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Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex in South East

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Led by Jamie Cartwright and Stephen Burns, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles complex commercial litigation - increasingly in the area of product liability, with a specialism in advising food and drink clients on disputes around allergens and food labeling. It also acts for healthcare clients in warranty and indemnity claims, in addition to sale and purchase agreements. Burns focuses on Companies Act litigation and shareholder disputes while Cartwright is noted for his focus on product and supply related disputes, particularly in the TMT sector. The team is praised by clients for its 'clear eye for strategy'. Associate Katie Bewick is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Katie Bewick

Testimonials

‘Charles Russell Speechlys have a full service commercial litigation team, capable of handling all sorts of disputes. They have a clear eye for strategy. Their creative approach to litigation delivers significant upside gains for their clients.’

‘The London office of CRS referred us to their team in Guildford to handle a tricky mediation with regards to the provision of management consultancy services. I have been involved in many legal disputes but this was our first mediation. CRS Guildford took us through the entire process in a very professional way from the appointment of a mediator to final settlement. Highly recommend their team in this regard.’

‘The team of Stephen Burns and Charlotte Healy provided quiet reassurance throughout.’

‘I have worked with Jamie Cartwright and Katie Bewick at CRS on two matters over the past 12 months. They provided commercial, practical advice to our joint client on both occasions. They displayed an excellent knowledge of the claims/court process and helped to reassure the client with clear advice and communication.’

‘Stephen Burns is bright and engaging. Katie Bewick knows her stuff and is very client focused.’

‘The team are great at looking after people. Partners that take the ‘lead’ in the relationship are particularly good. What makes it unique? Offering a wide range of services while still being fairly local.’

‘Stephen Burns is an absolute legend and has always got our interests at heart. I hugely value his advice and completely trust him. He has a strong and loyal team.’

Key clients

Fiat

Chrysler

Jeep

Alfa Romeo

Infor

Teletrac Navman

Swiss Post

Air Products

Reynolds Catering

Lab Lateral

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

eToro

BCA/ We Buy Any Car

Work highlights

  • Acting for a social trading and investing platform in a claim brought in the High Court against a media agency relating to the termination of a media insertion order.
  • Continuing to advise on a range of contentious matters at the customer, dealer and supply level.
  • Handling ad hoc commercial disputes such as contractual issues, as well as handling trade mark infringement issues.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP's commercial litigation team advises clients in sectors including energy, retail and pharmaceuticals, including large multinationals. The firm's Guildford office has one of the largest teams in the South East, led by Sarah Murray. Murray offers clients a 'reassuring grasp of cases', and handles disputes both through arbitration and in the High Court. Michael Frisby is particularly experienced in international arbitration, while Andrew Quick specialises in professional negligence and franchising disputes. Richard King continues to be involved in larger cases. Associate Catherine Penny is also recommended by clients for her 'high degree of professionalism'.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray

Testimonials

‘The team has a very hands on approach and assignments are dealt with by very senior lawyers who remain actively involved along the way. They communicate very well and take a pragmatic approach and show a good understanding of the clients needs. Great value for money.’

‘Sarah Murray is very responsive and has a lot of valuable experience.’

‘Genuine interest in the client’s business and always looking for solutions that meet the business need.’

‘Sarah Murray – sharp mind, with reassuring grasp of cases at an early stage. Effective use of junior staff and understanding of client motivation for litigation.’

‘I appreciated the speed with which they dealt with my initial contact, including the meeting with a senior partner (Michael Frisby) and his understanding of the issues & his communication regarding the process after our initial meeting. I was introduced to the associate who would be dealing with the day to day running of the case (Catherine Penny) who I have found to have the same high degree of professionalism shown by Michael Frisby. Communication has been excellent, including an early indication of the cost in taking on this litigation. Their approach far exceeds my previous experience of the legal profession, which has rarely been satisfactory.’

‘Michael Frisby is an excellent communicator and followed through on everything we discussed. His quick concise understanding of my legal issue gave me considerable comfort. Catherine Penny has good listening skills & introducing me to outside professionals when the need arose (a barrister and forensic accountant), explaining the reasoning for using these particular professionals. Her attention to detail including following up on things that she required from me. I haven’t experienced this level of detail from any other legal firm I have had dealings with.’

