Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for an impressive roster of public and private sector clients in commercial and corporate disputes. It counts the transport, health retail and energy industries among its sector specialisms; for the latter Simon Kamstra, who is also experienced in advising aviation and manufacturing sector clients, is a name to note. The group is also particularly strong for procurement disputes, for which commercial disputes head head Bill Gilliam and recently promoted partner Louise Dobson are recommended. Clients of the Leeds-based team also benefit from the firm's integrated approach across its national network; financial services sector specialist Sally Emerton acts as head of litigation for the North, while Kamstra leads the firm's national international arbitration practice. 'Experienced' legal director Gareth Jones is noted for commercial contract litigation, contentious supply chain work and corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kamstra; Bill Gilliam; Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Louise Dobson; Gareth Jones; Amanda Templeton

Testimonials

First rate lawyers who work very hard indeed to achieve success for their clients.

Bill Gilliam is engaged in his cases and a highly original legal thinker. Louise Dobson always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

A very expert team on public procurement matters, who are a pleasure to work with.

Top litigators in the corporate and commercial field. Instructed by major UK companies for their effective teams.’

The team headed by Simon Kamstra is very hands-on, creative in their finding of solutions and extremely approachable. A joy to work with.

Gareth Jones is an experienced litigator and has been instrumental in helping us through some complex litigation with some fairly difficult clients and has had to deal with adversarial situations.

Simon Kamstra – partner; a delight to work with, totally on top of the case, and always prepared to go the extra mile for the client.’

Bill Gilliam – Bill is a very calm and approachable individual and always seems to be able to offer pragmatic advice off the top of his head even on the most complex of matters. Bill has a way of taking the stress out of a problem and coming up with practical solutions. Amanda Templeton – Amanda is extremely hardworking and is always happy to go the extra mile. I have worked with Amanda a great deal over the past 12 months and she has provided consistently sound advice and will always look at things from a commercial perspective as opposed to just focusing on the legal angle.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 Limited

McKesson UK

R Raphael & Sons Ltd

ASDA

PGS Exploration Limited

Waterland Private Equity

Bibby Distribution Limited

Magna Steyr Austria

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the Department for Transport in the rail franchising litigation 2019 (RF19) proceedings – which comprised one of the largest and most complex public procurement claims litigated to date in the UK – involving claims by multiple bidders across the three franchises with each of the disqualified bidders seeking damages in excess of £100m.
  • Representing Equitix in a breach of warranty claim relating to the multi-million pound investment by Equitix into a company specialising in renewable energy and investment in a biomass energy plant.
  • Acted for High Speed Two (HS2) in a major procurement challenge to its award of a £1.3bn contract for a construction partner for the design and delivery of Old Oak Common (OOC) Station, a transport super-hub and one of the biggest brownfield regeneration projects in Europe.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s litigation and regulatory practice is praised for its ability to ‘effortlessly handle high-octane, large-scale litigation with great tactical skill‘. It has particular experience in a range of corporate and commercial disputes as well as pensions and trust litigation, which are among David Young‘s specialisms. Young jointly leads the team alongside technology disputes expert Simon Kenyon, who is also experienced in India-related cases. The group is also strong for transport sector disputes including procurement litigation, while Paul Stone has particular expertise in public law issues including judicial reviews, freedom of information work and human rights issues. ‘Very bright‘ legal director Kathryn Ford is another name to note for pension and procurement litigation and ‘knows electronic disclosure like the back of her hand‘.

Practice head(s):

David Young; Simon Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Paul Stone; Kathryn Ford; Marie Fegan; Joanna Haigh; Hugh Evans

Testimonials

‘One of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with.’

‘This team is impressive in the international reach of its work. The people are of a high quality and produce good outputs.’

‘Hugh Evans – seen it all before; huge experience; great strategic sense.’

‘Paul Stone is a stand out performer. Paul is very experienced and provides an excellent service. He has extremely good judgment and produces a high quality end product.’

‘Simon Kenyon is exceptional – utterly devoted to his clients, delivering the highest quality legal advice.’

‘Kathryn Ford is an astute and pragmatic tactician.’

Joanna Haigh demonstrated great empathy with witnesses and in doing so was able to produce high quality witness statements whilst keeping the individuals at ease and explaining the importance of their evidence. She was seen by stakeholders as a very approachable, knowledgeable and helpful individual.’

Key clients

HCL

CWT UK Limited

Heineken UK Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Placing Platform Limited

Provenir Inc

Investec Bank plc

WNS Global Services

Manx Telecom Limited

Department for Transport

Work highlights

  • Acted for Placing Platform Limited seeking declarations in the Commercial Court regarding (i) the ongoing provision of services pursuant to a mission critical IT platform and (ii) the term of the related contract.
  • Acted for the Department for Transport in one of the largest procurement claims in the English courts relating to three different rail franchise competitions and a number of claimants and interested parties across those competitions.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'first-class' commercial litigation team in Leeds has 'specialists in all areas and is able to marshal whatever resources are required to progress the matter'. In addition to a breadth of local experience, clients of the practice benefit from access to the firm's national and international networks. 'Exceptional' head of litigation in Leeds Richard Matthews also heads up the firm’s European product liability and UK contentious procurement practices, while head of commercial dispute resolution James Hyde and Mark Howarth lead the firm's international TMT and energy sector disputes groups respectively. Gary Pellow is particularly active in logistics, energy, aerospace and defence sector disputes, while Deborah Polden handles a range of general commercial litigation; legal director Edward Williams is strong for IT and procurement litigation; and 'top-rate senior associate' Alex Cook, for energy sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard Matthews; James Hyde

Other key lawyers:

Gary Pellow; Mark Howarth; Deborah Polden; Alex Cook; Edward Williams

Testimonials

‘Non-traditional fee structure and actually helpful tech collaboration.’

‘Eversheds is always a very personable firm. The people are easy to work with and very client-focused. They work incredibly hard and have a “can-do” attitude. I am always impressed with their attitude towards women too. They always support women in leadership roles.’

‘The team is very cohesive. I was very impressed with how the team worked together on a very stressful case with tight deadlines and particularly in lockdown times. The team also works very efficiently with a very efficient allocation of work at different levels of seniority in the team.’

‘First class dispute resolution team, particularly in procurement issues. Excellent both at a) avoiding litigation b) dealing with litigation and c) resolving disputes.’

‘Mark Howarth and Deborah Polden are both excellent partners, Alex Cook is a top rate senior associate.’

‘Richard Matthews is one of the best and most thoughtful lawyers I have come across. I would rate him as exceptional and other partners are also very good (but not as shrewd as he is). Deborah Polden very good too.’

‘Mark Howarth – admirable grasp of the detail and availability.’

