Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands in West Midlands

Beswicks Legal

Beswicks Legal's team head is Karen Elder, who is particularly strong in construction and engineering disputes. The team's broader workload also includes shareholder and partnership disputes, M&A-related matters and warranty claims.

Practice head(s):

Karen Elder

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Wilkinson

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP advises clients on high-complexity cases under the leadership of its practice head Guy Birkett, who has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience. Gareth Ruddock, who is a well-known name among a number of key insolvency practitioners, manages specialist groups focusing on insolvency and debt recovery. Brian Aikman specialises in property litigation. Charlotte Clode undertakes commercial and contractual disputes, with a notable strength in IP litigation and media law matters.

Practice head(s):

Guy Birkett

Testimonials

The best team (by far) in Wolverhampton.

Guy Birkett is a high quality litigator with great client care skills. Provides good pragmatic advice and a fair cost. Great person to work with.

I have mostly worked with Charlotte Clode, and she has instructed me on a number of matters in the last year. Charlotte is an excellent lawyer. She balances excellent legal knowledge with being pragmatic and approachable. I have been consistently impressed with her commitment to her clients. Charlotte manages to make every client feel that they are her absolute priority, which is no easy feat when you are as busy as she is.

FBC properly advises as to how each point will affect us, with clear advice on cost.

Guy Birkett is efficient, knowledgeable and is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics.

Matches the level of service offered by Birmingham city centre practices at significantly lower cost. High level of partner engagement in all matters.

Guy Birkett is thoughtful and pragmatic. A good tactician who is always calm and negotiates good deals.

Key clients

Cerus Engineering Ltd

Whitlock & Lowe Ltd

The Entertainment Department (UK) Limited

LXA Construction Limited & LXA Projects Limited

Prime Oak Buildings Limited

Dudley Building Society

Tipton & Coseley Building Society

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions

Newell Palmer Group Holdings Limited and its group of companies

Marstons Plc

Core Five LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Cerus Engineering Limited on a claim arising from the termination of a contractor, which was connected with serious health and safety issues on a multi-million-pound contract.
  • Advising Whitlock & Lowe Limited on a series of substantial and linked contractual disputes concerning multiple contracts on a private estate for wealthy and titled individuals.

George Green LLP

George Green LLP's practice, which is led by Neil Williams, handles corporate and commercial disputes for both UK and international clients. Its wide-ranging experience includes professional negligence claims, commercial contracts disputes, public procurement claims and directors’ disqualification proceedings. In 2019, Morgan Rees represented TIA (GB) Limited in court proceedings against a businessman who had received funding from the client for an unfair prejudice petition, and against the client's solicitors who had drafted the funding agreement. Solicitor advocate Liam Owen joined from Bell Lax Limited in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Neil Williams

Other key lawyers:

Morgan Rees; Liam Owen

Testimonials

Morgan Rees has been honest in responding to our requests and suggestions, advising us when our desired strategies could have adverse consequences. This means that we trust him implicitly to advise us well.’

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

RGB P&C Limited

Jeeves Estates Limited

AGCO Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Medequip Assistive Technology Limited in a challenge of the intended award of a contract to a competitor by a county council, pursuant to a procurement tender exercise.
  • Acting for Colin Poole, the former CEO of Claims Direct plc, in successfully challenging a £21m proof of debt.
  • Acting for the defendants in a complex multi-entity high-value corporate dispute concerning a number of care and nursing homes. The claimant has issued a series of claims including derivative claims, applications for freezing injunctions and breach of fiduciary duty claims.

HCR Hewitsons

Harrison Clark Rickerbys demonstrates strong capabilities in high-profile and business-critical claims spanning a multitude of areas, such as mis-selling claims, guarantee and indemnity claims, banking disputes and fraud claims. In 2019, Elizabeth Beatty and senior associate Tom Williams acted for Amada United Kingdom Limited in a dispute involving allegations by a customer of defects in machinery. Over the past twelve months the practice has undergone significant expansion; Emma Morgan, who joined from the British Army, is an expert in defence sector disputes. Also notable is wills, trusts and inheritance disputes expert Beth King-Smith 's arrival from Higgs & Sons. Beatty co-heads the practice with Richard Morgan and Hefin Archer Williams.

