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Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Index of tables

  1. Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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The commercial litigation team at B P Collins LLP is best known for its expertise in the environment, waste management, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. The practice specialises in commercial contract disputes, regulatory work, director and shareholder litigation, defamation, intellectual property and professional negligence. Matthew Brandis is the practice head. Craig Williams, senior associate Simon Carroll and associate Rajiv Malhotra are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Brandis

Other key lawyers:Craig Williams; Simon Carroll; Rajiv Malhotra

Testimonials

'Outstanding work ethic'.

'Very knowledgeable and approachable'.

'Craig Williams and Rajiv Malhotra are outstanding lawyers. Very hardworking, straightforward, kind and caring, great contacts within the industry, approachable, knowledgeable'.

Key Clients

Summerleaze Group

BIC UK Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

P B Donoghue Group

Kawasaki Motors UK

AMF Bowling Holdings Limited / The Original Bowling Company

TMD Technologies Limited

Canon Medical Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting state-owned seaport  with defamation action by UK investors in a ‘clean tech’ oil production plant following allegations that plant was in breach of Polish environmental law.
  • Instructed by client to investigate and advise on trade debt recoveries from directors under guarantee following the liquidation of UK dealerships.
  • Assisted client with civil and criminal action following the wrongful removal of wheels from vehicles owned by an international haulage business having believed they were contractually entitled to do so after an invoice dispute.
  • Assisting client with defending a £1.6m claim based on allegations of fraud.
  • Assisted client with High Court breach of confidence action involving competing claims over key proprietary technology.

Dentons’ commercial litigation practice stands out for its expertise in international work, particularly in the field of financial disputes and investigations. The team specialises also in professional negligence and breach of contract disputes, franchising, product liability, asset finance, fraud and construction. Clients are from the banking, insurance, construction, energy, automotive, sports, retail and leisure sectors. James Fairbairn and Tim Constable head the practice from the Milton Keynes and Watford offices respectively. Watford-based Clare Stothard and Steven Mills are specialists in investment and retail banking disputes.

Practice head(s):James Fairbairn; Tim Constable

Other key lawyers:Clare Stothard; Steven Mills 

Testimonials

'Tim Constable is brilliant'.

Key Clients

Sainsbury's

Virgin

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Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey (Haringey Council)

National House-Building Council

Sainsbury's Argos

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Taylor Wimpey

Saracens Ltd

Hertz

Cox Powertrain Limited

Barclays

Work highlights

  • Assisting Mr Davies with a dispute concerning the misappropriate use of company assets by former directors of a company in which he was the majority shareholder.
  • Advising an Asian property development company on defending a breach of contract claim worth around US$1.12m.
  • Provided a range of dispute resolution services to Group One Automotive (one of the largest retailers of new and used cars in the world) in the UK.
  • Advising a large Middle East  retailer on defending claims of over £10m debt incurred by former subsidiaries in Spain and the UAE.
  • Assisting client with defence of a multi-party claim for specific performance of a property development agreement.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)’s commercial litigation team offers strategic advice on commercial fraud matters in relation to both civil recovery and criminal legal processes. Expertise also includes product liability and supply chain disputes, franchising, commercial contracts, contested debt recovery and arbitration/mediation. Clients are from the automotive, manufacturing, distribution and leisure industries. The practice is co-headed by Paul Kite and John Clement. Sarah Jackson is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Paul Kite; John Clement

Other key lawyers:Sarah Jackson 

Testimonials

'I have a lot of respect for Paul Kite'.

Key Clients

Renault UK

National House Building Council (NHBC)

Manpower UK

Woods Food Service Ltd

Future Electronics

Constalica

Clancy Docwra Plc

Optimise Water LLP

Danfoss

Haulfryn Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting client with proceedings commenced in the High Court by a corporate shareholder of the company and related to the allotment, transfer and registration of shares previously held on trust as well as a wider dispute between the shareholders.
  • Assisting client with proceedings commenced by a former franchisee seeking damages for wrongful termination of contract.
  • Acting for an individual director and shareholder in a football agency in a matter related to a fellow shareholder who put the company into administration without adequately notifying other shareholders.
  • Acting for clients in proceedings commenced by Huntec Technologies SLU and Huntec Energy Solutions for breach of contract and/or a civil liability contribution related to the design and supply of materials for a solar energy plant in the UK.
  • Assisting client with a dispute with Cloud M, the supplier of managed telephony and internet services.

SA Law LLP is well known for its commercial litigation work with football clubs. The team has also in-depth expertise in other disputes, which often have a multi-jurisdictional scope and include defamation, professional negligence, asset tracing, professional discipline, IP and real estate disputes. The practice is jointly headed by Robert Ryall and Tracy Lacey-Smith. Simon Walsh and Clare Mackay are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Ryall; Tracy Lacey-Smith

Other key lawyers:Simon Walsh; Clare Mackay

Testimonials

'Simon Walsh is a talented litigator, absolutely committed to his clients' interests'.

'Clare Mackay's level of service has been excellent. she is very customer and solution focused. All queries receive quick attention and a fast response, and her communication is excellent'.

Key Clients

Eltek AS and Eltek ASA and Eltek Power UK Ltd

The Watford Association Football Club

Gillingham Football Club

Oaklands College

An International University with campuses in London, UAE and Europe

Housing management service

M & Co Ltd (MacKays Stores)

Ocado Operating Limited

Aurora Lighting

The Buxton Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting client with a High Court case related to the termination of contract by the client's caterer.
  • Assisting client with a libel claim concerning defamatory comments on Facebook of which the client was object.
  • Acting for client as claimant in multiple IP claims.
  • Acting for client in relation to a dispute with a UK Plc that has been licensed to develop and construct a new gas storage facility in Northern Ireland. .
  • Assisted client with a claim against a joint venture partner.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP’s litigation practice has a far-reaching international scope and handles complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters with a focus on Russia, Ukraine and the CIS, China, North America and French-speaking countries. In the UK, the practice is best known for its expertise in the recruitment sector. Major fraud, financial services-related investigations, franchising, retail and banking-related litigation, debt recovery and insolvency, white collar crime and asset finance litigation are other areas of strength. Paul Marmor heads the practice. Barney Laurence, who was made partner in March 2018, and CIS specialist Marta Grieve are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Paul Marmor

Other key lawyers:Barney Laurence; Marta Grieve

Testimonials

'They have an international outlook with particular experience with dealing with Russian clients and familiarity with cross border business'.

'An excellent no nonsense firm which really understands business and how to handle complex and testing fraud and litigation matters'.

'Sherrards has an excellent litigation team led by Paul Marmor'.

'They provide advisory and litigation services of a quality similar to the services of the Tier 1 City and West End law firms, but at a fraction of the cost'.

'Paul Marmor is a star litigator. He is a master strategist and seeks to anticipate what the other side will do for the next move, and the move after that'.

'Paul Marmor is excellent in multi-jurisdictional litigation and appreciates how moves in one jurisdiction may impact on the proceedings and strategy in other jurisdictions'.

'Paul Marmor and Barney Laurence get on top of complex subject matters rapidly and diligently'.

Key Clients

Habibsons Bank

Aurora Leasing Limited

Berry Recruitment

Cambria Automobiles Limited

Lauralu UK Limited

Villa Plus

Menkind UK Limited

Muffin Break

Winkworth Estates & Lettings

Ward Thomas Removals Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a foreign construction group which has been defrauded in the UK in a very high-value fraud claim.
  • Acted for a company supporting the firm's US counterpart law firm in arbitration proceedings in the High Court in London, in an attempt to prevent further litigation in the US and to prevent the other side from suppressing or preventing full disclosure.

Debenhams Ottaway’s team has strong expertise in contentious insolvency, professional negligence and IP disputes. Cases from the technology and construction areas are on the rise. The practice is headed by insolvency expert Luke Harrison. Juliet Schalker is the name to note for professional negligence work, while senior associate Rosie Patterson is recommended for her experience in patent disputes, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.

Practice head(s):Luke Harrison

Other key lawyers:Juliet Schalker; Rosie Patterson

Key Clients

Pret a Manger

Fairgate Development Ltd

Grant Thornton

Griffins Insolvency Practitioners

Moore Stephens LLP

The Chartered Institute of Marketing

F&M Investments Ltd

Menzies LLP

Valentine & Co

Scheidt & Bachmann

Portas Agency Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted client with the defence of a £1.7m claim for damages arising from alleged wrongful termination of a project manager’s contract on a North London development.
  • Assisting client with the defence of a claim by an  investment group relating to investments by two of its VCTs.
  • Assisting one of the big 6 accountancy practices in an office holder claim against a cosmetics distributor for £1.22m arising out of transactions at an undervalue.

  • Assisting client with two streams of litigation arising out of the administration of NJM Clothing.
  • Acting for husband and wife migrants in a defamation and harassment claim against three National press groups following the publication of more than 25 untrue and inaccurate articles in the wake of the Brexit vote.

EMW Law LLP’s dispute resolution practice covers a wide spectrum of contentious work, including property, landlord and tenant, contract, negligence, IP, warranty claims, shareholder disputes, contentious probate and insolvency and restructuring matters. The client portfolio includes prestigious names from the banking, sport, food, retail, construction, education and renewable energy sectors. The practice is headed by Damon Watt. Karen Young and Charles Clay are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):Damon Watt

Other key lawyers:Karen Young; Charles Clay

Key Clients

National Accident Helpline

MK Dons

Roots’ Reggae Reggae Sauce Limited

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club

Northampton Rugby Football Club

Rangemaster Precision Arms Limited

Santander UK Plc

Monarch

Rightmove

AIB Group (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as an independent solicitor in a £6m claim on behalf of solicitors in order to ensure that the defendants (individuals in High Court litigation) comply with the disclosure obligations placed upon them in accordance with a Deed of Settlement.
  • Assisting client with a claim for breach of contract.
  • Advised the client's shareholders on a dispute with a director.
  • Assisted client against a claim brought by a customer for an alleged failure to comply with a subject access request under section 7 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Assisted client with a claim against their document management systems provider following a dispute relating to license payments.

Freeths LLP has a nationwide reputation for its experience in the drinks and leisure sectors. Logistics is another key area, with Luton airport as a longstanding client. The team is well versed in complex multi-party disputes, working side by side with the property litigation team in Milton Keynes and relying on the support of a large pool of litigators at the national level. Simon Hobbs heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Hobbs

Key Clients

London Luton Airport

TNT / Fedex

ID Medical Ltd

Hologic Group

Diversey Ltd

Sealed Air Ltd

Work highlights

  • Longstanding dispute surrounding the value and rights in a family business.
  • Claim for breach of contract, defamation and harassment.
  • 3 disputes over failure to pay invoices.

Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP’s dispute resolution and litigation practice specialises in commercial property disputes, distribution and agency agreements, debt collection and director, shareholder and partnership disputes. Its work includes dealing with injunctions and freezing orders and work in areas such as insolvency, international trade and  IT and e-commerce. Practice head Kenneth Stangoe, Trevor Coward, Guy Brooks and  Richard Millard are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Kenneth Stangoe

Other key lawyers:Trevor Coward; Guy Brooks; Richard Millard

Key Clients

Jo Rolls of Opus LLP the Liquidator of Jeremy D Stone Consultants Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting client and other creditors of the SEWL Ponzi fraud, which involved £78m, with a loss suffered of £23.6m.

Blaser Mills Law’s litigation department has specialist industry knowledge of consumables, including sterile products, disability aids, home care, catering equipment and agricultural feedstuff. Practice head Alka Kharbanda is well versed in contractual disputes, civil fraud, professional negligence and contentious probate, as well as in GDPR-related matters. Jackie Ray specialises in debt recovery. Commercial litigator Gary Braathen is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Alka Kharbanda

Other key lawyers:Jackie Ray; Gary Braathen

Testimonials

'Blaser Mills has excellent strength and depth across their team, with a very impressive client list'.

'Jackie Ray is an excellent client-focused lawyer who is a delight to work with'.

'Gary Braathen is an excellent lawyer and great tactician'.

Key Clients

C F Services

First Collect International Ltd

Bunzl UK Ltd

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

THX Ltd

Correco Ltd

GRS Roadstone Ltd

Fraikin Assets

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client with an adjudication issued in the name of an insolvent company against a defendant for failure to pay monies due under the terms of a construction contract.
  • Assisted the client with the recovery of cost of fine wine that had been stored incorrectly and spoiled.
  • Assisting client with cross-border claim they issued in relation to covering security service charges incurred in a gated community in South Carolina.
  • The practice head obtained a freezing injunction to protect the client's agreed fee.
  • Assisted client with a dispute concerning stock supplied by the client to a petrol forecourt shop.

