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

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has considerable sector expertise in the energy, transport, health, and retail and consumer products areas, acting for FTSE 100 companies, central and local government, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Beyond a variety of B2B cases, the group also takes on procurement and judicial review matters, fraud and professional negligence claims, and pension disputes. Bill Gilliam‘s practice also encompasses customer/supplier clashes and outsourcing disputes. He leads the team, which also includes the ‘very helpful and knowledgeableLouise Dobson and legal director Gareth Jones, who is a contracts specialist. Simon Kamstra relocated to London.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam

Other key lawyers:

Louise Dobson; Gareth Jones

Testimonials

‘A solid commercial team who work effectively together but who retain a keen awareness of the commercial realities of the case.’

‘Bill Gilliam stands out as partner: very experienced, calm, sensible and knowledgeable about the IT industry.’

‘Louise Dobson is very helpful, knowledgeable, and approachable. She understands the pressures the business is facing and tailors advice to suit that.’

‘The team are able to see what is important commercially and work out the best solution for all parties involved.’

Key clients

Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 Limited (Equitix)

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive T/A Nexus

ASDA

R Raphael & Sons plc

J.D. Williams & Company Limited / N Brown Group Plc

Entain PLC (formerly GVC Holdings PLC)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equitix as claimant in a major breach of warranty claim against eight individuals and one corporate seller of Gaia Heat Limited, obtaining judgment following trial for payment of in excess of £11m.
  • Successfully defended HS2 at trial in a public procurement challenge against the awarding of the £1.3bn contract for its Construction Partner for the development of Old Oak Common Station.
  • Advised Intertrader Limited and Entain Plc in relation to an ongoing dispute with the claimant regarding various trades and contracts for difference resulting in claims in excess of £35m and counterclaims of approximately £9m.

DLA Piper

The ‘commercially savvy and legally knowledgeable‘ team at DLA Piper is regularly instructed by national and international companies, often from the IT, technology, transport and construction sectors. The practice has experience in pension and trust litigation, professional negligence claims, arbitration and other forms of ADR, and also offers support on contract management issues and investigations. Simon Kenyon specialises in assisting users and suppliers of IT, commercial and outsourcing services; he leads the group together with David Young, who also excels in human rights and corporate governance issues. Legal director Kathryn Ford is highlighted for her contract disputes expertise. Paul Stone retired.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kenyon; David Young

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Ford; Joanna Haigh

Testimonials

‘Really outstanding in my view: commercially savvy and legally knowledgeable.’

‘Simon Kenyon is outstanding: great with clients and combines excellent understanding of the legal issues with a fine nose for the commercial realities of the underlying dispute. Really understands what his clients need.’

‘The team have all bases covered and you can bet that whatever the issue, someone in the team will have dealt with it before. This is incredibly reassuring as a client and is a real USP of this team.’

‘Really client friendly and practical advice – focused on commercial outcome, not just legal outcome.’

‘Diverse, well equipped, responsive, professional team who are able to quickly analyse commercial/legal challenges in order to quickly provide meaningful advice to their client.’

‘The team is well led and is thorough but adaptable to client needs/budgets. Other firms say that they seek to understand client’s businesses and requirements – this one actually does.’

‘David Young – bright, thorough and responsive.’

‘I have always found the lawyers within DLA Piper to be extremely pragmatic, solution orientated and very commercially and outcomes focused.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Bacardi UK Limited in successfully defending a £50m claim under a guarantee.
  • Represented Deutsch Bank in successfully defending unpaid commission claims.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Able to draw on a strong international network, the Leeds-based team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP can support a variety of clients; the names on the firm’s roster are active in the TMT, logistics, energy, aerospace and defence sectors. Key practitioners of the team led by Gary Pellow are Richard Matthews, James Hyde, Mark Howarth and Deborah Polden.

Practice head(s):

Gary Pellow

Other key lawyers:

Richard Matthews; James Hyde; Deborah Polden; Mark Howarth

Testimonials

‘Deborah Polden is excellent with great attention to detail.’

‘The Eversheds team are exceptionally strong in putting forward a strong case for their client, coupled with responsiveness and pragmatism. As compared to other firms I find the team to be comfortable coming up with creative legal arguments based on the most up to date cases but also keeping abreast of what is happening in the market to get a good result for their client.’

‘Richard Matthews is excellent, a key partner in commercial litigation.’

‘Commercial awareness and strategic thinking is first rate.’

‘Mark Howarth is superb and always sees the big picture.’

‘Excellent, very connected team, they all seem on top of the issues all of the time. Grasp of detail is outstanding, timeliness of communications very good, collaborative approach and fantastic “translation” of the law to explain why what is happening at any time is happening.’

‘Gary Pellow provides clear and sensible advice, helping us to navigate complex commercial disputes and situations.’

‘Eversheds continues to punch above its weight in international arbitration and litigation. The Leeds office is involved in some of the largest litigation I have ever seen, against a host of top flight London and international law firms. It more than holds its own against these firms.’

Key clients

Director of the Serious Fraud Office

National Iranian Oil Company

Department for Transport

DXC

McCain

Johnson Matthey plc

Specsavers

WeWork

Arco

DHL

Work highlights

    Pinsent Masons LLP

    Pinsent Masons LLP has an established practice, which is regularly sought out by IT, manufacturing, outsourcing, engineering and chemicals sector clients as well as universities. The team can handle the full range of corporate disputes, including civil fraud and warranty claims, contractual disputes, negligence issues and defamation claims, as well as pensions litigation, product liability matters and environmental disputes. Within his broad practice, group head James McBurney specialises in corporate information protection litigation. Andrew Masterson is well versed in product liability, pensions and IT disputes, while Julian Sladdin is a key contact for higher education clients. Associate Lindsay Lawton can also assist with business protection and anti-harassment litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    James McBurney

    Other key lawyers:

    Andrew Masterson; Julian Sladdin; Lindsay Lawton

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent litigation advice, focused, clear, commercial and direct with strong legal underpinnings.’

