Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx in South East

B P Collins LLP

The dispute resolution team at B P Collins LLP is best known for its work in the environment, waste management, technology and pharmaceutical industries. The practice frequently handles commercial contract disputes, regulatory work, director litigation, defamation cases and professional negligence matters. The firm has a high-profile client base which includes corporates such as Biffa, Continental Tyres, Kawasaki, Toshiba and NHBC. Commercial dispute expert Matthew Brandis heads the team while Craig Williams has broad expertise acting for corporates and private clients. Simon Carroll has experience in international arbitration and Phil Hind is well versed in real estate litigation. Rajiv Malhotra is also a rated practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brandis

Other key lawyers:

Craig Williams; Simon Carroll; Phil Hind; Rajiv Malhotra

Testimonials

‘They’re an outstanding firm that deal with matters professionally and quickly while paying attention to detail all the while having the client’s best interest in mind.’

‘B P Collins has quality, depth and breadth. If you want a “City lawyer” service with the personal touch fully focused on a client’s needs, this is the firm for you.’

‘Clients who instruct the Dispute Resolution Team can rely on the solicitors they instruct and as a barrister it is always a joy to receive instructions from B P Collins because you know the case will be well prepared and the clients will have received commercial, practical and realistic advice.’

‘The Dispute Resolution Team also has the benefit of being able to draw on other specialist lawyers in other departments when the dispute requires it, which means that all of the client’s legal needs can be kept. From my observations, they are also very clear with clients about fees, so that the client knows how much expenditure they are incurring/can expect to incur.’

‘B P Collins backs up its service to clients with newsletters, client knowhow events etc so that the clients have the opportunity to obtain some additional knowledge. Two members of the dispute resolution team are also qualified mediators so B P Collins can also offer ADR options internally as well as externally.’

‘Craig Williams is very strategic. From the outset of a case he will set a clear and realistic strategy to achieve the clients’ ends whilst at the same time ensuring that the steps taken are beneficial and cost effective for the clients.’

‘Chris Hatton is a hardworker who is willing to put in the hours for the client’s case if needed. Dedicated to the client’s cause whilst being realistic.’

‘A proactive approach to dispute resolution that promotes mediation and a real goal of finding solutions, unlike too many of their competitors who appear to have the elongation of the dispute as their prime goal.’

Key clients

Summerleaze Group

BIC UK Limited

Biffa Waste Services Limited

P B Donoghue Group

AMF Bowling Holdings Limited

The Original Bowling Company

TMD Technologies Limited

Toshiba Medical Systems Limited

UK Parking Control Limited

Szczecin and Swinoujscie Seaports Authority S.A.

Kawasaki Motors UK

Dentons

Dentons represents clients in various areas of law such as product liability, asset finance, professional negligence, franchising, fraud, data protection and construction. The team has a diverse clientele across sectors including banking, insurance, automotive, manufacturing, transport, retail and energy. The practice is well versed in alternative dispute resolution methods such as adjudication and arbitration. New team head Louisa Caswell joined from Addleshaw Goddard while James Fairbairn  is well-regarded for breach of contract matters. Tim Constable handles international disputes while Rob Francis covers public inquiry work. Sarah Rutnah is another experienced litigator.

Practice head(s):

Louisa Caswell

Other key lawyers:

James Fairbairn; Tim Constable; Rob Francis; Sarah Rutnah

Testimonials

‘Tim Constable is an excellent and energetic partner. Brings a very creative mind to strategic issues.’

‘Sarah Rutnah is an up and coming senior associate. Works like a trojan with a sound commercial instinct.’

‘Dentons is a full service law firm, with some very good lawyers.’

‘Tim Constable is by far and away one of the most talented lawyers in the industry – he’s a real asset to Dentons – extremely knowledgeable, determined to provide clients with the best service possible and a really nice guy.’

‘James Fairbairn is a very experienced litigator with a very good sense of how cases will play out in court.’

‘The team headed by James Fairbairn stands out to me due to the high quality of their lawyers. My experience is that they are very bright, up to date with the law, have a full and proper understanding of the legal issues in the case and are alive to the difficulties in any particular matter. The draft documents, correspondence and submissions prepared by the team are excellent. I have recommended clients to James Fairbairn’s team in the past and will continue to do so.’