Key clients

Gemco

Pertemps Group of Companies

J Hoots Healthcare

The Paragon Group of Companies

Amada United Kingdom

Precision Castparts Corp

Network Sales and Marketing

Safran UK

Poundland

British Dressage

Work highlights

  • Acted for Precision Castparts Corporation as defendant in a $76m warranty claim relating to the sale of an aerospace component manufacturing business based in the UK and Thailand.
  • Acted for a tenant farmer of agricultural land in First Tier Tribunal proceedings against a local authority landlord, which sought to re-take possession by serving a notice to quit, which was subject to the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.
  • Acted for the defendants in a partnership dispute arising from a partnership and trust deed entered into concerning the ownership of a farm.

Higgs LLP

Higgs & Sons' standing in the market is underpinned by its outstanding track record representing clients in a wide variety of complex claims. Led by 'formidable litigator' Julia Lowe, the team advises on matters involving breaches of restrictive covenants, warranty claims, shareholder disputes, and breaches of statutory and fiduciary duties. Lowe has 25 years of experience representing clients in proceedings before the Court of Appeal, the High Court, county courts and IPEC. She is also experienced in arbitration and mediation. The 'highly respected' Matt Dudley is another key partner - he is praised for his 'expert and consultative approach.'

Practice head(s):

Julia Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Matt Dudley; Adam Johnson

Testimonials

‘Matt Dudley has been a star – helping us recover losses after a contract went south.’

Matt Dudley is a highly respected partner – his robust and highly supportive approach has been exactly what was required. Once Matt has agreed a course of action with us, through his expert and consultative approach, outcomes are highly effective.’

Julia Lowe is our main contact at Higgs. Julia provides an excellent service to her clients. Julia is very knowledgeable about our group of businesses and the markets within which we operate. We consider Julia to be a formidable litigator and a solicitor that protects our interests at all times. A thoroughly great service year after year from Julia Lowe and her team.

Professional, approachable, technically very good, pragmatic, responsive and value for money.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the respondent in action by liquidator concerning allegations of directors misfeasance, transactions at an undervalue and preferences in respect.
  • Acting for litigation funders in pursuing two former directors of a company in liquidation for directors misfeasance.

Wright Hassall LLP

Wright Hassall LLP excels in a wide variety of general commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership matters, professional negligence claims and cases involving breaches of directors' duties. It is also a strong performer in technology-related disputes, financial services litigation and contentious matters involving the manufacturing sector. Sarah Perry is another notable individual in the team, which is led by Gemma Carson.

Practice head(s):

Gemma Carson

Testimonials

Any lawyer we come into contact with at Wright Hassall always gives us the service and solutions that work best for us.’

Pragmatic, coherent and commercial advice – and fast

Iain Colville – very accesssible and quick to respond. Flexed means of providing advice and the tone to suit our business needs

Under the very skilful guidance of Sarah Perry, managing partner, Wright Hassall offers the level of expertise that you would expect from a City firm, together with the kind of personal commitment to the client more commonly found in smaller firms

Sarah Perry is a very good lawyer and a great litigator. She has excellent judgment, knowing when to be tough and when flexible

Key clients

South Staffordshire Water

Coventry Building Society

Jaguar Land Rover

TATA Technologies Europe Ltd

AL-KO Kober Ltd

Merchant Money Ltd

Epwin Group Plc

ZZPS Ltd

Board MIT Ltd/Board International SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Henry Spain Investment Services Limited with enforcement of post-employment restrictive covenants by obtaining an injunction and claiming damages of £250,000 against an ex-employee.
  • Represented Inperio Finance Limited/Inperio Limited/Confiar Limited and directors in proceedings against previous tax advisers, accountants and financial advisers who had advised them on the implementation of a Contract For Difference/spread betting tax avoidance scheme known as Alchemy.
  • Advised South Staffordshire Water Plc on a private prosecution pursuant to the Water Industry Act 1991, whereby the defendant had used an unauthorised standpipe to extract water whilst operating in South Staffordshire Water’s area.

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited

Dudley-headquartered firm Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited opened a London office in 2019; this development has strengthened the firm's capacity to serve clients across a wider range of contentious matters. The dispute resolution practice is led by managing director Harminder Sandhu, who acted for Sovereign Risk Management in a £1.5m shareholder dispute. The team also has experience of advising clients on matters such as trade mark infringements, contractual disputes, breaches of restrictive covenants and professional negligence claims, among various others.