    ‘Lindsay Lawton provides focused advice and is able to steer litigious matters to a conclusion remarkably swiftly.’

    ‘Always start from a pragmatic and commercial perspective.’

    ‘Thorough knowledge of the law and the higher education sector, combined with a pragmatic approach recognising the bigger picture, strategic imperatives and political concerns.’

    ‘Highly competent, responsive and committed, with speedy turn around times and detailed advice and support.’

    Key clients

    United Utilities plc

    Billington Holdings plc

    Forterra Building Products Limited

    Imagination Technologies Limited

    Bath Spa University

    University College London

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Verizon UK Limited

    JD Wetherspoon plc

    London Borough of Lambeth

    Work highlights

    • Acting for The Resort Group plc, defending a claim in the High Court, and then the Court of Appeal, brought against it by EMFC Loan Syndication LLP claiming that it was entitled to a success fee.
    • Acted for Lambeth London City Council in relation to a claim and urgent interim injunction application against a resident of the borough, under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
    • Acting for six insured colleges of the University of Cambridge in litigation since 2018 on claims by an aggrieved applicant for medical and other degrees that discrimination and other unlawful acts have occurred.

    Stewarts Law LLP

    The practitioners at Stewarts Law LLP are praised for being ‘highly focused on what matters for the client and being very savvy strategists‘. The practice can cover corporate and commercial litigation, civil fraud and corruption mandates, as well as cartel damages claims, IT issues and financial services disputes. The client roster spans large local, national and international corporations from a variety of industries. Group head Mo Bhaskaran is a specialist in fraud cases, while Kate Pollock is a ‘brilliant communicator with a laser focus on client’s interests' and Nick Haworth acts as key contact for Marks & Spencer.

    Practice head(s):

    Mo Bhaskaran

    Other key lawyers:

    Kate Pollock; Martin Walsh; Nick Haworth; Ed Holmes

    Testimonials

    The team is able to handle top-level commercial litigation, often against Magic Circle London firms, and attracts high quality domestic and international commercial work.’

    ‘Mo Bhaskaran has excellent commercial judgment and is very client friendly.’

    ‘Martin Walsh is technically excellent and has great attention to detail.’

    ‘Ed Holmes is very diligent, with thorough grasp of the detail and overall strategy. No doubt partner material in due course.’

    ‘They are an excellent competition and commercial law practice. They are highly focused on what matters for the client and are very savvy strategists. They are able to leverage the firm’s London expertise in terms of know how and access to litigation funding where appropriate.’

    ‘Kate Pollock is superb: brilliant communicator with a laser focus on client’s interests.’

    ‘Nick Haworth is very switched on and energetic, with a great eye for detail. More generally, there is an excellent sense of team: they work very effectively together, at all levels.’

    ‘1st tier firm in Yorkshire. Mixes international clients and regional businesses, offering a London quality of litigation. Great depth of partners.’

    Key clients

    Marks & Spencer

    Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait

    iiyama UK Limited

    Asda Stores Limited

    Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

    Centrica plc, British Gas

    QVC

    LafargeHolcim Limited

    Gemalto NV and others

    Vattenfall AB and others

    Work highlights

    • Secured a landmark victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of ASDA, Argos and Morrisons in the £500m high-profile and long-running interchange fee litigation against Mastercard.
    • Acting for a foreign state pursuing a $1bn plus claim in the Commercial Court.
    • Acting for a major Japan-based manufacturer of computer monitors in a pan-European claim in the UK courts for losses valued at over €160m.

    Clarion

    Areas of expertise for Clarion encompass technology-related disputes, conflicts arising out of shareholder, corporate, partnership and JV matters, contract and supply-chain disputes, judicial reviews, procurement challenges and follow-on damages claims. The group also regularly acts for corporations, owner-managed businesses and individuals from the food and drink, and logistics sectors. Practice head Simon Young has more than 25 years of experience in the contentious space. David Williams also covers professional negligence claims, defective product recalls and quality issues, while Dominic Higham acts for government clients. Legal director Kayleigh Fantoni is also recommended.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Young

    Other key lawyers:

    David Williams; Dominic Higham; John Mackle; Kayleigh Fantoni

    Testimonials

    ‘Clarion’s ability to digest and translate into practical actions was invaluable in the transition. Their interpretation and clarity laid the foundation for our future plans.’

    ‘Dominic Higham took the time to get to know us personally as well as professionally. This sets them apart and allowed the firm to fully understand our perspective and translate into advice we could tangibly digest and use.’

    ‘Achieved good results with John Mackle, who was responsive and made things happen quickly (and therefore relatively painlessly from our viewpoint).’

    ‘The team is very commercial in their outlook, always looking for a practical solution and ways to assist the client in their contractual relationships.’

    ‘Very pragmatic advice.’

    ‘Simon Young is excellent at getting to the important points.’