‘James Fairbairn is a seasoned litigator, nothing phases him, he’s seen it all before and vigorously fights every corner for the benefit of clients. Coupled with that however he provides wise advice. He is realistic about the strengths and weaknesses in any particular case and provides solid, clear, practical advice to clients. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rob Francis is fantastic. He knows our business inside out, which shows when he’s litigating on our behalf. Rob can be trusted with any of our instructions.’

Key clients

Pathfinder Mozambique SA

JV Consultores Internacionais Limitada

National House-Building Council

Circumference Investments (Europe) Limited

Circumference (Luxembourg) SARL

Circumference Holdings Ltd

Iliv Realty PTE

Petro Trade

Rubis

Lasko Products LLC

Avis Budget UK Limited

 

IBB Law

Based in Uxbridge, IBB Law is one of the leading dispute resolution/litigation teams in the South East. The team is experienced in insolvency-related matters, fraud, franchising, product liability and shareholder disputes. The firm’s work covers sectors such as automotive, manufacturing, distribution and leisure. Paul Kite leads the team and is particularly strong in the areas of commercial contracts, product liability and restrictive covenants. Sarah Jackson handles business litigation issues such as partnership and insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kite

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jackson

Testimonials

‘Efficiency, speed of service and good knowledge.’

‘As an out of London firm, the commercial litigation team at IBB LLP provide a first-rate service. Sarah Jackson is an exceptionally bright, committed and creative lawyer. She has great client management skills and is able to explain complex concepts in a straightforward accessible way. She has a no-nonsense and pragmatic approach which gets great results.’

‘Have the personal touch and are pragmatic.’

‘Sarah Jackson is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and bright. She makes everyone around her feel important which is a real gift. Sarah is on the top of my list of commercial solicitors to refer cases to.’

‘The commercial litigation team were very thorough, unflappable and protected our mutual client’s interest in the face of aggressive delaying and cost running up by other solicitors mitigating the considerable negative impact on the client in a toxic family based business dispute. Approachable and efficient.’

‘IBB were always contactable, listened, prepared and guided us through the whole process with professionalism.’

‘Excellent team – cost effective, detailed and diligent.’

Key clients

Renault UK

Interpath Advisory

Woods FoodService Ltd

Clancy Docwra Plc

Quantuma Advisory Ltd

Patek Phillipe

Cove Communities Management

Renault Retail Group UK

SA Law LLP

SA Law LLP advises clients across a wide range of areas from real estate litigation to IP and professional negligence. The firm is specialised in the retail, education and sports sectors and often advises ultra-high net worth individuals on commercial disputes. Tracey Lacey-Smith co-heads the practice and handles breach of contract and negligence matters with particular expertise in the education sector. Simon Walsh is experienced in civil and insolvency matters and potential freezing injunctions while fellow co-head Robert Ryall represents clients in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Lacey-Smith; Robert Ryall

Other key lawyers:

Simon Walsh

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the team at SA Law for several years in several aspects of law ranging from commercial property purchases to litigation. Our findings have been consistent and dependable. Good advice when we need it, help in giving clear direction and options and easy communication. They are established and offer a comprehensive range of services which we use as and when need. We have also recommend them to others and know that some of those referrals have been taken up.’

‘All the staff we interface with at SA Law are warm characters, they make you feel at home and therefore at ease and you never feel intimidated by them as you do with some practices. Their culture is very comfortable from a clients point of view. Special mention here goes to Clare Mackay and Helen Young who handled a very tricky commercial litigation case for us brilliantly over almost 3 years of back and forth.’

‘I have only ever used this practice. My family and our family business have used this practice for many years and have no desire to change. Personally I have always found them to not only be competent but also readily “available” at the end of the phone and responsive to emails which in today’s fast paced business practices is vital.’

‘The practice have taken time and given me attention regarding all of my options. They have always provided me with case law and comparative cases which has been extremely helpful in making decisions.’

‘Simon Walsh has been an amazing source of information, support and insight through out all discussions and any subject matter being explored. His patience and knowledge have been invaluable and he has an amazing ability to put things in laymans terms.’

‘I have always had every option presented to me as well as confidence in the team supporting me.’

‘I worked with Robert Ryall, who is a partner. I have found them to be extremely dedicated to the interests of their clients, very hard working and very experienced , both commercially and technically.’

‘I found Robert Ryall to be excellent – very committed, very knowledgeable and very commercial.’