Key clients

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

Engie

Department for Transport

DXC

McCain

Johnson Matthey plc

Specsavers

WeWork

Arco

DHL

Work highlights

  • Represented UK Biocentre (operator of the country’s first Covid-19 mass testing facility in Milton Keynes) in defending a challenge to the selection of an automated diagnostics software provider to support the Government’s Covid-19 testing programme at the national Lighthouse Laboratories.
  • Acted for the Department for Transport in claims from Arriva Rail East Midlands and Stagecoach East Midlands Trains relating to the East Midlands rail franchise competition.
  • Acting for the Director of the Serious Fraud Office in proceedings brought by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited (ENRC) and Dechert LLP.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's disputes practice attracts praise for its 'creative and strategic approach to litigation' and has particular experience acting for clients in the IT, manufacturing, engineering, chemicals and university sectors. James McBurney leads the team and counts business protection litigation and telecoms and IT sector disputes among his specialisms and is increasingly handling contentious cybersecurity issues. University sector expert Julian Sladdin 'shows a deep understanding of his client's businesses and risks', while Andrew Masterson has particular experience in product liability, pensions and IT disputes, and associate Lindsay Lawton is developing a niche in business protection and anti-harassment litigation. The group also benefits from an in-house forensic accounting team.

Practice head(s):

James McBurney

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Masterson; Julian Sladdin; Louise Nahon; Lindsay Lawton; Hayley Boxall

Testimonials

‘Creative and strategic approach to litigation, pragmatism in addressing low risk issues and novel approach to billing. Most importantly- smart, down-to-earth and passionate lawyers.’

‘Julian Sladdin- Shows a deep understanding of his client’s businesses and risks. Never applies a one-size-fits-all approach to our matters. Always brings fresh insights to how we can work together better.’

Key clients

United Utilities plc

The Resort Group Plc

Amey Group

Imagination Technologies Limited

Bath Spa University

University College London

London School of Economics and Political Science

SIG plc

JD Wetherspoon plc

London Borough of Lambeth

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lambeth London Borough Council in a claim and urgent interim injunction application under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
  • Acted for University College London in a judicial review by a student against a decision not to admit them on the grounds that their calculated grades did not meet its offer terms.
  • Defended for The Resort Group plc in a claim in the High Court brought by EMFC Loan Syndication LLP which claimed that it was entitled to a success fee following our client’s raising of up to €130m of debt facilities.

Stewarts Law LLP

As 'a go-to firm for tricky litigation', Stewarts Law LLP is particularly strong for corporate and commercial disputes, fraud and corruption investigations and litigation, cartel damages claims and IT and financial services disputes. Practice head Mo Bhaskaran is highlighted for his expertise in fraud disputes, while Kate Pollock attracts praise for her 'razor-sharp tactical instincts' in a range of matters including breach of competition damages claims. Technology disputes expert Martin Walsh, Nick Haworth and senior associate Ed Holmes (who joined from Addleshaw Goddard  and has experience acting for public sector clients in civil fraud disputes) are other names to note. Jonathan Sinclair retired.

Practice head(s):

Mo Bhaskaran

Other key lawyers:

Kate Pollock; Martin Walsh; Nick Haworth; Ed Holmes

Testimonials

‘The Stewarts Dispute Litigation Team in Leeds is an exceptional team. It would compete with any top-rated London litigation team.’

‘Mo Bhaskaran – lead partner. he is very organised, tenacious, clear-sighted and determined. He is running a substantial team of solicitors, supported by counsel, forensic accountants, foreign experts, liaising with teams of lawyers cross-border, which he does with drive, vision and excellent judgment. Martin Walsh – Martin has overseen some of the main workflows on the case over the past year. He is excellent – equally determined, he is a fine lawyer, an excellent drafter and has admirable litigation sense. Other individuals who have been closely involved are Nick Haworth and Ed Holmes.’

‘The Stewarts team are first-rate in the litigation department. They are technically excellent, commercial and responsive at all times. Very solution-orientated and prepared to get stuck in to find the best possible solutions that are both practical and commercial.’

‘Nick Haworth and Mo Baskaran are terrific partners at the firm. Both incredibly knowledgeable about follow-on damages claims – responsive and very client focused.’

‘Very professional, well-organised litigation specialists. A ‘go to’ firm for tricky litigation.’

‘Kate Pollock is excellent.’

‘The team has unparalleled energy and cohesion under the leadership of Kate Pollock. It has dynamism, friendliness and meticulous attention to detail. The team always produces work products very promptly and of very high quality.’

‘The stand-out team member is Kate Pollock. She combines approachability and empathy with razor sharp tactical instincts and litigation judgment.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait

iiyama UK Limited

Asda Group Limited

Wm Morrison plc

Home Retail Group plc

Card Factory plc

LafargeHolcim Limited

Gemalto NV and others

Work highlights

  • Acted for ASDA Stores Limited, Home Retail Group PLC and Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC in a cartel damages claim against Mastercard.
  • Acting for the Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait,  against 37 defendants including a number of Swiss banks involved in bribes and secret commissions estimated at $847m.
  • Representing Marks and Spencer in its multi-million pound claim against Mastercard for unlawful interchange fees.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP's 'formidable' commercial litigation team has a breadth of dispute resolution experience; it is particularly popular among North American headquartered industrial companies and Western European energy companies and counts a range of leading UK food and drink manufacturing, housebuilding and retail sector companies among its clients. The group also counts competition follow-on damages claims among its growth areas, for which Nick Lees is noted, while recently promoted partner Nick McQueen is developing a niche in energy and facilities management contract disputes. Led by 'star' litigator Gwendoline Davies, the team also includes highly experienced managing partner Malcolm Simpson. Other names to note include director Lynsey Oakdene, who has particular expertise in procurement challenges, and senior associate Claire Acklam, who is highlighted for her 'friendly, unflappable approach and pragmatic advice'.

Practice head(s):

Gwendoline Davies

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Simpson; Nick Lees; Nick McQueen; Lynsey Oakdene; Claire Acklam

Testimonials

Very strong team, work very closely with client to resolve issues.’

They combine expertise with a very down-to-earth approach; thoughtful without being remote. Fee management is always a tricky area between private practice firms and in-house teams and so trust and fairness is paramount: on this point the team score much better than most private practice firms.

Strong commercial awareness linked to professional expertise and tactical nous. Good tech solutions.

Lynsey Oakdene combines a creative, problem-solving approach with down-to-earth realism.

Gwendoline Davies – a star.

Nick McQueen – diligent, thoughtful and commercial litigator who is readily able to grasp issues and translate into appropriate advice.

Gwendoline Davies – good strategic oversight on matters with the ability to delegate where appropriate but be sufficiently closely involved to add the benefit of experience.