    Key clients

    Intersystems

    Sports Direct

    Silverstone Circuits Ltd

    Continental AG and Dunlop Oil and Marine

    House of Fraser

    Hermes

    Redcentric plc

    LNT Group

    Caddick Group Plc

    The Shard

    SBFM

    RN Restaurant Group

    Troy Foods Ltd

    Best Western Hotels

    Dunlop

    Cherry Blossom

    Work highlights

    • Advising the Continental AG group on issues arising under various contracts to deliver sub-sea hoses for $multi-billion liquid natural gas projects off the coasts of Western Australia, Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Advised Wilton UK Ltd and its shareholders in relation to a £36m+ derivative and contract claim against Banks Group and various directors.
    • Advised LNT Aviation Ltd in relation to a claim against Airbus following an Air Safety Directive and Airbus’ subsequent failure to repair the main rotor gearbox of a Dauphin class helicopter.

    Freeths LLP

    Freeths LLP is singled out for ‘just getting the job done effectively' thanks to its team of 'first-rate legal advisers‘. The members cover a wide range of disputes including M&A litigation, group actions, professional negligence claims, pensions disputes and banking, financial services and PFI disputes. Clients regularly stem from the energy, technology, sports and aviation sectors. Team head James Hartley is well versed in funding and litigation risk transfer solutions, and Lindsey Clegg  is a key practitioner in cross-border disputes. Dean Hill is another key name to note.

    Practice head(s):

    James Hartley

    Other key lawyers:

    Lindsey Clegg; Dean Hill; Chloe Oram; Geoff Cunningham

    Testimonials

    ‘The team achieves fantastic results in complex heavyweight litigation without the arrogance or noise that one often experiences with other firms. They just get the job done effectively – first-rate legal advisers but also excellent project management. They do so much more than advise solely on the law.’

    ‘James Hartley is consistently calm when the pressure is on. He is unflappable. Drills down to the relevant issues with ease and has a wonderful ability to bring the team together. It’s a skill that many lawyers lack.’

    ‘They take the time to understand the cause of disputes in addition to the current situation, they explain the legal terminology very clearly and they support customers in a personable manner.’

    ‘Dean Hill, an exceptional professional who always provides a fast and quality level of support.’

    ‘A closely-knit team who get on well and work well together. They were thoroughly on top of the matter that I worked with them on, and were able to liaise with other solicitors dealing with related litigation.’

    ‘The lawyers at Freeths did an exceptional job of, on the one hand, liaising with a large group of claimants in trying circumstances, and, on the other, keeping on top of a very difficult opponent amidst a sea of correspondence. It was a fantastic collaborative effort. The lawyers were friendly, knowledgeable, always on hand any time of day or night, and extremely caring when it came to their clients. They also had a high number of women in their team across levels of seniority.’

    ‘Chloe Oram was a indefatigable junior associate that was always incredibly responsive and had a positive attitude even amidst all of my endless annoying requests over the years of working on that case.’

    ‘Lindsey Clegg: very hard working and completely on top of the case, total commitment to all steps needing to be advanced in the case.’

    Key clients

    Post Office Group Action

    Mayfly GWR Offshore Containers Industria e Commercio LTDA

    Wealth at Work Limited

    Gleeds Cost Management Limited

    Bedford Investments Limited

    M Asia Energy

    Equiniti

    Bedford Investments Limited

    Derby County Football Club

    Work highlights

    • Secured a place for a company on a £1.7bn framework contract through the prompt issue of proceedings challenging the original decision to omit the client from the award of one of the lots.
    • Representing the Brazilian subsidiary of a UK manufacturer in a multi-jurisdictional, multi-contract dispute arising out of the breach of minimum purchase obligations which induced the client to set-up a new manufacturing facility in Brazil to service the in-country requirements of its customer.
    • Obtained summary judgment on counterclaims for c. £9m for an individual, together with indemnity costs, and the strike-out of all claims brought against the client in a complex dispute arising out of a series of corporate transactions.

    Squire Patton Boggs

    The team at Squire Patton Boggs has strong capabilities in local, national and international disputes thanks to its close-knit network of offices. Clients from the financial services, food, retail, manufacturing, IT and utilities sectors often approach the group, which is well-positioned to represent clients in breach of contract actions, claims for conspiracy, conversion issues, breaches of fiduciary duty/restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes and warranty claims. Jason Blakey is noted for his ‘outstanding commercialism‘; he and David Holland are the key contacts in Leeds. Senior associate Jenny Broderick is singled out as ‘technically superb and commercially excellent’.

    Practice head(s):

    Jason Blakey; David Holland

    Other key lawyers:

    Jenny Broderick

    Testimonials

    ‘Very commercial, client focused advice. You always sense that they are trying to add value and not involve you in pointless process driven cost.’

    ‘Jason Blakey – outstanding commercialism and very pragmatic.’

    ‘Jenny Broderick – technically superb and commercially excellent. A brilliant lawyer.’

    Key clients

    Wm Morrison Supermarkets

    Vodafone Limited

    Kwik Fit (European Tyre Enterprise Limited)

    Quartzelec Limited

    Findel PLC

    CPP Group PLC

    Northern Gas Networks

    Laybuy Holdings (UK) Limited

    InTechnology PLC

    Komori UK Limited

    Electricity North West Limited

    Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)

    Equiniti Group

    Chint Europe (UK) Limited

    Bright Station Ventures/Management Limited/Ivor Dunbar

    Compass Group PLC

    Hollinshead and Greaves families

    Leisure Resorts Limited

    Megadyne Medical Products Inc (J&J)

    Work highlights

      Walker Morris LLP

      Walker Morris LLP puts emphasis on representing North American-headquartered industrial companies as well as foreign energy companies in English law disputes. At a national level, it has close ties to food and drink manufacturers, energy and infrastructure clients, house-builders and retailers. Alongside expertise in commercial conflicts, the group also handles pensions and competition damages claims. ‘Star individualGwendoline Davies leads the team and impresses with a broad practice, while Malcolm Simpson handles a varied range of dispute resolution issues, including arbitration proceedings, and Nick Lees is a key contact in supply chain disputes. Other key team members include Nick McQueen, and directors Lynsey Oakdene and Claire Acklam.