Key clients

The Watford Association Football Club

Oaklands College

Middlesex University

Chesside Homes Limited

Motor Fuel Group

Ocado Group PLC

Arora Lighting

M&Co Trading Limited

Upstream Workplace Solutions Limited

MSH Planning Limited

Work highlights

  • Advise Motor Fuel Group (MFG) on managing commercial disputes including those with outgoing site managers.
  • Secured the full payment of a £250,000 credit account debt for Upstream Workplace Solutions Limited by devising a robust pre-claim strategy.
  • Obtained a successful outcome for Chesside Homes Limited in connection with a disputed boundary line between two residential properties.

Sherrards Solicitors LLP

The dispute resolution team at Sherrards Solicitors LLP specialises in the banking, fraud, recruitment and franchising sectors with much cross-border work in Ukraine, China and French-speaking countries. The team regularly acts for clients in asset finance, banking, insolvency and debt recovery-related litigation while also handling contentious probate and restrictive covenant issues. Paul Marmor heads the department and specialises in cross-border litigation and fraud. Marta Grieve focuses on Ukrainian and CIS-related matters while Karen Dobson handles finance-related litigation. Barney Laurence is well-versed in commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Marmor

Other key lawyers:

Marta Grieve; Karen Dobson; Barney Laurence

Testimonials

‘Proactive and sensitive to client needs and concerns. Open-minded about thinking outside the box. Prepared to devote all the resources needed to the task and determined to get the best possible result for the clients.’

‘Paul Marmor is partner and head of litigation. Very astute to the commercial realities of the case and sensitive to client needs. Manages the team effectively.’

‘Greg Pooler is very hard-working, bright and conscientious. Lynchpin of the team, and provides the real graft.’

‘Extremely professional at all times and transparent with billing.’

‘Karen Dobson and her assistant Rachel were so tenacious with everything that was asked of them. Total transparency with everything and very efficient.’

Key clients

HBL Bank UK Limited

Aurora Leasing Limited

Cambria Automobiles Limited

Gresham House plc

Winkworth Estates & Lettings

Villa Plus

McGinley Healthcare Limited

Berry Recruitment Limited

International Tin Association

Countrywide Estate Agents

AMUT Ecotech S.p.A.

JAM Vehicles Limited

The Jewellery Channel Limited

ParentPay Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a major cosmetics business on a recovery claim in fraud against its former directors and suppliers requiring freezing injunctions and asset tracing.

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law has specialist industry knowledge in relation to various consumables including sterile products, specialist disability aids, home care, catering equipment, construction and commercial vehicle tyres. The department is also known for its expertise in the construction sector with key panel wins for solar panel companies. Co-head Jackie Ray and Sangita Manek act for blue chip commercial clients on matters involving mediation and commercial contracts while fellow co-head Alka Kharbanda specialises in contentious probate and professional negligence. Associate

Practice head(s):

Jackie Ray; Alka Kharbanda

Other key lawyers:

Sangita Manek; Jon Lilley

Testimonials

‘I dealt with Alka Kharbanda on a complex case. They were very helpful, gave good advice to the family I was dealing with and were quick to respond to email queries. They manage to settle a case quickly and wrote several excellent letters that ensured the other side settled quickly but were pragmatic with it.’

‘Extensive knowledge of a commercial litigation practice, working hard to resolve issues prior to court proceedings being issued therefore reducing costs & time for matters to be resolved.’

‘Excellent communication skills. Practical options for resolutions.’

‘An excellent Team that provides a City of London service, while being approachable and unstuffy.’

‘A growing, ambitious and excellent firm whose main hub is in the Chilterns.’

‘Jon Lilley is cool and calm under fire. He keeps his focus on achieving good results for clients. Sees through the bluff and bluster which some opponents employ. Sensible, practical and a natural solution-finder. And if an obvious solution cannot be found, he’ll fashion one.’

Key clients

Pythagoras Capital Ltd

Mr Tan Koon

McCambridge Duffy

C F Services

First Collect International Ltd

Bunzl UK Ltd

Stannah Lift Services Ltd

TXH Ltd

Correco Ltd

Kawasaki Motors Europe

Work highlights

  • Acted for Even Keel Solutions Limited in bankruptcy proceedings.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP‘s dispute resolution team handles contractual disputes, allegations of fraud, IP issues, defamation and harassment. The team is also well-versed in handling claims arising out of mergers and acquisitions, shareholder conflicts and professional negligence matters. The firm’s key sectors include hospitality, leisure, logistics, manufacturing and equipment. Practice head Simon Hobbs  is an experienced litigator specialising in energy disputes, allegations of fraud and IP. Tom Holden handles commercial contract and insolvency issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hobbs

Other key lawyers:

Tom Holden

Testimonials

‘Good strength and depth in the media and communications team.’