‘As well as being excellent value, they have real insight into how best to pursue litigation and achieve – when appropriate – negotiated results.’

Key clients

Gama Aviation

CBRE Managed Services

Allianz Insurance

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus LLP

TM Lewin

Syniverse

Gist

Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement

TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • Advised Gama Aviation plc on a Part 20 claim (brought in the Commercial Court) against its former CEO regarding maintenance and management charges.
  • Acted for CI Plus LLP (owned by Sony, Samsung, TP Vision, Panasonic, Neotion and SMIT) on a High Court claim against German company IMPEXSAT GmbH & Co KG for infringement of IP, breach of licence terms and breach of confidence in relation to the CI+ digital encryptiontechnology. Obtained an order for damages of €2m, costs and final injunctions in October 2019.
  • Acting for Global Display Solutions SpA and others in a claim for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, breach of contract and intimidation in the Commercial Court against NCR Corporation and subsidiaries.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Led by the 'highly impressive' Ed Weeks, the commercial litigation team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish has expertise in the technology, healthcare, and advertising sectors. As well as corporate clients, the team also advises individuals in director and shareholder disputes, an area in which Weeks is particularly experienced. Other key contacts include Joanna Ford, who is particularly active in corporate governance matters, and associate Hannah Proctor who receives praise for being 'highly efficient'.

Practice head(s):

Ed Weeks

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Ford; Hannah Proctor

Testimonials

‘I would recommend Cripps as the go-to mid-sized firm in the South East for commercial disputes. The individuals I have dealt with are stand-out specifically for their commercial and litigation nous. When to litigate and when not, and when to instruct or involve Counsel. ‘

‘Ed Weeks is excellent. Joanna Ford is very good.’

‘A strong, capable and experienced team who stand out as efficient and sensible litigators focused on finding solutions for their clients.’

‘Ed Weeks is a highly impressive individual who heads the team and sets a very high standard both in terms of quality of work and client handling. I have also been extremely impressed with Hannah Proctor, an associate in the team who was highly efficient and excellent with clients.’

‘It felt like we were all part of a team, not a client/service provider relationship.’

 

Key clients

Eurotunnel/The Channel Tunnel Group

University of Kent

Holiday Extras

The Wates Group

Hermes CMK

Shearwater Geoservices

Day Lewis

Spink & Son

Remy Cointreau

Panini SPA

Work highlights

  • Advising an international manufacturer and distributor of toys and games in relation to breach of warranty issues following acquisition of UK entity.
  • Acting for majority shareholders with regard to protecting their interests in a family owned construction business, following presentation of a petition by the minority shareholder.
  • Acting for a non-executive director of a company in administration being pursued for millions of pounds in relation to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's sizable commercial litigation practice acts for clients including banks, professional services firms, corporate entities, education providers, and local authorities. The 'well resourced' and 'highly responsive' team acts for clients across the South East from its offices in Brighton, Guildford, and Gatwick. Simon Elcock leads the both the commercial litigation and debt recovery practices. In addition to Elcock, James Colvin is particularly active in the financial and professional services sectors. Jonathan Compton and Kelly Mills are also praised by clients, as is associate Emma Pumfrey-Selman.

Practice head(s):

Simon Elcock

Testimonials

‘The advice received from DMH Stallard is always clear and either comprehensive or concise (when necessary). They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.’

‘DMH Stallard have an experienced team who we have dealt with over many years. They have extensive legal knowledge and a full understanding of how our business operates. I would tend to deal mainly with James Colvin, Simon Elcock, Emma Pumfrey-Selman, Lucie Thomas and Kelly Mills. They are all a pleasure to work with.’

‘The DMH Stallard team is well-resourced, highly responsive and able to give practical advice with due sensitivity to the risk/reward considerations around potential action. Although my company is an SME, I have always experienced first-rate service that has left me in no doubt that the firm values my business and respects me as a client. We have had a successful outcome every time that I have engaged the firm on a dispute (always around clients failing to pay invoices). On a personal level, all the firm’s contacts are politely, highly professional and reassuringly ‘human’.’