I would particularly recommend Claire Acklam, for her friendly, unflappable approach, and pragmatic advice, always with a keen appreciation of what is commercially right for our business. A very safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Caterpillar Group

Asda

TVS Motor Company Limited

ENGIE

Arla Group

Drax Group

Cameroon Quality Products Limited

Cocoa Coffee Quality Limited

STE Cooperative Des Producteurs Agropastoraux Due Cameroun

Kier Group

Ortec BV

Bupa

Persimmon

The Meatless Farm Limited

Marshalls Plc

Trutex

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the liquidators of Begbies Traynor against the beneficiaries of complex multimillion pound fraudulent transactions and companies beneficially owned by those individuals which received the proceeds of the fraud.
  • Acting for Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey in a claim against a law firm for professional negligence, regarding the drafting of the terms of an option agreement relating to the purchase of land for a large housing development in Oxfordshire.
  • Acting on a large competition damages claim for Danish headquartered Arla Foods claiming damages from the EC truck cartelists.

Clarion

Clarion's commercial dispute resolution practice is praised by clients for instilling 'confidence that they will achieve the best outcome for the business'. In addition to handling a range of corporate and shareholder disputes, it counts IT, outsourcing and supply chain contract litigation as well as judicial reviews, procurement challenges and follow-on damages claims among its areas of specialism. Simon Young leads the team, which includes David Williams, who focuses on disputes with an international element with particular expertise in project and joint venture disputes in Africa. Other names to note include IT and outsourcing specialist Dominic Higham, legal director Dominic Blakeley and senior associate Kayleigh Fantoni. The group also benefits from the addition of legal director Robert Stewart from Clifford Chance LLP, who has a breadth of experience acting for blue-chip corporates, international banks and private equity houses.

Practice head(s):

Simon Young

Other key lawyers:

David Williams; Dominic Higham; Dominic Blakeley; John Mackle Robert Stewart; Kayleigh Fantoni

Testimonials

‘Always quick to recognise the wider commercial considerations surrounding any legal dispute, therefore you have confidence that they will achieve the best outcome for the business.’

Good value for what feels like high quality advice. It doesn’t feel like a compromise to use them instead of larger firms.

‘David Williams is very good, and highly effective when put in front of (non-legal) clients.’

John Mackle achieves a lot in a short space of time and represents very good value.

‘Clear and concise. Quick to get to the point.’

‘The individuals at Clarion value their clients and take time to understand the metrics of our business. This really stands them apart from other firms who want to provide advice but are less interested in the impact on a business.’

Dominic Higham is Clarion’s lead partner for commercial and dispute. He is excellent. He is able to explain legal complexity in easy language for those not used to the legal aspects of dispute resolution and his support in defining and executing the legal strategy has supported us in resolving, what was for our business, a troubling and complex dispute.’

‘I think Clarion is unique as it is populated by lawyers who see legal problems in commercial terms.’

‘My main point of contact at Clarion is Simon Young. Simon is responsive and able to guide me through a very complicated and involved process with a clear strategy and defined objectives. Having quality advisers like Simon is the key factor that sets Clarion apart from the competition in my opinion.’

Key clients

Intersystems

Sports Direct

Silverstone Circuits Ltd

Dunlop Oil and Marine

House of Fraser

Hermes

Redcentric plc

LNT Group

Caddick Group Plc

SRCL

Work highlights

  • Advising the Continental AG group on issues arising under various contracts to deliver sub-sea hoses for $multi-billion gas projects in Western Australia.
  • Advising Redcentric plc on high-value reputational issues.
  • Acted for Sports Direct International plc in claims against Goals Soccer Centres concerning financial reporting irregularities and audit issues.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' 'talented, commercially focused and technically excellent' litigation and international dispute resolution group is particularly strong for cases with multi-jurisdictional issues. The team is jointly led by the 'outstanding' Jason Blakey, real estate litigation expert David Holland and Manchester-based Victoria Leigh and benefits from the ability to leverage its hefty cross-office resources in national and international matters. Among its broad experience, the team has expertise in pensions and procurement litigation; for the latter, senior associate Jenny Broderick — who is highlighted by one client as 'a go to litigation lawyer outside London with a very big future' — is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jason Blakey; David Holland; Victoria Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Broderick; James Peel

Testimonials

‘Clear and precise with their interpretations and advice. Continually offer a refreshingly realistic picture of the law in relation to any given situation. As a client, you are left with the impression that they are not only protecting you from a legal perspective but also trying their best to offer maximum value for their fees.’

‘James Peel has been the standout representative of Squire Patton Boggs. A highly personable individual with a gift of comprehensive understanding, swift analysis, and incisive thought. James helped guide us to a successful mediation after a protracted claim. Had the claim not been successful I would still have recommended James as proved to be a diligent and trustworthy counsel throughout.’

‘Proactive and Commercial.’

‘It is a talented, commercially focused and technically excellent team. It is more commercial and more client-focused than other teams – it seeks to deliver favourable commercial outcomes as efficiently and quickly as possible and resists process driven solutions which are expensive and can be unpredictable.’

‘Jason Blakey: very easy to work with, very experienced and commercial. He focuses upon getting his clients to favourable outcomes as quickly and painlessly as possible.’

Jenny Broderick: an outstanding lawyer. Technically superb but blends with obvious commercial acumen – a “go to” litigation lawyer outside London with a very big future.’

‘Very easy to work with and a good team dynamic both within SPB and between us and SPB. Over the past years SPB have invested time and effort to get to know us, our company and how we operate to a much greater extent than their competitors and this really shows in the results as well as the working relationship. Our success rate with SPB is very high and I believe this is largely due to the relationship and understanding between us.’

‘Jason Blakey is an outstanding solicitor, very friendly and approachable, knowledgeable and genuinely cares about us as customers. Always available and willing to help without billing 6 minutes for every brief question!’

Key clients

Contact (Print and Packaging) Limited

Vodafone Limited

Kwik Fit

Quartzelec Limited

Findel PLC

CPP Group PLC

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Clipper Logistics PLC

InTechnology PLC

Komori UK Limited

Electricity North West Limited

Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)

Redmayne Bentley LLP

Northern Gas Networks

Laybuy Holdings (UK) Limited

Chint Europe (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Contact (Print and Packaging) Limited in High Court proceedings brought by Glossop Cartons and Print Limited relating to alleged breaches of warranty, misrepresentations (including fraudulent misrepresentations) and breach of contract in relation to an Asset Purchase Agreement entered into between the parties for the sale of the client’s print and packaging business in 2015.

3volution Limited

'Flourishing and impressive boutique' 3volution Limited's commercial litigation team offers 'a nimble service' to individuals, SMEs and PLCs alike. Practice head Tim Stone handles corporate, commercial and pensions disputes, while the 'extremely impressive' Samantha Wragg's broad practice includes disputes arising from contractual and corporate transactions as well as financial service disputes, professional negligence claims and defamation litigation. With a strong contentious IP practice (for which Sara Ludlam is highlighted), the team is popular among technology, retail, film and media sector clients; it also has growing experience representing energy industry clients, for which solicitor Jessica Bennett is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Tim Stone

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Wragg; Jessica Bennett; Sara Ludlam

Testimonials

‘A flourishing and impressive boutique practice which provides an important alternative to the bigger Leeds law firms both in the pure commercial litigation sphere and in commercial chancery work, e.g. trusts. Their emphasis is on recruiting and retaining the expertise of excellent lawyers (e.g. the three founding partners) rather than an expansion drive or moving to bigger and flashier premises.’

