Commercial litigation: Hull and East Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP's dispute resolution practice has a breadth of experience in general corporate and commercial disputes. Practice head Hugh Smith also excels in mediation, food law and trading standards issues; Andrew Oliver handles shipping and renewable energy sector disputes, and Nick Dean focuses on property-related litigation. For disputes involving injunctions including restrictive covenant claims, Peter Duffus and Mike Wilson are names to note. Wilson joined from Bridge McFarland LLP and has expertise in cases involving social media law, privacy elements and defamation issues.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Smith

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Oliver; Nick Dean; Peter Duffus; Mike Wilson


Gosschalks' 'technically excellent' litigation team frequently assists local SMEs and national corporates with complex contractual and director and shareholder litigation and a variety of professional negligence actions. The team also counts construction and pylon compensation and telecoms claims among its specialisms; for the former, 'exceptionally knowledgeable' practice head Matthew Fletcher is highlighted, while Phil Osborne is developing a niche in claims for compensation from the compulsory purchase of land. Other areas of focus include insolvency issues (for which Steve Dillon is a name to note) and hospitality, retail, trade and gambling disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Steve Dillon; Phil Osborne; Abigail Milner; Will Buckenham;


‘Work with the client as part of the team, deliver great results – technically excellent but always appreciate the commercial aspects and realities.’

‘Matt Fletcher is extremely commercial and exceptionally knowledgeable, aggressive when needed but always happy to tailor his style to the matter at hand. Gives honest straightforward advice.’

‘The only practice I am aware of in Hull and East Yorkshire with the capacity to devote a strong team of experienced solicitors to complex litigation, and to deal with that work with considerable skill.’

‘Stand out partner Steve Dillon, popular with clients, colleagues and barristers, able to lead a team smoothly and efficiently, good commercial and negotiation skills as well as legal knowledge.’

‘Abigail Milner and Will Buckenham, both junior partners with excellent client and communications skills who have risen quickly up the ranks and deservedly so.’

‘Gosschalks’ lawyers all work as a team, they liaised with each other in house for different parts of the case. They bring in a member of the team to advise on specific areas to ensure everything is covered and correct. Communication is key with Gosschalks, each department that I spoke to knew exactly who I was. Every member of the firm were always professional from the reception team, finance to all the solicitors.’

‘I instructed Phil Osbourne and dealt with him throughout the whole process. He achieved something that I never believed could be achieved. He persevered and was persistent to conclude the matter. He is extremely positive and very optimistic, his attitude to law is that the law is there for a reason and he writes it factually to point out to the other side when they are trying to deviate from it.’

‘Gosschalks and in particular Matthew Fletcher are realistic, pragmatic, transparent and above all else honest about expectations and advising when the time is right to either settle, retreat or press on. They are collaborative and clearly explain all matters in a non-legal way such that it is possible to know all issues and risks first hand. They really care about ensuring they do their utmost to understand the specific technicalities of construction-related matters.’

‘The team are headed up by Matthew Fletcher who maintains a detailed knowledge of all matters, he is blessed with an amazing recall memory and can instantly pick up on any case. I have been in business for over 40 years and involved in many disputes and so with some authority, I can state without any reservation whatsoever Matthew is the best lawyer I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I have seen his position grow within Gosschalks over the past 15 years and what really impresses me is that the young lawyers that he is bringing along with him are all first-class with no ego, just a commitment to do the best for their client.’

Key clients

Ei Group Limited

William Hill Group plc

Kingspan Group plc

KCOM Group Limited

DFDS Logistics Special Cargo B.V.

Svenska Handelsbanken – Hull Office

Wilko Retail Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets

Arnold White Estates Limited

C Spencer Limited

TFG Security Limited

Scientific Laboratory Supplies Limited

Beal Homes

Coachman Caravans

MKM Building Supplies Limited

Northern Trains Limited (formerly Arriva Rail North)

Bridlington Harbour Commissioners

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Executors of an Estate in a claim for undue influence against the eldest son of a deceased, his two children and three associated companies including a PLC.
  • Representing a claimant in a debt claim against Amey Service Limited (part of the Amey Group plc group of companies) for failure to pay a contractual bonus.
  • Acting for KCOM, a leading telecoms company which controls the East Yorkshire network, to act in relation to a x420 unit wayleave project in connection with the roll-out of fibre broadband technology to multi-occupied premises.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's commercial litigation team handles a range of shareholder and partnership disputes, sale of goods and product liability cases, business protection and commercial contract disputes, and contentious regulatory issues. Led by George Coyle, it attracts praise for its 'great knowledge of the motor retail sector and how it operates' and counts the education and construction industries among its other sector specialisms, which are also key areas for Caroline Hardcastle. Other names to note include Ralph Gilbert, Christopher Drinkall and Andrew Digwood, particularly for disputes with property-related issues, and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Jennifer Sewell, who jointly leads the regulatory defence practice alongside Coyle.