‘Jonathan Compton, a partner, is my first port of call and he is unfailingly helpful and very responsive. His empathy is appreciated in worrying situations. He starts work impressively early in the morning, so has normally sent me a very detailed response to any request before I reach my office. Solicitor Cathryn Culverhouse fully upholds the service standards I have come to expect from DMH Stallard, in being very professional, efficient and empathetic – it is always a pleasure to deal with her.’

‘Fortunately, I don’t know how DMH Stallard compare with other firms apart from the one of the other side of our matter but resourcing . knowledge , communication and practicality were on our side definitely! Thorough, rational and personable – they resolved our issue relatively speedily whilst obtaining a good settlement.’

‘Simon Elcock and Kelly Mills are very personable, bright and practical. Managed our expectations and fears well. Great in a mediation meeting. Adam Williams is a very bright and able young man.’

‘DMH Stallard are an excellent firm and highly rated by all members of chambers that work with them. They punch above their weight for a regional firm and are easily comparable to city firms of greater size. They are efficient in their dealings at all levels and consistently instruct chambers in significant matters in a wide range of practice areas. They are approachable and easy to work with but fight the clients case aggressively if required. They are pragmatic and commercial in their dealings.’

‘Simon Elcock has excellent client handling skills, is very good strategically and is able to see the big picture with cases. James Colvin has excellent judgment and his initial view on a case is rarely wrong. Kelly Mills has excellent with clients and is approachable, a joy to work with and gives sensible and practical advice. Emma Pumfrey is a fantastic associate, extremely efficient and has a great eye for detail.’

Key clients

BDO

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory & Property Management UK  (formerly Strutt & Parker LLP)

CAE (UK)

Change, Grow, Live (CGL)

Lancing College

RSM Restructuring & Advisory

Suzuki Motor Corporation

T C Facilities Management

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Westcon Group European Operations Limited

Work highlights

  • Handling contentious matters for The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.
  • Undertakes both litigation and debt recovery work for BDO LLP, often dealing with claims involving alleged professional negligence and breach of contract.
  • Acted for WPM Education in challenging the award of a contract to a competitor following a procurement process and were able to settle the claim on favourable terms for the client.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore handle a broad range of commercial litigation matters including contract disputes, regulatory litigation, and shareholder, partnership and LLP disputes, as well as handling arbitration. The team has particular depth of expertise advising clients in the food, commodities, manufacturing, and IT sectors. Practice co-head Kamal Aggarwal is 'very approachable and responsive' and leads the practice alongside Nicholas Horton. Douglas Skilton is another key contact and is experienced in both high court litigation and ADR.

Testimonials

‘They are very approachable and responsive. Always happy to answer questions and to provide more detailed explanations.’

‘Kamal Aggarwal is very approachable and responsive. Always follows through and ensures actions have been taken and I understand the next steps and process. When others are involved Kamal always keeps himself in the loop so he knows what is going on and can intervene when necessary to provide additional guidance and support. I particularly value his down to earth and real world commercial approach.’

Key clients

Britannia Refined Metals (A Glencore company)

Colas

Motorline Holdings

Chatham Maritime Trust

HDP Trading

MidKent College

Capespan International

AXA XL (Paris)

Inca Invest S.A.C

Essdocs Ventures

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of AXA and Gefco in relation to complex, multi jurisdiction litigation with Taiwanese freight forwarders
  • Acting for the majority shareholder and director of a company with a multi-million turnover to defend a claim for unfair prejudice.
  • Acting for a multinational corporation in connection with a claim for breach of contract, arising from a suite of complex contractual documents.

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors' Canterbury-based team advises clients on a range of sectors with a particular focus on partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as disputes within the construction industry. The practice is led by Peter Hawkes, who is experienced in litigating commercial disputes in court as well as advising on mediations. George Crofton-Martin is accredited in construction adjudication by the RICS and leads on construction matters. Senior Associate Deborah Geering specialises in shareholder and partnership disputes, and also acts for a number of care providers.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hawkes

Testimonials

‘Brilliant customer service and they really care about the client. In my case I felt that they really cared about me and wanted justice to win out in the end, which ultimately it did.’

