B P Collins LLP advises clients on a range of commercial disputes, and has particular expertise in the environment, waste management, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Based in Gerrards Cross, the team handles disputes relating to commercial contracts, construction, intellectual property and regulatory work. Practice leader Matthew Brandis has a track record of resolving complex commercial contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. The 'extremely talented' Craig Williams deals with "corporate divorce" issues such as shareholder and director disputes, while newly promoted partner Simon Carroll focuses on disputes involving an international element. Rajiv Malhotra is also recommended.
Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx in South East
Matthew Brandis; Craig Williams
Other key lawyers:
Simon Carroll; Rajiv Malhotra
‘Craig Williams is the reason we instruct the firm. He is an extremely talented litigator who always looks after our best interests. He never takes his eye off the ball. He’s great to work with too.’
‘The team takes time to understand our business, culture and ambition. Their work reflects what we need at the time.’
‘Craig Williams and Simon Carroll provide real focus for the team assembled for cases, and add value at every stage.’
‘Rajiv Malhotra has shown himself to be a very able litigator and a safe pair of hands. His advice is comprehensive and clear. He never leaves things until the last minute and is always in control of his work.’
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
The Milton Keynes team at Dentons acts on behalf of both regional and international clients, including bluechip organiations and financial institutions, covering a broad range of disputes relating to product liability, professional negligence, commercial fraud, franchising and construction. Practice co-leader James Fairbairn is described as 'incredibly bright and quick', handling complex contract disputes and product liability cases. Practice co-leader Tim Constable focuses on international disputes, covering commercial fraud and corruption, as well as having experience in freezing injunctions and search and seizure orders. Rob Francis is recommended by clients. Clare Stothard and Steven Mills left in late 2020 as part of a large disputes and investigations team which joined TLT.
James Fairbairn; Tim Constable
Other key lawyers:
‘Tim Constable goes above and beyond to provide commercial and practical solutions, minimising risk, prioritising strategic goals and providing exceptional and experienced advice.’
‘The team, led by Tim Constable, has a great reputation for delivering quality legal advice internationally.’
‘James Fairbairn is incredibly bright and quick. His mind cuts straight through the case and focuses on the core issues.’
‘Rob Francis is intelligent, thorough and rigorous coupled with an approachable and friendly manner towards clients. Hard working and dedicated to obtaining results.’
‘Tim Constable is a big presence in the international space, with years of experience and a sixth sense for litigation strategy.’
‘Genuine commercial and strategic advice to ensure successful outcomes. True partnering alongside in-house counsel, dedicated to enabling the conclusion of contentious matters in a controlled and considered fashion. Exceptional international network for non-UK contentious work.’
‘Rob Francis is always available and keen to assist, demonstrating a total command of every aspect of the matter he works on. One of his particular strengths is being able to deliver a work of outstanding quality within short time frames.’
National House-Building Council
Silverstone Circuits Limited
Iliv Realty Pte
Independent Office for Police Conduct
Cox Powertrain Limited
Royal Mail Group
IG Index Limited
- Acted for Diagnostics Al Limited in its judicial review and procurement claim against the UK Government and two of the Lighthouse Laboratories.
- Acted for three Mozambican companies in respect of seven claims brought against them by three English investors, involving a dispute relating to the funding of a Mozambique mining project.
- Acted for Green Box Recycling Limited in its claim for breach of fiduciary duty against its directors. Following a six-day trial the court found against the defendants.
The 'approachable, businesslike and personable' team at IBB Law advises high-profile clients, including UK subsidiaries of multinational corporations and PLCs, on a range of disputes relating to commercial contracts, product liability, franchising and debt recovery. Based in Uxbridge, practice leader Paul Kite has experience in the automotive, distribution and manufacturing sectors, handling matters such as boardroom disputes, restrictive covenants and allegations of fraud. Sarah Jackson is an experienced commercial litigator, who handles matters such as shareholder disputes and insolvency issues. John Clement has expertise in the holiday home sector and deals with claims involving commercial contracts and civil fraud.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Jackson; John Clement
‘Very approachable, businesslike and personable. They know each others strengths and work together to provide the best service.’
