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

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Headed up by Hugh Smith and including Peter Duffus and Christopher Harrison, Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP’s commercial litigation practice handles complex regulatory disputes, land ownership claims, professional negligence cases and breach of contract disputes. Nick Dean has experience in commercial property litigation, often bringing complex claims before the Business and Property Court. The team has recently seen an uptick in shareholder disputes involving claims of fraud, abuse of position and joint venture wind ups. A robust debt recovery practice is also utilised, recently reinforced by a number of key recruitments at the junior level.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Smith


Andrew Jackson is excellently placed, in the port of Hull, to have a strong commercial litigation department. They have talented and tenacious commercial litigators, and consequently attract top-tier clients.


Gosschalks’ commercial litigation department represents national clients across the commercial property, utilities and construction sectors. Regarding the latter, practice head Matthew Fletcher acts in complex disputes concerning compulsory purchase orders, the enforceability of restrictive covenants and compensation claims. Partnership and shareholder disputes are also routinely handled by the team, while Steve Dillon is a leading figure in the market for insolvency litigation and corporate recovery applications. Phil Osborne is the go-to name for defending breach of contract and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Fletcher


The litigation team at Gosschalks are immensely pragmatic when it comes to settlement but also very involved. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of the clients’ cases and have thought through the potential routes for settlement as well as having discussed them in detail with their clients.

Excellent team which has carried out a number of matters on our behalf- a number of which have been significant and complex. The commercial litigation team at Gosschalks is able to compete in terms of skill, expertise and experience with much larger firms with extremely competitive pricing! We consider all of the members of the team to be extremely talented and we would not hesitate to instruct any of them – in our view this is a highly respected litigation team that can really go toe to toe with much larger firms.

A young, dynamic team who know how to win! Great attention to detail and an excellent grasp of the commercial realities. Nice people to deal with!

‘Matthew Fletcher is the partner that I have dealt with most. He has a very good legal understanding and an ability to fight his client’s corner strongly when needed, but is entirely sensible and realistic when it comes to settlement. A good solid pair of hands.

Matthew Fletcher is very smart and client focused. Displays extremely good client care always and attention to our particular needs. Always sets the right tone in proceedings – aggressive when needed but always happy to tailor his style to the matter in hand.

Phil Osborne is extremely bright. Adept at giving thorough and detailed advice but which is nevertheless commercial.  He is extremely hardworking and very knowledgeable.

Abigail Milner is a highly professional lawyer. Insightful, great can-do attitude. Fantastic responsiveness and brings great energy to every project.

If Gosschalks are supporting you, you have made your first best decision to start to resolve your situation.

Matthew Fletcher is a class act. He is a good team player and readily grasps the commercial realities of litigation.

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

Work highlights

  • Representing construction company C Spencer Limited in its claim against MW High Tech projects UK for expenses due under a construction contract.
  • Representing William Hill in a claim before the Upper Tribunal to determine compensation due to the client arising from the CPO by Network Rail for part of its licensed betting office in London Bridge.
  • Representing Beaumont Morgan Developments in a professional negligence claim against a structural engineer relating to a multimillion-pound development in Sheffield.

Rollits LLP

Rollits LLP's commercial litigation practice head George Coyle regularly handles business protection claims against former senior executives and is active in product liability litigation. The group has an extensive car dealership and home appliance manufacturing client base, and Ralph Gilbert is frequently engaged by local insolvency practitioners to handle insolvency litigation. Gilbert, Chris Drinkall and Caroline Hardcastle also have experience in commercial property litigation. Further areas of expertise include breach of contract disputes and representing majority and minority shareholders in shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

George Coyle


‘They had a good grasp of cultural elements for the case involving an overseas company and were always approachable and clear in advice and guidance given.’

‘The stand out individual for ourselves was George Coyle from the start he instilled confidence and re-assurance for a case that came out of the blue.

‘A very strong team, whose members complement each other extremely well.’

‘George Coyle. Never afraid to give robust advice to clients, but also very aware of the need to adopt a commercial approach to his cases.’

‘Highly professional and focused on client service’

‘George Coyle has a determination to succeed for the benefit of his clients’

Key clients

Cranswick PLC

Fine Organics Ltd.

Decidebloom t/a Stoneacre

Ulrick & Short Ltd

Vantage Motor Group Ltd

The Right Car (UK)Ltd

One Shot Products Ltd

Walker Modular Ltd

J.R.Rix & Sons ltd

Leeds City College

Willerby Caravans Ltd.

Superstadium Management Company Ltd

Jordans & Co (Hull) Ltd

Allamhouse Ltd

Allam Marine Ltd

Leeds City College

Bishop Burton College

Southlands Holdings Ltd

A&J Fabtech 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

Work highlights

  • Defended Fine Organics in a claim brought by Indian company Bajaj Healthcare concerning the supply price of chemical materials. The matter was heard before the High Court.

Bridge McFarland LLP

The commercial litigation team at Bridge McFarland LLP has a strong reputation with domestic owner-managed businesses for handling the full range of commercial disputes. Practice head Rob Ripley and Mike Wilson regularly represent clients in disputes concerning commercial contracts, restrictive covenants, breaches of confidentiality and professional negligence issues. Recent cases include acting for aviation, food and drink, and commercial printing clients.

Practice head(s):

Rob Ripley

Other key lawyers:

Mike Wilson


The whole team are very easy to deal with, friendly and professional.

Mike Wilson has guided me through an extremely difficult and unique litigation, but for his knowledge, experience and diligence I am not sure we would have been successful.

Key clients

Eastern Airways

Associated Cold Stores & Transport

Begbies Traynor

Redman Nichols Butler

MKM Building Supplies

Nautilus International

Specialist Engineering Services (SES)

HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association)

Work highlights

  • Represented Eastern Airways in a claim against a Swedish registered company for payment of £400k in storage and maintenance charges for two aircraft stationed at Humberside Airport.
  • Acting for the buyers of a printing company on a £1m warranty claim against the vendor for breach of duty and contract following an investigation of the vendor’s accounts after completion of the transaction.
  • Representing a meal preparation and delivery start-up in a complex trade mark infringement and passing-off claim before the Intellectual Property Court.