‘Samantha Wragg – I have never found her anything other than extremely impressive; she has an ability to comprehensively analyse and ‘gut’ a case. Samantha has an attention to detail and ability to ferret out every legal point going, I am particularly impressed by her ability to draft complex settlement agreements.’

‘Very pro-active firm looking for sensible solutions to issues.’

‘Focused, very clear, commercial team.’

‘This is a small team, but none the worse for that. It allows for a nimble service and proper ownership and responsibility.’

‘Samantha Wragg is an experienced commercial litigator.’

‘3volution are a boutique litigation firm with a clear message on what they do and what they do not do. What they do, they do well. The clear focus makes it very easy to work with them, to provide a seamless extension to the services we provide to our own clients and to be confident that the client will receive a quality service.’

‘I work principally with Samantha Wragg, who delivers on the firm’s message every time providing quality litigation focused support in a clear, calm and confident manner putting the client very much at ease.’

Key clients

Omega Atlantic Limited

Global Tech Sourcing Limited

Nexus Vehicle Management Limited

Jacobs & Turner Limited t/a Trespass

Goldfinch Entertainment Limited

Tech Search Associates Limited

TSA Service Limited

Uncle Nova Ltd

Yorpower Ltd

Bluetownonline Limited

Isokron Limited

SureCore Limited

Dransfield Novelty Company Limited

Designer Software Limited

JRM Associates Limited

Quriky Ales Limited

IJT Enterprises Ltd

Mackie’s Limited

Tetro Energy Limited

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Lincoln-Remi Group LLC

Group Rhodes

Clubit

Arena Group Limited

Baby Products Association Limited

Babystyle (UK) Limited

Clean6 Limited

Leeds City Credit Union

General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous

Macopharma Limited

Anthesis Energy UK Limited

Fourayes Farm Limited

Cockburn Multi-Academy Trust

Global Trackers & Exporters Limited

Motor Technical Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a business man in his defence of a claim relating to a number of property joint ventures spanning back to 1998.
  • Defending Yorpower in a £1m breach of contract claim brought by Tower Crane Asset Management.
  • Representing Jacobs & Turner (the parent company of outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Trespass) in a £1.8m claim against Utility Alliance involving allegations of breaches of its fiduciary duties, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and/or deceit.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP counts corporate, commercial and competition litigation among its areas of focus and is developing a reputation for handling group litigation claims. Led by 'very experienced litigatorJames Hartley, the team represented over 550 claimants in high-profile litigation brought against the Post Office. Other names to note include Lindsey Clegg, who counts aviation and aviation leasing issues among her niche areas of expertise; Dean Hill, who attracts praise for his tactical approach; and 'up-and-coming associate' Chloe Oram. It also has a growing sports sector practice, which was bolstered by the arrival of Geoff Cunningham from Walker Morris LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Clegg; Dean Hill; Chloe Oram; Geoff Cunningham

Testimonials

‘Very good lawyers. Calm, aggressive and proactive in commercial disputes.’

‘Lindsey Clegg. She is stand out- head and shoulders above her peers. An excellent commercial litigator. Magic Circle quality but outside London.’

‘The team at Freeths worked tirelessly in helping me and my team achieve the right result. Nothing was ever too much trouble and all the Freeths team were very proactive with their communication.’

‘Freeths are far more advanced than their contemporaries in that their business model is based on working as a valued partner. Freeths lead the pack in this regard working a modern and mutual way.’

‘Dean Hill, as well as being legally excellent as you would expect, Dean is a great communicator and understands situations quickly. His tactical approach is excellent and you have real confidence that he will not only support you, but do it in a professional way.’

‘I have found their Leeds dispute resolution practice to be distinguished by the professional and experienced manner in which they handle complex litigation. In this they exceed the capabilities of the rivals of which I am familiar in the area.’

‘James Hartley is a very experienced litigator, who is “City quality’. Chloe Oram is an up and coming associate who is clever and attentive to detail, and has a great future.’

Key clients

Onur Air Tasimacilk A.S.

Tarmac

Travis Perkins Plc

Begbies Traynor

Peerless Europe

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Limited

Wealth at Work Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented 550+ sub-postmasters in a high-profile group action against Post Office Limited arising out of failures in its Horizon computer system and the treatment of a large cohort of sub-postmasters.
  • Successfully defended the Trustees of the AKJ 2007 Settlement and obtained summary judgment on counterclaims for c. £9m together with indemnity costs, in a complex dispute arising out of a series of corporate transactions where allegations of fraud and conspiracy had been made by the investment vehicle of a high-profile Yorkshire businessman against the clients in a failed attempt to avoid payment under loan notes and relates guarantees.
  • Successfully represented an international renewable energy provider is securing a high value tri-partite settlement, with payment of all monies due, together with Final Acceptance on the Project and the removal of any ongoing commercial or credit risk, following instruction in long running dispute involving overseas domiciled counter-parties regarding the construction and ongoing operation of a photovoltaic power plant.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's commercial disputes resolution team is praised for its 'straightforward, no-nonsense approach'The team has 'excellent experience of working within the housebuilding industry' and also counts retail, energy and education sector matters and procurement disputes among its other areas of specialisms. Led by Andrew Johnson, the team includes experienced litigator and mediator Gerard Khoshnaw, Simon Ingham and Roger McCourt, who is popular with construction sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Gerard Khoshnaw; Gavin Winter; Simon Ingham; Gavin Winter; Roger McCourt; Peter Barr

Testimonials

‘All lawyers within the team are approachable, pragmatic and competent. All have excellent experience of working within the housebuilding industry. Generally you feel you are in safe hands and nothing is too much trouble. Training sessions provided by the team have been excellent in terms of content and delivery.’

‘I like the straightforward ‘no-nonsense’ approach of all lawyers in the team. This probably comes from the leadership with partners like Andrew Johnson and Gavin Winter setting the tone.’

‘Great to deal with, very commercial and huge experience and sector expertise.’

‘Simon Ingham & Gerard Khoshnaw – technically capable, commercial, approachable and always on hand. Great to deal with.’

