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Banking litigation

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  has a specialist banking litigation team in Birmingham which focuses on high-profile work relating to lending, financing, wealth management, mis-selling and negligence. As well as its well-established relationships with major banks, the firm also has also built a reputation for its work for challenger banks, while the team also handles international work out of Birmingham. Chris Busby, who leads the practice, is and also UK head of financial services disputes and investigations. Neville Gray is another key figure and works on investigations and regulatory advice. Other notable names include principal associate Martin Ward , who specialises in asset, motor and invoice finance; and Sarah Hope , who is an expert in mortgage mis-selling.

Practice head(s):Chris Busby

Other key lawyers:Neville Gray

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Phoenix Group


Instant Cash Loans

Carey Pensions

Work highlights

  • Advising a range of banks and financial institutions on their complaint handling and litigation strategies for PPI cases.
  • Providing strategic advice to banks, building societies and other lenders in respect of complaints under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
  • Acting for the trustee of the Safeway pension scheme in relation to a sex equalisation case with a value over £100m which was referred by the Court of Appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Defending payday lender Instant Cash Loans in a claim, brought by over 180 individual claimants, for breach of statutory duty and for an unfair relationship under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 on the basis of an alleged lack of affordability assessments.
  • Successfully represented a subsidiary of Coventry Building Society in an interest-only mortgage mis-selling claim which concluded in a three-day trial in the High Court.

Gowling WLG's skillset in this space covers banking, finance and insolvency litigation with a number of major financial institutions among its client roster. Ian Weatherall heads the practice and is most notably skilled in disputes involving undisclosed commission and payment protection insurance. Banking and asset finance specialist Matthew Harvey  is also highly recommended. Associate Katie Molloy is skilled in asset recovery disputes.

Practice head(s):Ian Weatherall

Other key lawyers:Matthew Harvey; Katie Molloy

Key Clients


CIT Vendor Finance

Hampshire Trust Bank

RCI Financial Services

Honda Finance

Mercedes Benz Financial


Earl Shilton Building


American Express

Black Horse

Investec Asset Finance

UK Asset Resolution

Manchester Building


Royal Bank of Canada

Barclays Bank UK Plc


Work highlights

  • Acted for Barclays Bank in an application to rectify security relating to lending to a group acquiring a care home business.
  • Advising Young & Co's Brewery in relation to several issues arising from lending to tenants.

At Squire Patton Boggs , the team operates as part of the firm's substantial international network, with the Birmingham practice focusing on advising lenders on professioinal negligence, mis-selling, regulatory issues and lender liability claims. 'First-class lawyer' Garon Anthony leads the team, while also handling disputes involving banking, pensions, financial advisers and insurance clients, as well as issues relating to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Commercial litigator Simon Garbett is also regularly involved in complex cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):Garon Anthony

Other key lawyers:Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner


'The team takes the time to foster a relationship, which means they really understand our business and our goals. Their advice is clear and unambiguous and most importantly, they don't sit on the fence.'

'Really down to earth and friendly. We take for granted the expertise in their field but the fact that we can call any member of the team and they know us and what we are about is great.'

'The team is extremely responsive to client needs and timescales, and invests the time and resources to fully understand the nature of any potential litigation. Access to the team is first rate, as is their knowledge and expertise.

'Garon Anthony is a first-class lawyer with a keen eye for detail, and a skill for distilling complex issues into clear narratives.'

Key Clients

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Trustee of Jaguar Land

Rover Pension Scheme

Amana Capital

Homeserve Plc

Dalata UK/Hotel Group Plc

Gareth Fatchett and Paul Crutchley  are the two key names at FS Legal . Fatchett acts for investors who have received negligent financial advice, whereas managing partner Crutchley is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a strong emphasis on the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):Gareth Fatchett; Paul Crutchley

Gateley Plc 's Birmingham banking litigation offering is led by the 'ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial' James Baird , who focuses on advising funders and leasing companies on debt recovery, asset-tracing and fraud disputes. Recent work for the firm has included acting on a nine-figure dispute arising out of the sale of a credit card portfolio.

Practice head(s):5

Other key lawyers:5


'James Baird is great, and the team he has created around him is second to none.'

'A very pro-active team, giving clear and commercial advice, and combining a thorough-going knowledge of the law of banking and finance with great practical insights and a real feel for the commercial concerns of clients.'

They stand out from the ranks of other similarly placed firms, not just in the quality of their personnel, but also in that of they work they produce.'

'The team is phenomenally hard-working and fights its clients' corner hard, whilst at the same time being a delight to work with.'

'Gateley goes from strength to strength - the banking litigation practice is a tight-knit, efficient and astute team. We rely on them daily and they, quite simply, never let us down. Could not recommend them more highly.'

'They have excellent working relationships with instructing banks and a helpful and a detailed understanding of the lending structures and client bank processes.'

'Unique expertise combining immense complex banking litigation experience with knowledge of asset backed security and cross-border insolvency litigation. Top of the tree in the West Midlands and nationally in this area.'

'James Baird is ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial.'

'Senior associate John Williams is charming, very bright and gets to grip with the commercial realities of a case with great skill.'

'James Baird is a shrewd and highly experienced partner with a keen understanding of the law.'

'James Baird is unparallelled in his legal knowledge in this area. He is highly intelligent, incisive, pragmatic and tactical, and delivers all this with wit and modesty.'

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Shoosmiths LLP's banking litigation team is headed by Roger Potgieter, who predominantly focuses on claims against asset finance, motor finance, banking and leasing clients. Additional services provided include debt recovery, enforcement of securities and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Roger Potgieter


'The team have a good balance of expert knowledge and being able to manage a number of cases.'

'Roger Potgeiter is very good at looking at issues as a whole to ensure we take the right course of action.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Arkle Finance Ltd

Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance

LeasePlan (UK) Ltd


Building Society

Northridge Finance

Oodle Car Finance

Paragon Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance


VFS Finance Ltd


Commercial litigation: Birmingham

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DLA Piper UK LLP is notably strong in cross-border disputes, with the firm's international network of offices providing a strong platform to attract big-ticket mandates. The team, which has particular focus on client in the financial services, technology and government contracting sectors, saw a 30% growth in fee income over the past year. Neil Bowker is national head of the firm's UK litigation and regulatory group, and has extensive experience of cross-border disputes. Nick Bamford, meanwhile, heads up the Birmingham team and is highly experienced in cases involving contract breaches and financial misconduct.

Practice head(s):Neil Bowker; Nick Bamford

Other key lawyers:Philip Kelly


'The best commercial litigation team in Birmingham. Punches its weight against the London City firms, with a global client base.'

