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Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP's 'superbly professional' dispute resolution team is 'outstandingly good at devising legal strategies' to achieve clients' commercial objectives in corporate and commercial disputes, procurement challenges and judicial review proceedings. The team, which 'combines City levels of experience and skill with the cost savings of a firm in Bristol', is jointly led by 'superb litigator' David Hall and Ann Metherall. The group includes the 'first-rate' Andrew Burnette (who is praised for his 'excellent judgement' in a range of disputes) and sector specialists including Metherall, who is experienced in handling transport and energy sector disputes; Sian Edmunds, who counts the food and agri-business sectors among her focuses; transport and procurement specialist Chris Jackson, and 'superb strategist' Matthew Walker, who is known for insurance litigation. The group's strength in depth extends to its more junior ranks, which include recently promoted partner Richard Binns, 'outstanding senior associate' Brian Wong (who counts transport, regulatory and public law matters among his areas of expertise), Caroline Brown and Charlotte Whitaker.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Sian Edmunds; Richard Adams; Brian Wong; Caroline Brown; Matthew Walker; Richard Binns; Chris Jackson; Holly Webb; Annabel Holloway; Emily Geens; Charlotte Whitaker

Testimonials

Burges Salmon is a superbly professional law firm, which combines City levels of experience and skill with the cost savings of a firm in Bristol.

The team is highly motivated, very well-led, extremely hardworking, very bright and extremely easy to work with. In addition, they have a very keen sense of their clients’ commercial objectives and are outstandingly good at devising legal strategies which seek to achieve them.

Brian Wong is an outstanding senior associate, careful, measured and unflappable.’

Andrew Burnette is first rate. He is calm, easy to deal with and has excellent judgement.’

David Hall is a superb litigator. He is diligent, disciplined and hands-on. His engagement with counsel is top-notch.

Matthew Walker (partner) is an outstanding lawyer, very hard-working, acutely aware of his clients’ commercial objectives, a superb strategist, and very pragmatic and easy to work with. In addition, he is excellent at managing clients and their expectations.

The individuals I’ve worked most closely are Caroline Brown (Senior Associate) and Sian Edmunds (Partner). In the matters. I find that Caroline has an excellent command of both the wider picture and the detail, and is always quick to appreciate strategic implications. With her experience and knowledge of both the law and the industry, Sian’s input is always invaluable on difficult judgment calls.

I’ve been impressed with Holly Webb, Annabel Holloway and Emily Geens, who are all meticulous and very level headed in their approach.

Key clients

FirstGroup plc and subsidiaries

John Lewis/Waitrose

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Ministry of Justice

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented First Trenitalia West Coast Rail (FTWCR) in the 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation which involved a set of unsuccessful procurement challenges against the Secretary of State for Transport, which were case managed and tried together, and subsequent costs proceedings (including an application for costs by FTWC).
  • Advised Ludlow Street Healthcare Limited (and associated group companies) in a dispute between a leading private healthcare business and its former CEO and his wife involving claims by the clients (which include a BVI company) relating to the alleged unauthorised diversion of significant sums of money.
  • Represented the Ministry of Justice alongside the Government Legal Department (GLD) in a high-profile case brought by Mitie relating to the procurement process for facilities management services across the HMCTS (Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service) estate.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's 'forward-thinking and tactical' litigation team combines the ability to act for national clients with 'a strong local presence'. The group has particular experience in financial services sector disputes, for which Philippa Hann, 'shrewd operator' Stephen Searle and recently promoted partner Laura Robinson are noted; the team also handles procurement challenges, group actions, corporate disputes and contentious regulatory issues. It also counts the IT, energy, agriculture and insurance industries among its other sector specialisms. 'Class act' Alex Jakubowski and Hann jointly lead the team, which includes the 'truly outstanding' Richard Moore, who handles commercial and intellectual property litigation, and senior associates Ed Halden and James Marshall (who both have a breadth of commercial litigation experience) and corporate dispute-focused David Stedman.

Practice head(s):

Alex Jakubowski; Philippa Hann

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Searle; Richard Moore; Laura Robinson; Ed Halden; David Stedman; James Marshall; Chris Taylor; Henry Russell

Testimonials

‘There are lots of good solicitors in Bristol as it seems to attract good solicitors who do not want to work in London. Clarke Willmott however really retain the sharpness and quality of a London firm, whilst providing it to their clients at provisional rates. This is the team I would recommend for any UK commercial dispute.’