‘Deborah Geering recognised that despite the difficulties, I had a case that whilst it was complicated could reach the outcome I wanted. She was first class, determined and knew my case backwards which ultimately made the difference when we reached mediation as the other side were not nearly as thorough as Deborah had been. I had never had to resort to using the law to resolve an issue but in Furley Page and in particular Deborah Geering, I felt confident and reassured at every step of the way. Despite the threats from the other side Deborah always said that we would win in the end and the bullying tactics of the other side were not to be feared. Deborah is a real credit to both her firm and the law in general.’

‘Furley Page is a full service firm of solicitors who delivers excellent legal advice and services comparable to a good city firm. They have excellent facilities, in terms of conferencing (including video conferencing) and have great turn around rate.’

‘I have worked with Peter Hawkes, Deborah Geering. Peter is one of the most experienced solicitors I work with; he always brings an impressive amount of legal knowledge and commercial wisdom to the table. Deborah is incredibly hard working and a very effective litigator.’

‘I am very happy with the team. The response was rapid, professional and expert. The administrative support was excellent and they handled the communications such that key messages were passed on efficiently. I think my case was very complex, but the lawyer assigned quickly came to an understanding and found a good mutually agreeable solution. In summary, during a very stressful time for me, the Furley Page team were excellent and I’m very grateful.’

‘My lawyer Deborah Geering was outstanding. To grasp the detail of a very specific commercial situation so rapidly and effectively and to deliver a solution to the dispute against very tight time deadlines was an exceptional performance in my view.’

‘First class litigation service in the most demanding commercial disputes.’

‘George Crofton-Martin is a fantastic litigator, combining brilliant client management skills with a never-say-die attitude to the most difficult contentious work – totally committed to achieving the best outcome for his clients.’

 

Key clients

University of Kent

Brett Group

Stemma Shipping

Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co

Kreston Reeves

Groupo Antolin

Breakthrough Funding

The Change Organisation

Geerings

Red Key Concepts

The Shakespeare Globe Trust

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

Work highlights

  • Advised the Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company on public law and regulatory challenges, including acting on a long- running  new town or village green application  where the applicant sought to apply to have the privately owned foreshore and beach in Whitstable,Kent registered as a new town or village green. Additionally, instructed in respect of a public inquiry into planning enforcement action taken by the Local Planning Authority in respect of its oyster farm in Whitstable, listed for March 2020.
  • Acting as sole legal advisor for Arrow Communications, including advising in relation to a claim against one of the largest tech companies in India and a series of contractual claims relating to telecommunication services.
  • Advised Red Key Concepts in relation to a construction contract it was awarded with a value of £6.8m,  advised on non-payment and a claim and in relation to a joint venture dispute concerning a mixed use residential and commercial development securing the transfer of a Doctor’s surgery as part of the settlement agreed.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's disputes practice frequently acts alongside the firm's offices in Manchester and Leeds in representing clients. The team handles matters including shareholder disputes and wrongful termination of commercial agreements. The practice is led by Victoria Brackett, who also sits on the firm's executive board. Sarah Birkbeck is the key partner in the Gatwick office, and focuses on advising clients in the IP, media and technology sectors, while Robert Parks is an experienced litigator with a particular specialism in professional negligence cases. Martin Cross retired in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Brackett

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Birkbeck

Key clients

The Executors of the Beryl Coulter Will Trust

Brightbay Ltd (a company registered in Jersey)

Atpac

TWM Solicitors LLP

TWM Solicitors LLP acts in commercial litigation for a wide range of clients including not-for-profits, SMEs, and property developers. The practice is led by David Hitchcock, and Simon Brew joined the team in January 2019 from Fladgate LLP. Eileen Barry heads the Wimbledon office.

Practice head(s):

David Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:

Simon Brew; Eileen Barry

Testimonials

‘David Hitchcock is an experienced commercial litigator who clearly takes a great deal of care to provide the best possible service to his clients.’

‘Very close attention to detail; good client care; prompt and effective communication.’

‘The team has a commendably wide range of expertise. I’ve worked with members on matters ranging from freehold restrictive covenants to joint venture disputes. The members of the team have always provided excellent instructions and are user friendly. They are the standout firm in the area.’

‘I am always particularly impressed with David Hitchcock, who is now the head of the department. We have worked together on a number of real property related cases, which have proven to be factually and legally very complicated. He is simply brilliant to work with – he’s communicative, helpful and adds real value to the case. He’s also very good with clients.’

