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

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

The team at Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP has a breadth of experience in contentious matters, ranging from commercial and corporate governance matters to contentious probate, regulatory food law, debt recovery and insolvency. Practice head Hugh Smith handles mediations, shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence claims, injunctions, restrictive covenants disputes and economic torts. Other names to note include property litigator Nick DeanPeter Duffus, who assists clients with a range of commercial litigation; shipping expert Andrew Oliver and insolvency specialist Christopher Harrison. Health and safety litigator Jeff Swales moved to rradar.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Smith


Andrew Jackson has a strong emphasis on speedy and cost-efficient resolution of disputes.

It is extremely efficient and flexible in its approach to cases.

Peter Duffus sees clearly through the problems and quickly finds the right solution.

Nick Dean’s experience is highly valuable.

Peter Duffus is very knowledgeable and extraordinarily tenacious.

Key clients

Kingstown Works Limited

Christopher Healy and the Trustees of the Westerby Pension fund

BHP Chartered Accountants

Associated British Ports

Carpetright PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised BHP Chartered Accountants on a cross-border dispute relating to the sale of a software business.
  • Representing Christopher Healy and the Trustees of the Westerby Pension fund in a construction dispute involving a dilapidations claim and structural engineering issues following a sunken floor.


Gosschalks' commercial litigation group is noted for its retail and gambling sector expertise and also has experience across construction, insolvency, professional negligence, compulsory purchase, pylons wayleave compensation and shareholder disputes.  Matthew Fletcher heads up the team and has a particular strength in construction disputes, while Steve Dillon is a key name for insolvency and corporate recovery matters, and Phil Osborne focuses on breach of contract and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Steve Dillon; Phil Osborne

Key clients

William Hill Plc

Ei Group Plc

Wellington Pub Company Plc


Svenska Handelsbanken – Hull and Hesslewood Offices

Kingspan Group Plc


Checkpoint Group

Arnold White Estates Limited

Costcutter Supermarkets


Coachman Caravan Company Limited

Beal Homes

Litton Property Group

East Yorkshire Aluminium and Glass

MKM Building Supplies

C Spencer

Motor Depot

Scientific Laboratory Supplies Limited

TFG Capital / Security

Bridlington Harbour Commissioners

ResQ Limited

The Lords Feoffees and Assistants of the Manor of Bridlington

Kingstown Works

Stoneledge Plant and Transport

SOG Limited

Prestige Care

Rollits LLP

The commercial litigation team at Rollits LLP has expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, sale of goods and product liability cases, business protection matters and construction disputes, with particular experience assisting clients in the motor retail and education sectors. Practice head George Coyle regularly handles warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes and contract and product liability claims, while Ralph Gilbert focuses on property litigation. Other names to note include Caroline Hardcastle for construction disputes, Andrew Digwood for contentious IP matters, Christopher Drinkall, who is experienced in handling dilapidation disputes and contentious lease renewals; and regulatory defence lawyer Jennifer Sewell.

Practice head(s):

George Coyle


George Coyle’s advice is very practical and he understands the client’s need for a quick commercial settlement rather than legal perfection in all cases.

Key clients

Cranswick PLC

Allam Marine Limited

Hull City Tigers Limited

Leeds City College

Ideal Standard (UK) Limited

Walker Modular Limited

Yorkshire Housing Limited

J R Rix & Sons Limited

Fenner PLC

Premier Technical Services Group PLC

Superstadium Management  Company Ltd

Fine Organics Limited

Stoneacre Motor Group

Work highlights

  • Representing a chemical manufacturer in a dispute relating to a product, which was supplied in an alleged contaminated state.
  • Acted for a client in urgent proceedings to protect its business interests against former senior executives seeking to divert contracts away from the client.
  • Acting for a manufacturer of modular pods in  a number of disputes with contractors including allegations of defective design and workmanship and the associated claims for loss of expense and remedial works.
  • Assisted a client in a tripartite dilapidations disputes.
  • Acted for a former director in a petition for unfair prejudice and valuation mechanism in a shareholders agreement.

Bridge McFarland LLP

Bridge McFarland is instructed by local family-owned companies, SMEs and private clients in a range of contentious work including commercial disputes, clinical negligence and personal injury claims and real estate matters. Rob Ripley, who focuses on contract, shareholder and director disputes and professional negligence claims, heads up the team, which also includes Mike Wilson, whose experience encompasses the construction, engineering, logistics, professional services and sport sectors; and property litigator Lydia Hamnett.

Practice head(s):

Rob Ripley

Other key lawyers:

Mike Wilson; Lydia Hamnett


Bridge McFarland has a highly capable litigation team with substantial experience of employee competition matters.

Bridge McFarland‘s dispute resolution team benefits from strong local connections.

Mike Wilson is an exceptionally good litigator. He is calm and clear headed and experienced in dealing with injunction proceedings against ex-employees.

Mike Wilson is a very easy person to communicate with; he is straight forward and straight to the point.

Rob Ripley has a sensitive handling of clients and good commercial sense.

Lydia Hamnett has an excellent ‘bed side manner’ and puts clients at ease in what is often a very stressful situation.

Lydia Hamnett has excellent knowledge, work commitment and enthusiasm.

Key clients

Associated Cold Stores & Transport

Begbies Traynor

Bristow Helicopters/Eastern Airways

Coletta & Tyson

HETA (Humberside Engineering Training


John Good Shipping

Lincoln City Football Club

MKM Building Supplies

Nautilus International

Online Design & Engineering Limited

Redman Nichols Butler

Specialist Engineering Services Group

(incorporating SES Rail and SES


TEI Limited

Waterloo Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Specialist Engineering Services in a £1.2m damages claims against a manufacturer and UK distributor of specialist vehicles, which has serious design defects.