from Salehs LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Mike Carter


‘Slater Heelis is a highly approachable yet professional firm, with seamless cohesion between departments.’

‘All staff at Slater Heelis are warm and friendly, yet exceptionally precise and professional in their dealings with all parties to litigation.’

‘I have had considerably positive interactions with Elizabeth Wilkinson.’