Key clients

Marshalls Plc

DHL

Taylor Wimpey Plc

White Young Green

Bellway Homes Plc

Crest Nicholson Plc

Working on Wellbeing Limited

Birmingham City University

FCC Environment UK Limited

Symington’s Limited

Persimmon

Utility Alliance

Casualty & General Insurance

BH Group Limited

Leeds Bradford Airport

FTSE 100 Developer

St George Plc

Larkfleet Homes Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for an insurer defending a £5m indemnity claim under an insurance policy relating to a property in Liverpool and in related third party claims against a facility administrator (now in administration), its principal and insurer.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson plc in protracted legal proceedings relating to a contractual interpretation issue under a contract for the sale of land.
  • Advising a UKCS based oil company on claims under a LOGIC contract, including claims for sums due and owing further to a contractual audit, totalling £10m.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's commercial litigation team counts contractual, corporate, intellectual property and recruitment disputes among its areas of expertise. IP litigator Alex Newman leads the team, which includes James Laycock, who counts contract, shareholder and director litigation and restrictive covenant disputes among his area of experience. Senior associate Emma Yates specialises in reputational disputes, while associate Richard Payne focuses on contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman

Other key lawyers:

James Laycock; Richard Payne; Emma Yates;

Langleys Solicitors LLP

York-based Langleys Solicitors LLP handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation with particular experience in the construction and materials, industrial engineering, entertainment and software and computer services sectors. It also has particular experience in procedural applications and appeals and has represented the European Commission as an intervener in several high-profile disputes,  for which practice head James Henson is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

James Henson

Testimonials

‘The individual we have worked with on dispute resolution was excellent. Very knowledgeable, calm, gave very sound advice in terms of approach. Was credible. And got us the best result.’

‘Langley predominately works on complex disputes for us – products that have failed after installation etc. They work with our loss adjusters to support us from a legal and liability perspective and have had some huge successes in negotiating & mediating agreeable outcomes for all parties.’

‘Langley’s have worked on a number of complex cases for us and James Henson has always provided excellent, knowledgeable, service. if its relating to a product he is unsure of – he reads up and studies it.’

‘The team is made up of a small and very client-focused group that are able to deliver excellent client service. That probably explains why they are so in demand.’

‘James Henson is a standout individual. He is extremely down-to-earth but don’t let that fool you into thinking that he is anything other than a first-class legal brain. Clients love the fact they can speak to him about anything (however big or small) and that he will provide to-the-point, succinct advice that sets them up in the best way to manage whatever issue they are experiencing.’

Key clients

European Commission

Electricity North West Limited

Grafton Merchanting GB Limited/Grafton Group Plc

W Boyes & Co Limited

Software Box Limited

Paynes Dairies Limited

TG Lynes Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting the European Commission as intervener in the Supreme Court in the case of Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd (Respondent) v Visa Europe Services LLC and others (Appellants) Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd and others (Respondents) v Mastercard Incorporated and others (Appellants) [2020] UKSC 24.
  • Assisting the European Commission as intervener in the Court of Appeal in the case of The Competition and Markets Authority v Flynn Pharma Limited & Flynn Pharma (Holdings) Limited and Pfizer Inc & Pfizer Limited and the Commission of the European Union [2020] EWCA Civ 339.

Schofield Sweeney

Bradford-based firm Schofield Sweeney's 'outstanding' commercial litigation team is 'very well connected to the local business community' and assists Yorkshire-based corporates with a range of contentious issues. 'Highly experienced partner' James Staton leads the team and has a range of expertise including shareholder disputes, intellectual property and passing off claims and regulatory issues. With experience in UK and EU export and sanctions matters, Simon Lucas is well-placed to advise clients on Brexit-related trade issues. Following the hire of Lucas from Squire Patton Boggs, the group further bolstered its practice with its acquisition Leeds-based boutique firm, Prodicus Legal, which added 'dogged and pragmatic litigator' James Wood. Other names to note include Leo Jones-Rowe and associate Annie Hui-Gillen, who is 'willing to go the extra mile to get a successful resolution'.

Practice head(s):

James Staton

Other key lawyers:

James Wood; Simon Lucas; Leo Jones Rowe; Rebecca Beaumont; Annie Hui-Gillen; Damian Kilro; Elizabeth Foster

Testimonials

‘The team are very helpful and always willing to provide advice, extremely professional.’

‘Real strength in-depth and good diversity. Very well connected to the local business community.’

‘The personal service you receive and the flexible approach. Annie Hui-Gillen is both professional and willing to go the extra mile to get a successful resolution. She is very thorough.’

‘I found the Team at Schofield Sweeney to be approachable, efficient and very professional. Whilst these aspects are excellent, it was the approachability of their team, the commitment of each individual to provide a personalised service and to genuinely try to help with every query or issue raised, that for me sets them apart.’

‘Annie Hui Gillen acted on our behalf on arbitrations. Very good and knowledgeable.’

‘Jim Staton – Partner. Highly experienced partner operating across a range of areas of litigation. Leo Jones-Rowe – Partner. Particular specialism in construction matters. Annie Hui-Gillen – Associate. Very able associate with excellent client care. Rebecca Beaumont – Director. Excellent communicator.’

‘They are extremely attentive and when discussing an area or issue where they are unfamiliar they go the extra mile to ensure all detail is understood. ’

‘Simon Lucas – excellent communication skills and extremely efficient and supportive; managed a difficult client in a way which showed great judgment. Fairly junior as a partner but definitely heading for the top.

Key clients

Sanderson Group plc

Claritas Solutions Limited

BW Healthcare Limited

Huggon Associates Ltd

Closegate Hotel Group

Greenhous Group Limited

Wool Room Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a partner in a major student accommodation business in a multi-million-pound partnership dispute which is listed for a 10-day High Court trial in Leeds in 2021.
  • Acting for the directors and majority shareholders of a car finance company in negotiating the resolution of a £30m shareholder dispute brought by a former director and shareholder.
  • Successfully defended a renewable energy generation company in an urgent interim injunction application issued against the client on 3 days notice in the High Court in Manchester relating to alleged misuse of confidential information.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's litigation department is highlighted for its expertise in corporate, commercial, contentious financial services and fraud disputes. Practice head Matthew Howarth is strong for financial services disputes including litigation relating to online platform investments, while David Farnell combines commercial and insolvency litigation expertise. Within the financial services sector, it also handles contentious pensions work and lender professional negligence work, which are among senior associate Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson's focus areas. Emma Lowe joined Clarion.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howarth

Other key lawyers:

David Farnell; Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson

Key clients

Wellcourt Investments Group SA

Capita Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for 14 offshore corporate claimants in a claim against former managing and letting agents of a £50m property portfolio in London. The claim seeks substantial damages relating to revenues generated by the portfolio and an account of monies received by the letting and management agents.
  • Advising a wealth management investment company in a £3m claim for breach of duty asserting wrongful implementation of investment instructions via online purchasing platform.
  • Representing overseas registered claimant companies in a complex cross-border dispute, involving parallel court proceedings in England and the BVI.

Gordons LLP

Gordons LLP's 'excellent' dispute resolution team is well-known for its retail sector expertise and counts the food and drink, gaming and utilities industries among its other sector specialisms. Food and drink expert Mark Jones is praised as a 'go-to person for retail disputes' including supply agreements, and packaging, logistics and commodity supply issues. Jones leads the team alongside 'excellent all-rounder' Stephen McVey, who is experienced in IP and media litigation, and Graeme Davy, who is a key contact for gaming, technology and utilities clients. Solicitor Catherine Woodward is experienced in a range of contentious corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen McVey; Mark Jones; Graeme Davy

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Woodward; Ian Jones

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with retail specialism.’