Practice head(s):

Harminder Sandhu

Testimonials

A fantastic team working all hours to help the client

Extremely professional with great advice, and one of the main things for me was being able to contact them at any time

Key clients

Ellen Group Limited

Veenak International Limited

Sovereign Risk Management

DKNG Limited

Gohil Developments

WM Plant Hire Limited

Borger UK Ltd

R & R W Bartlett Ltd

nGeneration Ltd

Inshore Support Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the sole shareholder/director of All Safe Scaffolding Limited in a £2.5m unfair prejudice petition against his brother and equal shareholder.
  • Acting for family partnership Gohil Developments Limited in a £5m dispute with an exiting partner.
  • Defending an architect against a £2m claim arising from the renovation of a property in Devon.

Lanyon Bowdler

One of Lanyon Bowdler's areas of strength is the agriculture sector; the firm is on the NFU panel for Shropshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire. Its practice is also highly active in the manufacturing, construction and engineering industries. Practice head Andrew Pegg acts for a mix of West Midlands-based clients, and national and international companies. Pegg's team covers a wide range of contentious commercial matters, including shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and breaches of contract.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Pegg

Key clients

Twenty20One Ltd

Poplar Trees Ltd

JP Bull Transport Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Twenty20One Ltd with negotiating the retention of IP rights following the termination of a distribution agreement.

MFG Solicitors LLP

MFG Solicitors LLP provides a full dispute resolution service, with its team's strong capabilities in litigation being matched by its notable experience of handling mediations. The group's varied workload includes warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, breaches of contract and professional negligence actions. Samuel Pedley recently acted for All Trade (Printers) Limited in its application to distrain a winding up petition. Tom Esler leads the team, which also includes associate Rebecca Rogers.

Practice head(s):

Tom Esler

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Pedley; Rebecca Rogers

Testimonials

Attention to detail and immediate response to questions. Value for money and attempts to keep costs sensible for ordinary small businesses. Ability to negotiate a satisfactory settlement

Sam Pedley’s amendments to my various drafts were timely, very helpful, and in my view, went a long way towards persuading the other side that they didn’t have a case and that we wouldn’t back down. Also, as previously mentioned, my fellow director and I were particularly appreciative of the way he kept our spirits up (presumably because he had seen these sorts of claims many times before). He was professional, reassuring and strong throughout

Their response has always been very quick and the information has been, by all accounts, precise

Key clients

Ruskim Seafoods Limited

John Needham t/a John Need Associates

Butcher Woods Limited

All Trade (Printers) Limited

Rutherford Consulting

Tony Round – On-Power Electrical Services Limited

Suki Singh

L G Harris Limited

SteelSeal Limited

Liquid Fleet Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ruskim Seafoods Limited as the claimant in a contractual dispute with a business involved within the manufacturing, supply and installation of a refrigeration unit.
  • Acted for John Needham t/a John Needham Associates as the claimant in a contractual dispute involving allegations of breach of duty and negligence.
  • Represented trustee in bankruptcy and liquidator in an action for preference, transaction at an undervalue and transaction to defraud creditors.

Thursfields Solicitors

At Thursfields Solicitors, senior associate Stephen Rome handles a diverse variety of contentious matters for clients, such as those involving breaches of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and fraud, among others. The firm acts for owner-managed businesses and high-net-worth individuals from throughout the West Midlands, as well as banks and listed companies. Rome works with Tim Lawrence, who has 30 years of dispute resolution experience, and is a first port of call for many clients in litigation, arbitration proceedings and mediations. Director Jon Clifford, who specialises in agricultural disputes, joined from Wright Hassall LLP in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Rome

Other key lawyers:

Tim Lawrence; Jon Clifford

Key clients

Aphex Engineering & Fabrication Services Limited

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation and Charitable Institutions

Black Pear Software Limited

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bhopal Ford and Parmar Limited