'The team has a great combination of experience and enthusiasm.'

'Phillip Kelly has the ability to make complicated matters sounds relatively straightforward and is very confidence-inspiring.'

'A formidable commercial practice with a global reach - they excel at dealing with difficult cases for difficult clients'

'A close team, who work well together, sharing knowledge and best practice, and ensuring that the client gets seamless care.'

'The team is highly pragmatic and commercial, knows what points to push and which not to, and deal with big cases with real efficiency. I have also always found them extremely personable and to command real confidence from their clients.'

'Neil Bowker's ability to handle delicate situations with utter professionalism, and continue to give first-rate advice throughout, is truly excellent.'

'Nick Bamford is very experienced, with excellent judgement and a commercial approach. He is practical, knowledgeable and responsive, and has developed an excellent team.'

Key Clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

National Grid


Synergy Health


NEC Group

Philip Morris

Serco Group

Telereal Trillium


Angus Fire

Work highlights

  • Acted as external advisers to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Magnox Inquiry, a public inquiry into the failure of a £7bn contract for the decommissioning of 12 nuclear power sites and the procurement process for that contract.
  • Defended David Wilson Homes Limited against a claim in excess of £200m brought by a property developer.
  • Acted for, Ngali Holdings, a commercial subsidiary of the Rwanda Government, in defence of multiple claims surrounding the funding of hydro-electric projects in Rwanda.
  • Represented Premier Wealth in recovering money from Altas Group Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Indian software developer Syntel Private Ltd on a $2m dispute with a UK customer in regarding software development services in Singapore, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Canada.

DWF focuses primarily on complex cross-border disputes, with a strong emphasis on Russia and the greater CIS region. 'Excellent strategist' Andrew Leach leads the team and is known for his work in handling Central Asian disputes, which often involve obtaining freezing orders. His sectors strengths include energy, manufacturing, technology and finance Also recommended is Darren Kenny, who primarily focuses on international trade-related cases.

Practice head(s):Andrew Leach

Other key lawyers:Darren Kenny


'DWF's Birmingham team offers a high level of service with some very good quality partners who would thrive in the London market.'

'Andrew Leach is client focused an excellent strategist, managing difficult and complex issues to achieve clients objective.'

'Darren Kenny is great to work with. He is switched on, intelligent, builds excellent relationships and has a good range of experience.'

Key Clients

Alex Shnaider (Canada's youngest billionaire)

Novelis GmbH (Germany)

The West Midlands Combined Authority

Toronto Stock Exchange


Economy Energy Trading Limited

W Nagel

Sergey Fedotov

DX Network

Jamtoff Trading Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for 165 property investors in a class action against HMRC disputing payments that incurred due to alleged tax avoidance.
  • Instructed by Jamtoff Trading Limited, a leading Russian/Cypriot manufacturer of polyethylene terephthalate, in a dispute arising from fruadulent payments by one of its creditors.
  • Advised French real estate investment company Ott & Partners in a payment dispute with Cypriot companies which sold commercial real estate assets in Russia.
  • Advised Economy Energy on a contract breach claim against its meter operator provider.
  • Acted for diamond broker W Nagel in a dispute against Pluczenik Diamond Company NV, who the client acted for as a purchasing agent, on a compensation claim arising from a contract termination between the two parties.

Fieldfisher LLP's Birmingham practice, which it secured via its 2016 merger with Hill Hofstetter, leverages the wider firm's growing international offering to secure roles on a number of high-value international mandates. Jonathan Hofstetter, who leads the practice and is particularly known for his work in competition claims, but also has expertise in technical and engineering disputes. Other key members of the team include Ann Benzimra, who focuses on the IT and manufacturing sectors, Jim Sharkey, who works on banking and offshore related cases; and credit insurance specialist Larry Coltman. Also recommended is director Stephen May, who is an expert in contractual and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hofstetter 

Other key lawyers:Ann Benzimra; Jim Sharkey; Larry Coltman; Richard Waugh; Adam Sturt


'The team is extremely strong, and in particular, the partners are very sensible and have excellent judgement. They are easy to deal with, and very charming.'

'Jonathan Hofstetter is very experienced and has a calm, insightful approach to client problems.'

'Jim Sharkey's no-nonsense approach serves clients well.'

'Richard Waugh is extremely detail-oriented, and thinks carefully about issues for clients, but also fights their corner strongly.'

'Adam Sturt is thorough, sensible and charming.'

Key Clients

Pearson PLC

2 Sisters Food Group

DS Smith PLC


Holland & Barrett

Trend Micro

Work highlights

  • Represented a high net worth individual in successfully setting aside a worldwide freezing order for $2.6bn obtained by PrivatBank and striking out the claim on jurisdictional grounds.
  • Represented a UK division of the engineering and technology multinational Bosch group in proceedings brought by a recruitment company over the placement of its new UK managing director.
  • Representing a former director in defending claims by the liquidator of Prosperity Corporate Consultancy Limited, a company in which our client is a former director and shareholder.
  • Acted for Pearson Education Limited in High Court (Technology and Construction Court) proceedings against the Secretary of State for Education in a public procurement challenge under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

Gowling WLG is regularly instructed in high-stakes litigation, with a particular focus on the automotive sector. Andrew Litchfield, who leads the team, also advises on cases in the food and beverage, healthcare and hospitality sectors. Other key names include Andrew Smith, who focuses on contractual disputes, Andrew Nugent Smith, who is very active in the automotive sector; Patrick Arben, who is heavily involved in the technology sector, and energy disputes specialist Tom Price.

Practice head(s):Andrew Litchfield

Other key lawyers:Andrew Smith; Andrew Nugent Smith; Patrick Arben; Tom Price


'The Gowling litigation team is dedicated, focused, practical and effective while still being able to offer a less institutional feel than the really big City firms.'

'Incredibly responsive, pragmatic and commercial team that quickly grasps the issues at hand to be able to provide a timely, tailored and effective solution.'

'Diligent, hard working and analytical.'

'Andrew Nugent Smith is measured, has good judgement, and is pragmatic and good with clients.'