Machins Solicitors LLP’s commercial litigation practice is based in Luton and is headed by Neil O’Callaghan. The team members regularly work in the High Court, Court of Appeal, County Courts, First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber and Upper Tribunal. Areas of expertise include insolvency, property litigation and contentious probate. Senior assistant solicitor Janice Young is another key contact.

Practice head(s):Neil O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Janice Young

Testimonials

'Strong local practice, excellent value for money'.

'The team has great capability'.

'Neil O'Callaghan is very calm and sensible, and a very experienced litigator'.

'Janice Young is well qualified and very helpful'.

Shoosmiths LLP’s commercial litigation team specialises in financial service recoveries and regulation, insolvency, enforcement of guarantees and mortgages, commercial disputes and shareholder/partnership disputes. The Milton Keynes office works in close connection with a pool of over 250 lawyers at the national level. Practice head Stuart Montgomery is an expert in commercial lending and recoveries work, with a focus on the enforcement of security documents.

Practice head(s):Stuart Montgomery

Key Clients

Ikea

Yougov Plc

Valpak

Alix Partners

The Open University

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on proceedings against a British company in a dispute regarding surveillance equipment destined for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
  • Acting for the HB Fuller group companies in UK, France, Germany, Italy and China in a claim against a UK manufacturer for breach of contract and negligence.
  • Advising the client as supervisor of a company in CVA on a contingent claim by a creditor valued at £2 million.

Taylor Walton LLP offers a full range of dispute resolution services to clients, catering for both companies and private individuals and specialising in commercial litigation, property litigation and contentious probate. The practice is headed by James Carpenter, who is an expert in professional negligence claims, contract disputes, consumer claims, defamation, shareholder disputes and civil fraud. Tracey Harris is recommended for her expertise in employment litigation and contentious probate claims. Saljuq Haider is another name to note.

Practice head(s):James Carpenter

Other key lawyers:Tracey Harris; Saljuq Haider

Tees Law’s litigation department has growing expertise in regulatory breaches, agricultural work and defamation. The team works in close connection with other departments to handle disputes related to takeovers and acquisitions and partnership and company contentious matters. Darren Perks heads the practice. Caroline Metcalf, Justin Robinson and Royston-based senior associate Polly Kerr are also recommended. The practice merged with Essex-based Wortley Byers LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Darren Perks

Other key lawyers:Caroline Metcalf; Justin Robinson; Polly Kerr

Testimonials

'I find Tees extremely approachable and the partners immediately responsive to the issue at hand'.

'What makes this firm unique is that it has the feel of a small family firm whilst being able to draw on the resources of a large firm. For them no job is too small or too large'.

'Tees has a real strength in dealing with highly contentious cases, where its non-nonsense approach tends to be reflected in the high quality of the results it provides to its clients'.

'Our experiences of all aspects have been excellent'.

'Darren Perks is extremely capable of dealing with difficult cases with a client friendly but also resolutely commercial attitude'.

'Caroline Metcalfe is a born fighter'.

'I will never regret getting Caroline Metcalf on my side'.

'Justin Robinson stands out because of his clear, common sense commercial judgement'.

'I have had the pleasure of dealing with Polly Kerr, an excellent experience'.

'We received a first class personal service from Sarah Stanyer. She always makes us feel like we matter and her advice to date on every matter she has dealt with has been first class and to the point.'

Key Clients

Greene King

Fuller Smith & Turner

Turners of Soham

Bishop’s Stortford College

Strutt and Parker Farms

Price Bailey

Stansted Airport Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Newhall Projects Limited

Spicer Haart

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimants against the defendant, which had been engaged to advance a loss and expense claim arising out of works that had been carried out for the benefit of a third party.
  • Assisted client with a dispute concerning the supply of alcoholic beverages for sale at a World Championship sporting event in the North of England.
  • Assisted client with a contested claim against her landlord for an Agricultural Holdings Act Tenancy 1986 following the death of her husband.
  • Assisted client with a matter related to damage caused by tree roots.
  • Assisted client with a dispute involving the forced sale of licensed premises in the West Midlands.

The Harrow-based dispute resolution and litigation team at Harold Benjamin is particularly well versed in property litigation and deals with commercial litigation, insolvency, real estate, employment and estates disputes. The practice head is Jonathan Mahony, who focuses on hotel and construction work. Jeremy Lederman and senior associate Alim Shariff are other key litigators.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Mahony

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Lederman; Alim Shariff 

Testimonials

'Strengths are response times, expert knowledge, direct and easy accessibility to qualified resources'.

'The lawyers have successfully married professionalism with being pragmatic and approachable'.

'Alim Shariff and Jon Mahony are extremely attentive. In real terms, no client question is too simple, or irrelevant for them'.

 

Key Clients

Michael Wolf

Chill & Relax Ltd

Global Steel Holdings & Mr Pramod Lakshmi

USA Fashion (UK) Ltd

Lionwalk Ltd

Sivakumar

Thorntons

Work highlights

  • Acting for the appellant in a Court of Appeal matter concerning the  law of contract and torts of conspiracy.
  • Assisted the client with opposing a claim concerning a commercial lease for damages in trespass to achieve forfeiture of lease.
  • Assisting defendants with an application for summary judgment without trial.
  • Assisted th client with a Queen’s Bench Division case concerning fraudulent receipts for payment of money.
  • Assisted applicants with a boundary dispute involving two former Council properties.

The dispute resolution practice at Longmores Solicitors LLP has in-depth experience in commercial litigation, property litigation and contentious probate. The team is also well versed in injunctions and other emergency remedies. Recruitment and property management are key industry sectors. Practice head John Wiblin and senior solicitor John Wagstaffe are the names to note.

Practice head(s):John Wiblin

Other key lawyers:John Wagstaffe

Testimonials

'Reliable local firm, with very good subject knowledge'.

'Longmores are small enough to provide a partner-led service to clients, and large enough to maintain specialist expertise in a broad range of legal areas'.

'John Wiblin has not only expertise in law but also a commercially pragmatic approach'.

'John Wagstaffe is an superb lawyer. He is genuinely interested in his work, someone who takes time to think through his intended actions, intellectually very capable and a pleasure to discuss cases with'.

'John Wagstaffe is excellent. His subject knowledge is excellent, he gets to the point quickly and deals with our work succinctly. He has produced some excellent work and results for us'.

Key Clients

Independent Clinical Services Group of companies including Accident & Emergency Agency Limited, Pulse Staffing Limited, Maxxima Limited, Pulse Healthcare Limited, General Medicine Group, Frontline Staffing Limited, Thornbury Nursing Services Limited, Health Personnel Solutions Limited, and others

James Taylor Group including James Taylor Construction Limited

Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited

Datum Shopfitting Co (London) Limited

Hertford Planning Services

MCP Property Services Limited

Paradise Wildlife Park

Online 50 Limited

Victory Place Management Company Limited

Integraspec ICF Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending client against an unfair prejudice petition and a Part 7 declaratory relief claim regarding the shareholding of a family company and title to land.
  • Assisting client with attempt to recover monies from bank after funds were fraudulently transferred out of the client’s account.
  • Acting for a company and one shareholder in dispute with another shareholder seeking the return of his investment in the company.
  • Assisting client with  a council tax band dispute following the construction of several new housing blocks.
  • Assisted client with a dispute regarding its policy on consent for lessees to keep pets in flats.

Nockolds Solicitors’ commercial and property litigation team handles complex High Court litigation, focusing on breach of contact claims, product liability claims, professional negligence, restrictive covenants, IP, insolvency and distribution agreement disputes. The client portfolio includes PLCs, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. The practice is headed by Daniel Winter. Associates Sam Cook, Lucy Slatter and George Burton are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Daniel Winter

Other key lawyers:Sam Cook; Lucy Slatter; George Burton

Testimonials

'A friendly, approachable and hard-working team, which always have a good relationship with their clients and counsel alike'.

'Good regional firm that punches above its weight in commercial litigation'.

'They have interesting work and are commercially minded in their approach to cases'.

'Sam Cook is smart and a good strategic thinker'.

'Lucy Slatter is really pleasant to work with and willing to go above and beyond for her clients'.

'George Burton is robust and astute in his advice and very good with clients'.

 

Key Clients

Weston Homes Plc

Fairview New Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in defending a claim for breach of an exclusive distribution Agreement valued at approximately £200,000.
  • Acting for client in a dispute over the proceeds of a joint venture for the development of a block of flats and 12 houses.
  • Assisting client with a claim and ombudsman complaint against a SIPP provider for losses arising from investments in illiquid products.
  • Advising client on a petition to wind up a company on the basis that the company is unable to pay its debts as they fall due.
  • Acted for client in a claim against a contractor for unpaid invoices pursuant to a construction contract.


Commercial litigation: Essex

Index of tables

  1. Commercial litigation: Essex
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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    • Marie Batchelor - Birketts LLP
    • Duncan Bennington - Jefferies Essex LLP

The 'pragmatic and sensible' commercial litigation team at Birkett Long LLP advises on a wide range of commercial litigation, negligence, and IP matters across a variety of industry sectors. The firm provides 'sensible and realistic advice' to its corporate clients and is routinely instructed on high-value and complex dispute claims. Chelmsford-based Peter Allen and Keith Songhurst are recommended for their deep insight in contractual disputes and property litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan; Keith Songhurst

Other key lawyers:Peter Allen

Testimonials

'Keith Songhurst is very amiable and has consistently given clear well-thought-out advice, which has resulted in matters being satisfactorily resolved.'

'Peter Allen has provided excellent advice and counsel in a number of commercial disputes; he is quick to understand the commerciality of the situation and control the process to an efficient conclusion and resolution.'

Key Clients

Valeo Group of Companies

Flakt Woods

BEW Electrical Distributors

Colchester Institute

Wernick Hire

Countrywide Estate Agents

Navigator Terminals Thames

Work highlights

  • Handled  a breach of warranty claim arising from the sale of shares by the clients in their company. The claim was originally stated to be worth over £35m.
  • Represented the claimants in a claim against an approved building inspector.
  • Undertook advisory work in connection with the client’s eligibility for entrepreneur’s relief; losses of at least £800,000.
  • Acting for a client in a proposed professional negligence action against their accountants, relating to advice and assistance in connection with a restructuring of their company.

The 'first-class' litigation team at Birketts LLP provides its clients with the full range of services and has sector specialisms in maritime, defence, education and public law matters. Led by Daden Hunt, stands out in particular for its international reach. Marie Batchelor is the name to note for contentious probate work, and Matthew Weston is recommended for his expertise in insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Daden Hunt

Other key lawyers:Marie Batchelor; Matthew Weston

Testimonials

'Daden Hunt and his team have been exceptional in handling our legal requirements, and certainly, stand out against other legal teams used in the past.'

'Daden Hunt has been the perfect recommendation for us. We can honestly say that we have had a first-class service at all time with honest professional advice, together with an excellent backup from his team when necessary.'

Key Clients

Elektron Technology

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP's litigation practice group acts on the full range of litigation matters, and has additional niche expertise in sports and media related litigation. Overseen by practice head Bushra Elzubeir, who joined from Pinney Talfourd LLP, the team is skilled in litigating across borders for a variety of sector-specific clients. Tony Fisher has expertise in contractual disputes and Jason Torrance is well versed in ADR.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Tony Fisher; Jason Torrance

The 'super-commercial' litigation practice at Jefferies Essex LLP provides clients with a seamless blend of services which is strengthened by cross-team expertise. Led by 'commercially savvy' Mark Rothman and Sarah Mitchell who is described as a 'formidable asset in any piece of litigation', the team has been instructed in numerous high-value claims, a recent example of which involved complex tax litigation against HMRC. Duncan Bennington is rated for his handling of high-value insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Rothman; Sarah Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Duncan Bennington

Testimonials

'The team at Jefferies is a real powerhouse of litigators which has developed over time.'

'This practice has a unique ability to approach clients in a calm, proactive and determined manner. They are rooted in compassion, honesty, and integrity.'

'Sarah Mitchell continues to be outstanding. Her quiet, calm, friendly manner, supported by an amazing work ethic, experience level, and determination to achieve success for her clients is only matched by her approachable and open manner.'

Key Clients

New Dawn Tax Partnership

AJ Chambers Recruitment

Vape and Juice Limited

Pinney Talfourd LLP fields a 'first class' litigation team led by 'standout individual' Nick Hatchett, who joined the team from Wortley Byers. The team has expertise in an array of private litigation services, property disputes, employment, and contentious probate matters. Hatchett acts for a blend of private and commercial clients, including multiple European financial institutions. Hornchurch-based Stephen Eccles is the overall head of the team and is recommended for his expertise in property litigation.