‘Sarah Jackson is incredibly bright, sensitive and pragmatic. She has time for everyone and really values her clients and indeed everyone she works with.’
‘Friendly, accessible, great client handling skills and noticeable diversity.’
‘Paul Kite has a great eye for detail – superb client handling skills.’
‘Sarah Jackson is extremely capable and knowledgeable, giving excellent stewardship of her cases. She is also very approachable and down to earth, and easy to get along with; whilst maintaining a steely firmness.’
‘Easy to work with, practical, and excellent legal knowledge.’
‘Sarah Jackson is a tough litigator – someone you very much want to have in your corner.’
Quantuma Advisory Ltd.
Woods Food Service Ltd.
Clancy Docwra PLC
Moore Kingston Smith
Renault Retail UK Group
SA Law LLP advises clients in the retail, education and sport sectors on a broad range of commercial disputes, often with an international element. Based in St Albans, the team deals with shareholder and director disputes, and matters relating to professional negligence, health and safety and intellectual property issues. Practice co-leader Tracy Lacey-Smith has expertise in the retail sector and advises clients in relation complex contractual matters and professional negligence issues. Practice co-head Robert Ryall has notable expertise in sports-related litigation, while newly promoted partner Simon Walsh handles contractual matters and shareholder and partnership disputes.
Tracy Lacey-Smith; Robert Ryall
Other key lawyers:
Simon Walsh; Clare Mackay
‘The team are very approachable and explain things thoroughly before commencement of work – they are professional in their approach and always have the client at the core of what they do.’
‘Robert Ryall has an air of calmness, boundless enthusiasm and a ruthless determination to succeed.’
‘Clare Mackay has a calm yet confident manner, easy to communicate with and clearly very knowledgeable. Her persona is reassuring, and I always feel her approach to a given situation is well considered. Her advice is genuinely in the best interest of her client.’
‘The team are responsive, accessible, easy to communicate with, and engender confidence by their professionalism and knowledge of their subject area.’
‘Simon Walsh is a very dedicated solicitor, who provides an exceptional service to his clients. He keeps up to date with the recent legal developments and provides valuable insight and support into how a case can be won. He is able to identify with ease the key legal issues and how they will impact upon the case.’
‘Clare Mackay is a fantastic commercial disputes lawyer. She is hands on and practical, quickly works out the client’s priorities and focuses on them relentlessly.’
Eltek AS and Eltek ASA and Eltek Power UK Ltd
The Watford Association Football Club
Sutton Housing Partnership
M & Co Ltd.
The Buxton Group
Motor Fuel Group
- Assisted Motor Fuel Group in managing commercial disputes, including those with outgoing site managers.
- Defended a heavy machinery distributor against claims for misrepresentation and negligent misstatement.
- Advised and represented J2 Marketing Digital Limited in two fee disputes and made recoveries of sums that it expected to have to write off.
Sherrards Solicitors LLP has considerable expertise in the banking, recruitment and franchising sectors, providing 'City skills and know-how' across a broad range of complex disputes. The team frequently handles Russian, Ukrainian and CIS-related work, as well as other cross-border matters, particularly in relation to China, the US and French-speaking countries. 'Thorough and brilliant' practice leader Paul Marmor specialises in cross-border litigation, finance-related disputes and fraud matters. Barney Laurence has experience in actions involving High Court injunctions, while Karen Dobson deals with insolvency, and banking and finance-related litigation work. Marta Grieve heads up the firm’s Russia, Ukraine and CIS desk. Gregory Pooler handles professional negligence claims.
Other key lawyers:
Barney Laurence; Karen Dobson; Marta Grieve; Gregory Pooler
‘Paul Marmor is thorough and brilliant. In a complex case which involved the interpretation of laws from multiple jurisdictions, he understood the details of the dispute and provided insight and precise questions to uncover the facts.’