Key Clients

Sopra Steria Limited and Steria (Pension Plan) Trustees Limited

Amec Foster Wheeler plc and other Amec group companies

Tarmac Building Products Limited

London Legacy Development Corporation and E20 LLP

NHS Shared Business Services Limited

London Borough of Croydon

Cemex UK Operations Limited

Bastug Metalurji Sanayi, A.S.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sopra Steria Limited and Steria (Pension Plan) Trustees Limited in negligence claims against Punter Southall Ltd, Stuart Southall (PS), Nabarro Nathanson and Nabarro LLP (Nabarro) involving a pension plan.
  • Supporting companies within the Amec Foster Wheeler group in matters regarding an organisation known as 'The Consulting Association', alleged to have blacklisted thousands of construction workers between 1970 and 2009.
  • Acted for Tarmac Building Products in the defence of a High Court claim for the supply of allegedly defective building materials to Pariter UK LLP (trading as Creation Flooring).
  • Advised E20 Stadium LLP and one of its partners, London Legacy Development Corporation, in a dispute twith West Ham United Football Club in relation to the number of seats the club claimed it was entitled to at the former Olympic Stadium (which serves as its home ground), under the terms of a 99-year concession agreement.
  • Acted for NHS Shared Business Services Limited in proceedings brought against it, and eight other defendants, by Virgin Care,  involving the procurement process for a contract for the provision of children's community health services.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's litigation practice has a strong international bent, with a heavy focus on the automotive, aerospace, energy and media sectors. Adam Fisher is one of two practice heads and is particularly prominent in fields of automotive and technology. He works in tandem with Rich Lloyd, whose practice has a strong emphasis on the industrial and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):Adam Fisher; Rich Lloyd 

Key Clients

Cadent Gas

Alternative Parcels Company

Sims Group

Thames Water

Tarmac Trading Limited

John Lewis Partnership


National Grid

Severn Trent

Mitchells & Butlers

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sims in the defence of a multi-million pound claim in the Commercial Court commenced by a key supplier, for damages for alleged unlawful contract termination and various other alleged breaches of contract.

Mills & Reeve LLP represents a wide range of multinational clients in commercial disputes, particularly in the automotive, manufacturing and sport sectors. Steve Allen heads the practice, supported by principal associate Anthony Minnis, who is an expert in contract and warranty breaches.

Practice head(s):Steve Allen

Other key lawyers:Anthony Minnis

Key Clients

RLC Langford Lodge Limited

Horiba Mira Limited

SilverRail Technologies UK

The Parts Alliance Limited

Rangers Football Club

Alfa Bank

Elster Metering Limited



Shell UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rangers Football Club Limited in its litigation with Sports Direct, surrounding the latter's rights to former's replica kit and other merchandise at the club's Ibrox Stadium, online and within Sports Directs stores.
  • Acting for Swiss client Nutrasuisse in its claim of damages against with Tesco Stores Limited, which terminated its contract with the client that involved Nutrasuisse securing Tesco’s entry in to the Nordic markets.
  • Acting for Michael Anderson, director and vice chairman of Gillingham Football Club, in relation to a claim for the repayment of monies invested in the club.

Pinsent Masons LLP's broad commercial litigation practice is notably strong in cases involving professional negligence, contract breaches and civil fraud. Jim Richards leads the team, while other key figures include legal director Jason Kirwin, who is heavily involved in the retail and manufacturing sectors; Jonathan Fortnam, who has a focus on the finance and energy sectors; civil fraud expert Andrew Herring ; and legal director Faye Moore, who acts on contract and warranty breaches.

Practice head(s):Jim Richards

Other key lawyers:Jason Kirwin; Jonathan Fortnam; Andrew Herring


'The service is unique because they engage with client issues, however small. They seek to understand what they need and offer ideas as well as robust advice.'

'High performing team with excellent level of legal expertise. The team provide partnership approach that supports our business in finding the most commercial solutions to issues.'

Key Clients

MLS (Overseas) Limited

NISS UK Limited


London Borough of Haringey

Honda Motor Europe Limited

IMS World Publications Limited

Hill & Smith plc

APG Cash Drawer Limited

DG Robson Mechanical Services Limited

Marston's plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for national retailer Halfords in relation to claims by First Personnel for transfer fees of £1m including interest when Halfords changed its recruitment agency for temporary staff.
  • Represented APG Cash Drawer Limited in relation to a claim against four of its former directors arising from certain derivative transactions entered into by the company in order to hedge the company's exposure to foreign exchange risk.
  • Advised Bosch Rexroth in defending a claim brought by Leadec Limited in connection with Bosch’s alleged defective design and installation of a robotic production line at GeneralMotors/Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility.
  • Worked with MLS in an expedited procurement challenge in the London Technology & Construction Court against the Secretary of State for Defence in connection with a £400m 10-year logistics contract award for the Ministry of Defence.
  • Acting for a subsidiary of a PLC listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in relation to a major suspected employee fraud.

The Birmingham disputes team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP has notable expertise in litigation over commercial contracts, shareholder and partnership agreements, warranty claims, procurement disputes and database misuse claims  Mark Beesley leads the litigation team nationwide, and is an expert in commercial and contractual litigation. Barry Jervis is head of the Birmingham office and is experienced in handling warranty claims, claims for injunctive relief, as well as general contractual issues, while 'efficient and diligent' associate partner James Woolstenhulme specialises in the IT and telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Beesley; Barry Jervis

Other key lawyers:James Woolstenhulme


'The team is very knowledgeable and professional and provides a very good service in a timely and efficient manner.'

'An outstanding team who are able to cover a wide range of disputes. Both commercial and pragmatic in their approach and with a good track record.'

'Barry Jervis is first rate, with a keen appreciation of legal issues and a solid appreciation of the commercial realities of a dispute.'

'James Woolstenhulme is really good in dealing with running difficult cases.'

Key Clients

Henkel Limited


General Dynamics UK Ltd

FM Conway Limited

First Personnel Services Ltd

Folkes Holdings Limited

Staffordshire University

Selecta Systems Limited

Birmingham City Council

Alliance Surgical Plc

Intercity Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Maloney Metalcraft Limited in a dispute involving manufacturing of gas treatment equipment as part of the infrastructure development in the Jalamid gas field in Saudi Arabia.
  • Acting for Henkel Limited in a £2.5m claim against one of its manufactures for the alleged supply of defective materials.
  • Acted to defend appeal proceedings brought by Halfords Limited against First Personnel Services Limited, following High Court proceedings where the client successfully obtained judgment.
  • Acting for a respondent to appeal proceedings arising from a decision in proprietary estoppel proceedings from June 2017.
  • Pursued and settled proceedings for FM Conway Limited in a claim against AXA for failure to indemnify under an insurance contract.

Shoosmiths LLP's standout specialties within the litigation space include disputes relating to cyber attacks, reputation management and asset finance recovery. The 'exceptional' Alex Bishop leads the disputes team nationally and is highly experienced in crisis management issues involving fraudulent behaviour and online hacking. Other important members of the team include: Mark Elder, who is known for his work in phone hacking cases and Roger Potgieter, who works on asset finance matters.