‘Stephen McVey heads the team – he brings focus on the client’s objectives, a wealth of experience and sound judgment, built on years of experience, and there is nothing which phases him. Catherine Woodward is very intelligent, diligent and analytical in her approach, and is always on top of the detail of the case.

‘We used the partner Mark Jones for our work and he was excellent.

‘Graeme Davy and Mark Jones, both provided excellent advice to their clients in mediation.’

‘Mark Jones – go-to person for retail disputes. Stephen McVey – excellent all-rounder. ’

‘Stephen McVey and Ian Jones lead a superb commercial team. Top-notch.’

‘Mark Jones is quick to respond and offers very user-friendly practical advice, which shows he has a real understanding of our business model. Mark speaks honestly. He is both professional and friendly.’

Key clients

Sky Betting & Gaming

Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited

Cox Automotive

BDO LLP

Safestyle UK PLC

Moss Bros. Group Plc

Wren Kitchens

Vianet PLC

Dualit Ltd

British Garden Centres

B&M

Hermes Parcelnet Ltd

T.J. Morris Limited (aka Home Bargains)

Victorian Plumbing

Cloud 9 Hair

Integra Insurance Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acted for Byotrol plc (a company specialising in antimicrobial cleaning solutions) in its reduction of share capital of £1.1m.
  • Acting as sole recovery and litigation advisers to Molson Coors Brewing Company.

LCF Law

LCF Law's disputes department 'combines fantastic legal knowledge with a practical and cost-effective approach'. It frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals and SMEs in a range of commercial litigation and is increasingly developing its experience in the utilities sector. 'Astute litigator' and 'exceptional strategist' Charles Abraham, who attracts praise for his 'deep knowledge of partnership disputes', leads the team alongside Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery. 'Excellent' associate Roger Raper is another name to note for shareholder and director disputes.

Practice head(s):

Charles Abraham; Ragan Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Donaldson; Roger Raper

Testimonials

‘LCF combines fantastic legal knowledge with a practical and cost-effective approach.’

‘A very effective team with strength in depth, led by Charles Abraham.’

The team’s ability to quickly absorb detailed commercial and sector-specific information allows them to gain a good understanding of quite niche issues and build strong but informed arguments.

‘Charles Abraham is who’s needed in a partnership dispute. He forms encyclopaedic knowledge of your case whilst retaining the clarity and direction of an exceptional strategist. His deep knowledge of partnership disputes allows you to have faith that there is always someone on your side and that the next move you make will be the best one possible. I could not recommend his input more highly.

Roger Raper: Excellent litigator who clearly sees the key issues and is very easy to work with.

Andrew Donaldson was very efficient and understood the case well.’

‘Charles Abraham is an astute litigator whose strategic prowess is second to none.’

‘Charles Abraham has big firm experience and is able to see the bigger picture. He doesn’t get caught up in irrelevant detail. He is effective and efficient – rare qualities for many commercial litigators who often want to adopt a scorched earth policy.’

Key clients

VP plc

Lincat Limited

Awesome Merchandise Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a private individual in a widely reported case relating to joint legal ownership of a property dispute with the client’s wife.
  • Acting for a high-net-worth dentist in a breach of warranties claim following the purchase of a dentistry.
  • Acted for a care home group in pursuing a complex claim for breach of contract/negligence against Clydesdale Bank plc in the High Court.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett's pan-Yorkshire dispute resolution department acts for high-net-worth individuals and SMEs in a range of disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, restrictive covenant and confidentiality issues, corporate fraud litigation and professional negligence claims. Leeds-based Howard Rutter, who counts partnership disputes and contentious probate among his specialisms,  jointly leads the team alongside Jonathan Cripwell in York, who has experience in international civil fraud disputes.

Practice head(s):

Howard Rutter; Jonathan Cripwell

Other key lawyers:

Michael Buchanan; Claire Moss

Testimonials

‘We worked with a team which was closely focused on our needs but also able to pull together wider support from the profession from both internal and external resources.’

‘Our key contact was Jonathan Cripwell who has a depth of experience and a deep sense of what is the right thing to do for the clients benefit and by no means seeking billing opportunities. Excellent detailed and prompt communication.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global construction company in a £3m claim against a nationwide insurance broker for breach of contract and negligence relating to the sale of insurance policies.
  • Defending a private individual in a £225,000 claim brought by the purported buyers of sports cars of which he is the owner and which are in his possession but which the purported buyers say have been sold to them by a third party.
  • Representing a group of eight entities (including limited companies and individuals) in a claim against a developer for breach of contract and failure to repay a commercial loan.

McCormicks

McCormicks' commercial litigation practice is experienced in handling contractual and corporate disputes, debt recovery issues, professional negligence claims and contentious probate work. The 'very commercially astute' Philip Edmondson leads the team and counts breach of contract claims, partnership disputes and insolvency-related litigation among his areas of expertise. Senior partner Peter McCormick 'is fantastic in sports disputes' with particular experience acting for football leagues, including the Premier League and the Isthmian League, as well as football clubs and players. The group is also growing its roster of digital and IT sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson

Other key lawyers:

Peter McCormick

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique in that they make you feel like the most important client, nothing is too much trouble and you never need to chase or wait longer than is expected.’

‘In Peter McCormick, they have a commercial litigator of unparalleled experience and unusually astute judgment. In Philip Edmondson, they have someone with specialist sports knowledge, energy and client dedication.’

‘Peter McCormick is fantastic in sports disputes, particularly football. Has done some excellent litigation work for me.’

‘Peter McCormick – unique sports lawyer. First choice every time. Great practical advice. Very commercial. Value for money’

‘The practice is unique in that they make you feel like the most important client, nothing is too much trouble and you never need to chase or wait longer than is expected.’

‘Phil Edmondson – very commercially astute and level-headed.’

Key clients

The Premier League

Rudding Park Ltd

Leeds United Football Club

GMI Construction Group PLC

Oracle Finance Limited

DFS Furniture Company Limited

Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited/Legal and Professional Insurance

The Isthmian League (Bostik League)

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions Limited

InTechnology PLC

The Estate of the late John Strutt and associated trusts

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited in a variety of debt recovery and run-off claims management matters.
  • Represented Leeds United Football Club and football coach Marcelo Bielsa in investigations and eventual charges brought by the FA and EFL respectively in relation to the so called ‘Spygate’ scandal – which related to Bielsa’s covert surveillance to gather information on opposition teams.
  • Defending Leeds United Football Club and football coach Marcelo Bielsa in alleged aggravated breach of FA misconduct rules.