‘Stephen Searle is a shrewd operator with good judgment and a firm grasp of his clients.’

‘Big well known national brand with a strong local presence.’

‘Alex Jakubowski is a class act and certainly knows his stuff bringing his considerable experience to each dispute that we have worked on together which makes my job as lead counsel easier than it might otherwise be. He leads his team from the front and I know he is well respected and admired within the firm.’

‘A leading team outside of London. This forward-thinking and tactical team delivers on the most complex of cases. They attract very high-quality work. Whilst they have a clear strategy for settlement, they also deploy an effective and winning strategy for trials when needed. Very highly recommended.’

‘This team stands out above the rest, the people here are outstanding.’

‘Richard Moore has been truly outstanding, he has gone above and beyond for my case. Literally the best solicitor ever.’

‘Richard Moore has excellent judgment generally; knows how to build and maintain a first-rate relationship with clients and he also knows when to get involved in the detail and when to let counsel get on with it. He has good assistants, too. I would single out Edward (Ed) Halden, a senior associate, for his stellar written work and willingness to take responsibility. I was also impressed by David Stedman, a solicitor advocate who handed a number of difficult interim applications in the case: mature beyond his years.’

Key clients

Restore Plc

Amicrest Holdings Plc

Burford Capital UK Plc

Mears Group Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

Oscar Mayer Ltd

Molson Group

Ovo Energy

TrustQuay (UK) Ltd

Decathlon UK

Roland DG Ltd

Interclamp

Hepco Slide Systems Ltd

Arbuthnot Latham and Co Ltd

Biotiful Dairy Ltd

Orvis Inc UK Ltd

Microgen Wealth Management Systems Ltd

Betacraft

Ontario Management Ltd

Digital Gurus Recruitment Ltd

Rethink Recruitment Ltd

Talent International UK Ltd

Wellesley Finance Ltd

Cognitive Group Ltd

RQ Capital Ltd

Thamescard Technology Ltd

Risksave Technologies Ltd

PSTG Ltd

LEBC Group Ltd

Business Energy Claims Ltd

Sword Security Group

Kingspan Timber Solutions Limited

Legal Protection Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Amicrest Holdings Plc, in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty against two former directors.
  • Successfully defended Danish poultry giant Skiold Landmeco AS in a breach of confidence and breach of contract claim made by its ex-UK agent Draper Layers.
  • Advising The Consultancy Company (in liquidation) in a claim against BAE Systems (Operations) Limited for payment of sums due for services provided to Royal Saudi Air Force covering the supply of defence equipment.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The 'superb' commercial dispute resolution practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP includes 'expert litigators with great instincts for hunting down weaknesses in even the strongest of cases'. It is particularly well known for handling disputes in the financial services and insurance sectors and is jointly led by 'hugely experienced, seasoned litigator' Daniel Preddy and insurance and telecoms sector expert Ben Daniels. Legal director Martin Langley is another contact for financial services, technology and telecoms sector clients, while the team's other specialisms include pensions disputes, for which Rebecca Smith is a key contact; health sector disputes, which is a key area for legal director Vanessa Taylor-Byrne; and cybersecurity litigation, which is the focus of legal director Justin Tivey, who recently joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Recently promoted partner Alex Paterson, who 'understands the challenges that in-house teams face', is noted for urgent injunction work, while senior associate Lindsay Elliott is another 'critical player'.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Preddy; Ben Daniels

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Smith; Lindsay Elliott; Alex Paterson; Martin Langley; Vanessa Taylor-Byrne; Betul Milliner; Justin Tivey; Hannah Gregory; Nick Hillyard

Testimonials

‘DACB’s management of material litigation is impressive and well-organised. I like how they are able to get on with what they need from my business without having to involve me in every discussion, especially when I am locked away on other projects. Fees are also reasonable.’

‘They are exceptionally user-friendly, client-focused and diligent – as well as providing fantastic value for money. They are also expert litigators with great instincts for hunting down weaknesses in even the strongest of cases and identifying pressure points for settlement. Superb outfit.’