Practice head(s):Alex Bishop

Other key lawyers:Mark Elder; Roger Potgieter


'Offers a range of experience, and all of the advice is very commercial and cost effective.'

'Alex Bishop understands our business; he is practical and technically excellent.'

'Mark Elder's commercial knowledge and expertise truly shine; his friendly approach and professional manner give me full trust and confidence in his advice and strategic recommendations. He is totally committed to achieving the best outcome and I would recommend his service without any hesitation.'

Key Clients


Thomas Cook Group Plc

Next Plc

Glide Utilities

Aramark Limited

H B Fuller

Jennifer Ellison

Andrew Cole

Close Brothers

The White Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Travelodge Hotels on a claim in relation to overpayment and duplicated charging by Thames Water over a number of years.
  • Represented former Premier League footballer Andrew Cole on a phone hacking claim against MGN Limited.
  • Advised surveillance equipment provider Komcept on proceedings against a British company in a dispute regarding equipment destined for the Iraqi National Intelligence Service.
  • Advised actress and model Jennifer Ellison on a phone hacking claim against MGN Limited.
  • Acted for the HB Fuller group companies in UK, France, Germany, Italy and China in a claim against a UK manufacturer for breach of contract and negligence.

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly turned to by clients for high-profile disputes pertaining to the financial services, automotive, manufacturing and pensions sectors. Simon Garbett leads the Birmingham practice and is particularly skilled in supply chain and product liability cases. Also recommended is Garon Anthony, who focuses on contentious matters in the fields of banking, pensions and insurance.

Practice head(s):Simon Garbett

Other key lawyers:Garon Anthony


'Easily accessible, with detailed knowledge of specialist areas of law.'

'Excellent quality of advice - turnaround times are very good.'

Key Clients

Trustee of the Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

Dalata Hotel Group



Carver (Wolverhampton) Limited

Brooks Macdonald

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Cardtronics, Inc.

Commercial litigation specialist firm Bell Lax Limited has expertise in disputes across a wide range of areas, including contracts, trusts, property as well as director and shareholder issues. Richard Kerry jointly leads the practice and specialises in insurance litigation, while fellow practice head Liam Owen focuses on shareholder and contsruction cases. Also recommended is Peter Lax, who is experienced in construction and professional negligence disputes.

Practice head(s):Richard Kerry; Liam Owen

Other key lawyers:Peter Lax


'A very savvy commercial litigation firm. Technical strength is a given and is combined with a determination to fight very hard for their clients.'

'They always look for the imaginative angle and are not afraid to push it. A team to have on your side in a fight.'

'Liam Owen is impressive. He is smart and very thorough. A fighter with a relaxed demeanour, which belies his steel-like approach. One to watch.'

'Richard Kerry provides direct and straightforward advice.'

Key Clients

RGB Group

Reynolds and Reynolds Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented RGB Group in successfully defending a £1.1m claim for defects at a luxury London hotel in its entirety at adjudication.
  • Final account adjudication on £12m contract, acting successfully for the contractor in recovering £1.16m more than they had previously received.
  • Defeated injunction for delivery of software by client of Reynolds and Reynolds who had not paid the sums the company considered it was owed.

Freeths LLP focuses on contentious matters concerning contract breaches, professional negligence, partnership agreements and commercial fraud. The 'remarkably user-friendly' Richard Coates leads the practice, while another key figure is Louise Wilson, who a similar focus on contract breaches and negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Richard Coates 

Other key lawyers:Louise Wilson


'Richard Coates is remarkably user-friendly and has a strong natural instinct for commercial litigation.'

'Louise Wilson brings a clear head and well-thought-out strategic advice.'

'Freeths is a very effective mid-tier commercial litigation practice, with great focus on efficient matter management for medium size cases.'

Key Clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Inchcape Retail Limited

The National Exhibition Centre Limited

Gateley Plc's handles disputes work for clients across the manufacturing, retail, sports, charities, pensions and recruitment sectors. Stephen Goodrham - 'the man you want fighting your corner in a battle' - leads the team and is well-regarded for his work in handling cases relating to restrictive covenants, as well as shareholder disputes. He is supported by Neil Warner, who focuses on breach of contract and warranty claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Goodrham 

Other key lawyers:Neil Warner


'The Gateley Birmingham team always have the best result for the client at the very core of everything they do. They take personal responsibility for cases and strive to get the best from themselves and external advisers.'

'Steve Goodrham is a well focused and knowledgeable partner, with a well-motivated team.'

'Gateley's commercial litigation team, spearheaded by Steve Goodrham, combine the ability to drive the procedural steps forward whilst still having the awareness and capability to find a commercial settlement. The team is well resourced and has the ability to draft in other specialists from within the firm.'

'The team have a strong work ethic and are technically knowledgeable on the legal aspects of the dispute.'

'Steve Goodrham is like a dog with a bone and will grind the opposition down over time whilst always retaining an amiable demeanour. He's the man you want fighting your corner when in a battle.'

'Neil Warner is approachable and easy to work with, and is quick to appreciate the technical points from expert reports. Neil also presents a strong and robust argument on behalf of clients.'

Steve Goodrham is a strong and tactical negotiator and adopts a practical approach to dispute resolution.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's repertoire in litigation includes civil fraud, group actions, cybercrime and cross-border disputes. The 'canny and relentless' Mark Kenkre heads the practice and is particularly known for his work in civil fraud. Also recommended is Helen Briant, who has a similar focus on fraud cases, especially ones with an international dimension, while senior associate Jamie De Souza is touted as a 'future star'.

Practice head(s):Mark Kenkre

Other key lawyers:Helen Briant; Jamie De Souza


Mark Kenkre's team is excellent, with a strong regional and national reputation, especially in difficult civil fraud and complex civil litigation cases.

'In fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and shareholder claims, they are amongst the best in their class.'

'Mark Kenkre is an excellent litigator, canny and relentless.'

'Mark Kenkre is highly knowledgeable in his field. He is known for his commercial common sense and giving good strategic advice.

'Jamie de Souza is a future star and has a great eye for detail.'

