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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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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.

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.

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