      Practice head(s):

      Gwendoline Davies

      Other key lawyers:

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

      Testimonials

      ‘Nick Lees – very responsive and explains advice in a clear and concise manner.’

      ‘Nick McQueen – understands the needs of the business, astute tactically and clearly able to articulate legal issues in a clear manner which allows the business to take appropriate decisions at the right time. A very solid commercial litigator.’

      ‘Fantastic team and service.’

      ‘Very good problem solvers. Gwendoline Davis has been fantastic.’

      ‘From its base in Leeds, Walker Morris provides a top quality national service in a range of commercial and insolvency work.’

      ‘Gwendoline Davies is a star individual, with extensive experience of heavy duty commercial litigation.’

      Key clients

      Avant Homes

      British Steel

      Hallmark

      Lucozade

      Caterpillar Group

      Asda

      ENGIE / EQUANS

      Arla Group

      Drax Group

      Kier Group

      Bupa

      Persimmon

      Marshalls Plc

      British Steel

      Precision Cast Parts

      Starbucks

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Arla Foods in a large competition damages claim arising from the EC truck cartelists.
      • Acting for Kenneth Hall (Builder) Limited and others in a partnership and shareholder dispute centred around a family farming and construction business.
      • Represented Brookhouse Aerospace in connection with a supply chain dispute with Velocity Composites.

      3volution Limited

      3volution Limited‘s offering encompasses support in professional negligence claims, pensions litigation, construction issues and contractual and shareholder disputes; the group also handles litigation in the financial services, defamation and IP spaces. It can also advise trustees on their duties and the recovery of trust assets, and acts for individuals, SMEs, large businesses and plcs. Tim Stone leads the group and is a key contact in a range of B2B proceedings as well as pensions disputes. Samantha Wragg‘s ‘is comprehensive and thorough and no stone is left unturned’, while solicitor Jessica Bennett has substantial knowledge of the energy sector.

      Practice head(s):

      Tim Stone

      Other key lawyers:

      Samantha Wragg; Jessica Bennett; Sara Ludlam

      Testimonials

      ‘Approachable, friendly and professional. Always available.’

      ‘A boutique commercial firm which provides a friendlier, more-cost effective alternative to the big commercial and international firms based in Leeds but has expertise which is the equal of those firms. It has grown steadily over the years. Equally adept at serving individual or corporate clients.’

      ‘Prompt response to all queries whether by phone email or letter creates confidence in their ability and probity.’

      ‘Samantha Wragg is probably the best-prepared solicitor I have ever worked with. She is comprehensive and thorough and no stone is left unturned. You really get the sense that she loves the job and values her interaction with clients and solving their problems.’

      ‘Both Samantha Wragg (Partner) and Jessica Bennett (Associate) show a patient understanding of our clients and an ability to explain complex legal issues in straight forward terms to enable those clients to make an informed decision. Once that decision is made, both Samantha and Jessica have excellent communication skills to continue to support the progress of the matter and to ensure that the client remains fully informed and aware of the available options.’

      Key clients

      Omega Atlantic Limited

      Global Tech Sourcing Limited

      Nexus Vehicle Management Limited

      Jacobs & Turner Limited t/a Trespass

      Tech Search Associates Limited

      Uncle Nova Ltd

      Yorpower Limited

      Isokron Limited

      SureCore Limited

      Designer Software Limited

      IJT Enterprises Ltd

      Mackie’s Limited

      Tetro Energy Limited

      Yorkshire Air Ambulance Limited

      Lincoln-Remi Group LLC

      Group Rhodes

      Arena Group Limited

      Baby Products Association Limited

      Clean6 Limited

      General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain) Limited

      Macopharma Limited

      Anthesis Energy UK Limited

      Fourayes Farm Limited

      Cockburn Multi Academy Trust

      Jayne E Verity Limited

      Recova-19 Limited

      Trustees of the R M Weare and Company Limited Employee Benefit Trust

      Work highlights

      • Acted for an individual in the defence of a claim and counterclaim relating to a number of property joint ventures spanning back to 1998.
      • Acted for Yorpower in its defence of a £1m+ claim in relation to construction regulations.
      • Acted for retail brand Trespass in a £1m claim against its utility broker.

      Gateley Plc

      Gateley Plc impresses with its knowledge of the housebuilding, retail and energy sectors, in which it represents developers, builders, corporations and higher education institutions on a regular basis; the team has experience in procurement and shareholder disputes in particular. The practice is led by Andrew Johnson and also includes Roger McCourt, who ‘stands out for his knowledge, professionalism, versatility and commerciality’, as well as go-to contact for housebuilder clients Simon Ingham. Legal director Peter Barr also attracts praise.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Johnson

      Other key lawyers:

      Roger McCourt; Simon Ingham; Gavin Winter; Peter Barr

      Testimonials

      ‘Roger McCourt stands out for his knowledge, professionalism, versatility and commerciality.’

      ‘The litigation team at Gateley are technically adept and aware of the precedent and case law relevant to their particular areas of specialism. They have a strong team of sector specialists, some of whom are amongst the very best in their fields of expertise I have come across in my career.’

      ‘Sector experts, commercial and technical and easy to deal with.’

      ‘Simon Ingham – one of the leading housebuilder dispute lawyers in the country. Knowledgeable, technically strong, commercial and easy to deal with. Overall a good team in support.’