‘I have worked closely with Tom Rudkin recently. He has a superb grasp of both black letter law and strategy and is good with the clients. Clearly partner material.’

Key clients

London Luton Airport Ltd

Fedex

Hologic Group

Sealed Air

Triad Plc

Dawsongroup Plc

ID Medical Ltd

Cromwell Tools Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Triad Group Plc in defamation proceedings against its former directors.

Machins Solicitors LLP

The dispute resolution team at Machins Solicitors LLP is experienced in commercial litigation issues with a particular specialism in shareholder and partnership disputes. The practice is also steadily increasing its alternative dispute resolution services having represented clients in several mediations. Practice head Neil O’Callaghan is well regarded for his expertise in contentious insolvency matters such as bankruptcy proceedings. Benedict Smith focuses on probate issues while Holly Baker handles commercial and property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Neil O’Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Benedict Smith; Holly Baker; Ben Walters

Testimonials

‘Machins are a firm who you genuinely feel are committed to providing quality service to their clients.’

‘Benedict Smith inspires confidence in clients and has an ability to put them at ease, in event the most trying of circumstances.’

‘I guess the key strength of Machins is that it is partner-led. And this is reflected in the quality of advice and professional approach consistent with their approach.’

‘They have always treated me very well. I feel they make me at ease when meeting them in very sensitive meetings.’

‘Well informed and quick to respond.’

‘Neil O’Callaghan is always quick to respond and available to answer questions and provide guidance on a wide range of areas.’

‘Machins has a strong team of commercial litigators – with particular expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes. They’re lovely to deal with and get great results for their clients.’

‘Holly Baker is an efficient lawyer who gets things done with no fuss. She is careful, pays attention to the detail, and really seeks to go the extra mile for clients.’

Tees Law

The dispute resolution team at Tees Law specialises in property disputes, professional negligence, corporate recovery, insolvency and agricultural matters. The team provide commercial litigation advice to a diverse client roster from local businesses to PLCs. Darren Perks heads the practice with expertise in complicated property disputes. Caroline Metcalf is experienced in agricultural matters and complex farming issues. Associate Polly Kerr is a commercial litigator with experience in defamation, harassment and education.

Practice head(s):

Darren Perks

Other key lawyers:

Polly Kerr; Caroline Metcalf

Testimonials

‘Throughout a very stressful and challenging case, Caroline Metcalf provided me with the calm, professional and realistic advice necessary to make the best decisions given the nuances of English Law. Her commitment to her work is exemplary and often we discussed issues late at night and over the weekend as she was always available or responded to my concerns and queries extremely promptly and fully empathized with the legal difficulties facing me to balance my expectations against probable legal outcomes.’

‘Polly Kerr has been fantastic, we’ve had a long and drawn dispute and she’s been on the case 100%.’

Key clients

Greene King

Fuller Smith & Turner

Turners of Soham

Bishop’s Stortford College

Strutt and Parker

Price Bailey

Newhall Projects Limited

Spicer Haart

Work highlights

  • Acted for a festival organiser in bringing an urgent injunction in the High Court to prevent a neighboring land owner from blocking exit to a well known three day music festival.
  • Acted for an Airfield owner in successfully defending a judicial review to allow a new hanger to be developed.

Debenhams Ottaway

Based in St Albans Debenhams Ottaway advises on a range of commercial litigation matters including boardroom disputes, company dissolutions, contractual, debt recovery and professional negligence issues. The firm regularly represents multi-national corporations, owner-managed businesses and high-net worth individuals. Juliet Schalker heads the practice and handles high-value litigation in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Alex Neale regularly acts on director and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Juliet Schalker

Other key lawyers:

Alex Neale

Testimonials

‘Progressive and highly professional regional litigation outfit.’

‘Would recommend Juliet Schalker – very experienced, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Juliet Schalker is a powerhouse. Her team covers the full range of dispute resolution work and does so to an extremely high standard.’

‘Juliet has a sharp mind but is very client focused and also empathetic. She goes the extra mile.’