‘In general, the team are calm, relaxed and listens well. Other practices show obvious signs of looking for their next piece of business. This is not the case with TWM. Their fees and attitude to managing our expenditure is sincere and they demonstrate the utmost care for our business’ health. This instils trust and comfort with our business.’

‘I dealt with David Hitchock. A true gentleman whose care and diligence towards us shows through in every aspect of his dealings with us.’

‘They provide an excellent service at a competitive price.’

 

Key clients

Open Society Foundation London

Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds

Hutton + Rostron EI

Work highlights

  • Advising an international NFP organisation in connection with a substantial professional negligence claims arising out of renegotiation of its lease terms.
  • Acting for the owner of Leeds based casino in dispute with its former legal advisor.
  • Advising Hutton + Rostron on a substantial professional negligence claim against the client’s former accountants.

Boddy Matthews Limited

Boddy Matthews Limited acts for clients including corporates, SMEs and owner-managed businesses in commercial litigation. The team stands out from other practices for its experience in franchising disputes, an area of particular expertise for practice head Kate Matthews. It handles matters including enforcing breaches of contracts, professional negligence claims, and product liability claims. The team acts for overseas clients with regard to their disputes in England.

Practice head(s):

Kate Matthews

Key clients

Pepe’s Piri Piri

Babyballet Franchising

N-Tire Systems

Young Futures CIC

Sally Morgan

ReginaldPotter & Josephine Youngs as Executors

Egyptian Sponge Iron & Steel Company SAE

Steamray Inc

Jacqueline Jamieson

Timothy Unmack Trustee

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited in respect of its contractual and tortious claims against nine defendant shareholders of corporate vehicles and the corporate entities in an eight day High Court trial.
  • Acted for N-Tire Systems Limited in successful County Court Proceedingsfor damages for breach of contract against Anglo Technical Recruitment Limited in an IT dispute connected to the Italian Paloma litigation.
  • Acted for Egyptian Sponge Iron & Steel Company SAE in respect of charter party and demurrage claims of $3m to $5m.

Brachers

Brachers' commercial litigation practice forms part of the firm's litigation, debt recovery and insolvency practice. In addition to handling litigation resulting from insolvencies, the team also deals with matters including shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, and breaches of contract. The practice is led by Michael Oatham, who specialises in commercial contract disputes, partnership and LLP disputes and directors disputes, amongst other areas.

Practice head(s):

Michael Oatham

Key clients

Schindler

Alan Firmin

Szerelmey GroupNo

Netbox Digital Group

Homeleigh Timber

Hornby Hobbies

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust

AEI Compounds

Work highlights

  • Acting for Szerelmey Group, the UK’s leading architectural stonework supplier on derivative proceedings brought by one of its ultimate beneficial owners.
  • Acted for RE Metric Group, successful petitioners in unfair prejudice proceedings who were removed from a quasi-partnership in circumstances of bad faith.
  • Acting for UK division of AEI Compounds, a global conglomerate specialising in the design and supply of polymers and thermoplastic compounds.

Griffin Law

Griffin Law handles commercial litigation for clients in all sectors. The team is co-headed by principal and managing director Donal Blaney and Neil Kelley. Blaney is 'as shrewd as they come' with experienced in handling financial disputes as well as trust and tax disputes. Mark Edmonds specialises in insolvency and commercial disputes and is praised as 'the most no-nonsense litigator around'; Laura Ware is 'junior yet far above her years'.

Practice head(s):

Donal Blaney; Neil Kelley

Testimonials

‘A phenomenal team providing a world-class service for individuals and companies alike. I have cause to work alongside repeatedly and the work they produce is outstanding and they punch well above their weight locally, nationally and internationally.’

‘Laura Ware – junior yet far above her years. Very personable, compassionate and has a real knack for things.’

‘I have worked only with Mark Edmonds at Griffin Law so cannot comment beyond him. My understanding is that the firm (through Mark) offers exceptional value for money in the commercial dispute resolution arena, and is a great option for those who want London quality service but do not want to pay London prices.’