Practice head(s):

George Coyle

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Gilbert; Caroline Hardcastle; Christopher Drinkall; Andrew Digwood; Jennifer Sewell


‘George Coyle and Jennifer Sewell have helped me massively over the last few years in dealing with a case which personally I couldn’t fund against a limited company’s finances. They both worked tirelessly arranging funding and also insurance cover in case I was unsuccessful. This really went beyond their legal duties and allowed me to continue with the case.’

‘The commercial dispute resolution team is led by George Coyle. I have found George to be responsive, provides sound commercial advice, instils confidence whilst remaining pragmatic. Other notable members of the team include Chris Drinkall, Ralph Gilbert, Caroline Hardcastle and Jennifer Sewell.’

‘George Coyle (partner) has vast experience which he brings to any dispute. He keeps a view of wider issues and not just getting ‘a result’. This means his clients are alerted to issues beyond the obvious dispute.’

‘They have a great record of success both in respect of the commercial disputes we have had and in defending regulatory investigations. They have a great knowledge of the motor retail sector and how it operates. They are always accessible, and above all, we are confident in placing important and sometimes difficult issues in their capable hands.’

‘Jennifer Sewell tends to deal with any consumer-related disputes and regulatory issues. She is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and has been very successful in guiding us through some tricky issues.’

‘George Coyle is hugely experienced, understands the motor retail sector and how it works. He is very knowledgeable, approachable and able to explain complex legal issues very clearly. Above all whether dealing with commercial disputes or regulatory investigations, he knows how to win and regularly does so.’

‘A personal touch. I think that advice is given with an eye on future consequences from a commercial point of view. Billing is sensible and there is no feeling of clockwatching or billing by the minute. The best outcome for the client is sought, not just ‘the win’.’

‘George Coyle: particularly passionate, he gives the feeling that he is on your team and battling for you, not just doing the job.’

Key clients

Cranswick plc

Allamhouse Ltd / Allam Marine Ltd

Hull City FC

SMC (Superstadium Management Company Ltd)

Stoneacre Motor Group

J.R.Rix & Sons ltd

Ulrick & Short Ltd

Vantage Motor Group Ltd

The Right Car (UK)Ltd

One Shot Products Ltd

Walker Modular Ltd

Willerby Caravans Ltd.

Jordans & Co (Hull) Ltd

Luminate Education Group

Bishop Burton College

Southlands Holdings Ltd

Bonus Electrical Ltd

Broach Hill Garage Ltd

C&D Foods Ltd

Colten Care Ltd

Goodwin Development Trust

Ideal Standard UK Ltd

Hull College Group

Rainbow Professional Ltd

Talinvest N.V.

Fisher Security

Premier Technical Services Group plc

Bridge McFarland LLP

Bridge McFarland LLP's dispute resolution team attracts praise for being 'efficient, conscientious and value for money'. 'Fantastic' practice head Rob Ripley handles a range of contractual and shareholder disputes and is developing a niche in the agricultural sector and family farming partnership disputes. Clients benefit from the 'breadth of experience throughout the firm' with the team frequently working alongside colleagues based in other offices across the region. Mike Wilson joined Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Rob Ripley

Other key lawyers:

Kate Seward


‘Having no previous experience of any legal representation, I have found Bridge McFarland to be efficient, conscientious, and value for money. They have attempted to resolve issues, in many ways, via dispute resolution, mediation, at all times attempting to find a solution to the problems. I do not feel they ever run a cost-building exercise.’

‘Rob Ripley is my primary contact and has shown to be a great advocate in dispute resolution, and solving matters on all occasions. His advice has always reflected the circumstances. He is very approachable.’

‘I have used Bridge McFarland for over 10 years for both personal and business reasons. They have a good reputation in the area. They have a breadth of experience throughout the firm from which I have benefitted. Communication is good and most importantly so is the success rate.’

‘I have found the team to be strong and resourceful, they work well as a team and truly feel like they are part of our company almost as an in-house legal department.’

‘Rob Ripley shines as an example of the legal profession. Rob is direct and no-nonsense and provides in-depth answers and in several cases has saved us costly legal battles with his direct knowledge of the law and practice.’

‘This is a really good firm.’

‘I particularly rate Robert Ripley. He is a fantastic lawyer who delivers impressive results. Definitely on my shortlist of the best property litigation solicitors around. He is very diligent and looks after his clients very well indeed. The sort of person you definitely want on your team.’

‘Kate Seward: very supportive and knowledgeable particularly when dealing with leases and she keeps me in line.’

Key clients

Specialist Engineering Services Limited

TEI Limited

Begbies Traynor

Redman Nichols Butler