‘The dispute resolution team is well regarded in the insolvency sector. Juliet Schalker is well regarded by her peers and clients as being technically astute, accessible, knowledgeable and personable. My view is that Debenhams Ottaway’s insolvency team are exposed to more complex, higher value disputes, than you would normally expect of firms in this category. I frequently refer work to the firm where my firm are conflicted and have had only positive feedback.’

‘Juliet is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and technically and commercially astute. She has a great understanding of the industry and clients love her. We have a number of mutual clients who also hold her in high regard.’

‘Strong female presence with some great role models.’

‘Juliet Schalker is very personable and exceptional with industry knowledge. She has a great ability to share her network and assist business clients outside of casework.’

Key clients

Dermal Laboratories Limited

Access Group

Pizza Express

Pret A Manger

MSP Capital Limited

Three Oaks Care Home

Davis & Co LLP

Squad Security Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dermal Laboratories Limited who manufacture and sell pharmaceutical products in their £4m claim against Leumi ABL Limited.
  • Acted in a complex and high value director and shareholder dispute spanning a consortium of inter-related companies.
  • Acted for Davis & Co LLP in a dispute with another accountancy practice they acquired through an asset purchase agreement.

Longmores Solicitors LLP

Longmores Solicitors LLP has key sector expertise in the recruitment and property management industries, regularly acting for employment businesses. The Hertford-based team deals exclusively with commercial disputes and is co-headed by John Wiblin who focuses on shareholder and director issues. Co-head John Wagstaffe handles complex property litigation while Nathanael Young has expertise in defamation and insolvency matters. Lauren MacKenzie specialises in contentious probate and general commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Wiblin; John Wagstaffe

Other key lawyers:

Nathanael Young; Lauren MacKenzie

Testimonials

‘Longmores have been dependable, commercially savvy and very approachable in what has been a very complicated and sensitive dispute. The team have risen to the challenge and have consistently provided sound advice. They blend depth of expertise and attention to detail, without losing sight of the practical picture. They have ability and passion from partner to paralegal and have an impressive network of barristers at their fingertips.’

‘Lauren Mackenzie was calm and un-phased when a crisis, challenge or fork in the road descended. She consistently responded with clear-minded advice that helped me keep my composure. She is incredibly down to earth, has excellent judgment and total integrity in all she does. She is a highly strategic and tactical advocate. I could not have asked for somebody better to fight my corner.’

‘This firm were very quick to act on my behalf. I was impressed with their way of making things easy to understand. They were thorough and direct to the point and their main concern was to expedite my instructions directly without trying to generate additional costs that would incur more fees.’

‘John Wagstaffe was particularly helpful and always available to listen and take my instructions.’

‘Nathanael Young is the gold standard for a litigation partner in a smaller firm. He is totally on top of his cases and uses counsel very efficiently. He can be relied on to make all the right tactical calls in the preliminary stages of litigation which makes it much easier for counsel once brought into the case.’

‘The collaborative approach was refreshing and enabled us to work rapidly through our case in a confident uncomplicated way.’

‘We are grateful for the service provided by John Wiblin who became a partner to the business in addressing our case.’

‘Longmores are a local and well respected legal practice enjoying fine and accessible offices in the old town. Their staff are welcoming and meetings are held on time and to a proper standard which reflect both there depth of experience and in these challenging times their concern for their clients well being.’

Key clients

Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited

Docklands Restaurants and Bars

Dr Mary Fairhurst

Zero 21 Brands Limited

Fox Connaught Limited

Elite Coffee Limited

Verulam Advisory Limited

Co Co B Design Limited

Enovert South Limited

Acacium Group of Companies

Transport Planning Associates Limited

Focus Development Solutions Limited

Richard Hale School

Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited

Work highlights

  • Obtained and executed an imaging order and related injunctions for a large medical recruitment group.
  • Acted for operators of a waste disposal site in a claim against 10 defendants arising from an alleged misdescription of waste deposited at the site.
  • Acted for the successful claimant in the ‘Ring Doorbell’ privacy-related litigation.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP provides the full range of dispute resolution services from commercial litigation to international arbitration, acting for a diverse client base of FTSE companies, private individuals and owner-managed businesses. The Milton Keynes-based team has specialist expertise in the financial services sector and represents commercial lenders, private lenders and high street brands. Banking litigation expert Stuart Montgomery leads the practice with support from Kate Draper who focuses on commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Kate Draper

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths is an excellent firm for property litigation within the commercial litigation sector. The solicitors always have a good eye for the commercial needs of the clients.’