Key Clients

Rotam Agrochemical Company Limited

St Vincent European General Partner Limited

Swimming Teachers' Association Limited

Protec InternationalLimited

Huntcourt Limited - NiteNite

Mohammed Younis

Derwent Facilities Management Limited

Blackstar Wealth Management Limited

Sovini Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Hong Kong-based Rotam Agrochemical Company on a breach of contract claim against an Austrian company GAT regarding the purchase of registration data.  
  • Acted for St Vincent European General Partner Limited in its claim for damages against 10 defendants as a result of breach of contract and an unlawful means conspiracy, which resulted in development land being removed from St Vincent's control.
  • Represented the Swimming Teachers' Association and advising the trustees in connection with its claim against its former CEO for misappropriation of the assets of the charity.
  • Advised the Nitenite City Hotel in Birmingham following a significant escape of water in March 2018.

Mark Surguy leads the commercial litigation team at Weightmans LLP and has extensive experience in civil fraud and e-discovery. He is supported by associate Emma Birch who focuses on disputes concerning financial services and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):Mark Surguy

Other key lawyers:Emma Birch

Key Clients

UK Trucks Claim Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising UK Trucks Claim Limited, a special purpose vehicle which is the first of its kind to pursue collective relief in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the form of opt-out collective proceedings. It has issued proceedings on behalf of owners and lessees of over 600,000 trucks which were sold by way of an admitted illegal cartel of European truck manufacturers between 1997 and 2011.

Bevan Brittan LLP primarily focuses on disputes concerning public infrastructure. The Birmingham-based Adam Kendall heads up the the firm's national litigation team, with sector specialities including central government, healthcare and housing.

Practice head(s):Adam Kendall

Key Clients

Ontix Ltd


Sysmex UK Ltd

Oxford University

Wychavon District Council

G4S Secure Solutions

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Shropshire Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Work highlights

  • Acted for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in an ICT contract dispute against BT plc relating to outsourced HR, payroll and finance services.
  • Represented Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in relation to a dispute with an international ICT services provider.

BLM has a strong commercial disputes practice which has particularly expertise in commercial fraud recovery and property disputes. Julian Smart leads the team and handles claims of deceit, misappropriated assets, as well as conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty. Other notable names include commercial fraud recovery specialist Caroline Kane and property disputes expert Jagdeep Hayre .

Practice head(s):Julian Smart

Other key lawyers:Caroline Kane; Jagdeep Hayre

Key Clients

Compass Group Plc

Affinity Water

Fujitsu Plc

European Risk Insurance Company

Birmingham City Council

Towergate Financial Group Ltd


AS Watson plc

Glen Dimplex Group

Emms Gilmore Liberson's team is led by 'knowledgeable and approachable' director Richard Cooper, who has a track record of advising on commercial and contractual disputes, as well as matters concerning partnership agreements and professional negligence. He is supported by director Peter Adkins, who is experienced in litigation relating to licensing and gambling.

Practice head(s):Richard Cooper 

Other key lawyers:Peter Adkins


'The team is great and has fantastic support when needed.'

'The firm offers a top class and comprehensive legal service and the experienced partners are always available.'

'Richard Cooper is very experienced in commercial litigation and has particular skills in complicated shareholder disputes.'

'Richard Cooper's attention to detail and ability to manage the client through the litigation process is exceptional. He recognises the need to guide the client away from the emotional aspects of the dispute toward a commercial outcome.'

'Richard Cooper is highly knowledgeable and approachable, with an excellent client manner. Fast response times and available at all times, within reason, he devotes his time and energy securing the very best outcome with excellent results. Client care is at the heart of what he does and he does this exceedingly well.'

Sydney Mitchell LLP's skillset in litigation centres around contractual disputes and fraud claims. Dean Parnell - 'a lawyer that you want to be on your side rather than against you' - jointly leads the team and has broad experience in commercial litigation, with notable expertise in search orders. Fellow practice head Kamal Majevadia focuses on contentious trusts and estates.

Practice head(s):Dean Parnell; Kamal Majevadia


'A very good reputation as one of the better dispute resolution teams in the West Midlands. They place great importance on client service and making sure the right person is selected for the job.'

'A good combination of specialist intellectual property knowledge and general litigation experience.'

'This firm is regarded locally as punching well above its size, largely due to the expertise and personality of Dean Parnell.'

'Dean Parnell is an exceptional lawyer, but more importantly, he is an exceptional problem-solver. He is highly motivated, a clever tactician and a brilliant lateral thinker who can find a way through the most impenetrable of legal problems.'

'Dean Parnell would run a marathon for you if he felt it could make a difference.'

'Dean Parnell is definitely a lawyer that you want to be on your side rather than against you.'

'Dean Parnell is a highly respected dispute resolution solicitor. He is intelligent, engaging, commercial, thinks outside the box and always goes that extra mile.  He does his utmost to achieve the best result possible.'

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands

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  1. Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Tom Williams - Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Stoke-on-Trent firm Beswicks Legal handles a range of work including shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as tax and sports-related litigation. Karen Elder co-heads the team and is notably strong in contractual disputes, as well as having a particular focus on the property sector. Elder works in tandem with fellow co-head Gareth Wilkinson , who has carved a niche in sports litigation.

Practice head(s):Karen Elder; Gareth Wilkinson


'The team at Beswicks are client-focused and approachable.'

'Beswicks has the breadth of specialists to offer the best advice on many subjects, whilst retaining a close relationship with is clients.'

'Karen Elder is hugely proactive - communicating with her is a pleasure.'

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP has a strong commercial litigation offering, primarily in contractual disputes. Guy Birkett leads the team and is an expert in shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as construction litigation. Other key members include Gareth Ruddock, who has a focus on property disputes, and contractual disputes specialist Charlotte Clode .

Practice head(s):Guy Birkett

Other key lawyers:Gareth Ruddock; Charlotte Clode

Technology and engineering are two standout sector specialities for George Green LLP. Neil Williams is a key figure in the team, handling contractual disputes, corporate warranty claims as well as shareholder and partnership disputes. Morgan Rees is another name of note and handles shareholder disputes and professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Neil Williams; Morgan Rees

Key Clients

thyssenkrupp Materials (UK) Limited

Sims Group UK Limited

Medequip Assistive Technology Limited

Imperial Worldwide Limited

TIA (GB) Limited

Olive Communications Solutions Limited

Inenco Group Limited

Pallet-Track Limited

HOPPE (UK) Limited

AGCO Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Synergy Biologics’ former CEO against claims of fiduciary duty breaches valued at £50m.
  • Acted for Medequip in a public procurement dispute concerning  the intended award of a 5 year contract to a competitor.
  • Advised TIA on its recovery of loans and uplifts from a manufacturing company, which was pursued through litigation.