      ‘Gavin Winter is a skilled litigator who, whilst being extremely capable of advising his clients on the legal technicalities, details and tactics of a case, is also capable of recognising the commerciality in a matter and when it may be better to settle, than pursue a fool’s errand just for a pyrrhic victory.’

      Key clients

      Persimmon Homes Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for an Ireland-based international national logistics company against a major UK manufacturer in relation to complex claims arising out of an exclusive distribution agreement.
      • Advising a property development company in relation to a substantial claim for professional negligence against its former solicitors who provided inadequate construction and property advice in connection with two separate disputes with a construction company relating to the redevelopment of two properties.
      • Acting for a FTSE 100 housebuilder in relation to a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors in respect of negligent advice/due diligence around a suite of option agreements assigned to the client on the acquisition of another housebuilder.

      Schofield Sweeney

      Schofield Sweeney is noted for having ‘experienced and commercially minded partners who are backed up by able and skilled associates’. Clients from the engineering, waste, healthcare and, increasingly, the alternative energy sectors regularly approach the group, and the team is frequently involved in cross-jurisdictional claims, including those before the Court of Appeal. Group leader James Staton in Bradford supports clients in shareholder disputes, intellectual property claims, passing off issues and regulatory matters, while James Wood takes on commercial fraud and insolvency litigation. Leo Jones-Rowe is ‘excellent in director disputes, and matters concerning breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenants’. Other key team members are Simon Lucas and associate Annie Hui-Gillen.

      Practice head(s):

      James Staton

      Other key lawyers:

      James Wood; Leo Jones-Rowe; Simon Lucas; Annie Hui-Gillen

      Testimonials

      ‘The Schofield Sweeney commercial litigation is of market leading quality in West Yorkshire. Experienced and commercially minded partners are backed up by able and skilled associates.’

      ‘James Staton brings a wealth of experience to his broad litigation practice.’

      ‘Leo Jones-Rowe (Partner) – excellent in director disputes, and matters concerning breach of confidentiality and restrictive covenants.’

      ‘Annie Hui-Gillen (Associate) – has a calm manner under pressure and always delivers a high-quality legal product.’

      ‘This practice is unique because they really do care about their clients and are not on the clock if you have a quick question. Very balanced approach with advice. Excellent at listening then breaking down the issue into pros and cons without being forceful and arrogant.’

      ‘I always find when calling Schofield Sweeney all members of staff are extremely nice and helpful. When I have needed any support in the past, they have always spoken to me in a friendly manner and been very clear, asking all the right questions to give a clear and honest review.’

      ‘I have worked primarily with Leo Jones-Rowe. What makes him stand out for me is the extremely personable attitude and approach. Consummate professional who listens to concerns. Extremely effective at diffusing a highly charged emotional situation and rationally cutting through the ‘noise’ to secure the most advantageous situation.’

      Key clients

      Sanderson Group plc

      M&M Contractors (Europe) Limited

      Elevation Financial Group Limited

      DFDS Seaways Plc

      BW Healthcare Limited

      Huggon Associates Limited

      Closegate Hotel Group

      Switalskis Solicitors

      Greenhous Group Limited

      Wool Room Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted for a 50% shareholder/managing director in defending a multimillion-pound unfair prejudice claim regarding an IT solutions company.
      • Advising a manufacturer of clean alternative fuels in relation to a damages claim for breach of contract, negligence and environmental claims concerning storage of the client’s final product fuel pellets.
      • Advising liquidators on a complex Ponzi scheme fraud valued at c.£70m and involving obtaining freezing injunctions and offshore investigations into missing monies in Dubai and Spain.

      Shoosmiths LLP

      Shoosmiths LLP has a nationwide offering, and is often instructed by companies and financial institutions seeking assistance in recovering money, directors and shareholder disputes, and fraud cases, acting for both claimants and defendants. Leeds- based practice head Matthew Howarth recently represented several offshore corporate claimants and is also active in pensions disputes work. David Farnell is well versed in assisting banks and other financial services providers.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Howarth

      Other key lawyers:

      David Farnell

      Testimonials

      ‘Extremely industrious and hard working. Prepared to put in the hours which are necessary to make any claim run smoothly.’

      ‘Matthew Howarth – has the ability to deal with very difficult matters with a practical common sense approach.’

      Key clients

      Wellcourt Investments Group SA

      Capita PLC

      United Group Housing Limited

      Geo Quarries Limited

      Hanson Asset Management Limited

      Paragon Development Finance Limited

      Pace Properties Limited

      Shawbrook Bank Limited

      The Motoring Organisation Limited

      ABN AMRO Asset Based Lending NV

      Bibby Factors Limited

      Bibby Financial Services Limited

      Bibby Leasing Limited

      Bibby Trade Factors Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Wellcourt in relation to £50m property portfolio and its management, control and accounting practices, trustee duties and shareholder control, covering multiple jurisdictions.
      • Acting for Pace Properties Limited in breach of contract claim regarding options; damages claimed in the region of £15m.
      • Acting for Hanson Asset Management Limited in a dispute regarding execution-only online trading accounts with overseas customer.

      Tyr

      Clients praise boutique firm Tyr for ‘providing a sophisticated, innovative and highly successful service in complex multi-party commercial disputes’. The team has experience in representing local, national and international companies before the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and claims that challenge the decisions of public bodies by way of judicial review. Matthew Fidler and Alistair Kennedy jointly lead the practice, and David Cook acts in technology, corporate, financial services and pensions disputes. Other names to note are Laura Salvati, senior associate Rebecca Birkby and legal director Nigel Brook.

      Practice head(s):

      Alistair Kennedy; Matthew Fidler

      Other key lawyers:

      David Cook; Rebecca Birkby; Laura Salvati; Nigel Brook

      Testimonials

      ‘Very bright people who have helped through some very tricky situations.’