‘Mark Edmonds is the most no-nonsense litigator around. Blessed with common sense and a robust approach, Mark cuts through the noise and gives clients straightforward advice, and opponents no quarter. Mark is a pleasure to work with, and a refreshing antidote to the stuffy and slightly pompous commercial litigators it is common to find at some of the larger London firms.’

‘Mark Fleet has been excellent and he has shown himself to be very attentive and sympathetic to the case. More importantly, he seems to have some very good relationships with the clerks that organise barristers’ schedules. He was able to provide an excellent package of young barristers/pupils on the small claims work all the way up to QCs on the work that involved the Court of Appeal. Other larger firms I have dealt with make me feal as though the people are interchangeable. That may be the case with Mark but I have always dealt with Mark and he has made sure that any of the back-office work is done with little disruption to me. He provides a clear analysis of the problem and presents possible solutions.’

‘They unfailingly back their opinions on the outcome of litigation with their own cash. Risk-sharing is in their DNA which ensures that cases are pursued with maximum vigour and imagination.’

‘Donal Blaney is as shrewd as they come – an aggressive litigator in the best sense of the word, he has an uncanny knack of knowing when to deploy the big stick. Mark Edmonds is as good an associate as you will find outside London. He is a master at getting to the heart of a matter and provides clients with the advice they can rely on.’

Key clients

Invicta Capital Limited

Isabel Oakeshott

Emerdata Limited

Lord David Trimble

Lord Bew of Donegore

Herrington Carmichael LLP

Under practice head Frankie Tierney, Herrington Carmichael LLP continues to represent clients from across the South East in commercial litigation, including matters with cross-border elements. The team was strengthened in 2019 by the addition of Adrian Taylor from Healys, who has deep experience in the construction sector. Tierney acts on a range of commercial litigation matters, including handling mediations and acting for clients in the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Frankie Tierney

Testimonials

‘Frankie Tierney was good at explaining the process and possible outcomes.’

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP

Led by Helen Bell, Brighton-based Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP acts for clients including HNW individuals and SMEs in commercial litigation. The team's work includes breaches of contract, shareholder disputes, and professional negligence claims. The team is also known for its work in property-related litigation, and Bell is particularly experienced in this area. Bell is praised by a client as 'committed, enthusiastic but still objective and pragmatic'.

Practice head(s):

Helen Bell

Other key lawyers:

Dean Orgill

Testimonials

‘Our contact is with one partner, Helen Bell. She is committed, enthusiastic, objective and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Hargreaves Properties

Harvey & Son (Lewes)

Begbies Traynor

Brighton Dome & Festival

Vanstian

Hargreaves Developments

Essex Court Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised two respondents in complex five-party proceedings before the FTT Property Chamber Land Registration Division. The applicant founded their application on the basis of good root of title. We acted for 2 of the 4 respondents who cross-applied for first registration of the freehold title based on adverse possession. The property has a capital value of circa £4,500,000 generating rental income of £200,000 per year and is of significant importance to our clients.
  • Advised several investors in respect of debts owed by a property development company who has not returned deposit sums following the rescission of the purchase contracts. The opponent company has been pursued by way of winding up proceedings which, under the threat of, has resulted in settlements being negotiated and agreed for the return of sums totalling £1,400,000. Other settlements are being negotiated on behalf of other investors for a combined sum of £700,000.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow is the result of the merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. This sizable firm handles commercial litigation matters including trade mark infringement, planning disputes, and breach of contract. The team's clients span sectors including education, retail, insurers and manufacturers. Practice head David Foster is described as 'commercial, practical and a pleasure to work with', and in addition to litigation also handles mediations.

Practice head(s):

David Foster

Testimonials

‘We have always received outstanding feedback from members who have worked with the firm and we feel they are exemplary in their fields.’

‘The team is highly commercial, diligent and always quick to find practical and creative solutions. They provide a city law firm service in the heart of Surrey.’

‘David Foster is commercial, practical and a pleasure to work with. Very popular with clients. Uses his experience as a mediator to find creative solutions to problems. Chris Darvill is an experienced commercial litigator.’