Richard Morgan, Elizabeth Beatty and Hefin Archer-Williams jointly lead the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Firmwide disputes chief Morgan heads up the firm's defence, security and forces offering, while Williams, who joined from Slater and Gordon in early 2018, is in charge of the Wye Valley operation. Beatty, who leads the Worcester team and also sits as a deputy district judge at the Birmingham Civil Justice Centre, also heads up the firm's 24/7 in-house lawyers services practice. Well-regarded senior associate Tom Williams handles disputes arising out of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Richard Morgan; Elizabeth Beatty; Hefin Archer-Williams


'Each lawyer I deal with provides unswerving support and pragmatic and commercial advice.'

'Elizabeth Beatty invests time to understand the client's personal and business issues, and provides frank and pragmatic advice.'

'Richard Morgan is a real pleasure as he is dynamic and responsive.'

Key Clients

Gemco Limited Elonex Sports Plc

Paragon Personal

Finance Limited

The Paragon Group of Companies

Amada United Kingdom Limited

Pertemps Group of Companies

Network Sales and Marketing Limited

Paragon Banking Group PLC

Wiggin Limited

Rockline Industries Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Precision Castparts Corporation, a US-based industrial manufacturing corporation, in a $76m warranty claim relating to the sale of an aerospace component manufacturing business based in the UK and Thailand.
  • Successfully acted for Amada United Kingdom Limited in a dispute in which a customer alleged defects with a machine and refused to make payment.
  • Advised Paragon Banking Group Plc, a financial services provider, in relation to a multimillion-pound claim brought by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme alongside 14,000 consumers to recover monies paid by FSCS to consumers as compensation for PPI mis-selling.

Julia Lowe is head of dispute resolution in Higgs & Sons' Brierley Hill practice. Her areas of expertise within this space include shareholder and partnership disputes, product liability matters and injunctive relief orders. She works alongside a team including Matt Dudley, whose wide-ranging disputes practice covers shareholder disputes, claims relating to business or share sales, as well as matters relating to the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):Julia Lowe

Other key lawyers:Matt Dudley

Wright Hassall LLP has particular strength in disputes in the technology, tax and financial services sectors. Managing partner Sarah Perry, who jointly leads the practice, is 'a force to be reckoned with' and an expert in shareholder disputes, commercial contract issues and fraud claims. Also heading the practice is Gemma Carson, who has a similar focus on commercial contract disputes and handles professional negligence claims. Associate Matthew Goodwin is notably skilled in financial services litigation.

Practice head(s):Sarah Perry; Gemma Carson


'A strong commercial team frequently instructed in very high value disputes in High Court commercial centres.'

'A young, enthusiastic team which has great expertise across the board.'

'City firm service, but from a regional firm - local, personable and cost-effective.'

Key Clients

Coventry Building Society

Jaguar Land Rover

TATA Technologies Europe Ltd

AL-KO Kober Ltd

Merchant Money Ltd

Epwin Group Plc


Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited handles seven-figure commericial disputes, advising clients across a range of sectors including manufacturing, engineering, IT and insurance. Managing director and firm founder Harminder Sandhu leads the team, handling major meditation work alongside litigation for key clients. Recent cases handled by the firm include shareholder disputes, property-related matters and product liability issues, as well as wider claims relating to professional negligence.

Practice head(s):Harminder Sandhu


'The Hawkins Hatton team are always very professional while still being friendly and approachable.'

'Harminder Sandhu is extremely professional and on point with all issues.'

'An approachable and supportive team who always respond quickly, often in layman's language and remove the mystique of the legal process.'

'A unique law firm in that you are not only treated as client but a friend. The team is very approachable at any time and are more than happy to give you sensible advice that helps you make sensible decisions before you even engage their services. A fantastic team.'

'Harminder Sandhu is very good with clients, efficient and gets to grips with matters quickly.'

'Harminder Sandhu is meticulous and thorough and represents her client's interests with diligence and determination.'

'Harminder is a true professional in her role and has vast experience in corporate litigation and has always provided very good guidance while still listing to our own concerns and issues.'

Key Clients

Sovereign Risk Management Limited

Siren Furniture Limited

Meridian Metal Trading Limited

Celloglas Limited

GF Simmons Architectural Services

Paul Boland

Masterfreight Limited

Borger UK Limited

Bespoke Global Resourcing Limited

Oxford Blue Ltd

Work highlights

  • Undertook an independent review for Sovereign Risk Management Limited following breach of its data protection policy by an employee.
  • Acted for a client on a shareholder dispute with his brother, featuring serious allegations of unfair prejudice, fraud and misconduct being made on both sides.
  • Acting on behalf of a second defendant in a claim being brought by a wealthy individual in relation to substantial building works on a significant property located on a cliff face in Torquay.
  • Acting on a shareholder dispute between two equal shareholders in a company who are father and son.  A deal was struck whereby the company will buy back the son’s shares. The deal is being implemented by the firm’s corporate department.
  • Acting for Sovereign Risk Management Limited on a claim against a former director/shareholder for breach of restrictive covenants and warranties given in a settlement agreement.

Lanyon Bowdler  is particularly prominent in shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as professional negligence. Andrew Pegg leads the practice and has a strong emphasis on the manufacturing, construction and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):Andrew Pegg

Key Clients

Fletcher Homes Ltd

The Dodd Group (particularly Dodd Group (Midlands) Ltd and Dodd Group (South) Ltd

Christian Haines (director/shareholder in Assured Healthcare Solutions Ltd and Liberty Healthcare Solutions Ltd)

Allenby Douglas Ltd

Plastic Omnium Automotive Ltd

R S Coaching Ltd

Lower Ailey BioGas Ltd

D B Roberts & Partners Ltd

James & Nicholas Prince (directors/shareholders in M H Elcock & Son Ltd)

Nicholas Morgan (director/shareholder in Technical & Development Services Group Ltd and associated companies)

Central Taxis Ltd

Go Carz Country Fresh Pullets Ltd

Work highlights

  • We assisted the client with his acquisition of a large care home in North Wales at the foot of Mt Snowdon operated through Plas Garnedd Llanberis Limited. This matter was complicated by the fact the client’s lender required the seller to retain a stake in the company post-completion. Various issues arose during the due diligence process and we had to work closely with our commercial property team to ensure that matters were handled appropriately. The matter also involved the negotiation of detailed completion accounts together with arrangements for deferred consideration (along with the retained equity stake).

MFG Solictors LLP's work within the disputes space covers litigation involving commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, civil fraud, construction and issues relating to financial services. Tom Esler, who leads the team, has a particular focus on litigation involving breach of director's duties and shareholder and partnership agreements. Another key figure is Samuel Pedley, who is an expert in contractual disputes, intellectual property and insolvency.