      ‘A niche practice that gives the highest calibre of advice that matches any long-standing branded legal national practice.’

      ‘Matthew Fiddler provides the right level of commercial and practical advice against the backdrop of the law. He can assess objectives and place those within the available legal parameters ensuring clients know what is a likely achievable outcome.’

      ‘Tyr Law provide a sophisticated, innovative and highly successful service in complex multi-party commercial disputes. They are acting in some extremely high-profile matters which involve a dense interplay of financial services, property and insolvency law.’

      ‘Matthew Fidler and Nigel Brook both bring a wealth of experience and understanding to highly sensitive commercial disputes. They are empathetic in their client relationships and creative in their strategic thinking.’

      ‘A fast-growing and impressive team of litigators which is now one of the leading litigation boutiques outside of London and a clear market leader in the North East of England. Begun by talented partners, the team has recruited wisely adding talented individuals at all levels of seniority.’

      ‘Alistair Kennedy is a quick-thinking and intelligent lawyer with a keen eye for the best strategy. ‘

      ‘Rebecca Birkby is a very capable senior associate.’

      Key clients

      Logistics Plus Inc.

      Closegate Hotel Group

      Halliburton Group

      Hudson Foster LLP

      APL Management Limited

      A Shade Greener Group

      Work highlights

      • Acting for Closegate Hotel Group in relation to a negligence claim against a leading law firm.
      • Acting for Logistics Plus Inc as the claimant in respect of a multi-million supply chain dispute related to PPE supplied to the UK during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic.
      • Acting for Halliburton Group to assist with the recovery of damages in relation to an oil exploration project in Ghana, which involved the Ghanaian government.

      Gordons LLP

      Gordons LLP has industry expertise in the retail, food and drink, gambling, and utilities spaces, and acts for SMEs and larger corporations, business owners and high-net-worth individuals. The group is jointly led by food and drink specialist Mark JonesStephen McVey, who handles intellectual property and media litigation; and Graeme Davy. whose practice encompasses contractual work, negligence claims, complaints by consumers, land and commercial property litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, and debt recovery matters. Solicitor Catherine Woodward is well versed in breach of contract claims.

      Practice head(s):

      Stephen McVey; Mark Jones; Graeme Davy

      Other key lawyers:

      Catherine Woodward; Joanna Wilkinson

      Testimonials

      ‘Really strong team in Leeds across wide range of commercial disputes.’

      ‘Mark Jones – excellent and a market leader on retail disputes.’

      Key clients

      Sky Betting and Gaming

      Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited

      Cox Automotive

      BDO LLP

      Safestyle UK plc

      Moss Bros Group plc

      BASF

      Wren Kitchens

      Cloud Nine Hair and Beauty

      Vianet plc

      Dualit Limited

      British Garden Centres

      B&M

      Hermes Parcelnet Limited

      Victorian Plumbing

      Abirose Limited (part of the Endless group of companies)

      Integra Insurance Solutions Limited

      Buy It Direct Limited

      Work highlights

        LCF Law

        Besides corporations, the team at LCF Law regularly represents utilities sector clients as well as professional individuals in their contentious mandates. Team leader Charles Abraham ‘combines excellent technical skills with an ability to see the bigger picture and advance his client’s case accordingly‘; he handles litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings. Newly promoted partner Roger Raper takes on breach of contract claims, civil fraud claims, shareholder disputes and trading relationships, and Wayne Parker joined the firm in April 2021 from Gordons LLP.

        Practice head(s):

        Charles Abraham

        Other key lawyers:

        Roger Raper; Wayne Parker

        Testimonials

        ‘A cohesive and highly effective team. First class litigators.’

        ‘Charles Abraham combines excellent technical skills with an ability to see the bigger picture and advance his client’s case accordingly. Excellent at bringing out the best in the teams he is working with.’

        ‘The commercial litigation team at LCF provide a clear and focused analysis of the problem, cutting through apparent complications to produce a range of practical solutions. Priority is given to solutions that are cost conscientious and expedient from a business perspective.’

        ‘The stand out quality of the individuals we worked with was the desire to find simple solutions to problems that others are trying to make unnecessarily complex.’

        ‘The firm is thoroughly professional in its approach to its work.’

        ‘Roger Raper has a “can do” attitude.’

        ‘Charles Abraham has a wealth of experience and is (rightly) supremely confident.’

        ‘Roger Raper is responsive and diligent.’

        Key clients

        BHP LLP

        The Salvation Army

        Awesome Merchandise Ltd

        MKM Building Supplies Ltd

        Mabey Hire Ltd

        Work highlights

        • Advising a utility company on commercial and regulatory issues arising from a multi-million-pound dispute concerning a white labelling agreement for the supply of electricity.
        • Defending two high-net-worth individuals in a multimillion-pound claim for deceit and fraudulent misrepresentation arising from the sale of a business to a private equity company.

        Lupton Fawcett

        Lupton Fawcett acts for individuals and SMEs in partnership disputes, director and shareholder disputes, cases surrounding trusts, wills and estates, and professional negligence claims. Practice head Howard Rutter and Jonathan Cripwell are the key contacts.

        Practice head(s):

        Howard Rutter

        Other key lawyers:

        Jonathan Cripwell

        Work highlights

          McCormicks

          McCormicks has a strong track record in sports disputes, acting for the Premier League and Leeds United Football Club and other EFL Clubs. In the commercial space, the group also covers contractual disputes, construction disputes, debt recovery issues, professional negligence claims, and contentious probate work for a variety of clients. Peter McCormick is noted as a reputed sports lawyer, and practice head Philip Edmondson can also offer support in insolvency disputes arising from liquidations and administrations. Senior associate Will Bates is another prominent practitioner.