‘Dan Preddy: hugely experienced, seasoned litigator. Absolutely dedicated to the client’s cause. Always looking for the best angle to win or settle. An exceptionally wise and measured voice in the most difficult of cases.’

Martin Langley: a legendary letter writer, Martin’s pre-action letters are a work of art: exceptionally forensic and detailed, and likely to sow doubt in the mind of the most determined opponent. A dog with a bone does not do Martin justice: when he has identified a weakness he just will not let go until the other side capitulates.

Lindsay Elliott: Lindsay’s mastery of the documents in heavy commercial litigation is a thing of wonder. She is exceptionally organised, thorough and careful. She misses nothing. She is a critical player in a winning team.

‘Alex Paterson has great attention to detail – his documents are always well drafted and considered. He takes time to understand the matter and is very commercial in his approach. He is a really nice person as well. He works to achieve a good outcome for his client but in a way which is fair. You can tell that Alex has spent many years in-house as he understands the challenges that in-house teams face and this is demonstrated in the way he deals with his clients.’

‘Rebecca Smith is practical, calm, cost-conscious, knowledgeable of the market and able to work in both litigious and advisory matters which raise pure pensions, financial services, insurance and professional negligence issues.

Hannah Gregory and Nick Hillyard are two excellent senior associates with whom I have worked. They are energetic, reliable, pro-active and a joy to work with.

Key clients

Zurich Insurance plc

AXA UK plc

St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group

Quilter

Gallagher

Equifax

Bupa

Western Union

Marsh

Openwork

Work highlights

  • Defending Carpenter Rees Ltd, in the high-profile Ingenious and Scion tax scheme litigation, which involves claims exceeding £100m brought by more than 500 professional sportsmen and high-net-worth individuals.
  • Acting for both Quilter International Isle of Man and Quilter International Ireland against Leonteq Securities AG and others in a claim concerning the fraudulent or negligent mis-selling of structured note investment products, valued at £30m.
  • Successfully defended Greystone (a UK subsidiary of Focus Financial Partners) at trial against a £5m claim brought by a former investor in film finance schemes.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's litigation practice combines 'first-rank technical skills with a very pragmatic and commercially aware approach'. It is adept at handling cross-border work, counting international corporates among its impressive client roster and is praised for being 'especially skilled in Eastern Europe'. The group is experienced across a number of key sectors including the technology, media and telecoms, energy and natural resources and financial services industries; it is also 'building a super skill in cyber and cryptocurrency work', for which Charlie Wedin is a key contact. Real estate litigator Leona Briggs leads the practice, which includes Clare Robinson (who is 'a force to be reckoned with' for technology and digital business disputes) and Peter Clough, who is praised for being 'extremely commercial with superb judgement'. Other contacts include the 'very experienced' Tom Ellis, pensions litigator Charles Crowne and senior associate Becky Crawford who is 'one to have on your side' for commercial, IP, IT and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leona Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Clare Robinson; Peter Clough; Tom Ellis; Charlie Wedin; Douglas Peden; Charles Crowne; Katherine King; Becky Crawford

Testimonials

‘Knowing that Clare Robinson is NOT on the other side is what allows me to sleep at night.’

‘The team is of a consistently high quality. They have never let me down. Especially skilled in Eastern Europe (Russia especially) they work well with our insolvency/asset recovery teams. They have a ‘can do’ and ‘commercial’ outlook. I also like the way they have focused on technology, and they are building a super skill in cyber and cryptocurrency work. Overall the best commercial litigation team in the region, and compete head-on (and beat) larger London outfits.

‘Peter Clough is very experienced. Steady head and extremely commercial with superb judgement. Tom Ellis is very experienced. Super connected and able to build a strong litigation strategy. Charlie Wedin is developing a strong niche in technology, cyber and crypto.’

‘Clare Robinson’s very personable team combine first rank technical skills with a very pragmatic and commercially aware approach, making them a pleasure to work with.’

‘A wide breadth of specialisms and knowledge within the wider team.’

‘Clare Robinson: undoubtedly experienced, pragmatic and a force to be reckoned with. Becky Crawford: she never misses a point and is all over the detail; one to have on your side and a great team player.’