Brix and Morta Limited

Consult Avila Limited

CPC et Associés

CVR Global

CJP Homes Limited

Durkan Cahill Limited

Framemaster Limited

Freemans Event Partners Limited

Frank Salt

Interfab Limited

International Riding Company Limited

Jaymax Limited

Kuka Systems UK Limited

Landmann Limited

Love Your Postcode Limited

M.J.Grosvenor (Motors) Limited

Makro Labelling UK Limited

Marches Bottling and Packaging Limited

NDC 2000 Limited

Network Catering Limited

Pembar Limited

Permat Machines Limited

Probyn Miers Limited

Ridgewood Homes Limited

Secure Legal Services Limited

Serfis Constructions & Engineering Limited

Simplisim Group Limited

Smartbox Assistive Technology Limited

Staydry Limited

Stockwood Community Benefit Society Limited

The Coventry Charity

United Trust Bank

Ward Sheldrake Consultancy

Wilkinson Dynamics Balancing Limited

Worcester Car Sales Limited

Ansons

At Ansons, senior associate Jacob Rickett joined from Wright Hassall LLP in 2019. Rickett handles regulatory matters connected with areas such as environmental law and health and safety, and is also experienced in professional misconduct investigations. The dispute resolution department is led by Martin de Ridder, who has been instrumental in its growth. Another name to note is senior associate Adam Pike, whose experience includes shareholder disputes, contractual disputes and matters involving breaches of fiduciary duties by directors.

Practice head(s):

Martin de Ridder

Other key lawyers:

Adam Pike; Jacob Rickett

Key clients

Walter Tippers (building suppliers)

Seconique Limited

St Philips Care Limited

Wirquin Limited

Walton Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending furniture wholesaler Seconique Furniture Limited in ongoing proceedings following termination of the lease on its long- term rented warehouse and retail premises.
  • Advised Gainlive Ltd (as a long-term investor and benefactor) on the receivership of a local sports club.

Band Hatton Button LLP

Band Hatton Button LLP's practice head is Jonathan Wilby, who has a strong profile in commercial property and construction disputes. He generates work from commercial clients and individuals in sectors such as education, retail, leisure and healthcare. The team also includes Malcolm Thomas and John French, and its other work includes professional negligence claims, partnership disputes, contractual matters and probate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wilby

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Thomas; John French

Work highlights

  • Represented sole company shareholder/director in contested company ownership dispute; successful at trial.
  • Advised a professional rugby club on the termination of an exclusive kit supply contract.
  • Assisted a leisure sector business with successful negotiations to resolve a potential claim by one of its escape room business franchisees.

Enoch Evans LLP

Stephen Nixon is the head of Enoch Evans LLP's commercial litigation practice. His wide-ranging workload includes cases arising from breaches of commercial contracts, partnership and shareholder disputes, professional negligence actions and intellectual property matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Nixon

Testimonials

There are some exceptionally bright lawyers there, and I always get the impression they have a certain pride being part of this particular firm

Andrew Pointon is a real powerhouse, extremely bright , very robust. He will thoroughly fight his clients’ corner and leave no stone unturned

Offer very clear and precise advice, respond well to requests for information and keep you appraised of developments in your case

Andrew Pointon was very measured in his approach to matters and always remained calm throughout. Gave honest and appropriate advice at all times

Freeths LLP

Led by Stephen HadleyFreeths LLP's dispute management team in Stoke-on-Trent has been increasingly active in shareholder and corporate acquisition disputes. Elsewhere, other drivers of activity include mining subsidence and minerals disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Hadley has more than 25 years of litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hadley

Testimonials

‘Always fully to the point.’

‘Stephen Hadley was always responsive and down to the point. His technical knowledge went hand in hand with his commercial awareness and acumen for our business.’

‘Freeths has a unique approach to the way it engages with its staff – putting their skills, expertise and wellbeing at the heart of its approach and this spills out into how it deals with its clients. It is engaged, committed and completely focused on the best outcome for customers.’

‘Freeths has a tremendous sense of loyalty to the areas in which it operates; a national firm with deeply local roots.’

‘Stephen Hadley has provided excellent support and helped make difficult issues relating to inheritance and will disputation clear and easy to follow as well as providing, as the rest of the firm, excellent communication to clients.’

 

Key clients

Tarmac Plc

Bird & Sons / Yarrows Aggregate Ltd

Baker Tilly

Moore Stephens

Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services UK Limited

Travis Perkins Plc