          Practice head(s):

          Philip Edmondson

          Other key lawyers:

          Peter McCormick; Will Bates

          Testimonials

          ‘Excellent commercial litigators. Value for money. Very strong commercial advice with senior respected lawyers.’

          ‘Peter McCormick: he is my go-to lawyer, deep unrivalled sports sector experience. Great investigator, commercial advice, fast response times.’

          ‘Commercially astute with sound advice.’

          ‘Phil Edmondson and Peter McCormick. Great commercial approach. Make you feel like the most important client and readily accessible.’

          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

          Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

          Work highlights

          • Continued to deal with a significant case load for Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited, involving a variety of debt recovery and run-off claims management matters.
          • Represented Leeds United Football Club Limited and Marcelo Bielsa in relation to the investigations and eventual charges brought by the FA and EFL respectively.
          • Representing Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited in advancing a claim for unlawful means conspiracy against Derby County Football Club and others for agreeing to breach the EFL P&S (Financial Fair Play) Rules.

          Ramsdens Solicitors LLP

          Clients praise Ramsdens Solicitors LLP for its ‘thoughtful, considered and commercial minded approach’. The team fields individuals with different backgrounds in commercial disputes; group head Nick Armitage has knowledge of commercial and residential property litigation as well as procurement cases, while 'brilliant tactician and negotiatorPaul Booth handles IP, shareholder, and construction disputes. Hilary Garnett and associate Emily Walker also have employment litigation expertise.

          Practice head(s):

          Nick Armitage

          Other key lawyers:

          Paul Booth; Hilary Garnett; Jeremy Cook; Emily Walker

          Testimonials

          ‘We consider the team at Ramsdens as an integral extension to our business. They are always on hand to talk though any issues arising from day-to-day business matters with a thoughtful, considered and commercially minded approach.’

          ‘Very capable, friendly, knowledgeable team who are available in a number of locations throughout West Yorkshire.’

          ‘Nick Armitage – very commercial and practical approach, excellent rapport with clients.’

          ‘This team punches above its weight on every front – quality of work and quality of service.’

          ‘The team were grounded and easy to speak with. They used language that was understood by non-legal people and clear coherent communication while displaying compassion and understanding for the group frustrations.’

          ‘Paul Booth – everything stems from the fact that he is a great lawyer and litigator who has seen it all. He is a brilliant tactician and negotiator and is the lawyer you would want in your corner.’

          ‘Hilary Garnett is a very positive and effective litigator.’

          ‘Emily Walker & Paul Booth are both accomplished litigators in their own right. They have managed our cases with clarity and control whilst providing us with effectual advice.’

          Work highlights

            Raworths

            The practice at Raworths is led by Matthew Hill who is a ‘technically excellent and commercially astute lawyer of considerable experience’. Commercial and private clients, many of whom are high-net-worth individuals and families, regularly approach the firm to handle contract and property disputes as well as cases relating to the agriculture sector. Jonathan Mortimer handles defamation litigation, financial services disputes, insurance claims, partnership disputes, professional negligence claims and shareholder claims, while associate Adam Colville-Robins also acts in private debt recovery matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Matthew Hill

            Other key lawyers:

            Jonathan Mortimer; Adam Colville-Robins

            Testimonials

            ‘The firm has a very small, highly focused dispute resolution team with wide ranging experience and a long established local reputation. The main strength is their people, as they provide high quality work and excellent client focus.’

            ‘Very professional and punctilious.’

            ‘A local practice with an excellent range of skills. The specialist skills within the practice work well together giving a first class all round work ethos. Advice is given comprehensively and promptly at very competitive rates.’

            ‘Raworths have remained consistently no 1 in the Harrogate and district market for many, many years with a stable team who attract repeat instructions from many clients and are trusted with everything from ordinary contractual disputes to high value matters.’

            ‘Matthew Hill – loves a fight and is brilliant at going on the offensive, but also very realistic with clients about their prospects of success, although he is especially adept at covering every angle of a case and thinking of solutions and arguments which others might miss. A technically excellent and commercially astute lawyer of considerable experience.’

            ‘Jonathan Mortimer – extremely experienced solicitor; a very safe pair of hands for any case. Jonathan knows how to extract the commercial and legal bones of the most complex cases.’

            ‘Adam Coville-Robins has delivered a trustworthy, transparent service when I needed it most. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him or Raworths to others.’

            ‘The team was really easy and accessible to work with. They take the time to understand needs and the outcomes wanted. They were also very swift in dealing with a changing situation and have solid advice and assurance throughout. They kept me up to date with billing so I knew where everything was at all times.’

            Key clients

            The Trustees of the Patrizia Property Unit Trust

            Dishang Group

            D2H Engineering Services Limited

            Celli Group (UK) Limited

            Forfar Group

            A.D. Calvert Architectural Stone Supplies Ltd

            The Pannal Golf Club

            Work highlights

            • Acting for a leading international supplier of drinks dispensing equipment in a multimillion-pound contractual claim.
            • Acting for D2H Engineering Services Limited in a complex contractual dispute with the client’s former marketing company.
            • Acting for a client in a dispute concerning payments relating to the set up and operation of a Covid-19 vaccination centre.

            Blacks Solicitors LLP

            The ‘forward-thinking and proactive‘ team at Blacks Solicitors LLP acts for claimants as well as defendants in a variety of commercial disputes. It is well versed in representing owner-managed businesses and individuals, be it in litigation, arbitration, mediation or settlements. Practice leader Luke Patel is often involved in company and contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, defamation issues and privacy matters. Darren Morgan ‘is highly creative and focused on commercial solutions for his client’, and associate Andrew Morgan is another name to note for contractual disputes.