Key clients

Kallo Foods

Warren Farm (Wokingham)

Pagham Parish Council

Martin Bailey

Nurul Islam

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kallo Foods Limited against Whole Earth Sweetener Company LLC (a US entity) and its UK licence holder, Merisant UK Limited, in connection with an action for trade mark infringement and passing off relating to its WHOLE EARTH registered UK and EU trade marks.
  • Acted for Pagham Parish Council in a challenge by way of judicial review to the grant of planning permission for 400 homes on grounds that Arun District Council improperly failed to consider the impact of the development on a Grade 1 listed church and incorrectly applied s.66(1) of the Listing Buildings Act and paragraph 193 of the NPPF.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP

Morrisons Solicitors LLP handles a range of commercial disputes, including those involving shareholders, professional negligence, and tax litigation. Catherine Fisher leads the team; Matthew Hearsum, senior associate Sally Hutchings, and Wimbledon-based Kellie Williams-Jauval are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Fisher

PDT Solicitors

PDT Solicitors handles disputes including breach of contract, professional negligence, shareholders disputes and protection of confidential information. The team also handles disputes related to asset-based lending, a particular area of focus for the firm. Nigel Davidson retired in 2019 and was replaced as practice head by William Angas. Other key contacts include Gail Morris and Justin McConville. The team has been boosted by Robert Kenyon who joined from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):

William Angas

Testimonials

‘PDT is a professional law firm yet handles all of your legal needs like a family run business. They have expertise in various divisions which we have used over time. We especially used their business law recently in a contract dispute, but have used their commercial team for our commercial property purchase. Their partners work very well together and I feel a real peace of mind every time i visit them. ‘

‘We recently had a dispute with one of our customers, a large North American firm doing business in the UK and was represented by Justin McConville. They had unlimited finances and were trying to bully me and Justin was able to negotiate an even better deal by 10k. When most firms would take the easy solution and settle, Justin went well beyond and had my best interests at the centre of his negotiations. PDT have demonstrated this in all of our dealings over the past 20 years. I have recommend them on many occasions and continue to believe they are one of the best firms I have dealt with while here in the UK.’

Key clients

The Specialist Works

Sunley Group

R2 Advisory

Close Brothers

Investec

ABN AMRON

Nucleus Commercial Finance

Bibby Financial Services

Pulse Cashflow Finance

CVR Global

Mazars LLP

Work highlights

  • Successfully brought a claim for breach of contract and negligence on behalf of a national supplier in the food and drink industry against an engineering firm, with a matter value of £1.1m.
  • Acting for a supplier of hygiene services in issued proceedings against the sellers of the business, for breach of contract, with a matter value of £5.2m.
  • Providing a range of specialist litigation services to a wide array of leading asset based lenders.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP's commercial litigation work is led by Richard Ludlow, under whom the team has expanded since his joining in 2018. In addition to Ludlow, who is based in Sevenoaks, other key contacts include Alistair Rustemeyer in Brighton and Bruce Hayter in Uckfield. The team is dealing with a number of matters for construction firms, and also handled some cross-border matters. Ludlow is particularly experienced in litigation related to insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ludlow

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Rustemeyer; Bruce Hayter

Testimonials

‘Alistair Rustemeyer is a superb negotiator who handled our small companies negotiation with one of the most famous, major UK companies with great diligence, honesty and devotion to achieving a satisfactory conclusion for us. I highly recommend him.’

‘Richard Ludlow has a wealth of litigation experience and has a very keen sense of the right strategy. His drafting of correspondence and evidence is excellent and his approach retains commerciality at all stages.’

‘In my 60 year career I’ve dealt with many lawyers. Alister Rustemeyer, from our first phone call over two years ago, gave us the feeling of being part of the family, handling our very difficult multi-national case as though it was his own problem. He had to deal with us, a American client based in Asia, negotiating both with big name London solicitors, French speaking attorneys in Luxembourg and ourselves in Asia to gain funds owed to us on an almost twenty year old contract. It was a difficult negotiation with, at times, disagreeable people on the opposing side. Alistair handled it with great control, determination that resulted in a conclusion that we had agreed to accept.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading investment fund manager on a £1m shareholders’ disputes brought against a Director of the Company.
  • Advising a leading regional events and conferences business on a multi-million professional negligence claim involving HMRC.
  • Advising a national construction company on a high-value construction contracts dispute.