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Blake Morgan LLP 's three-partner team represents an impressive roster of public and private sector clients including Clarins, University of South Wales and Milford Haven Port Authority, across a range of high-stakes litigation and has the strength-in-depth for partners and practitioners to focus on certain niche areas of expertise. For example, Allan Wilson is a leading practitioner in the field on behalf of public sector clients in judicial review and public procurement challenges. Wilson recently represented seven Welsh Health Boards on proceedings brought against them by a number of care home providers challenging payments made to them for Funded Nursing Care. Team head Lee Fisher handles a diverse array of high-value litigation for private sector clients and recently acted for the majority shareholders of a renewable energy company in relation to unfair prejudice proceedings brought by a minority shareholder. Fisher also excels in high-stakes matters requiring urgent injunctive relief to be secured on behalf of clients. 'Very down-to-earth' senior associate Kevin Manship has a 'particular strength in the niche area of commercial agency litigation'. Other recommended associates include Joanne Thompson, for procurement challenges, and Sarah Whittle , for judicial reviews involving complex health care issues.

The ‘personable, enthusiastic, engaged and committed‘ five-partner team at Capital Law Limited displays a ‘breadth of talent‘ which enables it to handle a broad spectrum of litigation running the gamut from corporate disputes through to high-stakes public law matters. Andrew Brown has particular experience within the third-party funding sphere, and in a case which was funded through the firm’s own litigation fund, he is representing Deloitte, as the liquidator of DJ Litts, on its £40m professional negligence claim against its former auditors for failing to detect and inform the innocent directors about a fraudulent ponzi scheme. Displaying a ‘real mastery of detail‘, team head Stephen Meade ‘confidently handles complex litigation‘ for clients including the British Medical Association (BMA), which he is acting for in proceedings brought against the Secretary of State for Health for a declaration regarding the contractual effect of the Clinical Excellence Awards (CEA) scheme and the terms and conditions of service for consultants in England. Promoted to partner in November 2017, the ‘extremely commercial' Nicola Mead Batten demonstrates ‘obvious technical ability and a real capacity for lateral thinking‘, particularly in relation to judicial review and public law matters. The team is rounded out at a partner level by the ‘very helpful' Philip Jones, who excels at handling corporate and finance disputes, and IP litigator Wayne Beynon.  Other clients include Roadchef, Cardiff City Football Club and The Royal Mint.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘s two-partner team provides a ‘responsive and commercial' service to private and public sector clients across a range of litigation including in relation to niche areas such as public procurement litigation, fitness to practice and public inquiry work. In addition to handling general commercial litigation work,  Peter Jones  leads the firm's national Inquiries and Investigations group and is recognised as 'probably having the greatest experience of working in public inquiries of any solicitor currently in practice'. As well as continuing to lead a team of lawyers acting as Solicitors to the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, Jones is also currently representing Cadent Gas as an interested party in the high-profile Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Senior associate Angharad Shurmer 'displays impressive knowledge of the cases in which she is involved in' and works alongside Jones on the public inquiries handled by the firm. Richard Pitt  leads the national transport group within the commercial litigation practice and is also well-regarded in the market for handling public procurement disputes. Pitt is representing Wrexham Glyndwr University in the defence of judicial review proceedings brought by numerous foreign students following the withdrawal of the University’s sponsorship from international students, who had either failed to pay their tuition fees or whose entrance to the University may have been linked to a fraudulently obtained English qualification. Senior associate Trish D’Souza is regularly involved in education-related disputes and assisted Pitt on the aforementioned matter. Principal associate Luisa Gibbons handles a range of general commercial litigation, as well as public inquiries and  professional discipline work.

The ‘responsive, knowledgeable and supportive’ team at Geldards LLP is recognised as ‘one of the top commercial litigation outfits in the country’, and represents private and public sector clients across the gamut of litigation, from purely domestic disputes to multi-party, document heavy litigation, often involving an international angle. ‘Approachable and knowledgeable’ team head Paul Hopkins is ‘very down-to-earth and always goes the extra mile to help resolve an issue’. Praised for his ‘tremendous judgement’, Hopkins ‘always commands the respect of his clients’; he continues to represent The Welsh Ministers and NHS in Wales in pursuing a substantial and complex competition law claim against Servier SAS and others for abuse of dominant position in the market in relation to the drug Perindopril. Jonathan Griffiths is particularly adept at representing public sector clients in relation to judicial review matters; he is acting for Parallel Learning Trust in litigation with the London Borough of Lambeth regarding the financial arrangements of the Trust following the conversion of two schools in the Lambeth borough from local authority control to Academy status. Michael Lindsey  is recommended for IP litigation, while senior associate Michael Evans has a burgeoning reputation across a range of commercial disputes.

A ‘market leader for high-value and important disputes in Wales and also very highly thought of in England ‘, Hugh James provides a ‘responsive, commercial and cost-effective‘ service to leading regional businesses including Celsa Steel and S.A. Brain & Co, as well as a growing array of national and international businesses including Novomatic and Rockwool. ‘No-nonsense’ team head Richard Locke ‘consistently achieves the best results for his clients‘ and is representing a local firm in a breach of contract and negligence claim brought against an energy company. Although he recently retired from the partnership, the ‘hugely respected‘  Gareth Williams still maintains an active practice in his role as a consultant and is noted for his ‘huge reservoir of knowledge‘ he has built up, particularly in disputes relating to the insurance and sports sectors. Tracey Singlehurst-Ward displays ‘excellent judgement‘ and is noted for her expertise for handling IP, media and defamation disputes. ‘Very hardworking‘ senior associate Abigail Flanagan is also recommended.