‘The team is knowledgeable, pragmatic and client oriented.’
‘Marta Grieve, is a very astute lawyer. With wit, humour and very considerable dedication, she leaves no stone unturned, and explains English law and lawyers to Russian/Ukrainian clients and vice versa. Marta, in combination with Paul Marmor, makes Sherrards truly exceptional when working with clients from former CIS states.’
‘Paul Marmor is an impressive performer. Very helpful and hardworking. He is a very capable and professional litigator – we feel very satisfied with the legal advice and services that he provided.’
‘City skills and know-how at very reasonable chargeout rates.’
‘Barney Laurence is a standout partner. He is able to take the client through a very stressful litigation situation with confidence, and has always been open and measured and good at getting information out of us in order to help us make informed decisions, which then allows him to take appropriate action. He also has a winning track record.’
‘Greg Pooler is very proactive, knowledgeable, willing and able to go the extra mile.’
‘Karen Dobson is an outstanding insolvency litigator who always delivers an excellent service.’
HBL Bank UK Limited
Aurora Leasing Limited
Cambria Automobiles Limited
Gresham House plc
Winkworth Estates & Lettings
McGinley Healthcare Limited
Berry Recruitment Limited
International Tin Association
Countrywide Estate Agents
- Defended a mini-oligarch, together with three other oligarchs, being sued for $350m by a Russian oil company.
- Acted for a Russian bank and its European subsidiary, claiming $24m from a customer and its guarantors, including injunctive pre-action relief and dealing with an anti-suit injunction.
- Acted for a national franchisor estate agency on a dispute with a long-standing former franchisee, for breach of covenants and unlawful competition.
Located in High Wycombe, Blaser Mills Law acts for a range of clients on commercial litigation concerning intellectual property, sports and reputation management. The department also has specialist industry knowledge in areas including IT disputes and construction. Practice leader Alka Kharbanda has particular expertise in contractual disputes, civil fraud and contentious probate. Jackie Ray deals with contract and IT disputes, while Sangita Manek - 'a real fighter for her clients' - has experience in property litigation and contentious probate matters. Executive chairman Jonathan Lilley remains a key contact, while Nick Scott joined from Greenwoods GRM in February 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Jackie Ray; Sangita Manek; Jonathan Lilley; Nick Scott
‘Jonathan Lilley is an extremely affable and experienced litigator. A respected opponent, who defends his client’s corner but with one eye on ultimate outcomes and makes good use of alternative dispute resolution. A joy to work with and gets good results for clients.’
‘Alka Kharbanda is an experienced and strategically wise litigator, robust when needed and gets good results for clients. Can really take the fight to the other side when its called for.’
‘A friendly and approachable team.
‘Jonathan Lilley is a very experienced litigator who knows when to settle. Excellent at delegating the day-to-day work to reliable associates but still completely on top of the case.’
‘Sangita Manek is a real fighter for her clients, who will leave no stone unturned.’
‘Nick Scott is an extremely good litigation strategist, has an agile mind and is supremely adept in batting away opponent solicitors’ correspondence.’
Bunzl UK Ltd.
First Collect International Ltd.
C F Services
Stannah Lift Services Ltd.
GRS Roadstone Ltd.
- Advised Bresco Electorial Services Ltd (in liquidation). The insolvency practitioners pursued an adjudication in the name of an insolvent company against a defendant for failure to pay monies due under the terms of a construction contract. The adjudication was successful and the defendant sought to bring an injunction preventing the enforcement of the adjudicators’ award.
National firm Freeths LLP advises corporate clients, high-net-worth individuals and clients across sectors including drinks, hospitality and leisure on a range of disputes. The Milton Keynes team handles contractual disputes, IP, shareholder conflicts, as well as defamation and harassment claims. Milton Keynes practice head Simon Hobbs specialises in disputes involving allegations of fraud and professional negligence, alongside insolvency and IP litigation. Tom Holden advises clients in relation to insolvency issues, commercial contract, and director and shareholder disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Sound, pragmatic, commercial advice. Great understanding of the client’s business and what makes them tick.’