Practice head(s):Tom Esler

Other key lawyers:Samuel Pedley

Work highlights

  • Advised John Needham Associates on high-value multi-track claim and counterclaim concerning intricate allegations of breach of duty, negligence and breach of contract.
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy and a liquidator against a former director in commencing a preference, transaction at an undervalue and transaction to defraud creditors.
  • Advised Adam Carpets Limited on a significant historic contractual claim/rebate for surface water drainage for trading estate.
  • Advised Native Web Limited on an unfair prejudice dispute between shareholders.
  • Acting for Ruskim Seafoods Limited on a high value contractual dispute.

Thursfields Solicitors has a general commercial litigation practice that serves the Worcestershire and surrounding areas of Birmingham. Director Tim Lawrence is a key figure in the team and focuses on commercial disputes, financial recoveries and franchising issues.

Practice head(s):Tim Lawrence; Michelle O'Hara


'Their client care, legal ability, team ethos and fair and reasonable fees ensure clients obtain a superb service and achieve great results.'

'Very loyal client base and a broad range of commercial clients.'

'Tim Lawrence has a strong following and works tirelessly to achieve his clients' objectives. An excellent commercial litigator.'

Key Clients

United Trust Bank Limited

Freemans Event Partners

Worcester Carsales Limited

Bennetts Farms and Foods Limited

Frank Salt & Co Limited

Ridgewood Homes Limited

Subtopia Limited

MPS Networks PLC

College of Osteopaths

Samuel Leeds Limited

Barry Ward


Ansons focuses on contractual disputes, shareholder disagreements and professional negligence claims. Martin De Ridder  leads the team and handles disputes in the aforementioned areas, primarily for owner-managed businesses in the Staffordshire area. Other key names include senior associate Jason Alcock, who is experienced in construction and property disputes, and associate Adam Pike, who acts on professional negligence claims and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):Martin De Ridder

Other key lawyers:Jason Alcock; Adam Pike 

Coventry-based Band Hatton Button LLP  is a popular choice for commercial litigation within the region and is particularly known for its advice on disputes relating to property and facilities management. 'Excellent commercial litigator' Jon Wilby leads the team and primarily focuses on property and tenancy disputes.

Practice head(s):Jon Wilby

Other key lawyers:Malcolm Thomas; John French


'John French is pragmatic, commercial and meticulous and always fights in his client's corner with commitment and determination'.

'Excellent client care and commercially minded lawyers.'

'Jon Wilby is very down to earth and easy to work with. He has the confidence of his clients and their loyalty. An excellent commercial litigator.'

Key Clients

Oasis Dental Care

Work highlights

  • Advised manufacturer of and distributor of copper tube on a claim against a demolition contractor for delay in completing demolition and asbestos decontamination works.
  • Advised ex-director of a nursing company on a dispute over a personal guarantee on a commercial lease.
  • Advised an accountancy practice on a commercial loan dispute over whether the company or an ex-director of the same company owes £50,000.

Walsall-based Enoch Evans LLP's commercial disputes team is led by Stephen Nixon, who is experienced in disputes pertaining to commercial contracts, property and professional negligence. He also handles employment and intellectual property litigation, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):Stephen Nixon

The Stoke office of Freeths LLP is primarily known for advising on disputes in the property and energy sectors. Stephen Hadley leads the team and has extensive experience in corporate and property litigation.

Practice head(s):1

Other key lawyers:4

Key Clients

Tarmac PLC

Bird & Sons / Yarrows Aggregate Ltd

Norcros PLC

Baker Tilly

Moore Stephens

Pickerings Solicitors' skillset in this space focuses on disputes relating to debt collection, commercial contracts, professional negligence,  as well as shareholder and partnership matters. Simon King leads the practice and focuses on the aforementioned areas, acting as both a litigator and mediator. Associate Katie Maxwell Stewart focuses on contractual and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):Simon King

Other key lawyers:Katie Maxwell Stewart

Work highlights

  • Advised Glyn Williams Contracts, a provider of construction support services based in the Middle East, on proceedings in the Technology and Construction Court in Birmingham to recover unpaid fees in the region of £165,000 from a UK-based contractor specialising in the installation of utility services.
  • Acted for a private client who had not been aware of proceedings before judgment in default had been obtained by the claimant.
  • Instructed by a defendant who had received a default judgment in circumstances where he had no knowledge or notice of the claim.

Debt recovery

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  1. Debt recovery
  2. Leading individuals

Coventry-based Coltman Warner Cranston LLP is a debt recovery specialist firm which covers the full spectrum of work within this field. Managing partner Larry Coltman heads the practice and handles large retention claims, policy disputes in the credit insurance industry, as well as freezing orders against directors and partners.

Practice head(s):Larry Coltman


'Refreshing in that they will let you know if you are wasting money by pursuing a claim - the best firm we have dealt with.'


Shakespeare Martineau LLP runs the gamut of debt recovery work, with notable strengths in credit management, Consumer Credit Act issues, property matters and enforcement. Jayne Gardner is at the helm of the practice, and is particularly active in sectors such as financial services, logistics, manufacturing and energy. Another key name is Alan Hamblett, who is experienced in advising on injunctions, shareholder actions and breach of warranty claims.

Practice head(s):Jayne Gardner

Other key lawyers:Alan Hamblett

Key Clients

Newriver Retail Ltd


Hook Norton


Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales


McIntyre Hudson



Marston Group

Monster Energy


University of Warwick

Edgbaston High School for Girls

Bournemouth University

Work highlights

  • Worked with the University of Warwick to recover student debts from tuition and accommodation fees.
  • Acted for Edgbaston High School for Girls to collect unpaid school fees.

Beswicks Legal's practice is led by the 'refreshingly honest' Richard Anderson, who specialises in debt recovery disputes and is experienced in handling commercial and individual debt and credit control. Key sectors for the team include professional services, manufacturing and education.

Practice head(s):Richard Anderson


'The team is very proactive, and readily suggest ways in which our actions can be more up-front and effective, and also save time and thus money.'

'Richard Anderson is refreshingly honest about whether a debt should be pursued, and fully appreciates that for us there is a reputational aspect to debt recovery.'

Key Clients

Acclimatise Limited

Croft Architecture

Johnson Health Tech

Newcastle School

South Lee School

Sempar Accountancy

Shore Mechanical

Gateley Plc's standout specialty is its expertise in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The 'hard-working, commercial and client-focused' James Baird leads the team and is notably skilled in fraud prevention, collections consultancy and recovery.