‘Richard Willcox is very good. I worked with him on a restrictive covenant case. He is very commercially aware.’

‘Oliver Spicer is excellent for mortgage work, especially the more complicated and involved cases.’

‘Professional and efficient. We have used them for a number of years and have a very good working relationship.’

‘Oliver Spicer and Start Montgomery are our 2 main points of contact at the moment. Personally, I value Oliver’s opinion and guidance on all ongoing case matters. For us, one of the most important qualities is speed and efficiency and Oliver provides this without fail.’

‘An excellent team of all-rounders: strong in the law, adept tactically and committed to delivering the optimal results for their clients in the most cost-effective way.’

‘Stuart Montgomery is a “go to” lawyer for complex financial and banking disputes, with great client-handling skills and a real flair for running a case.’

‘Kate Connolly is hard-working and has an eye for detail that marks her out as an excellent lawyer.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a high net worth individual in a long-running, multi-faceted claim against a former employer.

Taylor Walton LLP

The commercial litigation team at Taylor Walton LLP represents a diverse range of clients including public and private sector organisations, charities, high-net worth individuals and FTSE 350 companies. The Luton-based practice is particularly well-versed in property litigation disputes. James Carpenter heads the team and is experienced in negligence claims, contentious probate and shareholder disputes. Saljuq Haider is well-versed in contract and construction issues.

Practice head(s):

James Carpenter

Other key lawyers:

Saljuq Haider

Testimonials

‘A very solid team with several litigators who show good common sense in their client dealings with practical commercial advice given and clients kept well informed.’

‘Katarina Morgan and James Carpenter lead the team well. Their briefs to counsel are always comprehensive and client feedback on efficiency is good. Their written work such as applications and supporting statements is always high quality.’

‘Working with the team has been professional from start to finish allowing us to make informed decisions through complex processes. The availability and “can do” attitude has enabled us to conduct our business and know we have the right people in our corner to enable good decision making and positive outcomes.’

‘Saljuq Haider is both extremely knowledgeable but also engaging and willing to explain in understandable terms. He remains both professional and friendly and reviews with skill and detail. He is able to make key recommendations and a fair assessment of position to enable the achievable outcomes. Our dealings with Juq have been fantastic and he is also well connected to make further advice recommendations when needed.’

‘I would unequivocally recommend working with Saljuq in his key areas of expertise.’

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents a range of different clients in commercial disputes including PLCs, SMEs, financial institutions, government authorities and foreign parties. The firm acts for both claimants and defendants and has developed a specialism for fraud related and financial matters. Civil fraud expert Sobashni De Silva co-heads the practice with Anthony Okumah who handles negligence and property matters.

Practice head(s):

Sobashni De Silva;  Anthony Okumah

Testimonials

‘Sobashni and Tom had been wonderful in listening to our case and providing clear direction with great transparency in a timely manner.’

‘They have been effectively communicating with us and the opposite party and were very punctual in time to provide details and to close the case in our favor.’

‘Sobashni and Tom are two people from Duncan Lewis whom we recommend for their highest standard of professionalism and for going above and beyond to help us resolve our legal dispute.’

‘Excellent response time.’

‘Sobashni De Silva is a stand out partner – excellent with clients and able to cut through the trickiest of instructions to produce clear and focused briefs.’

‘The team I work with always go the extra mile for their clients, diligently working their way through cases to ensure the client has the best chance of success in litigation. They react fast to requests from counsel and are always delightful to deal with.’

‘My main contact is Anthony Okumah who is great to work with, always tempering serious issues with his great humour and always putting in the hours for his clients. More recently I have worked with Annabel Steele whom I find takes great care with her clients and ensures they get the best result. I have recently been very impressed with her approach to negotiating a settlement.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Salahedin Bashir Said Bin Hasin in relation to enforcing a Libyan judgment for $2.2M via the English courts.
  • Represented Faiz Dalili, a high profile Afghan political figure, involving a multi-million private security company in Dubai and Afghanistan.
  • Instructed by Salisbury Support 4 Autism Limited in relation to a breach of contract and enforcement of terms of a Tomlin order between the client and London Borough of Barnet.

Lennons Solicitors

Lennons Solicitors advises on a number of commercial litigation matters from small contractual disputes to high-value claims. This work often involves professional negligence, debt recovery and shareholder issues. Kumaran Sivathillainathan leads the practice with support from Andrew King who represents clients in property and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kumaran Sivathillainathan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew King

Testimonials

‘Diverse, friendly, local, communitive and connected.’