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

Huddersfield-based Ramsdens Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its 'strong, experienced and good value' commercial litigation practice. 'Outstanding leader and property litigator' Nick Armitage leads the team, which includes Paul Booth, who is 'vastly experienced' in a range of corporate and commercial disputes including construction and engineering sector issues, contract claims and partnership litigation; Hilary Garnett who is noted as a 'really efficient litigator with top-class judgment'; and Jeremy Cook, who has particular experience in the manufacturing, environmental, health and food sectors. The 'very gifted' Steven Singh is a consultant at the firm following his retirement from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Nick Armitage

Other key lawyers:

Paul Booth; Hilary Garnett; Jeremy Cook; Emily Walker; Steven Singh

Testimonials

‘I cannot recommend Ramsdens highly enough. They dealt with a dispute we had with a supplier in a very professional way and resolved the matter efficiently.’

‘The litigation team is strong, experienced and good value for their billing.’

The beauty about this practice – it’s all in-house – they have really captured the market with expertise in all fields. They are approachable, practical and friendly with a no-nonsense approach which suits me perfectly. You feel safe both practically and financially in their hands.

‘Steven Singh is a very gifted and skilled legal adviser and I would recommend him to anyone looking for legal support. ’

‘Emily Walker takes a pragmatic approach to litigation. She quickly understands the situation, is concise with her summary, and takes control with enthusiasm.

‘Paul Booth – partner – one of the best all-round litigators in Yorkshire, vastly experienced and respected by those inside and outside the legal community.

Hilary Garnett – partner – really efficient litigator with top-class judgment.’

‘Nick Armitage is an outstanding leader and property litigator.’

Key clients

Saria (UK)

Expect Distribution

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimants in the High Court challenging an arbitral award relating to a rent review for commercial licensed premises, including issues as the method of determining the reviewed rent and whether the arbitrator had acted in breach of procedures.

Raworths

Harrogate-based Raworths' dispute resolution team is particularly popular with high-net-worth individuals, families and local companies for UK and international litigation. For 'a service that is both technical and commercially astute', practice head Matthew Hill is highlighted. Hill counts complex property-related disputes among his specialisms, while 'very safe pair of hands' Jonathan Mortimer has a breadth of experience across contractual and franchise litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes as well as financial services and insurance claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hill

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Mortimer; Adam Colville-Robins

Testimonials

‘Raworths is a long-established law firm with an excellent client list that makes it one of the premier commercial firms in North Yorkshire. Matthew Hill and his team have the experience to meet the needs of all their clients and provide a very effective service.’

‘A first-rate team in a first-rate law firm in a market (Harrogate) which has access to some very high-quality work but is distinct from the neighbouring Leeds market. Their strength lies in keeping the team small and tightly knit and with a large combined experience; thus the clients benefit from the stability and knowledge which has been built up over the years.’

‘Matthew Hill has a very good understanding of litigation risk and provides his clients with advice that reflects their commercial needs. He is a very effective communicator and negotiator.’

‘Matthew Hill has become something of a legend in the Harrogate litigation arena; definitely the ‘go to’ lawyer for a service that is both technical and commercially astute – always sensible about litigation and its risks but quite able to go on the offensive where required; very easy to deal with and a great deal of experience – it’s a mark of how good a firm Raworths is that a lawyer of Matthew’s quality has chosen to stay there rather than seeking opportunities in a bigger firm.’

Jonathan Mortimer – very safe pair of hands who is respected throughout the profession locally.’

‘Easy to work with, clear on costs, no-nonsense and friendly.’

‘Adam Colville-Robins – easy to work with, patient, professional, clear communicator.’

‘Raworths are my go-to for all matters I need legal advice on for my business. They are quick to respond, easy to deal with and have helped me in a number of areas over the last year. For me it is the people there who make the practice unique.’

Key clients

Celli Group (UK) Limited

Dishang Cherry Limited/Dishang Imports Limited/Dishang Exports Limited

The Trustees of the Patrizia Hanover Property Unit Trust

Financiere Mademoiselle Desserts

Holberry Trading Limited and Holberry Holdings Limited

Prosperis Limited

Forfar Group (Owner of Independent Schools)

Work highlights

  • Represented an entrepreneur, who successfully sold his international business for £70m, in a claim brought by a relative for a share of his wealth.
  • Defended Prosperis Limited in a complicated and high-value High Court claim brought by a former consultant of Prosperis for defamation, negligent misstatement, harassment, malicious falsehood and breach of contract and in respect of alleged breaches of the Financial Conduct Authorities’ Code of Conduct.
  • Representing numerous investors in a claim for damages resulting from a failed EIS (tax saving) scheme recommended to them by their financial adviser White & Company (UK) Limited and its related company.

Tyr

Founded in 2019, full-service boutique Tyr‘s ‘ultra-efficient‘ commercial litigation practice has continued to grow its reputation for assisting corporates in a range of disputes, often with a cross-border element. ‘Stand out litigatorMatthew Fidler — who is ‘particularly suited to complex corporate and company disputes‘— leads the team alongside Alistair Kennedy. Recent arrivals include IT and pensions litigator David Cook and senior associate Rebecca Birkby, who specialises in financial disputes and claims involving civil fraud dispute, from Walker Morris LLP and RPC respectively.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Kennedy; Matthew Fidler

Other key lawyers:

David Cook; Rebecca Birkby

Testimonials

‘They have been ultra-efficient, with sound advice, prompt responses. They have never been chased and are on the ball with ensuring my own responses arrive in time. They are handling a number of matters and I have 100% confidence in their advice and ability to deliver.’

‘A group of highly focused, resourceful and dedicated individuals.’

‘The team has made impressive strides in the market since being formed and continues to grow through the addition of talented individuals. Responsive and client-focused team bring a good balance of experience and talent to each case. There is a good balance between partners and associates and good partner involvement in the day-to-day management of a dispute.’

‘Matthew Fidler – stand out litigator. Focused on the key issues and was able to bring in highly technical legal points that were critical to the success of the case. Attention to detail at partner level was beyond what was expected. Real partner engagement in the case making a real difference.’

‘Alistair Kennedy leads the team will real skill and flare. An able lawyer with a good tactical brain, he manages a busy caseload effectively and devotes significant time and input to each matter. Matthew Fidler is a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer particularly suited to complex corporate and company disputes.’

‘Rebecca Birkby has excellent legal and procedural knowledge and applies a commercial approach to the dispute. As an instructing solicitor, she is a pleasure to work with. She is very hard working and client focused – she understands clients’ objectives and concerns.’

‘Alistair Kennedy combines remarkable grasp of and attention to detail with an insightful strategic approach.’

‘Alistair Kennedy the initial partner we met developed a very positive strategy for us to pursue, he has been very focused and precise on the legal dos and do nots which has meant we have always been able to retain the “high ground” in the dispute. Matt Fidler has been more heavily involved and he is equally astute and assured in his advice and working with counsel to develop very strong strategies.’