‘Simon Hobbs manages cases exceptionally well. He is able to see the bigger picture and understands/appreciates what matters to the client. Provides sound legal advice with sensible and effective strategy planning.’
‘Tom Holden is thorough and detailed.’
London Luton Airport Ltd.
TNT / Fedex
Sealed Air Ltd.
ID Medical Ltd.
- Advised Triad Group PLC and its directors on breach of contract, harassment and defamation claims against its former CEO.
Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP
Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP handles litigation concerning construction, IP and insolvency, as well as director and shareholder matters. Practice head Kenneth Stangoe leads the team from Milton Keynes.
Tees Law provides commercial litigation advice to a range of clients, from PLCs to local businesses and substantial farming clients, on matters including property, defamation, construction and agricultural matters. Located in Bishop’s Stortford, the practice frequently collaborates with other teams across the firm in disputes relating to takeovers and acquisitions, as well as partnership and company disputes. Practice leader Darren Perks has particular expertise in property disputes, such as construction and professional negligence claims. Caroline Metcalf specialises in agricultural disputes, while Polly Kerr advises clients in defamation cases.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Metcalf; Polly Kerr
‘Tees’ key strength is its undoubted commitment to fight its client’s corner. It has a huge breadth of experience in all aspects of litigation and is as at home in the High Court as in its local courts.’
‘Darren Perks is extremely competent, business-minded and responsive. He brings a pragmatic approach and is always a master of the detail. Always thinks through the issues and is clear in his approach.’
‘Caroline Metcalf is always actively involved in any case and goes the extra mile to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Has sound judgement, and is responsive and thoughtful.’
‘Polly Kerr is extremely responsive and clear in her approach.’
Fuller Smith & Turner
Turners of Soham
Bishop’s Stortford College
Strutt and Parker Farms
Stansted Airport Limited
Newhall Projects Limited
- Advised on a group action worth £5m, involving the owners of over 100 units in the North of England.
- Advised a local restaurant on resisting their landlord’s attempts to terminate their business tenancy, relying on the intention to redevelop.
- Advised land owning clients in respect of attempts by telecommunication operators to secure rights to install masts on their land.
The St Albans team at Debenhams Ottaway advises clients on boardroom and contractual disputes, company dissolutions, professional negligence, and debt recovery and issues relationg to personal guarantees. Disputes head Juliet Schalker, who ‘brings City expertise’, focuses on shareholder and boardroom disputes, insolvency litigation, private equity and alternative lending markets. Mairead McErlean has experience in representing clients in disputes, from high-net-worth individuals to international organisations. Former practice head Luke Harrison departed in April 2020 to co-found Keidan Harrison.
Other key lawyers:
‘Juliet Schalker is an experienced litigator – she brings City expertise to Debenhams Ottaway and is impressively focused on meeting client objectives in litigation.’
‘The team had a good knowledge and understanding of the details of the case, and have guided us every step of the way.’
‘Juliet Schalker has been very supportive and insightful on the details of the dispute resolution process.’
Dermal Laboratories Limited
Pret A Manger
MSP Capital Limited
Three Oaks Care Home
Davis & Co LLP
Utility Warehouse Limited
Squad Security Limited
- Acted for Dermal Laboratories Limited and Diomed Developments Limited in their £4m claim against Leumi ABL Limited, an asset based lender.
- Acted for Davis & Co LLP in a dispute with another accountancy practice they acquired through an Asset Purchase Agreement.
- Acted for Three Oaks Care Home Limited in a claim against them, made by BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions Limited, for breach of an unregulated hire agreement.
Longmores Solicitors LLP offers 'high quality service', with expertise in the recruitment and property management sectors, as well as acting for waste management companies on commercial disputes. Based in Hertford, practice leader John Wiblin handles shareholder and partnership disputes, and has experience in advising clients in the recruitment sector. John Wagstaffe specialises in property litigation matters. 'Tremendous litigator' Nathanael Young has particular expertise in insolvency issues, intellectual property and defamation law, while Lauren Mackenzie splits her time between commercial litigation and contentious probate.