The ‘cost-effective and commercial‘ team at Berry Smith handles a broad range of litigation for private and public sector clients including Riverstone Insurance and The Police Federation of England and Wales. Team head Nick Parker has an excellent reputation for handling corporate and commercial litigation including shareholder disputes and also sits as a Deputy District judge on a part-time basis. Parker recently successfully represented Questback in a breach of contract claim brought against a high street bank. Although he is perhaps best known for his property litigation expertise, the ‘very able and commercially-minded‘ Iwan Doull also handles more general commercial litigation including representing After-the-Event (ATE) insurance providers in the defence of claims regarding third party costs orders. Doull also recently successfully defended several GPs within a medical practice who were being sued by a former partner for alleged unpaid monies and a share in the property from which the surgery operated.

With five partners devoting a considerable amount of time to commercial litigation matters, Darwin Gray LLP has the strength-in-depth to handle a significant volume and variety of litigation, ranging from shareholder disputes to misuse of confidential information cases. Team head Kempton Rees exemplifies the team’s diversity in relation to the nature of work handled in the commercial litigation space and recent work has included a case on behalf of individuals alleging a breach of natural justice. ‘Strong both technically and tactically‘, Ian Herbert is noted for his contentious insolvency expertise in addition to commercial litigation and is a key member of the team that also includes Rhodri Lewis, who has a ‘distinguished track record‘, particularly in relation to property disputes.

Headed by Hugh Hitchcock,  Acuity Law‘s embryonic three-partner litigation team spread across the firm’s Cardiff and Swansea offices has hit the ground running and as well as generating standalone instructions has also been able to generate some high-quality mandates from the firm’s impressive roster of corporate and real estate clients. Praised for his ‘tenacity‘ and ‘willingness to fight for his clients to gain the best possible results‘, Hitchcock is well-versed at handling contractual and professional negligence disputes, and is also well regarded for his media litigation offering, particularly in defamation cases. David Hudson has a strong track record for handling financial services litigation matters, and senior associate Aisha Wardell handles contentious insolvency work as part of her broad palette of commercial litigation. Clients include Sony Europe, Eco2, LifeCare Residencies and Grant Thornton.

Headed by Philip Graham, Douglas-Jones Mercer handles a range of general commercial litigation as well as property and construction disputes for local and national corporates. The recent arrival of Christian Edwards from JCP Solicitors was a major coup for the firm particularly in light of his reputation for handling significant contract disputes. Edwards also has a focus on sports-related disputes and continues to act represent Swansea Stadium Management Company, the company responsible for running and operating the Liberty Stadium, including representing it in a claim for defects arising out of the construction of the stadium. The team is rounded out by Laura Alliss , who handles a range of litigation including contract, joint venture and partnership disputes, and property litigator Russell Price .

The two-partner team at Swansea-based firm JCP Solicitors provides a ‘responsive and efficient‘ service to local and national SMEs and owner-managed businesses across a myriad litigation ranging from partnership and shareholder disputes to construction and sports-related cases. Huw Roffe  and associate Rebecca Seldon are representing Unicam Holdings in a significant debt recovery case against an individual following a loan it made to facilitate the development of a care home. The ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ Andrew Meech is also recommended. Other clients include Macron, Storage Giant and Wales Federation of Young Farmers Club.

Based out of its Swansea headquarters but also increasingly active in west Wales by virtue of its recently opened Carmarthen office, Morgan LaRoche has widened the catchment area with which it can service its clients across a broad array of commercial litigation. Instructed on a standalone basis, as well as picking up work on behalf of the firm's loyal base of existing corporate clients, the team provides an 'effective and commercial  service' and can call upon the expertise of several practitioners with many years' of experience. Team head Jason Williams has an excellent track record across a range of litigation and has been involved in numerous reported cases relating to defamation law, as well as more recently a precedent-setting case in the property field providing guidance in relation to contractual interpretation, particularly as it relates to service charges. As well as his market-leading experience representing home and early years nursery providers in related health and safety, criminal enforcement and care standards investigations,  Andrew Manners also regularly works alongside Williams on matters involving both regulatory and private litigation components. Carmarthen-based Llyr Davies is also recommended.

Dolmans has a leading reputation representing local authorities, particularly against personal injury and health and safety violations, also extends to work of a more general commercial litigation nature. For example, Simon Evans recently successfully defended Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council in connection with a claim brought against it by a local taxi firm for an alleged breach of contract and consequential losses arising from the termination of a contract to convey children to and from school.

At Gabb and Co , Abergavenny-based team head Helen Tudball  has a raft of commercial litigation experience both in arbitration and ADR strategies, in addition to conventional court litigation.

Led by the 'highly experienced, intelligent and respected' Robert Williams from the firm's Wrexham headquarters, GHP Legal has a 'good local reputation' and provides 'responsive and cost-effective advice' to owner-managed businesses and SMEs based in north Wales, mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. Recent highlights include representing a local business in challenging a public procurement decision by a local authority and representing the claimant in a complex injunction and proprietory estoppel matter concerning commercial land. Robert Talog Davies is also recommended.

Newport-based firm RDP Law regularly represents south Wales and West Country-based SMEs and farming clients across a range of commercial litigation including contract disputes and property litigation. The ‘well-regarded‘ Michael Feakes heads a three-strong team that also includes the 'excellent' Robert Davies.

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