            Practice head(s):

            Luke Patel

            Other key lawyers:

            Darren Morgan; Andrew Morgan; Aimee Hutchinson; Yat Wong

            Testimonials

            ‘Blacks’ commercial litigation team combines excellent litigation skills with a highly personal service. The team continues to grow, allowing it to provide a range of teams for different clients’ needs.’

            ‘Luke Patel is a dynamic, forceful and highly effective litigator who always goes the extra mile for his clients.’

            ‘Darren Morgan is a first-class litigator who is highly creative and focused on commercial solutions for his client.’

            ‘My experience of the Commercial Dispute Resolution department at Blacks Solicitors is that the team is forward-thinking and proactive.’

            ‘A modern firm that embraces technology to provide a smooth and well branded product.’

            ‘They have multiple departments for every type of job, all easy to deal with and clear fixed costs.’

            ‘Andrew Morgan (Solicitor) is very able, responsive and eager to help.’

            ‘Darren Morgan is a seasoned litigator with a calm, measured and authoritative manner. He displays a cool head under pressure.’

            Key clients

            Prime TV UK Limited

            Durest Beds Limited

            David Sandham Trading

            Work highlights

            • Advising an individual in relation to a complex property dispute where the terms of an agreement regarding ownership is disputed.
            • Advising an individual regarding a contract and subsequent disputed oral variation of that contract, in which the claimant is seeking over £370k.
            • Defending K E Lunness Aggregates Limited in a claim for loss of production of over £75k after it damaged a power cable which caused the claimant to lose power to their factory.

            DAC Beachcroft LLP

            DAC Beachcroft LLP's national reach adds value as it ‘operates well to pull in resources from other specialisms across the firm where needed’. The Leeds-based team has experience in contractual claims, retail-related disputes, technology cases, corporate and M&A-related claims, civil fraud issues, and asset recovery work. Newly promoted partner Tim Pickworth is the key contact in these matters; he leads the practice with Jan Levinson in Manchester. Associate Steve Barnitt is another active practitioner.

            Practice head(s):

            Tim Pickworth; Jan Levinson

            Other key lawyers:

            Steve Barnitt

            Testimonials

            ‘Strong litigation team, which operates well to pull in resources from other specialisms across the firm where needed.’

            ‘Tim Pickworth is a well considered tactician, who provides on-point advice whilst being mindful of the commerciality of situations.’

            Key clients

            Asda Stores Limited

            International Procurement & Logistics Limited

            Vulcanic Group

            NHS England

            Freyssinet SAS

            Yorkshire Building Society

            Lowell Group

            Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

            Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

            Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

            Work highlights

              Harrowells Solicitors

              Harrowells Solicitors‘ team is ‘always accessible‘ and gives ‘straight advice‘ in disputes including shareholder, contract, construction, property, trust, and probate litigation. The group represents local and national companies as well as individuals. Practice head Simon Black has experience in trust disputes and contentious probate, while Richard Hugill is praised as a ‘terrific solicitor’, and Patrick Griffin handles professional negligence cases. Paul Burkinshaw is a key contact for agricultural clients.

              Practice head(s):

              Simon Black

              Other key lawyers:

              Richard Hugill; Patrick Griffin; Paul Burkinshaw

              Testimonials

              ‘A very dedicated small team, always accessible, straight advice. As a client, you feel valued – unlike some of the bigger firms, you’re not passed between different associates – you simply deal with the person who knows every detail about you and your case. You have a feeling they really fight for you because your case matters to them. They work with you to decide on aims and strategy, and they don’t let things drift – there’s a focus and a reason for every step they take, and just as important, they explain it all to you. They know the courts and how to deal with opponents.’

              ‘Very impressive commercial litigation team with real depth and experience.’

              ‘Richard Hugill is a terrific solicitor, very commercial and pragmatic.’

              ‘Paul Burkinshaw – A fantastic commercial and commercial property litigator. He handled a very messy series of commercial disputes and achieved a great outcome. Probably the best litigation tactician I know. Adept at understanding and dealing with opponents – he makes opponents trust him and then goes for the jugular, before his opponents realise what is happening. Unfazed and experienced.’

              ‘Apart from technical expertise, I found my solicitor Patrick Griffin had real empathy and emotional intelligence, which helped navigate a particularly complex case.’

              Work highlights

                Ward Hadaway LLP

                Ward Hadaway LLP handles shareholder, boardroom and share sale agreement disputes on a regular basis, and is particularly involved in disputes in the manufacturing, finance and technology sectors. Ian McCombiehas very sound legal judgment and commercial nous’, and the team added several individuals on the junior level. The practice is led by Peter Hornsey, who is based in Newcastle, and Emma Digby can also act in insolvency cases.

                Practice head(s):

                Peter Hornsey

                Other key lawyers:

                Ian McCombie; Emma Digby; Neil Armitage; Connor Simpson-Key

                Testimonials

                ‘High-profile commercial litigators.’

                ‘Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.’

                ‘Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business.’

                ‘My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.’

                ‘Connor Simpson-Key has shown openness to our ideas and knowledge of how defendants are likely to respond, where this may not be what the firm are used to dealing with. There seems to be a fair amount of oversight and consideration from more than one individual at the firm, for significant decisions. We like this collaborative approach.’

                Key clients

                DataArt Technology UK Ltd

                RAS (Capital)

                Morley’s (Fast Foods) Limited

                OSO Fiber Limited

                Work highlights