Other key lawyers:
John Wagstaffe; Nathanael Young; Lauren Mackenzie
‘Nathanael Young is a tremendous litigator. You always know that he has thoroughly taken a grip of the case and the lay clients are in very safe hands.’
‘The firm offers strong legal analysis for a regional firm and high quality service.’
‘John Wiblin is very knowledgeable about the law and procedure. He is always thinking about tactics, outcomes and what happens next.’
Independent Clinical Services Limited
Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited
Selwyn Court Residents Limited
ES Manufacturing Limited
Verulam Advisory Limited
Zero 21 Brands Limited
Co Co B Design Limited
- Represented Andusia Recovered Fuels Limited, exporters of refuse derived fuel, in recovering the costs of a successful breach of contract claim against a waste management company.
- Acted for Selwyn Court Residents Limited in a contested application before the First-tier Tribunal to vary the flat leases, to allow required changes to the heating system.
- Acted for construction main contractors John Coyle in resisting an application for pre-action disclosure.
Based in Luton, the 'very strong' team at Machins Solicitors LLP deals with shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as a range of other commercial litigation, frequently utilising alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation. Practice head Neil O’Callaghan has particular expertise in dealing with contentious insolvency work and handles contract and product liability claims. Janice Young specialises in property litigation matters, while Holly Baker deals with commercial and property disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Janice Young; Holly Baker
‘Neil O’Callaghan leads a very strong team of commercial litigators who punch above their weight. Always a pleasure to deal with and great with clients for whom they go above and beyond in securing good commercial resolutions to disputes.’
‘Janice Young stands out as providing clear and sensible advice to her clients.’
‘Friendly and approachable, willing to go the extra mile where possible. Holly Baker is our main contact – she is personable, which certainly helps when stress levels and costs can escalate in circumstances. The team are knowledgeable and from experience appear to have their clients’ best interests at heart.’
‘Janice Young is exceptionally knowledgeable in her field and on hand to provide additional guidance where required.’
‘Holly Baker is a junior solicitor with the confidence and competence of a solicitor with far more years of experience. She is efficient and intelligent, and protects her clients’ interests fearlessly.’
‘A strong team with an excellent track record of commercial real estate litigation.’
‘Janice Young is highly professional but her caring approach does stand out. I believe it is her attention to detail and the law, whilst seeking out and dealing with the nuances of the case, made her an exceptional individual. She also has the ability to deal with matters to achieve the quickest resolution whilst maintaining strength and efficiency.’
The Milton Keynes team at Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, retail and education sectors, advising clients in relation to reputation management issues, contractual disputes and cross-jurisdictional recoveries of commercial debt. Practice head Stuart Montgomery focuses on the recovery secured and commercial debt, as well as insolvency matters and shareholder disputes. Gabs Rodriguez-Cleary handles reputation management issues, manufacturing disputes and breach of contract matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Gabs Rodriguez-Cleary and his team were superb. Gabs was sympathetic and efficient – his compassion and attention to detail is like no other solicitor we’ve used. We were rock bottom when we spoke to him, and he took the anxiety and stress away for us. We would only use Shoosmiths in future for all our legal requirements.’
DX Group Plc
- Advised a household firelighting manufacturer on reputation management issues, following malicious and false claims concerning its working practices.
- Advised and defended an IT supplier to the medical industry, against an intended claim from sellers’ representatives of purchased company.
- Advised DX Network Services Limited on a contractual dispute with one of its principal suppliers.