Practice head(s):Nick Hatchett; Stephen Eccles

Testimonials

'Nick Hatchett is knowledgeable, approachable and a delight to work with; he gets his results through good argument and logic.'

'Nick Hatchett embodies every quality of a good litigator. He robustly advises clients and does not simply tell them what they want to hear in the way that so many solicitors do.'

'This a team of very good litigation solicitors. They correctly analyse the likely outcome of cases and get the law right.'

Key Clients

Bank of Cyprus

Charles Cross London

Charterhouse

FRP Advisory

Smallwood Architects

W Robinson & Sons

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bank of Cyprus in various matters in relation to asset tracing, recovery and enforcement, for loans made in Cyprus up to and in excess of €2m.
  • Acting for the proprietor of industrial land in a dispute of a historic nature and in relation to trespass and adverse possession.
  • Acting in the recovery of a payment of £90,000 from Barclays Bank after the sum was paid into a frozen account.
  • Acting in the recovery of payments made by an insolvent company in relation to an alleged loan made prior to liquidation.
  • Representing the trustee in bankruptcy in relation to a dispute regarding a loan made to the bankrupt by a company that became insolvent, and which the bankrupt was formerly a director of.

Rainer Hughes' boutique litigation team is proficient in handling matters for wholesale alcohol companies in what are often high-value matters related to tax. Key figures in the team include the 'professional, commercial and pragmatic' Sanjay Panesar, and Anita Punpher, who is noted for her expertise in tax and criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):Anita Punpher; Sanjay Panesar

Testimonials

'Anita Punpher is a pleasure to work with. She really gets to the heart of the issues and is not unsettled easily in the often rough and tumble world of litigation.'

'The firm does not shy away from taking on difficult assignments. The partners are hands-on and have a very nice and professional manner.'

Key Clients

Gardner Shaw London

Hare Wines Limited

'Completely on top of its game', the commercial department at BTMK Solicitors impresses clients and counsel alike in employment-related issues, high-value property litigation relating to developments and contested land, and contract matters. Joint practice heads Adam Fleming and Fiona Mcanaw have experience advising private clients on medium-value liability claims, and managing partner Nitin Khandhia has over 15 years of litigation experience and has represented a roster of corporate clients.

Practice head(s):Adam Fleming; Fiona Mcanaw

Other key lawyers:Nitin Khandhia

Testimonials

'Adam Fleming is a pleasure to work with; he is attuned to the clients' needs and deals with cases in an astute and commercially sensible way.'

'Nothing seems too much trouble for the team at BTMK. The clients get great service from highly experienced litigators who have strength in depth so there is always good cover from the smallest to the biggest problem.'

Key Clients

Waymade

UHY Hacker Young

Begbies Traynor

Dorgan Estates

Fairfield BMW

FRP Advisory

Ellisons Solicitors' litigation practice has significant experience in commercial litigation matters, including banking litigation and contentious probate. Key contact Lee Pearce continues to act for a long-standing client the Defence Infrastructure Organisation in property litigation matters concerning possession claims. The insolvency practice within the practice group has been strengthened by the addition of experienced litigator Hayley Songhurst, who joined from Birkett Long LLP. Scott Porter was recently made partner and is 'renowned for his insolvency work', Ceri Rogers is recommended for probate, and Graeme Wallington is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):Lee Pearce; Graeme Wallington

Other key lawyers:Scott Porter; Ceri Rogers

Testimonials

'Graeme Wallington is a very experienced senior partner at the firm and is always fully appraised of the matters in the case and carefully considers the next steps required in legal proceedings.'

'Ceri Rogers is great to work with. She puts clients at ease and ensures that cases are very well prepared for trial.'

'The team grapples with the legal and evidential merits of the dispute at an early stage and client expectations are managed accordingly.'

'The team keeps well on top of the litigation process, and the litigation costs are as a result accurately forecasted and kept under control.'

Key Clients

AIB Group

H R Owen PLC

Gray Dawes Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a bank in defending a claim for a consequential loss from mis-selling of hedging products.
  • Acting for an insurance underwriting company in professional negligence claims against solicitors and architects/surveyors arising out of the purchase of land for the development of a new office.
  • Represented executors and beneficiary of an estate against an Inheritance Act claim by the deceased’s wife.
  • Acting in a series of possession claims against military personnel.

The commercial litigation practice at Mullis & Peake LLP is noted for producing 'storming results' and is led by the 'tactical and very shrewd' Manzurul Islam. The team has experience in high-value construction disputes, and Senior Associate Holly Minney has a focus on property litigation and complex business disputes.

Practice head(s):Manzurul Islam

Other key lawyers:Holly Minney

Testimonials

'Manzurul Islam is the team's standout lawyer. Sometimes it is as if he knows what the other side is going to do before they do it.'

'One of Manzurul Islam's key strengths is that he really understands people and business, rather than just the law; he definitely gets it, and is a real asset to the firm.'

Led by 'impeccable' Luke Morgan, the team at Palmers advises clients on a range of litigation and mediation matters, including complex business disputes, intellectual property, and corporate insolvency matters. Morgan is proficient in managing multimillion-pound commercial litigation matters in a range of industry sectors such as housing and financial services. Associate Carla Jones has expertise in insolvency and debt recovery.

Practice head(s):Luke Morgan

Testimonials

'Luke Morgan guides clients in a calm and positive manner and provides many more options on how they can obtain a better result. He has been able to secure a result that one would have not deemed possible.'

Tees Law's 'sharp, commercially focused' litigation department is led by Darren Perks, and has been enhanced by the recruitment of John Fawcett from Birkett Long LLP and Harriet Brice from Ellisons Solicitors. The team has a comprehensive practice that covers property, insolvency, contentious probate and contractual claims. Katie Latham has been instructed by a number of high-profile retail companies on injunction obtainment work.

Practice head(s):Darren Perks

Other key lawyers:David Perry; John Fawcett; Harriet Brice; Katie Latham

Testimonials

'I have been very impressed by the level of professionalism shown by Tees. While the team is on top of the technical legal aspects of their cases, they never lose sight of the pragmatic outcomes their clients are seeking.'

'John Fawcett is an engaging, charismatic individual who inspires real client confidence. He has a real nose for strategy and never misses a trick.'

'Harriet Brice has shown professionalism and a high level of legal knowledge throughout and has provided detailed and sensible advice when faced with difficulties from the other side throughout the process. I would highly recommend her.'

Key Clients

Begbies Traynor LLP

National Business Crime Solutions

WDP Group

Verex Group

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors commercial practice group handles mainly landlord and tenant disputes, debt recovery and building litigation matters. Practice head Leanne Philp specialises in matters concerning contentious wills and probate, breach of contract claims and building disputes.

Practice head(s):Leanne Philp

The commercial litigation team at Paul Robinson Solicitors LLP acts for corporations, private individuals and financial institutions on a range of work including joint venture disputes, shareholder, and contract dispute matters. Practice head Fiona Colwell also has a focus on non-contentious work and has experience advising on significant cross-border issues. The firm is expanding its geographic reach, having recently opened an office in London.

Practice head(s):Fiona Colwell

Thompson Smith and Puxon is led by seasoned litigator Sharon Auton and focuses on private litigation matters including contract disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, construction claims, and contentious probate matters, the last of which is an especially strong generator of work. Judith Winward specialises in residential lease matters and commercial property disputes. Auton and Winward have recently been instructed on an international damages case which resulted in a favourable outcome for the client.

Practice head(s):Sharon Auton

Other key lawyers:Judith Winward


Commercial litigation: Hampshire

Index of tables

  1. Commercial litigation: Hampshire
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Blake Morgan LLP's commercial litigation team focuses on the healthcare, IT, manufacturing and retail sectors, where it advises public and private sector entities alike. Practice head Jill Bainbridge is the name to note for complex IP disputes and has significant experience of working on cross-border matters. Susie Dryden, who 'picks out the key issues and gets to the heart of the matter', has a longstanding role as intervention agent for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Legal director Michael Colledge joined from Russell-Cooke LLP.

Practice head(s):Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:Susie Dryden; Ben Evans; Dan Geddes

Testimonials

'A friendly and approachable team that works well with in-house lawyers'.

'Deeply experienced and highly committed'.

'Jill Bainbridge is a stand-out partner and expert in her field. She is great with clients and always ready to discuss and progress the matter at hand'.

'Ben Evans is excellent, helpful, knowledgeable and approachable'.

'Dan Geddes succeeds in 'boiling down' his advice into clear options and a recommendation. This makes it far more straightforward for us to make the best decision and get on with running the business'.

Key Clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

NHS England

Kerry Foods

CSC Computer Sciences

Lendy

DAS

Cigna

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Bainbridge International

IBM UK

Work highlights

  • Representing NHS England in a judicial review challenge by a provider of screening services claiming that commissioned services cannot deviate from  service specification.
  • Acted for Ace Hosting as defendant in a multi-media and copyright infringement claim regarding streaming of content.
  • Representing Shard Financial Medial as claimant in an IP professional negligence claim.
  • Advising Sutton and East Surrey Water on issues ranging from contracts and negligence to IP.
  • Advising Sail Week Croatia on a longrunning dispute with a competitor in both UK and EU IPO proceedings.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's commercial dispute resolution practice takes a 'no-nonsense and hands-on approach'. In addition to having a full-service litigation offering, the firm has a specialist arbitration arm, which features in high-value international arbitrations. The retail industry is an area of activity for the team, as are the media, technology and manufacturing sectors. Ian Newcombe is a specialist in the energy sector. Gavin Matthews leads the firm's retail focus group and is recommended for trading disputes. Andrew Parsons is an expert in data protection and IT issues.

Practice head(s):Tom Beezer

Other key lawyers:Ian Newcombe; Andrew Parsons; Gavin Matthews; Rosie Gaisford

Testimonials

'The team's knowledgeable lawyers offer pragmatic advice and understand in-house dynamics and requirements'

'A no-nonsense and hands-on approach is accompanied by a strong eye for detail'

'Truly understand the client's business needs'

'Ian Newcombe offers a pragmatic perspective on a variety of commercial issues; his advice is never purely theoretical and is risk-sensitive'

'Ian Newcombe and Andy Parsons are very impressive'

Key Clients

Centrica

British Gas

Post Office

New Look

B&Q and the wider Kingfisher Group

Sunseeker

DS Smith

Carnival

Babcock

AIG

Old Mutual

Work highlights

  • Defending Post Office against a group action brought by over 500 claimants alleging that the client's IT accounting system, Horizon, is defective.  
  • Acting for Endeavour Energy in a £9m dispute with its joint venture partner Hess concerning which company is liable for paying the costs of a rig undertaking decommissioning works in the North Sea.
  • Acting for Old Mutual International in the recovery of a loan of over £1m lent to Thomas Fewtrell and International Financial Services.

IT and technology-related disputes are major growth areas for Coffin Mew LLP; the firm handles a significant number of multijurisdictional trade mark infringement cases, passing-off claims and domain name disputes in this space. With the firm being able to work across offices, the 'highly motivated and committed' Southampton team regularly handles construction and property disputes originated elsewhere. Team head Ian Dawes specialises in European and international disputes.

Practice head(s):Ian Dawes

Other key lawyers:Emma Stevens

Key Clients

KP Snacks

E-Crunch

Saxlund International

Imperial Car Supermarkets

The British Society of Echocariography

Hungry House Holdings

James Hay Partnership

JDI

Curtis Banks

TRL

Irwin Mitchell, which is highly active in matters with a cross-border component, is highly regarded by high net worth individuals, multinational companies and other household name clients. It has a notable focus on the sports, media, manufacturing, technology and financial services sectors. Hannah Clipston is an expert in breach of contract cases and associated complex tortious matters, with an industry specialism in sport and leisure. Associate Stephanie Reeves is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:Rob Coleridge; Stephanie Reeves

Testimonials

'The team were very dedicated and went the extra mile to ensure a successful outcome'.

'Simply excellent service'.

'Stephanie Reeves is thorough and thoughtful'.

'Stephanie Reeves negotiates in a calm and authoritative manner; her tenacity was vital to our success'.

Key Clients

Topcon GB

Id Verde UK

Work highlights

  • Supported a US owned technology company with a multi-million pound complex breach of confidence claim in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales.
  • Acting for a limited company in respect of a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional contractual dispute.
  • Acted for a limited company in respect of a difficult shareholder dispute involving allegations of underpaid dividends by the Company in excess of £1.6m by an individual shareholder.
  • Acting for a large group of companies in relation to their dispute risk management issues and strategies on an ongoing basis.
  • Acting for a limited company in relation to various claims brought against it by a former officer.