Key clients

Npower Business Solutions

Vodafone

Oath

City of Venice

PwC

Marks & Spencer

Shell Energy

Western Power Distribution

The AA

Dell

Work highlights

  • Defending the City of Venice in a €100m+ High Court dispute with Dexia Bank and Bank Intesta San Paolo relating to disputed swaps transactions.
  • Acting for Vodafone in Commercial Court proceedings against SIM Local, a distributor of sim cards.
  • Acting for Turner Broadcasting in a dispute with Econet Media Limited and its parent company Jedidiya Holdings – High Court proceedings in relation to African broadcasting rights payments.

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP's dispute resolution team attracts praise for its 'broad spectrum of skills' and is particularly strong for financial services and pensions litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, IP claims and insolvency litigation. Alastair Govier (who is 'excellent strategically') and Mark Cullingford jointly lead the practice; both count corporate disputes among their specialisms, while Govier is also strong for financial services and pensions disputes and Cullingford is noted for insolvency issues. The group is also particularly popular among agriculture and food sector clients, for which Russell Reeves and Robert James are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Govier; Mark Cullingford

Other key lawyers:

Russel Reeves; Robert James

Testimonials

‘Always very fast reaction times, good engagement and these people have a broad spectrum of skills.

‘Excellent client relationship skills and also they take time to understand where else they can assist and support the business. Very affable people.’

‘Excellent fees, committed team and exceptional legal knowledge.’

‘Alastair Govier: brain the size of a planet, but also excellent strategically. Deeply committed to the client’s case but retains objectivity and always a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

National Friendly Society

Stonebridge Colleges (Publishing) Limited

Lovehoney

Learndirect

AirTanker Services Ltd

CFH Docmail Limited

Pacific IFA Limited

The Government of Romania

Work highlights

  • Representing Romania in appeals and cross-appeals to the UK Supreme Court in a dispute relating to an international arbitration award that the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration panel granted in favour of the Micula brothers against Romania in 2013, arising out of a bilateral investment treaty that Romania had entered into with Sweden.
  • Defending Pacific IFA in multiple separate claims brought before the Financial Ombudsman and High Court arising out of advice relating to the investment of pension funds using self-invested personal pension (SIPP) products and unregulated overseas property investments.
  • Advised a private individual in a £9m proprietary estoppel dispute relating to a 650-acre farm.

TLT

TLT's commercial dispute resolution group excels in cross-border commercial and corporate contractual disputes. The group is known for its expertise across a number of sector specialisms including financial services, retail, leisure and energy disputes. Chris Owen, who specialises in cross-border claims and international arbitration, leads the team alongside financial services litigator Jonathan Hoey. Ed Fiddick and consultant Philip May are both experienced in shareholder and partnership disputes, while Victoria Mabbett counts pensions disputes among her specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Chris Owen; Jonathan Hoey

Other key lawyers:

Ed Fiddick; Philip May; Victoria Mabbett

Key clients

Government of India

Inchcape Plc

Tamura Corporation

BT

Sainsburys

WHSmith Plc

Matthew Clark Bibendum

Brewdog Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Indian Government in a dispute with Pakistan concerning monies held in a British bank account since 1948 which now amount to £35m, referred to as the Hyderabad funds.
  • Defended a Swiss banker in cross-border fraud proceedings including in respect of a freezing order obtained against the client’s assets located in England and Wales.
  • Acted for DMA Media, a television production company managing the Iran International television station, in a long-running politically sensitive dispute with a consultancy firm which provided services to Iran International.

VWV

Ed Husband leads VWV's commercial disputes team and counts corporate, commercial and insolvency litigation and asset and debt recovery work among his areas of expertise. Ben Holt is noted for M&A-related and reputation management litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ed Husband

Other key lawyers:

Ben Holt

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'very experienced' dispute resolution group attracts praise for its 'ability to handle multi-disciplinary cases'. Practice head Stephen Dilley is highlighted as 'a formidable litigator who deploys an iron fist in a velvet glove'; he handles a range of commercial disputes with particular experience in the insurance, financial, insolvency and renewables sectors. Other names to note include managing associate Victoria Brooks for renewable energy and retail disputes, and associate Mandy Robertson, who advises insurance, retail, banking and financial services clients on a range of commercial issues including data protection breaches and directors disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Dilley

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Brooks; Mandy Robertson

Testimonials

‘Have continued to work seamlessly as a team, regardless of the operational constraints of lockdown and the fact they are working remotely. Very good at ensuring value for the client by ensuring higher fee earners supervise, whilst lower fee earners do the day to day work.’