With three offices in Luton, St Albans and Harpenden, Taylor Walton LLP advises both companies and private individuals on a range of commercial disputes, as well as property litigation and contentious probate matters. Practice leader James Carpenter has considerable experience in disputes concerning construction, professional negligence, IP, civil fraud and contracts. Saljuq Haider - who has 'the sharpness of a formidable litigator' - handles construction and financial disputes, as well as defamation cases. Solicitor Katarina Morgan joined from Lennons Solicitors in October 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Saljuq Haider; Katarina Morgan
‘Saljuq Haider is client-focused, with exceptional commercial awareness and insight into the construction industry. He is charismatic and easy to work with, but carries with him the sharpness of a formidable litigator.’
Duncan Lewis Solicitors advises both companies and private individuals on a range of commercial disputes, often involving multiple jurisdictions. The team has also expanded into fraud-related financial disputes, defending claims by financial institutions and lenders. Director Sobashni De Silva has experience in civil fraud, commercial debt recovery and shareholder disputes, while director Anthony Okumah deals with professional negligence claims, as well as insolvency and property litigation matters.
Sobashni De Silva; Anthony Okumah
‘The team were attentive and thorough in understanding my case, collecting all relevant information and acting on my behalf very quickly. Response times were fantastic. All my options and what to expect was laid out very clearly. Organisation, speed of carrying out work and the knowledge they held within this area were all exceptional.’
‘Sobashni De Silva is excellent at managing clients, and not afraid to take strong positions with opposing sides where appropriate.’
‘They work seamlessly as a team. Each individual recognises their strengths and works to that level.’
I.Event (UK) Ltd.
Rajan and Dev Developments Ltd.
Swiss Freight Limited
Forum Food Limited
Salisbury Support 4 Autism Limited
Chaman Sweets and Bakers Limited
EMW Law LLP
With three offices across Buckinghamshire, Lennons Solicitors acts on commercial litigation covering a range of matters such as contracts, professional negligence, shareholder and director disputes, as well as high-value claims for enforcement of indemnity clauses in share purchase agreements. Director and practice leader Andrew King specialises in intellectual property, contract disputes and property litigation.
‘The team at Lennons worked continuously to seek solutions to remedy the dispute. I was most impressed by their attention to detail and ability to seek advice from counsel at short notice.’
‘Andrew King was professional, articulate but most importantly personable and delivered us a fantastic result on our case.’
‘Andrew King is a really great communicator, getting the client’s perspective over and looking for practical results.’
The team at Neves handles contractual and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims and breach of contract allegations. Based in Milton Keynes, practice leader Peter Kelly deals with contentious matters relating to debt recovery, and estate and probate related claims. The 'exceptional' Fiona Hewitt has experience in litigation concerning contractual claims, professional negligence and construction
Peter Kelly; Fiona Hewitt
‘Fiona Hewitt is exceptional. She has excellent client skills and communicates extremely well.’
‘Excellent all-round service.’
‘Fiona Hewitt is focused, to the point and is the ultimate professional for commercial law.’
Ashridge Investments Ltd.
Energy Generator Hire Ltd.
Located in Bishop’s Stortford, Nockolds Solicitors handles litigation concerning construction, insolvency, professional negligence, breaches of contract and product liability. Practice leader Daniel Winter deals with complex commercial contract disputes, claims relating to agency regulations, as well as professional negligence matters. Lucy Slatter has experience in shareholder and director disputes, and IP claims, while Samuel Cook handles contract claims and insolvency related work. Gemma Dudmish and George Burton are recommended by clients.
Other key lawyers:
Lucy Slatter; Samuel Cook; Gemma Dudmish; George Burton
‘The team is very experienced and provides a professional, efficient service to clients.’
‘Gemma Dudmish consistently has good insight into complex legal issues, and is also extremely thorough and clearly has an excellent ability to grasp and process complex facts.’
‘George Burton was very friendly, knowledgeable and hardworking. He took a pragmatic approach to the case and was able to cut through to the important issues.’
‘Daniel Winter is an impressive practitioner. He is sensible, clever and experienced in complex disputes.’
‘The team is very approachable and client focused.’
‘Gemma Dudmish gives pragmatic advice to clients, always dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for them.’