Paris Smith LLP has had a significant increase in debt recovery mandates recently, with the firm having added a number of new asset-based lenders to its client roster. Another key growth area has been recruitment sector work; the firm acts for over 140 recruitment agencies. Team head Christopher Holliss has extensive experience of complex commercial litigation at the High Court. Former Slater Heelis LLP litigation head Helen Brown joined the firm in January 2019.

Practice head(s):David Eminton (head of department and head of property litigation); Christopher Holliss (head of commercial litigation); Mike Pavitt (head of insolvency); Cliff Morris (head of regulatory litigation); Jason Oliver (head of contentious tax and probate)

Other key lawyers:Nicola Davies; Christina Spiers

Key Clients

ABP (Port of Southampton)

Corporate Asset Solutions

Neyland Yacht Haven

Halo Corporate Finance

Quba Solutions

Clipper Contracting

Interbay Funding

The Co-Operative Group

Gattaca

Smith & Williamson

Mazars

Clydesdale Properties

Collas Crill (Jersey)

Draper Tools

Work highlights

  • Advised Gattaca on the pursuit of a disputed claim against a defendant company in Singapore with a quantum exceeding £120k.
  • Assisted Neyland Yatch Haven with an appeal to the Welsh Minister to overturn Natural Resources Wales' strict conditions that are imposed on the client's marine dredging licences.  
  • Instructed by Corporate Asset Solutions to pursue corporate guarantors in the Republic of Ireland following the termination of a Master Lease Agreement.
  • Successfully acted on behalf of a multinational recruitment agency in an action threatened by an outgoing board member and shareholder for alleged breaches of a consultancy agreement and unfair prejudice.
  • Represented Quba in a dispute with a groundwork and construction company regarding works carried out by Quba's client.

Shoosmiths LLP's risk and litigation services team was strengthened by the arrival of associate (and contentious insolvency specialist) Shelley White from Paris Smith LLP in November 2018. A large number of the group's contentious commercial mandates arise from the technology and financial services sectors. The automotive industry is another area of strength; managing associate Jonathan Smart  has a longstanding reputation in this space. Also notable is that the firm has a niche in high-value international civil fraud and conspiracy cases.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Smart

Other key lawyers:Shelley White; Luke Coleborn; Ian Nobbs; Steven Eastley; Jade Souch

Testimonials

'The team are straight to the point and respond in a timely manner'.

'Very knowledgeable and always willing to assist'.

'Jonathan Smart and Harry Warren provide an incredible service'.

'Jonathan Smart is my go-to person; he is straight to the point and responsive'.

'Solicitor Luke Coleborn is confident and communicative'.

Key Clients

Volkswagen Group

IKEA

Thomas Cook Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Honda Motor Europe

Peugeot Citroen

The White Company

British American Tobacco

GAME

Hewlett Packard

Screwfix

Ann Summers

British Car Auctions

Associated British Foods

Hays Recruitment

RAC

Ducati

Opus Energy

MG Motors

Travelopia

Veolia

Schindler Lifts

ABN Amro

Work highlights

  • Acting for a leading insurance company in the defence of a £40 million claim alleging bribery, fraud and corruption claims at the High Court Commercial Court which arose from the bribery of a South Korean government official.
  • Representing a leading PLC in its $22 million claim against a leading US technology company related to a business-critical loss of data.
  • Acting for a leading software company in a £56 million IT dispute with IBM.
  • Representing a leading mobile network operator in pursuing £2.3m in damages from a rival network operator.
  • Defending a leading car manufacturer against a £1m multijurisdictional breach of contract claim.

A cornerstone of BDB Pitmans' practice involves handling insurance litigation; the firm has niche technical expertise in subrogated property damage claims for insurers, and it is also active in fraudulent insurance claims. Elsewhere, the team also regularly works on contentious commercial property matters and professional negligence cases. Insolvency litigation expert Rick Munro is the practice head. Alan Davies has more than 35 years of litigation experience.

Practice head(s):Rick Munro

Other key lawyers:Alan Davies; Claire Collings; Sylvia Yendall

Key Clients

SAGA

Covéa Insurance

Red Funnel Group

HCR

Mildren Construction

Merlin Accessories

CPJ Field & Co

Mears Group

Freightliner

Premier Marinas

Generali

Kubrick Group

Work highlights

  • Represented SAGA as property insurer in a claim made against a statutory water undertaker arising from an escape of water causing a sinkhole to open up partly in the claimants’ driveway.
  • Acted for Generali as the insurers of an Italian hotel in a lawsuit relating to the claimant sustaining a fall in a guest bathroom.
  • Representing HCR in a possession claim concerning an agreement which purported to be a licence to occupy but was in fact an assured shorthold tenancy.
  • Acted for SAGA as property insurer in a claim against the neighbor of the claimants’ property for extensive damage  to the property by a fire caused by a discarded cigarette.
  • Represent Generali as the insurers of an Italian cycle manufacturer of a bicycle which was subject to a product recall.

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial disputes work includes complex contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, contested debt work, restrictive covenant disputes and professional negligence claims. Areas of sector expertise include retail and financial services. Greg Hughes acts for the likes of Sony, Bandai  and Wiggle. Hughes co-heads the practice with experienced solicitor advocate Owen Williams. Associate Cathy Harris is another key figure in the group.

Practice head(s):Owen Williams; Greg Hughes

Other key lawyers:Cathy Harris

Testimonials

'The team was friendly and truly passionate about understanding my business'.

Key Clients

Sony Europe

Wiggle

Bandai UK

Lendy

The Student Room Group

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Serocor Group

Peer 1

Onecom Group

Salhan Accountants

UK Land

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Sony Europe in contest contesting the wrongful seizure of the client's good by Brighton & Hove City Council from the premises of one of its franchised stores.
  • Defending Chambers Design & Build from a £50k contractual claim brought by Travis Perkins seeking payment of goods supplied on account.
  • Successfully acted for John Roffey as defendant in the strike out of a claim for the conversion of a premium Bentley car.
  • Acting for a leading British watch retailer in pursuing claims for breach of contract and breach of confidence against the client’s website provider.
  • Advising Marina Developments following the arrest of a vessel in its marina.

Rob Evans leads the commercial litigation department at Moore Blatch LLP. The team primarily handles commercial and IP-related disputes for larger SMEs, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurial private clients. Disputes arising from corporate transactions are a key area of expertise, specifically warranty claims and restrictive covenant disputes. Claire Haverfield is recommended.

Practice head(s):Rob Evans

Other key lawyers:Mark Osgood; Claire Haverfield; Andrew Reid; Marina Clinnick

Key Clients

Creation Flooring

Swiftime

Work highlights

  • Representing Creative Flooring in a contractual dispute arising from a joint enterprise with a national supplier of construction materials; the claim is worth over £3m.
  • Asssisted Swiftime with recovery of significant debt paid by the client to a property developer, where the property developer then suffered significant losses following the crash in 2008.

Having joined Trethowans LLP from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018, Karl Cameron now heads up the firm's commercial litigation department, which has a 'strong reputation in Hampshire'. It regular collaboration with the firm's corporate practice provides a steady flow of transaction-derived litigation. There has also been a notable increase in property litigation mandates. Elsewhere, the group works on construction disputes, professional negligence cases and contentious insolvency matters. Richard Cook is recommended for contract claims and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):Karl Cameron

Other key lawyers:Richard Cook

Testimonials

'What makes them different is the city experience they have at partner level combined with their approachability and and commercial common sense. They are my first port of call for referring clients when there is a conflict of interest'.

'Richard Cook is excellent and boasts extensive experience in the city and at national firms. He has a strong gut feel for the strength of a case and the right way to play it. He rarely, if ever, loses at trial. I refer conflicts to him with complete confidence'.

'The litigation team, headed by Richard Cook, has exemplary performance, solving issues in a timely and professional manner'.

Key Clients

Jewson

Industrial Cleaning &Equipment

GreatStar Europe

The Taylor Cocks Partnership

Ministry of Defence

VES Andover

4Com

Bacardi

Baker Perkins

Elliot Brothers

Work highlights

  • Acted for GreatStar Europe in a dispute with Edge Tools & Equipment over the alleged breach of a contract to source and supply JCB-branded blades and other tools.
  • Representing a Southampton-based taxi company in a defamation claim brought by a former shareholder.
  • Acting for a firm of insolvency consultants in two connected disputes concerning monies due in respect of professional fees.
  • Representing Halo Corporate Finance in issuing a claim against Design Venue  and Mr Moseley for breach of contract and fraud.
  • Acting for Berry Telecom Limited as a part 20 defendant/claimant to a claim by Salar and Mimosa Food for breach of contract.


Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Index of tables

  1. Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's Guildford team is hailed for being able to compete with City practices whilst maintaining a personal service and sensible costs. Whether advising large corporates or smaller businesses, Stephen Burns is especially highlighted for these qualities and Jamie Cartwright  is noted for his expertise in the TMT and automotive sectors. The team is home to a number of high-performing associates including  Charlotte Healy, Katy Ackroyd and Katie Bewick.

Practice head(s):Stephen Burns; Jamie Cartwright

Other key lawyers:Tom Plowman; Charlotte Healy; Katy Ackroyd; Katie Bewick

Testimonials

'The Guildford office has high-quality work and delivers a hard-hitting litigation service where needed.  Despite this the CRS is commercially minded and focused on the cost to the end client.  The team works seamlessly together, is very responsive and communicates well.'

'They have the ability to adapt and access a wide range of knowledge across a number of different people within the firm but still managing to balance this with a close relationship with one or two key members of the firm so that we know we always have someone to go to who supports us and knows our business.'

'CRS are comfortably able to take on the City firms in large and medium litigation matters. They give sensible and cost-effective advice.'

'Stephen Burns is responsive and hands-on as a partner. Katie Bewick is a very impressive junior associate.'

'Stephen Burns and Charlotte Healy have been exceptional in dealing with us. We are a small business, so cost is an issue for us and they have both managed to balance that incredibly well whilst providing sound legal advice. They have provided the right level of comfort that we are legally supported and their knowledge and understanding of the case is really good.'

'Steve Burns is to the point and articulate.  He gets to the heart of legal issues and puts unnecessary detail to one side.'

'Katy Ackroyd works incredibly hard and is very on the ball.'

Key Clients

Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep and Alfa Romeo

Infor

BCA/We Buy Any Car

Teletrac Navman

Swiss Post

Day Lewis plc

eToro Group

Wagamama

Walkers Chocolates

ITV

Work highlights

  • Advises Fiat Chrysler Group UK on a range of contentious matters, involving customers, dealerships or suppliers and including IP and employment issues.
  • Assists an array of healthcare sector clients regarding disputes including in the pharmacy, dental and GP sectors.
  • Acted for Michael Meakin in a long running case in which the High Court  handed down judgment in Loose v Lynn Shellfish (after the case was referred back to it from the Supreme Court).
  • Acting for a minority shareholder in a lengthy and complex family shareholder case in the High Court, involving a well-known cosmetics manufacturing company.

One of the largest regional teams, Stevens & Bolton LLP's disputes resolution group takes on large-scale litigation and international arbitration. It serves clients in myriad sectors and includes those that are USA-based. Its work also encompasses advising on commercial disputes in areas such as trading disputes, shareholder actions, fraud and negligence. Team head Sarah Murray  acts for well-known, international retail clients and Richard Mumford focuses on the aviation sector. Michael Frisby and Richard King provide a wealth of experience in both litigation and arbitration and Andrew Quick has expertise in professional negligence and franchising disputes.

Practice head(s):Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:Michael Frisby; Richard King; Andrew Quick; Richard Mumford; James Lister

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance plc

Gama Aviation plc

BOC

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus

TM Lewin

Syniverse

CBRE Managed Services

Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement

Diebold Nixdorf

TGI Friday

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gama Aviation, a private jet operator,  in High Court proceedings against its former owner and director, and companies controlled by him in a £500,000 claim. The matter, with an overall value of £7m, has been settled.
  • Acting for  CI Plus LLP in a High Court claim against German company IMPEXSAT GmbH for infringement of licence terms, breach of confidence, circumvention of technical devices applied to copyright works, trade mark infringement and passing off seeking injunctive and other relief including damages.
  • Acting for Hamandi Investments Limited, a multi-unit franchisee of Domino’s Pizza UK, in applying for and obtaining injunctions preventing the termination of franchise agreements.
  • Defending clients in an LCIA arbitration with a London seat in respect of claims arising from the sale of its interest in a media sales business to a US corporate.

asb law LLP  handles high court litigation, arbitrations, adjudication and judicial reviews and acts for both claimant and defendants. It handles conflicts ranging from breaches of contract, insurance and outsourcing disputes to professional negligence and counts major corporates among its clients. Jonathan Stevens and Lyndsey Ratcliffe take on large-scale disputes and 'first-rate tactician' Andrew Frake is noted for expertise in dealing with contract disputes, insolvency litigation, fraud and directors’ liabilities. Hannah Lunn has joined from Stevens & Bolton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Stevens

Other key lawyers:Lyndsey Ratcliffe; Nicola Billen; Andrew Frake; Simon Amos; James Parratt; Hannah Lunn   

Testimonials

'They are extremely client focused and innovative.'