‘Stephen Dilley is very committed to getting the best for his clients and going the extra mile to understand their commercial and personal drivers.’

‘Stephen Dilley is a formidable litigator who deploys an iron fist in a velvet glove, quilted through years of experience acting for discerning commercial clients. He knows what the client wants and how to get there. When recommending a Bristol-based commercial solicitor (or indeed South West) to my most demanding clients, Stephen is without doubt the ‘go-to’.

‘Womble Bond Dickinson bring a very experienced and capable team to bear when running commercial litigation. They work collectively, both internally and with instructed counsel to ensure that no stone is left unturned.’

‘Stephen Dilley – brings a sense of calm capability to a case, underlining his talent and experience. He spots issues that others might miss.’

‘The team led by the indefatigable Stephen Dilley has recently been instructed on some of the most complex and high value business protection litigation in the High Court, especially in the area of restrictive covenants, confidentiality and team moves. Their strength lies in their unique ability to handle multi-disciplinary cases involving the cross-over between company, commercial, employment and partnership disputes.’

‘Stephen Dilley is very amiable and honest. He takes on board objectives and clearly sets out risks involved as part of strategy discussions.’

Key clients

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL)

AIG

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Plymouth University

British Gas Trading Limited

Friends Life (now part of Aviva)

QVC

Npower

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation plc

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP's 'always commercial' dispute resolution team has been particularly active in IT, professional negligence, data protection and jurisdictional disputes. It also has a growing risk advisory practice, led by legal director Ben Derrington, which advises clients, particularly in the construction, waste, food and manufacturing sectors, on a range of contentious regulatory issues. Practice head Rory Mac Neice specialises in financial and technology sector litigation and counts product recall advice among his other areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:

Ben Derrington; Joanne Saye

Testimonials

‘Good industry experience, great commercial and practical insight into client business.’

‘Always commercial, down to earth and proportionate in approach.’

‘Very approachable and well-knit team with a good understanding of dispute resolution.’

‘Always, pleasant and helpful, Jo Saye is extremely thorough.’

Key clients

Environment Agency

Zoo Sport International PTE Ltd (part of the Transworld Group)

Racecourse Association Ltd

Ascot Racecourse Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing a non-departmental government body in a multi-party high-value dispute in connection with the flooding of domestic properties in the South East.
  • Acting for a Singaporean company in two claims arising out of the asset purchase of a sportswear manufacturer in Hong Kong, including a factory, debt and shares in a UK company.
  • Acted to a major high street clearing bank in a £650,000 professional negligence claim against property valuers relating to a commercial development property, following an administration.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP's litigation, advisory and regulatory practice is experienced in acting for private sector companies and public sector clients in public procurement challenges. Birmingham-based Adam Kendall leads the national practice while Emily Heard heads up the group in Bristol and specialises in procurement litigation, contractual disputes and judicial reviews. Other names to note for public procurement disputes include recently promoted partner Fran Mussellwhite and 'real stars' Laura Brealey and Trevor Watt, while 'excellent' senior associate Wesley O’Brien handles a range of breach of contract claims as well as defamation and reputation management disputes.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kendall; Emily Heard

Other key lawyers:

Fran Mussellwhite; Wesley O’Brien; Laura Brealey; Kyle Duggan; Katie Harris; Trevor Watt

Testimonials

‘They provide an excellent service for public bodies and have an exceptional depth of knowledge of their sector.’

‘I generally deal with Wesley O’Brien who is excellent. He is easy to work with, extremely knowledgeable on the law, particularly in relation to matters concerning local government and public authorities and has a very good sense of what the client requires and seeks. ’

‘Really good team with cross-disciplinary skills, knowledge and experience.’

‘Strong capability dealing with a wide range of complex issues.’

‘Some really good lawyers who are helpful and very skilled. Laura Brealey and Trevor Watt are real stars.’

‘Highly responsive, engaged and able to get up to speed with the context of the case as well as providing accessible, accurate legal advice.’