Practice head(s):James Baird


'One of the top teams in asset recovery and the world of lease finance/hire purchase.'

'Gateley is at the top of its game, in my view. They are hard-working, commercial and very responsive both to the exigencies of litigation and to their clients' commercial interests.'

'James Baird is exceptionally hard-working, commercial and client-focused. He has an unbeatable grasp of the commercial realities of the lease finance/hire purchase sector, coupled with a legal knowledge that is hard to beat.'

'Joshua Howells has extensive experience in this field and is one to watch.'

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Shoosmiths LLP's Birmingham debt recovery team, which is part of the national firm's UK-wide practice, primarily focuses on matters relating to motor and asset finance. Roger Potgieter is a key name in the Birmingham office and works on cases pertaining to banking and leasing, while he also has a particular interest in cases involving fraud.

Practice head(s):Roger Potgieter

Key Clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance


Arkle Finance Ltd I

Arrow Global


Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Cabot Credit Management

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance


LeasePlan (UK) Ltd I

Nationwide Building Society

Northridge Finance



Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance Company

VFS Finance Ltd

Debt recovery specialist Dee Kundi is the key name of note at VWV, 'combining knowledge and experience of the debt recovery and litigation arenas with sharp business acumen. The firm has recently revamped its offering with a bulk debt recovery model in an effort to control costs. Kundi and her team have particular experience in sectors such as financial services, professional services, education, recruitment and energy.

Practice head(s):Dee Kundi


'VWV provides an outstanding debt recovery offering, with the perfect blend of credible excellence, expertise in depth and a personable approach.'

'The team are very proactive, client focused and prompt. The team are extremely knowledgeable and professional.'

'A passion for what they do and how they go about doing it. Very transparent in dealing with clients. They set the highest of standards and consistently deliver positive outcomes for clients.'

'Dee Kundi has an excellent reputation - she leads the team from the front with her knowledge and experience of the debt recovery and litigation arenas, combined with sharp business acumen and an infectious business development aura. One of the most driven and likeable figures in the debt recovery industry.'

Key Clients


Accessibility Limited

The Bar Council

EDF Energy Customers PLC

Kingston Smith & Partners LLP

1stClaims Limited

Phoenix Commercial Catering Equipment Limited

Rothdean Limited

Severn River Crossing PLC

The Health & Safety Group Limited

Thirdline Solutions Limited

ID Estates Limited

Caspian Agency

Upton House School Limited

Den Kommunale Selvestyrehavn

The Fuel Store Limited

Andrew Mckie

Brynmor Adams

Ian Pennock

Ian Skeate

Lorraine Barton

Mr Alasdair Mackenzie

Mr Alexander Gask

Mr Azeem Ali

Mr Daniel Clarke

Mr David John Carter

Mr David Rhodes

Mr John Walsh

Mr William Rees

Mukhtiar Singh

Paul O'Callaghan

Tanveer Qureshi

Electus Recruitment Solutions Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Morgan Hunt UK Limited

S K Property Recruitment

Screen International Group Limited

The Three Partnerships Limited

Sunfield Children's Homes Limited

Sarah Robson

Products, Solutions & Composites Limited

Quay Legal

Edge Creative Limited

FastTrack Management Services Limited

Pod Talent Limited

Maclean Moore Limited

EW Accountancy Practice Limited

BCRS Business Loans

Ark Aurora

Alletsons Solicitors

Leamington Spa-based Wright Hassall LLP practice features a specialist FCA-authorised debt recovery subsidiary, QDR Solicitors. Phil Wilding heads the practice, which acts for a varied client base and has seen recent growth in the SME, finance and car parking sectors.

Practice head(s):Phil Wilding


'People buy people and dealing with the team at Wright Hassall is easy, there is no particular person that stands out as all the management team are a pleasure to deal with.'

'Phil Wilding ensures that clients are provided with an excellent level of service.'

'Associate Matt Goodwin is a very pragmatic and effective lawyer.'

Key Clients

Cabot Credit Management

ZZPS Limited

Paladin Commercial

RCI Financial Services

PRA Group

Request Computing Limited

FSG Finance

Specialist Window Build



Alta Limited


FBC Manby Bowdler LLP handles debt recovery disputes for clients including corporate funding providers, telecoms experts and insolvency practitioners. Gareth Ruddock leads the team and primarily acts for clients in the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire areas.

Practice head(s):Gareth Ruddock 


'FBC is always very helpful and friendly but professional.'

'Gareth Ruddock is very approachable and friendly and the expert opinions he gives us are extremely valuable and in a way that we understand.'

'Debt recovery manager Emma Northall and her team are also very approachable and her advice and knowledge is second to none."

Key Clients

Savills (UK) Ltd

Muras Baker Jones Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting a varied portfolio of clients ranging from owner managed businesses and SMEs to multinationals across a range of sectors including construction, transport, telecoms, manufacturing and property on a full range of debt collection matters.
  • Acting for various insolvency practitioners in the collection of book debts for companies that are either in administration or liquidation.
  • Advising Savills (UK) Limited and pursuing various claims for commission following the sale of both residential and commercial property in the UK.
  • Acting for insolvency practitioners in obtaining orders for possession and sale of bankrupt’s property.

Gowling WLG's banking litigation team handles aspects of debt recovery-related work. Commercial disputes specialists Andrew Nugent Smith and Ian Weatherall are the two key names of note.

Practice head(s):Andrew Nugent Smith; Ian Weatherall

Telford-based Lanyon Bowdler has been building up its practice in the areas of rental recovery and property possession. Sian Samuel, who leads the team, is particularly known for her work in mortgage repossession.

Practice head(s):Sian Samuel

Key Clients

Wynnstay Agricultural Supplies Limited

Coverage Care Limited

Exact Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Unique Copiers Limited in a defended commercial debt claim.
  • Instructed by AN Richards Limited to recover a debt totalling almost £20,000 relating to unpaid invoices for parts supplies.

Sydney Mitchell LLP's debt recovery disputes work is handled by Birmingham- based Leanne Schneider-Rose and Kamal Majevadia, who works from the firm's Shirley office. Schneider-Rose acts on matters relating to personal and commercial bankruptcies, while Majevadia is experienced in both insolvency and corporate recovery.

Practice head(s):Leanne Schneider-Rose; Kamal Majevadia

Key Clients


West Bromwich Commercial Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Goldhill Finance Limited to recover a shortfall in the sum of £130,000 on a loan following repossession and sale of a property over which the client held a legal charge.

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