'Andrew Frake is calm, pragmatic and easy to get along with. He is first rate at understanding clients' commercial and tactical objectives.'

'Andrew Frake is hugely experienced and adept at reading difficult opponents and situations.'

'James Parratt is patient and careful in his analysis; always on top of the issues.'

Key Clients

Travelopia

British Telecommunications plc

Trimulgherry Investments

Leonard F Jollye (Brookmans Park) Limited

Thistle Aviation

Freight Transport Association

Work highlights

  • Acting in relation to a claim for professional negligence against its former solicitors.
  • Acting on behalf of BT in a high court claim bought by 24 Seven Communications, valued at £6.5m.
  • Acting on behalf of three out of eleven defendants being pursued by St Vincent for damages and breach of trust, amongst other claims.
  • Defending a number of clients in an international breach of copyright claim.
  • Acting on a claim for monies under an asset purchase agreement against three defendants as warrantors.

'A first-rate team' at Cripps Pemberton Greenish  provides its UK and international clients with  comprehensive litigation and dispute resolution skills combined with deep sector experience in areas such as advertising and media, technology and a host of retail sectors. It also assists smaller business owners and individuals. 'Stand out' partner Ed Weeks , who 'inspires confidence', counts shareholder disputes and directors' duties in his expertise and Joanna Ford is highly rated for her handling of IT and technology contractual disputes and governance issues. Other team members include the well-rated Hannah Proctor, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs, and senior associates including Tom Bourne.

Practice head(s):Ed Weeks; Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:Joanna Ford; Hannah Proctor; Tom Bourne; Wil Charlesworth

Testimonials

'We've worked with the firm for many years. Consequently they know our business very well, they understand our culture, what's important to us and the way we work.'

'Cripps is a relatively small firm but punches above its weight. It is regularly involved in litigation in London, including some major litigation including one of the biggest fraud cases in the UK. It frequently acts for large international clients. Its lawyers have experience of work in City firms and abroad which allows it to give a serious offering to clients without the central London price tag.'

'It is a strong regional team with excellent experience and professionalism, dealing with complex matters effectively and efficiently. This team compares very favourably with other firms in the region. A first-rate team.'

'A particular quality is their skill in judging how to run litigation cost effectively.  The lawyers I have dealt with know when to do the work themselves and when to use counsel. They also know when to incur costs and when not to.'

'Ed Weeks is the stand out partner.  Very, very good at running litigation, judging how to take matters forward and knows a pretty good amount of black letter law himself.'

'Especially capable and experienced is Ed Weeks who heads the team and brings experience, ability and charm in equal measure to matters he deals with. He is excellent with clients and commands much (justified) confidence.'

'Will Charlesworth has been a highly capable and hard working assistant, well able to handle client matters.'

'Joanna Ford is smart, straightforward and approachable, with a strong commercial instinct.'

'Hannah Proctor was also very efficient, calm and knowledgeable on the litigation side of things.'

'Hannah Proctor impressed with her organisational skills and down-to-earth approach.'

Key Clients

Eurotunnel / The Channel Tunnel Group

University of Kent

Holiday Extras

The Wates Group

Hermes CMK

Shearwater Geoservices

Day Lewis Plc

Spink & Son

Remy Cointreau Plc

Panini Spa

Work highlights

  • Advising majority shareholders with regard to protecting their interests in a family-owned construction business, a matter valued at around £2m to £3m.
  • Acting for Angela Gulbenkian and FAPS-NET Limited, the defendants,  in relation to a claim for art fraud in connection with the sale of a Japanese sculpture worth $1.375m.
  • Acting for a company director defending a misfeasance claim which will likely be valued at over £1m.
  • Negotiating a complex settlement in a multi-party dispute in relation to government subsidies in the renewable energy sector, a matter valued at £6m.

DMH Stallard LLP is highlighted for its 'all-round capability and excellent value for money.' The 'excellent' Simon Elcock, who is appreciated for being 'very pragmatic, commercial and user friendly' heads the litigation and debt recovery practices and has broad experience across banking, commercial and professional negligence disputes. With 'excellent instincts' James Colvin is entrusted with a range of matters from shareholder disputes to fraud. Partners from Clive Lee and Kelly Mills through to the most junior team members such as Emma Pumfrey-Selman are all recognised for both their skills and client care abilities.

Practice head(s):Simon Elcock

Other key lawyers:James Colvin; Clive Lee; Jonathan Compton; Kelly Mills; Emma Pumfrey-Selman

Testimonials

'I have experience dealing with a number of their partners and associates and am aware of the general feedback on the team; they are excellent and an absolute pleasure to work with. The quality of work is very good and the team are extremely efficient.'

'They are a wonderful team who are a pleasure to work with and create a productive environment for working together and getting the best result for the client.'

'They made a stressful time for us less stressful with a pragmatic but firm approach. Knowledge of their subject matter and processes are all good. In hindsight, they got us a good result in a pragmatic way.'

'Simon Elcock is intelligent, decisive and professional.'

'Kelly Mills has great attention to detail and has good intuition'.

'James Colvin and Simon Elcock stand out - attentive, bright and willing to roll up their sleeves. It is always a pleasure to work with them.'

'Emma Pumfrey-Selman is a rising star.'

'Simon Elcock leads the team very well, he has excellent client management skills and a very good feel for the merits of a case and the correct way to progress.'

'James Colvin has excellent instincts, his initial view for a case is rarely incorrect and he is very efficient.'

'Kelly Mills has excellent instincts. Kelly is always responsive and has great communication skills with clients.'

'Emma Pumfrey-Selman - always very well prepared and on top of the facts of cases.'

Key Clients

DO LLP

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory &Property Management UK

CAE (UK) Plc

Esme Loans Limited

Lancing College

Moore Stephens LLP

Quattro Group

RSM Restructuring & Advisory LLP

Westcon Group

XPEL Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully brought a claim for breach of contract and negligence against civil engineers and a construction company with a matter value of £1.3m.
  • Regularly instructed to undertake debt recovery and litigation work for BDO LLP Financial Services, often involving allegations of professional negligence.
  • Acting for Captain Wayne Bayley in bringing a Judicial Review challenge against the Civil Aviation Authority alleging breach of its public sector equality duty.
  • Advising Westcon Group  in a range of matters including a recent financial dispute with a major international supplier.
  • Providing a range of litigation services to this well known accountancy firm.

Irwin Mitchell has outstanding expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, tech, media and sports sectors and offers a strong national network of offices, thus being able to harness expertise in a range of practice areas. Robert Kenyon has many years of experience of High Court litigation and commercial disputes and Sarah Birkbeck specialises in IP, media and technology disputes. An impressive team of associates includes senior associate Robert Parks who is highly valued for his technical ability and commitment to his clients.

Practice head(s):Robert Kenyon; Sarah Birkbeck; Martin Cross

Other key lawyers:Robert Parks; Katie Byrne

Testimonials

'Irwin Mitchell's Crawley team is a rare beast: a firm doing City of London work at out-of-London rates. Since they merged with Thomas Eggar, this commercial litigation boutique has benefited from the manpower and resources that come with being part of a larger firm. The best of both worlds.'

'The team provide a reliable, consistent level of service always ensuring that a team member is available to support you through any process. The practice had guided us through the minefield of dispute resolution which has been a new aspect of our particular business.'

'Robert Parks is a committed and dedicated commercial lawyer with remarkable focus and attention to detail. He rolls up his sleeves and gets to grips with knotty technical points and really understands the client's business and their commercial needs.'

'I have rated them as excellent to exceptional on everything where I am in a position to comment.'

'Robert Parks and Sabrina Goran are excellent to work with. They are detailed, provide options and solutions to all issues, always checking that we have a full appreciation of both possible positive and negative outcomes.'

'A high level of trust has been developed since the business relationship commenced. Tom Barnard and Clemmie Burch have been a real pleasure to work with, as has partner Martin Cross. They are all extremely responsive and approachable, as well as being highly practical and with sound grasp of details.'

'Robert Kenyon provided practical and helpful advice, and was always available and happy to talk through issues in detail.'

Work highlights

  • Acting  for the Executors of a Will Trust in respect of an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to a determination by HMRC that inheritance tax is payable arising out of a legacy charitable gift to a charity based in Jersey.  
  • Acted for a very high-profile individual in relation to a potential defamation claim.
  • Acted for the defendant in a complex claim for breach of contract relating to the design and build of a bespoke machine to clean tapestries.
  • Advising an investment company based in Europe in respect of a complex, multi-jurisdictional dispute which arises from a multi-million pound investment into a property development in England.  
  • Defending a high-value product liability claim which also involves advising on insurance coverage issues.

Thomson Snell & Passmore works with international and domestic clients on the full scope of disputes ranging from international contracts, trade and commodities disputes to insurance-related litigation, financial services and shareholder and partnership conflicts. Kamal Aggarwal is the well-regarded co-head of the team who, alongside Nicholas Horton and Douglas Skilton, has considerable expertise in both litigation and ADR. James Cradick  handles a range of litigation and arbitration and Rico Dexiades, who joined the team from Griffin Law, includes contractual and IP-related disputes within his expertise. 

Practice head(s):Kamal Aggarwal; Nicholas Horton

Other key lawyers:Douglas Skilton; James Cradick; Rico Dexiades

Testimonials

'Their qualities are focus, attention to detail, professionalism and courtesy.'

'My introductions have always been to one senior partner who has to date provided excellent service via his real estate and litigation team, and that gentleman is Mr Kamal Kishore Aggarwal.'

'James Cradick is a very open-minded, forward-thinking person. He is a very good lawyer and his arguments are to the point. I'm enjoying cooperation with him very much.'

Key Clients

Genting Casinos UK

Britannia Refined Metals (A Glencore company)

Bel UK

BDP International

Colas Limited

Motorline Holdings

Berry Gardens Limited

Ward Security Limited

Compagnie Fruitiere UK

North Kent College

Capespan International

Furley Page Solicitors advises on an array of commercial contract disputes including those in the construction industry; George Crofton-Martin is known for his handling of construction litigation and adjudications (he is accredited by the RICS) and professional negligence cases. Peter Hawkes undertakes High Court and County Court work and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Contentious trusts and probate are Jeremy Ferris' specialism and senior associate Deborah Geering is building a reputation for handling shareholder and partnership disputes in addition to her broader litigation work.

Practice head(s):Peter Hawkes

Other key lawyers:George Crofton-Martin; Jeremy Ferris; Deborah Geering

Key Clients

University of Kent

Kreston Reeves LLP

Strong Healthcare Ltd

The Farm Energy Partnership

GDL Construction (UK) Ltd

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co Ltd

Canterbury Academy

Grupo Antolin Leamington Ltd

Breakthrough Funding Ltd

South Events Ltd

Venture Telecom Ltd

Goody Demolition Ltd

The Duke of York’s Roya Military School

Geerings Ltd

Cathay Cleaning Co

Mr and Mrs Johnson

Touchtec Solutions Ltd

Mr N Hornsey

The Change Organisation Ltd

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a settlement of the client’s claim in the sum of £425,000 plus costs. This was a dispute over dispute over the supply of two pharmaceutical products.
  • Obtained Judgment in respect of the client’s claim for £350,000. This was a complex and long-running construction case in which the claimant was seeking recovery of its final account, and the defendants were counterclaiming for alleged defaults.
  • Acted on a number of matters to protect the  client’s ownership of land and its ongoing operations for oyster cultivation. The land is question is valued at £12m.  
  • Successfully represented the client across five separate actions brought by an individual. The claims were in excess of £1m.
  • Acted for the client in respect of claims brought against four Defendants for misappropriation of the client’s commercial information. The matter has a value of £1.2m.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP is home to both litigators and solicitor advocates who undertake cases that reach the Supreme Court. Its expertise spans shareholder disputes, tax litigation and  professional negligence acting for corporates and smaller businesses. Team head Catherine Fisher deals with high-value contract claims as well as shareholder and partnership claims and Matthew Hearsum has broad experience in property litigation. Senior associate Sally Hutchings focuses on tax cases and has experience of all levels of court cases including judicial reviews. Kellie Williams-Jauval  (Wimbledon office) specialises in contested probate cases.