‘Friendly and fast to respond.’

‘Andrew King is hard working, keen to produce a good result and friendly to work with.’

‘Well rounded team, able to give advice across the board taking into account employment and property law as well as commercial to ensure that the client gets the best outcome. Written work always excellent with well prepared statements and applications.’

‘Kumaran Sivathillainathan and Andrew King provide the back bone of the team. Andrew in particular is a stellar commercial litigator with an eye for a good deal or a moment of weakness on the other side. His negotiaton skills are second to none of those I have mediated with.’

Key clients

Mitchel Hopkinson

A Class Corporate Travel UK Ltd

T2 Fitness Training & Education Limited

Montway Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended a claim seeking to enforce indemnities under the Share Purchase Agreement from 2008.
  • Provided commercial litigation services to A Class Corporate Travel UK Ltd.
  • Acted for T2 Fitness Training & Education Ltd in a debt recovery against students that have failed to pay.  

Neves

Neves is a well regarded dispute resolution practice which provides a range of legal services from commercial to family, property, wills and probate. Joint head Fiona Hewitt is a key member of the team who combines expertise in commercial and employment disputes, while Peter Kelly is well-versed in debt recovery, estates and breach of contract matters with a focus on resolving cases before they reach court.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kelly; Fiona Hewitt

Testimonials

‘The litigation team is very focused on making each client feel they are the only matter on the desk at the time of the meeting or call. Really first class service.’

‘Fiona Hewitt is excellent, both as a lawyer and as a client service manager.’

‘A large, well-organised regional firm with lawyers at all levels at a consistently excellent quality.’

‘Peter Kelly is an exceptionally knowledgeable and effective litigator.’

‘I would have no reservations at all about recommending Neves.’

‘I regularly work on Peter Kelly’s matters. He is consistently very pleasant and  from what I have seen in conferences, excellent at building rapport with his clients. Further, I have noticed on a number of occasions that his judgement on procedural matters is very good. He is very experienced and knowledgeable, but also approachable and easy to contact.’

‘Excellent service. Exceeds expectations.’

‘Fiona Hewitt provides reliable advice and deals with difficult situations calmly and efficiently.’

Key clients

Ashridge Investments Ltd

UK Addiction Treatment Limited

Heritage Care Homes Limited

B & H Burger Joint Limited

Chamberlain Group plc

Pump Gyms Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ashridge Investments Limited in injunctive proceedings for trespass, unlawful works and service charge arrears in relation to a multi-million pound high profile Belgravia property.
  • Acted for Unit 6 Group Limited in a claim brought by Apple Inc for copyright infringement.
  • Advised UK Addiction Treatment Limited on claims brought by former service users.

Nockolds Solicitors

Bishop’s Stortford-based Nockolds Solicitors is experienced in commercial litigation with expertise in breach of contract, restrictive covenant, professional negligence, construction and IP issues. The team acts for SMEs, companies and represents several of the firm’s property clients. Practice head Samuel Cook is well-versed in handling insolvency-related matters in addition to shareholder disputes. George Burton handles intellectual property issues while Lucy Slatter focuses on company disputes.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Cook

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Slatter; George Burton

Testimonials

‘I have been dealing with Nockold Solicitors since July 2021. Lucy Slatter, Nigel Ashman and Simon Kenneally have been extremely professional and helpful throughout the process.’

‘Lucy Slatter has been a gem, very supportive and continues to go above and beyond to assist me with my very difficult and complex case. Lucy has managed to guide me through a very challenging case and provided the appropriate counsel and advice at all times.’

‘Efficient and practical.’

‘Alex Haddad is very efficient and professional.’

‘This is a team which offers London quality at provincial prices. It is a serous firm for serious people.’

‘Sam Cook is a real talent. Hard-working, savvy and innovative. George Burton is great lawyer and a creative tinker.’

‘Nockolds have been our company solicitors for many years now and have consistently remained proactive and responsive. They guided us through a very complex case during the height of the pandemic when all traditional face to face interactions could not take place. Through their use of technology we were able to hold video and conference calls between all or our company directors and our solicitors to navigate and manage the issues to reach a resolution.’

‘We have worked with several members of the firm over the years across various areas of our business and they have always been great. We must make special comment to Lucy Slatter whom without her guidance and support our complex and challenging management buyout during the height of the pandemic would not have been possible.’