Key clients

Closegate Hotel Group

A Shade Greener Group

Halliburton Group

Hudson Foster LLP

APL Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended an individual in £300m dispute relating to the auctioning of Russian Oil assets with various different elements of the dispute taking place in the US, the Netherlands and England.
  • Acting for Closegate Hotel Group in a £100m negligence claim against a leading law firm.
  • Assisting one of the largest companies in the world with recovery of damages in relation to an oil exploration project in Ghana, which involved the Ghanaian government.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Blacks Solicitors LLP's commercial dispute resolution team is 'able to deal with everything from property law to corporate law' for its clients which primarily includes private individuals and owner-managed businesses. Luke Patel leads the team and counts charity disputes concerning religious organisations among his niche areas of expertise. Aimee Hutchinson has particular expertise in judicial review matters, while 'impeccable' senior associate Paula Moses joined from Certus Solicitors, adding a breadth of experience in fraud disputes.

Practice head(s):

Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:

Darren Morgan; Aimee Hutchinson; Yat Wong; Tom Cowan; Paula Moses

Testimonials

‘Committed and experienced team which offers first rate advice at reasonable cost in commercial dispute resolution. Team leaders are comfortable across industry and there is a sense that they know the business as well as the relevant law.’

‘Welcoming and open company who make clients feel welcome. Able to deal with everything from property law to corporate law.’

‘Blacks has developed an excellent reputation as a mid-tier firm punching above its weight. It handles a wide variety of disputes from small value to multi-million.’

‘Luke Patel is stand-out. Really good lawyer and strategist. Strong personality who leads from the front and good to have in your corner. Impressive success rate.’

‘Darren Morgan is our partner and he understands our issues at hand and gets us to a better place with often cantankerous opposing sides in the most effective manner.’

‘Yat Wong provides sound advice whilst at the same time ensuring the commercial aspects of the dispute remain in the client.’

‘Paula Moses was impeccable in regards to working on my case, she always met timelines and did everything she said she would whilst working with me. She always kept me updated and informed me on the next step we needed to accomplish. She managed to resolve my dispute when multiple solicitors before could not. There has not been a single quality in Paula I could fault as she has simply been the best. She is honestly amazing at her job and goes out of her way to complete her task. She is very reliable, patient and compassionate with her clients and does her absolute most to resolve any issues you are having within your case. ’

‘I have worked predominantly with Tom Cowan who has been superb. If he is unable to address my query, he is able to redirect me to one of his colleagues straight away and once again, the company responsiveness has been excellent throughout.’

Key clients

Prime TV UK Limited

Constant Power Solutions Limited

David Sandham Trading Limited

P N Home Limited

Home Design International Limited

Durest Beds Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in a high-profile Judicial Review case and a first of its kind claim following the nationwide closure of all places of worship by the Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in March 2020 and as part of the national lockdown measures.
  • Represented an individual in a dispute regarded the beneficial ownership of a property, the legal title to which was held in the name of another.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's commercial litigation team has 'a wealth of experience' with particular expertise in contractual claims, corporate and M&A-related claims, civil fraud and asset recovery work, and retail and technology sector disputes. 'Bright, tenacious' legal director Tim Pickworth, who joined from Walker Morris LLP, leads the commercial litigation practice across the North alongside Manchester-based Jan Levinson.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson; Tim Pickworth

Testimonials

‘The team has a wealth of experience, and is well placed to advise across the dispute resolution and litigation space generally.

‘Tim Pickworth – bright, tenacious lawyer.’

‘Tim Pickworth provides detailed, well-considered and robust advice.’

Key clients

Vulcanic Group

Yorkshire Building Society

Lowell Group

EMIS Health

NHS England

NHS Digital

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Babylon Health

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Defending the UK subsidiary of international engineering group Vulcanic Group in a High Court claim alleging breach of contract and negligence, alongside related international arbitration proceedings.
  • Advising an international manufacturing company in a claim for breach of contract and negligence against its international sub-contractor. The claim raises complex factual and regulatory issues, together with jurisdictional issues relating to potential claims in the UK, Spain and India.
  • Advising on a claim against a publicly listed retailer in relation to a cancelled product launch, giving rise to contractual claims and alleged breaches of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

Harrowells Solicitors

York-based Harrowells Solicitors' litigation and disputes resolution practice is led by Simon Black and represents high-net-worth individuals, families and owner-managed businesses in a range of disputes. The 'thorough and tenacious' Richard Hugill focuses on partnership and company shareholder disputes and claims arising from trading contracts and business acquisitions. Patrick Griffin, whose commercial litigation experience includes contractual and tortious claims and sale of goods claims, joined from GM Wilson Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Black

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hugill; Patrick Griffin

Testimonials

‘We engaged Harrowells to resolve a rights of access dispute with a developer and were impressed with the service we received. We were never made to feel that our case was any less important than the larger corporate cases.’

‘Richard Hugill – thorough, tenacious, good communication.’

‘Good knowledge. Professionalism. Communication.’

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway's dispute resolution team handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation for its impressive roster of local, national and international clients. Newcastle-based Peter Hornsey leads the commercial litigation group, while the 'tenacious' Ian McCombie heads up the Leeds team. Following the arrival of Stephen Lewis and associate Neil Armitage in 2019, the group has continued to grow with the addition of the 'deeply knowledgeable and pragmatic' Emma Digby, who joined from Knights plc (formerly Shulmans).

Practice head(s):

Peter Hornsey; Ian McCombie

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lewis; Neil Armitage; Natasha Taylor; Harmajinder Hayre; Emma Digby

Testimonials

‘Particularly good interpersonal skills and direct speedy contact creates calm and a sense of client comfort.’

‘They offer unparalleled legal knowledge and advice to clients at critical moments during disputes providing practical effective solutions including unparalleled litigation expertise.’

‘Ian McCombie is tenacious and protective and always provides a potentially positive solution or outcome, no matter the circumstances. He is also quick to respond and turns around drafting very promptly.’

‘The partner I know well, Ian McCombie, and his number two Natasha Taylor, are outstanding in terms of client service and overall ability and dedication.’

‘Emma Digby is a force amongst litigators in the region; she is dedicated, deeply knowledgeable and pragmatic, providing unparalleled legal support for her commercial clients at times of greatest uncertainty for them. She brings her expertise to life by offering practical and effective solutions to complex problems. It is a privilege to be able to work with her – highly recommended!’

‘Very human approach and, yet confident, professional service that can be relied upon.’

‘Ian McCombie and Harmajinder Hayre – very personable service. Their immediate availability at short notice and attending to projects, even during the weekend, is commendable!’

Key clients

IDT Financial Services Limited (Gibraltar)

A cohort of sub-postmasters who are pursuing claims against Post Office Limited

Big Lemon CiC

RAS Capital No1 Limited

Calibre Search Limited

DataArt Technology UK Ltd

City West Commercials Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for IDT Financial Services Limited (Gibraltar) in a £900,000 claim brought against BW FX Limited.
  • Representing a cohort of sub-postmasters who were wrongly accused of fraud and false accounting as a result of faulty IT systems in claims against the Post Office.
  • Advised a former junior motocross world champion on the release of contractual obligations to a global motocross team.