Practice head(s):Catherine Fisher

Other key lawyers:Matthew Hearsum; Sally Hutchings; Kellie Williams-Jauval

Testimonials

'Morrisons is an effective, forward-looking firm that provides effective litigation expertise to SMEs and local businesses.'

'Kellie Williams-Jauval is a focused, approachable and efficient litigator who takes a realistic and practical approach to achieving the best possible outcome for her clients from litigation.'

Key Clients

Sutton & East Surrey Water Plc

Secom Plc

Opus Restructuring LLP

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

BMT Group Ltd

Inter Terminals Limited

RSPCA

Redhill Aerodrome

Totel Ltd

Seabrook Warehousing Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted in two appeals under The Party Wall etc Act 1996 in the Technology and Construction Court, in which the client was appellant in one appeal and respondent in the other. The matter value was £1.6m.
  • This appeal concerned whether the requirement that arises by reason of section 84(3) and (3B) of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 is contrary to the EU law principle of equivalence. Approximately £1.3m was in issue.
  • The case concerned the warehousing of excise goods (mainly spirits) in duty suspension; a Judicial Review was sought and refused and the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and ordered that the application for Judicial Review be retained in the Court of Appeal.  

At Mundays LLP, Joseph Kean offers decades of experience of litigation and arbitration and many of his cases have cross-border elements. His recent work varies from representing a client in the aviation industry to another in the electronics sector where a cross-border arbitration is involved. Also highly experienced, partner Oliver Jackson's expertise includes engineering, product liability and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Joseph Kean

Other key lawyers:Oliver Jackson

Key Clients

Flex Connectors

Icegrade

Martin Grant Homes

Octagon Developments

The TWM Solicitors LLP team can undertake disputes in a wide range of areas including commercial property, insolvency and the financial sectors. David Hitchcock is highlighted for his broad expertise in both litigation and arbitration and Eileen Barry has wide-ranging experience of areas such as director, shareholder and partnership disputes and professional negligence; she assists clients ranginf from large corporates to SMEs and individuals. Simon Brew joined the team in 2019 from Fladgate LLP bringing with him decades of litigation experience.

Practice head(s):Eileen Barry

Other key lawyers:David Hitchcock; Simon Brew

Testimonials

'On an arbitration regarding international sale contracts, I worked with David Hitchcock. He was obviously on top of the detail of the case, and adopted a sensible strategy throughout the proceedings. I think he did a very good job for his client.'

Work highlights

  • Representing two defendant shareholders in a company in administration in a multi-party unfair prejudice and derivatives claim.
  • Representing Grenfell tower owner occupiers in a claim against the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea arising out of the destruction of the flat in the fire.
  • Representing a defendant in a multi-million-pound, multi-party claim for damages for fraudulent accounting.
  • Representing the Defendant in a claim for breach of director’s duties and misappropriation of assets.
  • Representing the claimant in an arbitration arising out of the export of products to the Middle East.

David Foster, who leads the dispute resolution team at Barlow Robbins LLP, combines being an accredited mediator with litigation, acting for corporates and private clients on a range of disputes, often with an international dimension. He is also an expert on Judicial Reviews. Scott Taylor undertakes contentious trusts and estates work and Graham Scott, who has joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, has a similar focus. The team handles contractual disputes in myriad sectors including insurance, education and retail.

Practice head(s):David Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott Taylor; Chris Darvill; Graham Scott; Chris Darvill

Key Clients

Mr Graham Nyman and Mrs Linda Nyman

CNK Alliance Limited

Commshare Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Top rated state boarding school for pupils aged 11 - 18

Aspen Insurance UK and HCC International Insurance Company plc

Walberton Parish Council

Alfie Evans

JIC Suit Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the client who intervened on the case of an individual with a terminal illness seeking to procure their own death.
  • Acting on behalf of an investment company against an IT software design company.
  • Acting for the client against Whole Earth Sweetener Company (a US entity) and its UK licence holder, Merisant UK in connection with an action for infringement and passing off relating to its WHOLE EARTH registered trade marks.  
  • Most recently, advising in connection with a judicial review of a ‘decision’ by the DfE that the compulsory charges for day boarding are unlawful.
  • In a matter valued at £30m plus, acting on behalf of the client against Wates Developments, one of the largest developers in the country, and Wates (Walberton) as well as Arun District Council on planning and affordable housing matters.  

At Boddy Matthews Limited, Kate Matthews' impressive expertise spans franchising and other contractual disputes including various levels of misrepresentation, restrictive covenant disputes and brand protection matters. It operates in sectors such as aviation, transport, IT and retail and counts both international and UK companies among its clients.

Practice head(s):Kate Matthews

Key Clients

Caremark Limited

Pepes Piri Piri Limited

Babyballet Franchising Limited

N-Tire Systems Limited

Sally Morgan Entertainments Limited

Young Futures CIC

Timothy Unmack Trustee

Reginald Potter and Josephine Youngs

Jacqueline Jamieson

LK Woking Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant, a major household name, as franchisor in the domiciliary care sector with over 100 outlets in England and internationally in proceedings in the High Court.
  • Acting for both claimant companies, owners of over 60 outlets, in High Court proceedings.
  • Acting for this international Franchisor and provider of over 22,000 dance classes each week to young children with an established network of c.74 franchise businesses across the UK and an additional 34 licensees in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Acting in proceedings in the Central London County Court in relation to its services as an IT client expert in third party Court proceedings in which Anglo Technical Recruitment was claimant for breach of contract and non-payment of services.
  • Acting for Sally Morgan and her company in relation to a dispute concerning telecommunications readings and support with AllStar Psychics Limited, a marketing and telecommunications agency.

Michael Oatham at Brachers has expertise in high-value commercial disputes, especially contractual disputes, shareholder and directors' duties and professional negligence. The litigation team works with the recoveries and collections team, spearheaded by Robert Thompson, which is known for its debt recovery and insolvency-related work.

Practice head(s):Michael Oatham

Other key lawyers:Robert Thompson

Key Clients

Schindler Ltd

Alan Firmin Ltd

Systems Technology

Cory Environmental

Beadles Group

Donovan Brothers Ltd

Netbox Digital Ltd

Homeleigh Timber

Haynes Bros Ltd

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending an application for final injunction to restrain the Trust for holding a disciplinary hearing for gross misconduct following an interim injunction in June 2018.
  • A professional negligence claim in the legal profession.

Griffin Law 'is small but perfectly formed; the team is slick, professional and punches well above its weight'. A niche litigation team is headed by 'robust litigator' Donal Blaney, who is also the managing director, and the 'excellent' Neil Kelley. Other well-rated team members include 'the incredibly commercial' Mark Edmonds, Narinder Hothi and Laura Ware. The team takes on litigation and arbitration matters for corporate clients, charities and high-profile individuals and works pro bono with Hear Their Cries. On the costs front, it share risk through a conditional fee arrangement policy and through its use of third-party funders.

Practice head(s):Donal Blaney; Neil Kelley

Other key lawyers:Mark Edmonds; Narinder Hothi; Laura Ware

Testimonials

'They are a small but effective team, agile and forward thinking. Their client handling is first rate. They are bullish when they need to be but always protect the down side.'

'Griffin is unusual in being a small litigation boutique located outside of London. It manages to retain extremely knowledgeable and high-quality lawyers. This, coupled with an innovative approach to managing and funding cases, means that Griffin seems able to attract extremely high-quality work, which it discharges very well. It really does offer a high-quality city standard of litigation, at a comparatively modest cost.'

'Griffin Law is a unique litigation firm that consistently managed to punch above its weight for a small/medium firm in Kent. They have the work ethic and commercial edge of any London based firm I have worked with. Everyone I have worked with in this firm is knowledgeable on their respective briefs and when in doubt they communicate and come back with a definitive answer.'

'All the partners and individuals I have dealt with have been excellent but in particular Laura Ware stands out. She has a keen eye for detail and an excellent demeanor with clients.'

'Donal Blaney commands a particularly impressive client base of ultra high net worth individuals and individuals with a high profile. Donal is incredibly industrious and highly strategically innovative and has to my knowledge achieved superb results for clients in very difficult positions.'

'Neil Kelley brings enormous experience to Griffin, having come from a background of blue chip law firms. His knowledge of the court system and procedural law, and his instinct for a client's prospects and how to maximise them, is very impressive.'

'Mark Edmonds is incredible commercially aware and has a rare ability to help clients focus on their commercial instincts and achieve that outcome. He avoids the common fault of being process-driven, instead helping clients to focus on the bottom line, enabling them to maximise their prospects or minimise the damage as the case may be.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in an arbitration which secured an award of £1.2m.
  • Advising on the reputation management of a well-known, multi-jurisdictional company and the administration of its UK subsidiaries.
  • Secured a settlement award of approximately £350k by way of adjudication against a customer who refused to pay.
  • Representing a company that is seeking to enforce a Swiss judgments in the UK.
  • Advised on a case in which an innovative approach was taken of leapfrogging the chain of supply by way of assignment of damages.

Frankie Tierney is the practice head and managing partner at Herrington Carmichael LLP. She has long experience of commercial litigation in the High Court and of mediations. The team's work covers a range of contractual disputes, especially in the real estate sector in addition to areas such as professional negligence, corporate relationships and the protection of confidential information. Robert Syms, working with senior associate Frances Kyle, has a focus on the technology and  construction arenas and insolvency-related disputes.

Practice head(s):Frankie Tierney

Other key lawyers:Robert Syms; Frances Kyle

Testimonials

'The team provides an outstanding service and are very quick, thorough and professional with the response. The set up is very clear, you always know who is dealing with which part of the inquiry, corporate or property team.'

 

 

Key Clients

Flavia Estates

Forest Care

At PDT Solicitors, Nigel Davidson, who is appreciated for his 'wealth of experience', and William Angas head a team that undertakes disputes in relation to breaches of contract, professional negligence, protection of confidential information and shareholder disputes. The team also has a niche expertise in asset-based lending disputes. Gail Morris is noted for her real estate-related experience and 'pragmatic litigator' Justin McConville takes on a broad range of County and High Court litigation. Aysha Hussain and Laura Sutton are also highly rated team members.

Practice head(s):Nigel Davidson; William Angas

Other key lawyers:Gail Morris; Laura Surron; Justin McConville; Aysha Hussain

Testimonials

'We have a 95% win rate in court and that is due to Nigel Davidson's full understanding of a difficult area of law.'

'They stand out because of their willingness to go the extra mile. Our reputation is linked to their ability to push through litigation in a timely fashion.'

'The Dispute Resolution team at PDT are very strong and commercially minded and have a knack for understanding what judges are looking for in terms of persuasive litigation.'

'William Angas is a very focused team player and understands his client's needs.'

'Associate Laura Sutton is excellent  with a very strong pleading style and the ability to see several steps ahead for the client's benefit.'

'Gail Morris is a pleasure to work with, has always been very thorough in her approach to cases, and is willing to take the time out to properly think through matters before taking action.'

'Associate Aysha Hussain, despite only recently being post-qualification,  shows an awareness above her years and a careful approach to litigation.'

'They are big enough to offer bandwidth in expertise, small enough to maintain personal relationships.'

'Nigel Davidson is professional, commercial ( very unusual but great) and decisive.'

 

Key Clients

R2 Advisory (formerly Auria Recovery LLP)

ABN Amro Commercial Finance

Sunley Group

The Specialist Works

RSPCA

Nucleus Commercial Finance

Catalyst Business Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Pulse Cashflow Finance

Work highlights

  • Acted for Simon Thomas and Arron Kendall of Moorfields, the Joint Administrators in the high-profile insolvency of Toys “R” Us, in pursuing and recovering large balances owed to Toys “R” Us pursuant to contract by trade vendors based in the United Kingdom, North America and Hong Kong.
  • Acted for the lender in successfully obtaining summary judgment in the reported decision Catalyst Business Finance Limited v Very Tangy Television Limited, Richard Tuckwell and Very Tangy Media Limited
  • The clients’ previous solicitors prepared a commercial lease of our clients’ property from an existing lease negligently omitting to change all clauses to reflect the clients’ instructions. The matter was valued at  £800,000.
  • Assisted client in granting a Common Law Tenancy of a Battersea Reach penthouse apartment at an annual rent of £130,000. The tenant refused the client entry for a survey of the apartment, prompting application for an injunction.


Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Index of tables

  1. Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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    • Kristian Assirati - Osborne Clarke
    • Emma Butcher - Clarkslegal LLP
    • Scott Butler - Osborne Clarke
    • Nicola Diggle - Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP boasts 'one of the largest and most experienced litigation team in the South East' with a strong track record acting in corporate and commercial disputes, professional negligence, fraud and asset tracing and asset finance disputes, among others. The department also provides specialist expertise in construction, insolvency, technology and property litigation. Practice head Chris Potts is experienced in shareholder, fraud and company law disputes, and is often supported by associate Nicola Diggle , who is also active on IT and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):Chris Potts

Other key lawyers:Nicola Diggle

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan have a very strong team and a good reputation in the Thames Valley as a result of being one of the larger firms. The size of the firm means that they have good internal capability to bring in extra resources for non-contentious matters (tax planning, for example) arising form commercial matters'

'Blake Morgan have an extremely dedicated and professional litigation team who get alongside their client through thick and thin, providing a reassuring presence but equally not shying away from giving robust advice when needed.'

'Chris Potts is an excellent and tenacious lawyer.'

'Nicola Diggle is very responsive and committed to the client's cause.'

Key Clients

Investec Asset Finance

NHS England

Miele Company Limited

Hitachi Capital UK Plc

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Acted for the respondents in an unfair prejudice claim and breach of directors' duties claim brought by another shareholder of the Company.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as the liquidator of a company in proceedings against the ex-director in a substantial fraud claim and in the steps taken to recover substantial assets totaling over £1.7m.  
  • Representing a shareholder in a complex corporate dispute with another shareholder.

Clarkslegal LLP combines 'first-rate industry knowledge' with experience acting in disputes within the technology, energy, construction, automotive and financial services sectors, representing well-known international corporate clients, shareholders and private clients alike. Key figures include practice head Antony Morris, Christopher Tayton for cross-border commercial disputes and contentious matters involving procurement, and Stephen James for construction, employment and insolvency disputes. Associate Emma Butcher is also recommended for public procurement and product liability matters.

Practice head(s):Antony Morris

Other key lawyers:Christopher Tayton; Stephen James; Emma Butcher

Testimonials

'The team at Clarkslegal combine their deep knowledge of the law with a large degree of approachability and a large amount of commercial pragmatism.'

'Antony Morris displays the characteristics of an excellent lawyer - a very shrewd litigator who can view an issue from many angles and is aware of the possibilities.'

Key Clients

BMW

CenturyLink (formerly Level 3 Communications)

Autoglass

Coffey International Development

Axis Fleet Management

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a windfarm developer, in a claim against a firm of solicitors, for professional negligence arising out of a substantial transaction relating to development of a windfarm and related issues concerning mineral rights.
  • Acting for the client in this claim before the Admiralty Court following the considerable damage caused to two of its underwater telecommunications cables linking the UK mainland with Ireland and the USA.
  • Acting for BMW (UK) following the death of an individual in an accident involving a BMW vehicle.
  • Representing the claimant in a substantial High Court case against Calsonic Kansei Europe PLC arising out of the termination of an automotive parts supply contract.

Osborne Clarke is the 'go-to' practice for leading multinational corporations such as Redwood Software, Hyundai and HTC in complex multi-jurisdictional shareholder, corporate and commercial disputes. Peter Sheppard has an 'excellent reputation' as 'one of the best litigator in the South East' and is regularly instructed to handle disputes in a raft of sectors including  technology, automotive, manufacturing, defence and retail. Dawn Troman is particularly active in technology disputes. Also of note are associates Kristian Assirati and Scott Butler who frequently act alongside Sheppard.

Practice head(s):Peter Sheppard

Other key lawyers:Dawn Trowman; Kristian Assirati; Scott Butler

Key Clients

HTC

Lloyds Development Corporation

Wireless Logic Group

Content Guru/Redwood Technologies Group

Hyundai Motor UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Wireless Logic Limited, as a respondent in relation to claims brought by Red Squirrel arising out of agency agreement and commercial disputes and related matters in excess of £10m.
  • Acting for HTC Europe in various matters including a potential multi-million pound fraud.
  • Advising Essensys Limited in a high-value dispute with a shareholder and former CEO concerning breach of contract, shareholder agreements, deeds of variation, articles of association, a transfer notice and related matters.

Shoosmiths LLP 'an outstanding' disputes team, is best known for its 'wealth of knowledge' in the automotive, construction, corporate and IT sectors.  Fleur Turrington, who made partner in May 2019 is 'undoubtedly the go-to lawyer' for contentious public procurement. Paul Eccles is a name to note for insurance litigation; his particular niche specialisation includes policy cover disputes between insurer/insured including breach of warranty, misrepresentation, non-disclosure and fraudulent claims. Stuart Little chairs the national litigation practice.

Practice head(s):Fleur Turrington

Other key lawyers:Paul Eccles; Stuart Little

Key Clients

Associated British Foods Ltd

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited

Game Retail Group Plc

The White Company

Aramark

Work highlights

  • Acting for the defendant, an insurer and its insured, in a construction claim valued at over £1m arising out of the construction of a residential property in London.
  • Represented a transport company in relation to a challenge to a publicised tender.
  • Represented a majority shareholder in a derivative claim to urgently protect English properties worth £6m.
  • Advised a car manufacturer in a complex and high-value contractual dispute.

Boyes Turner acts for individuals and corporate clients alike in commercial and contractual disputes, and boats a strong client roster in the technology sectors. The department has also expanded its offering in property litigation with the hire of Adrian Griffiths from Gordon Dadds LLP in July 2018. Key partner Jonathan Grigg and associates Stephen Baker and Rowan Turrall make up the 'knowledgeable and skillful' team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Grigg 

Other key lawyers:Stephen Baker; Rowan Turrall

Testimonials

'Boyes Turner is an excellent local team with local knowledge but sufficient resources to make a real difference.'

'Boyes Turner provide a very personal service with tremendous skill and industry knowledge'

 

Key Clients

Viavi Solutions UK Ltd

Auto Trader Ltd

Zimmer GMBH & Zimmer Biomet UK Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Technology One (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in a claim against a building contractor for damages arising from termination of contract and defective workmanship.

BDB Pitmans acts for a mix of private clients, shareholders and national and international corporations in IT disputes, contentious corporate and shareholder matters, professional negligence claims and complex commercial disputes.  Tim Clark's  practice focuses on company law-related claims, shareholder and unfair prejudice disputes, while Phil Smith and David Gwillim handle commercial and construction sector disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):Tim Clark

Other key lawyers:Phil Smith; David Gwillim

Key Clients

Sky plc

Langham Homes

Veritas Technologies

Thames Water (and its insurers)

Toshiba Imaging Systems UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the petitioner, a minority shareholder in a coffee chain, in bringing a claim concerning alleged unfair prejudice against three other company directors.
  • Advised the management company of a large private estate in North London in the pursuit, over almost four years, of a claim against a resident who was challenging the company’s rights to control parking on around 6 miles of estate roads which it owned.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP advises high-profile clients in the financial services, retail, consumer goods and charities sectors with notable experience in the automotive field where it counts Volvo and Honda as active clients. Tom Maple's practice spans automotive disputes, complex professional indemnity claims involving failed tax schemes, and contentious matters related to the food and drink industry. Bill Dixon is particularly active in cross-border disputes, often alongside Maple.

Practice head(s):Tom Maple

Other key lawyers:Bill Dixon

Key Clients

Volvo Car UK

Whistl (formerly TNT)

Reading Football Club

Prudential

Honda

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf on an environmental charity in challenging the standards set by the Marine Stewardship Council which licences its sustainability eco-label to fisheries that meet its standards of sustainability.
  • Advising a UK subsidiary on a number of issues in connection with building contracts affected by the collapse of Carillion, in particular, regarding the potential call on a £1m performance bond.
  • Advised 8 different individual clients on claims against professional advisers in relation to failed film finance or tax schemes.

Duncan Crine leads the dispute resolution practice at Freeths LLP which offers 'excellent partner-led litigation services at reasonable rates'. The firm is experienced in representing private and corporate clients as claimants and respondents  in complex shareholder, contractual and commercial disputes in the technology, retail, construction, logistics and education sectors. The practice strengthened its disputes offering with the addition of 'first-rate litigator' Will Richmond-Coggan from BDB Pitmans in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:Will Richmond-Coggan

Key Clients

BMW

Adestra Limited

GEFCO (UK)

Masternaut Group

Virtual Alliance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a shareholder director of a company which operates a national coffee retail chain, in a shareholder dispute.
  • Defending a leading telematics company in a high-value technology dispute relating to the delivery of an advanced crash detection system for use in the automotive sector.
  • Defending a building contractor in the a claim alleging negligent design and workmanship.

The dispute resolution practice at Gardner Leader LLP 'punches well above its weight' and regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation for a mix of private and corporate clients. Key figures include Michelle Di Gioia and senior associates Hilary Messer and Violetta M. Falla. Practice head Chris Felton is 'a safe pair of hands'.

Practice head(s):Chris Felton

Other key lawyers:Michelle Di Gioia; Hilary Messer; Violetta Falla

Key Clients

Managed Legal Solutions

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Swynson Limited

Work highlights

  • Successful represented the defendant in lifting an automatic suspension on the award of the contract for the rollout and delivery of a national project across the NHS in England, Wales and Scotland.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP handles complex and large-scale commercial litigation and also conducts investigation and enforcement work. The Oxford-based team headed by Julie Bond continue to be active in major disputes in the energy, education and retail sectors, and also leverage additional expertise from the London office in representing individuals and corporations in complex commercial proceedings. Senior associate Emma Davies a name to note for financial litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Julie Bond

Other key lawyers:Emma Davies

White & Black Limited predominately advises on technology disputes, with a strong emphasis on intellectual property, trade mark and copyright enforcement, licensing and data protection. Practice head Victoria Wright also advises on major shareholder disputes and contractual claims. Nicholas Mitchell focuses on software development and technology outsourcing agreement disputes in the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):Victoria Wright

Other key lawyers:Nicolas Mitchell

Key Clients

Gigaclear

Matches Fashion

Vectair Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gigaclear in a major warranty dispute arising from the purchase of a publicly-owned rural broadband network.

Areas of expertise for Blandy & Blandy LLP  include contractual, company and partnership disputes as well as also handling contentious employment issues and disputes arising from trusts and inheritances. David Murray and Philip D’Arcy are the key partners based in the Reading office.

Practice head(s):David Murray, Philip D’Arcy 

Key Clients

Certikin International Limited

Perfetti van Melle UK

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation Limited

Reading Blue Coat School

The Abbey School

The disputes team at Knights plc advise on conflicts within partnerships, disagreements between shareholders, commercial disputes, franchising and licensing, IP infringements and professional negligence. Philip Shaw acts for private companies, large multinational corporations and insolvency practitioners.

Practice head(s):Philip Shaw

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented SMEG in securing a court order confirming its entitlement to terminate a distribution agreement with a distributor in Ireland.
  • Advised an insolvent company on recovery of a substantial amount  from the Department of Health which lost an NHS contract due to an alleged rigged tendering process.

Spratt Endicott offers 'very good expertise at competitive rates' in commercial and IP disputes. The practices' recent caseload included defending a passing off claim and advising on breach of trust claims, enforcement and the right to terminate agreements. The group also is able to draw expertise from other departments to advise on banking and finance, property and insolvency-related disputes. David Whiting is the main litigation partner, also of note are associates Kyle Wyness and Petra van Dijk for contentious property and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):David Whiting

Other key lawyers:Kyle Wyness; Petra van Dijk

Work highlights

  • Advised a government body on the recovery of money under a Statutory Trust.
  • Acted for a UK subsidiary of a leading worldwide supplier of cleaning technology in a dispute with an English marketing company relating to the provision of media services.

Brethertons LLP provides representation in disputes relating to residential property, commercial contracts, defamation and malicious falsehood claims and injunction proceedings. The practice is also experienced in advising on disagreements between partnerships and shareholders, professional negligence and contentious IP matters. Senior associate Sioban Calcott is the main adviser.

Practice head(s):Sioban Calcott

Maier Blackburn LLP provides 'first-rate' partner-led representation in high-value, complex litigation. Name partner Steven Maier is a 'highly recommended lawyer' for contentious work in the specialist areas of media, entertainment and intellectual property, with an emphasis on the enforcement of trade marks and domain names. Maier also advises on contentious commercial matters.