Kyle Duggan (solicitor) was extremely knowledgeable in his field of public procurement, worked collaboratively with in-house legal, and provided unequivocal advice and reports offering reassurance for internal decision makers.

Katie Harris: disputes solicitor with great problem-solving skills.

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

Whittington Health NHS Trust

City of London Corporation

ERS Medical Ltd

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in a software licence dispute against Chameleon Information Management Services Ltd in the Technology and Construction Court (London).
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust in the defence of a £2m claim for damages brought against the Trust for breach of contract.
  • Successfully defended the Whittington Health NHS Trust at trial in the Technology and Construction Court in a claim by Ryhurst Ltd in respect of the abandonment of a procurement for a strategic estates partner.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey's 'hyper commercial' practice handles a range of disputes including financial services, media and entertainment, retail, energy, charity and trust litigation. Mark Rhys-Jones (who counts IT, procurement and public sector disputes among his areas of expertise) leads the Bristol team, which includes James Gliddon. The group benefits from the ability to work cross-office with its national network including with colleagues in Exeter and Plymouth. Neil Parkes joined Lewis Silkin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rhys-Jones

Other key lawyers:

James Gliddon

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely responsive and happy to get stuck in. They are thoughtful and strategic but not afraid to be robust.’

‘There is a real team feeling and the leadership is strong.’

‘You are working with down-to-earth and likeminded people who have a great talent for what they do.’

‘Individuals are very approachable and knowledgeable and work well across the business.’

‘Hyper commercial; very grounded and practical across the board. Very strong in identifying where their experiences or know how generally might support our business specifically.’

‘The team are very responsive and their advice is clear and commercial. They manage costs effectively and are willing to propose innovative fee structures to win business. They are also easy to work with and their coverage during the Covid lockdowns was seamless. ’

Key clients

Adam Smith International (ASI)

Hertford College

Welsh Water

Allsop LLP

Viridor Waste Management Limited

Sky

Motion Picture Association & Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment

NEC Energy

Lloyds Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a high-profile contempt of court claim brought by Ocado against a former Jones Day partner. Currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for Adam Smith International, a bidder in a significant procurement challenge, against the Department for International Development, in respect of a public contract worth £70m.
  • Defending Welsh Water in large scale group litigation involving a £324m claim against Welsh Water and other major water companies.

Humphreys & Co.

Humphreys & Co.'s commercial litigation team 'punches above its weight'. 'Excellent strategist ' Robert Humphreys has a broad disputes practice and heads up the team alongside 'excellent litigator' Paul Chun Yi Wong, who is 'extremely knowledgeable of the construction industry' and counts contractual, corporate and civil fraud litigation among his other areas of expertise. The group frequently handles cross-border disputes; Wong is also dual-qualified in England and Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Robert Humphreys; Paul Wong Chun Yi

Other key lawyers:

Tristan Morse

Testimonials

‘The team is small but punches above its weight. I have never before seen a law firm of its size handle high-value, complex commercial disputes and civil fraud litigation as successfully as it has done. I think the team’s particular strengths are attention to detail; extremely hard work on their clients’ behalf; and the ability to negotiate effectively and successfully for clients in mediation and settlement discussions.’

‘The team quickly grasped the crux of the dispute and were able to advise on a strategic route in compiling the legal argument.’

‘Paul Wong is extremely knowledgeable of the construction industry, a no-nonsense approach that saves time and money allowing an organisation to carry out their business while he looks after legal matters.’

‘Paul Wong – an excellent litigator. He has an eye for detail and is dedicated to his clients’ cause. He is also an excellent courtroom advocate and recently won a four-week commercial court trial against a team of highly experienced counsel and the largest law firm in the world on the opposing side. That is an exceptional – and possibly unique – achievement for a solicitor at a small regional practice.

Robert Humphreys – an excellent strategist who combines a good overview of a case with an eye for the detail. He is also excellent at seeing the clients’ wider commercial objectives and negotiating exceptionally good deals for clients who are engaged in contentious disputes.’

Key clients

Cleanthis Georgiades and GE.Law

Work highlights

  • Defending a former director of Yukos Hydrocarbons Investment in allegations brought by Yukos Hydrocarbons Investment for breach of fiduciary duties by receiving secret profits dispute.