Practice head(s):Steven Maier

Key Clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published fan-fiction books in breach of the Estate’s copyrights
  • Representing a US skin-care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.


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Blake Morgan LLP has 'a wide ranging breadth of knowledge' in debt collection, particulaly in the vehicle finance sector, where it counts Mercedes Benz Financial Services and Toyota Financial Services as long-standing clients. The practice also has notable expertise in landlord and tenant claims, insurance debt purchase and commercial B2B debt recovery. The team, led by Sadak Miah also work closely with the insurance team to handle small claims contractual disputes and landlord and tenant repossessions. Associate Elizabeth Bowden is noted for her 'great attention and focus whilst dealing with potentially very difficult situations'.

Practice head(s):Sadak Miah

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Bowden

Testimonials

'Blake Morgan have a wide ranging breadth of knowledge and at all times consider how they can best meet their client's needs whilst collecting overdue debt in what can be difficult circumstances.'

'Sadak Miah and Elizabeth Bowden are excellent, they fully understand the client's needs in this very sensitive area. The team also keeps clients well informed and ensure that they deliver work to the highest standard using up- to-date processes and software'.

Key Clients

Mercedes Benz Financial Services

British Credit Trust

Toyota Financial Services

DAS Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting on several debt actions and applications to the High Court for injunctions on multi- vehicle fraud cases.
  • Representing the insurer in several landlord and tenant repossession actions for policyholders. Work in this area includes the recovery of debts in the form of unpaid rent and dilapidations charges.

Brachers acts for a mix of owner-managed enterprises, SMEs and blue-chip corporations in the financial services, utilities, construction, vehicle finance and health sectors. The firm has particular expertise in financial services, where it advises on credit recoveries and provides portfolio management services. Robert Thompson and Graham Wallis are the key partners in the collections and recoveries group.

Practice head(s):Graham Wallis

Other key lawyers:Graham Wallis; Robert Thompson

DMH Stallard LLP undertakes all commercial debt recovery work as well as handling service charge and ground rent arrears on behalf of property managers and local authorities. The practice also advises on credit control checks and insolvency matters. Simon Elcock  advises on all aspects of credit control and recovery claims, while other key figure Kelly Mills acts for corporate clients in commercial litigation and debt recovery.

Practice head(s):Simon Elcock

Other key lawyers:Kelly Mills

Testimonials

'They offer great advice and commercial support which helps the client decide on the best course of action.'

'The team are very helpful, approachable and knowledgeable. They are always available to talk to discuss any issues.'

'The team are quick to assist and offer concise and pragmatic advice, covering every angle of the debt recovery/litigation process.'

'Both Simon and Kelly are very thorough in their approach and advice is always concise, factual and attentive to details.'

 

Key Clients

Banque et Caisse D’epargne De L’Etat Luxembourg

Kennedy Hygiene Products Limited 1

BDO LLP

The Royal Borough of Kensington &Chelsea

Penfold Verrall Limited

Work highlights

  • Continues to handle various claims on behalf of this key client such as recovering unpaid professional service fees, employee loans and overpayment of salaries. Most recently, the firm pursued a claim for unpaid professional service fees of £32,000 from an individual debtor.
  • Acting for the bank  in recovery of mistaken payments and sums due under personal guarantees given in respect of a commercial loan books.
  • Assisting a local authority with the recovery of unpaid rent and service charge arrears.

Judge & Priestley LLP have 'a great depth of experience' in debt recovery, enforcement actions and also provide a subrogated recovery service for insurance companies. The firm serves a broad client roster including local authorities, utilities companies, financial and professional service providers and leading insurers. The practice has a niche specialisation in residential and local authority debt recover, in such areas as recovery of community infrastructure levies. Key figures in this sizable group include Mark Oakley for service charge recovery, Rachel Addai for local authority and insolvency-related matters, and Uday Patel for commercial debt claims.

Practice head(s):Mark Oakley, Rachel Addai

Other key lawyers:Uday Patel

Testimonials

'Judge & Priestley have a great depth of experience within their teams in respect of leasehold issues and service charges. There is very good communication from the team. They respond very quickly when we have urgent cases that require assistance.'

'I find Judge & Priestley to be a very reliable law firm, they are always on hand to give me advice and guidance with any questions or queries I may have. They are always speedy with their responses and often follow up after the advice has been given which is appreciated.'

'Mark Oakley provides excellent support, has excellent skills and knowledge when it comes to complex leasehold cases. Any legal advice requested is provided on time , is very clear and covers the topic in depth with clear explanations of the case law. '

'Uday Patel is fantastic, his level of knowledge on our industry is outstanding and I know I can trust the advice he gives me.'

 

Spratt Endicott acts for corporate clients in the recruitment, telecoms, construction and security industries. Richard Gwynne 'always goes the extra mile' and specialises in pre-action collections, County and High Court litigation, cross-border recovery claims, as well as insolvency and enforcement actions. Associate Peter Gardner is lauded for his 'ability to provide quality advice on all claims, which allows the client to make commercially viable decisions so not to waste any further money'.

Practice head(s):Richard Gwynne

Other key lawyers:Peter Gardner

Testimonials

'Spratt Endicott continue to exceed expectations. They have a very good success rate but more importantly provide good, honest advice and are always available should you need them. '

'The team is expert in its field and always willing to listen to our issues and help out. They are very professional and friendly and no matter who you deal with the quality of service is always excellent.'

'Spratt Endicott combine legal expertise with ability to deal with the client on a non-legal basis clearly explaining the options and associated costs before committing on a route for particular cases. '

Boyes Turner has significantly bolstered its capabilities in debt recovery with the recruitment of head of practice, Donna Goddard and her team of associates, Natalie Roff and Rachel Brown from BDB Pitmans in late 2018.  The practice acts for private and public sector clients and has recently won new instruction from corporate clients in the technology, professional services, construction, recruitment, retail and hospitality and property management sectors.

Practice head(s):Donna Goddard

Other key lawyers:Natalie Roff; Rachel Brown

Key Clients

Greatwood Property Management Limited t/a Chaneys Chartered Surveyors

The Credit Protection Association Plc

ABS Europe Limited

H Young (Operations) Ltd, Divisions Madison, Animal, Leeda & Sportline

Brethertons LLP largely focuses on property management debt recovery with a niche specialisation in leasehold service charges and ground rent arrears. In the Banbury office Debbie Phillips was promoted to partner in April 2019 and senior associate Sioban Calcott also leads on complex, contentious recovery claims.

Practice head(s):Debbie Phillips

Other key lawyers:Sioban Calcott

Shoosmiths LLP handles a wide range of recovery actions including consumer, commercial and corporate unsecured and secured lending, asset- based and invoice finance lending and trade debt commercial claims. The practice largely acts on behalf of financial service providers. Paula Swain is the key partner based in the Solent office.

Practice head(s):Paula Swain

Testimonials

'Paula Swain and her team provide a first class service. The team is responsive, knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with. Shoosmiths have made it their business to really get to know our business and the wider industry in which we operate.'

'The advice received from Shoosmiths is always clear and either comprehensive or concise, when necessary. They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.'

 

Key Clients

Arrow Global

Cabot Credit Management

Nationwide

Royal Bank of Scotland

Tesco Bank

Work highlights

  • Defending a well-known national bank in respect of a claim for mortgage rescission on account of misrepresentation and inaccurate credit reporting.
  • Acting for a claimant creditor seeking payment of a debt due from a borrower in the amount of £2m.

BDB Pitmans' debt recovery team specialises in the enforcement of liability orders and the collection of unpaid commercial and residential service charges. Active clients include public sector organisations, sole traders, regulatory bodies, accountants and financial institutions. Rick Munro is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):Rick Munro

Blaser Mills Law assists construction sector and consumer supply clients in  commercial recoveries. The firm also undertakes an increasing amount of work on behalf of trade finance and credit companies. High Wycombe based Jackie Ray is the lead adviser.

Practice head(s):Jackie Ray

Testimonials

'An excellent team, with an outstanding client list. Blaser Mills has a very good track record in the area.'

'Jackie Ray is extremely good- very commercial and client focused.'

 

Key Clients

C F Services

First Collect International Ltd

Bunzl UK Ltd

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for a wine supplier in the recovery of the cost of fine wine which has been stored incorrectly and cannot be sold.  

The debt recovery practice of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP sits within the commercial litigation department and focuses on disputed and international debt claims on behalf of clients in the automotive, media, financial services and property sectors, where the team handles contentious matters related to licensing, unpaid fees, finance default and service charge arrears claims. Litigation partner Jamie Cartwright is the lead adviser.

Practice head(s):Jamie Cartwright

Key Clients

Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep

Walkers Chocolates

British Car Auctions

We Buy Any Car

ITV

Work highlights

  • Handling several matters on behalf of the client which include claims often involving unpaid fees and dishonoured cheques. The firm also pursues sellers in respect of breaches of warranties and individuals and companies on unpaid accounts.
  • Acting for ITV Global in recovering debts arising from programme and IP licensing.
  • Acting for a caterer in debt recovery claims in respect of several unpaid invoices for services provided over the course of 2 years.

Moore Blatch LLP handles debt offering ranges from advising on pre-issue recovery, issuing claims in the County Court and High Court and enforcement of judgements. Associates Peter Worrall and Susannah Marsh are the main practitioners and have a strong track-record in trade debt collection and working with letting agencies and landlords in the collection of rent arrears.

Practice head(s):Peter Worrall

Other key lawyers:Peter Worrall; Susannah Marsh

Key Clients

Tetnet Communication Services LLP

Octopus Property

Futurebuild Recruitment Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

PDT Solicitors focuses on debt recovery in the recruitment and retail sectors, particularly in asset-based lending, invoice finance and insolvency. The group are also regularly instructed to handle flight delay compensation claims.  Dispute co-heads Nigel Davidson and Will Angas are frequently supported by associates Gina Hope and Anne Bryant.

Practice head(s):Nigel Davidson, Will Angas

Other key lawyers:Nigel Davidson; Will Angas; Gina Hope; Anne Bryant

Key Clients

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Outsauce Financing Limited

Advantedge Commercial Finance Limited

Flight Delay Pay

Work highlights

  • Acting for an insolvency sector client in recovering outstanding book debts owed to a company in administration.
  • Instructed on behalf of a compensation provider in recovering compensation owed to airline passengers under an EU Directive,

Pinney Talfourd LLP's debt recovery team forms an integral part of the wider disputes practice, and has benefited from the arrival of practice head Nick Hatchett from Wortley Byers in mid-2018 and associates Maria Orfanidou and Oliver-James Topping. The team advise a range of clients in financial services, property, retail and construction fields. Litigation partner Stephen Eccles is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Nick Hatchett

Other key lawyers:Stephen Eccles; Maria Orfanidou; Oliver-James Topping 

Key Clients

Bank of Cyprus

Charterhouse (Accountants)

FRP Advisory

Mark Riley & Co

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Bank of Cyprus in seeking recovery of judgement debts, enforcement of money judgments obtained by the bank and related loans.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory in the recovery of sums paid over by the director of a limited company to his wife, in relation to a loan that she had allegedly made to the insolvent company.
  • Acting for the corporate client in seeking recovery of outstanding professional fees.

stevensdrake has experience across a wide range of debt types including consumer, commercial, motor and asset finance and debt purchase. The practice also offers specialist advice on asset recovery and collections for the motor finance industry. Debbie Mottley is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Debbie Mottley

Thackray Williams LLP acts for businesses across a range of industries on the collection of commercial debts and enforcement of judgements. Graeme Weir has particular experience in the law of conversion, collection of rent arrears, service charges and major works costs for housing associations, management agents and landlords, and debt recovery in the construction sector.

Practice head(s):Graeme Weir

Trethowans LLP's diverse client roster includes NHS Trusts, professional service providers, telecoms and property sector clients. Litigation partners Richard Cook and Karl Cameron handle debt claims in connection with recovery of over payment of salaries, unpaid invoices, rent arrears, and also advise private clients in respect of compensation for delayed flights.

Practice head(s):Karl Cameron, Richard Cook

Key Clients

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Amey plc

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Rowanmoor Personal Pensions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised client in reaching a £20,000 settlement for unpaid ground rent incurred as an expense in a SIPP.
  • Represented the client in successfully securing the payment of unpaid invoice fees.

Machins Solicitors LLP has specialist debt collection expertise in the areas of recovery of service and management charges on behalf of landlords and agents, consumer finance and business debts. Neil O’Callaghan is also able to assist with payment monitoring, tracing absent debtors and enforcement measures.

Practice head(s):Neil O’Callaghan


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