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 knowledgeable‘ Louise Dobson and legal director Gareth Jones, who is a contracts specialist. Simon Kamstra relocated to London.
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire in Yorkshire And The Humber
Other key lawyers:
Louise Dobson; Gareth Jones
‘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.’
Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 Limited (Equitix)
High Speed Two (HS2) Limited
Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive T/A Nexus
R Raphael & Sons plc
J.D. Williams & Company Limited / N Brown Group Plc
Entain PLC (formerly GVC Holdings PLC)
- 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.
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.
Simon Kenyon; David Young
Other key lawyers:
Kathryn Ford; Joanna Haigh
‘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.’
- Represented Bacardi UK Limited in successfully defending a £50m claim under a guarantee.
- Represented Deutsch Bank in successfully defending unpaid commission claims.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Matthews; James Hyde; Deborah Polden; Mark Howarth
‘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.’
Director of the Serious Fraud Office
National Iranian Oil Company
Department for Transport
Johnson Matthey plc
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.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Masterson; Julian Sladdin; Lindsay Lawton
‘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.’
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
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Pollock; Martin Walsh; Nick Haworth; Ed Holmes
‘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.’
Marks & Spencer
Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait
iiyama UK Limited
Asda Stores Limited
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
Centrica plc, British Gas
Gemalto NV and others
Vattenfall AB and others
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
David Williams; Dominic Higham; John Mackle; Kayleigh Fantoni
‘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.’
Silverstone Circuits Ltd
Continental AG and Dunlop Oil and Marine
House of Fraser
Caddick Group Plc
RN Restaurant Group
Troy Foods Ltd
Best Western Hotels
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
Lindsey Clegg; Dean Hill; Chloe Oram; Geoff Cunningham
‘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.’
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
Bedford Investments Limited
Derby County Football Club
- 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.
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’.
Jason Blakey; David Holland
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Wm Morrison Supermarkets
Kwik Fit (European Tyre Enterprise Limited)
CPP Group PLC
Northern Gas Networks
Laybuy Holdings (UK) Limited
Komori UK Limited
Electricity North West Limited
Euronet Worldwide Inc (and YourCash)
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)
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 individual‘ Gwendoline 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.
Other key lawyers:
Malcolm Simpson; Nick Lees; Nick McQueen; Lynsey Oakdene; Claire Acklam
‘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.’
ENGIE / EQUANS
Precision Cast Parts
- 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‘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.
Other key lawyers:
Samantha Wragg; Jessica Bennett; Sara Ludlam
‘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.’
Omega Atlantic Limited
Global Tech Sourcing Limited
Nexus Vehicle Management Limited
Jacobs & Turner Limited t/a Trespass
Tech Search Associates Limited
Uncle Nova Ltd
Designer Software Limited
IJT Enterprises Ltd
Tetro Energy Limited
Yorkshire Air Ambulance Limited
Lincoln-Remi Group LLC
Arena Group Limited
Baby Products Association Limited
General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous (Great Britain) Limited
Anthesis Energy UK Limited
Fourayes Farm Limited
Cockburn Multi Academy Trust
Jayne E Verity Limited
Trustees of the R M Weare and Company Limited Employee Benefit Trust
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
Roger McCourt; Simon Ingham; Gavin Winter; Peter Barr
‘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.’
Persimmon Homes Limited
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
James Wood; Leo Jones-Rowe; Simon Lucas; Annie Hui-Gillen
‘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.’
Sanderson Group plc
M&M Contractors (Europe) Limited
Elevation Financial Group Limited
DFDS Seaways Plc
BW Healthcare Limited
Huggon Associates Limited
Closegate Hotel Group
Greenhous Group Limited
Wool Room Limited
- 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 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. David Farnell is well versed in assisting banks and other financial services providers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extremely industrious and hard working. Prepared to put in the hours which are necessary to make any claim run smoothly.’
Wellcourt Investments Group SA
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
- 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.
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.
Alistair Kennedy; Matthew Fidler
Other key lawyers:
David Cook; Rebecca Birkby; Laura Salvati; Nigel Brook
‘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.’
Logistics Plus Inc.
Closegate Hotel Group
Hudson Foster LLP
APL Management Limited
A Shade Greener Group
- 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 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 Jones; Stephen 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.
Stephen McVey; Mark Jones; Graeme Davy
Other key lawyers:
Catherine Woodward; Joanna Wilkinson
‘Really strong team in Leeds across wide range of commercial disputes.’
‘Mark Jones – excellent and a market leader on retail disputes.’
Sky Betting and Gaming
Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited
Safestyle UK plc
Moss Bros Group plc
Cloud Nine Hair and Beauty
British Garden Centres
Hermes Parcelnet Limited
Abirose Limited (part of the Endless group of companies)
Integra Insurance Solutions Limited
Buy It Direct Limited
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.
Other key lawyers:
Roger Raper; Wayne Parker
‘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.’
The Salvation Army
Awesome Merchandise Ltd
MKM Building Supplies Ltd
Mabey Hire Ltd
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
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.
Other key lawyers:
Peter McCormick; Will Bates
‘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.’
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
The Estate of the late John Strutt and associated trusts
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
- 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 negotiator' Paul Booth handles IP, shareholder, and construction disputes. Hilary Garnett and associate Emily Walker also have employment litigation expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Booth; Hilary Garnett; Jeremy Cook; Emily Walker
‘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.’
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.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Mortimer; Adam Colville-Robins
‘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.’
The Trustees of the Patrizia Property Unit Trust
D2H Engineering Services Limited
Celli Group (UK) Limited
A.D. Calvert Architectural Stone Supplies Ltd
The Pannal Golf Club
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Darren Morgan; Andrew Morgan; Aimee Hutchinson; Yat Wong
‘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.’
Prime TV UK Limited
Durest Beds Limited
David Sandham Trading
- 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.
Tim Pickworth; Jan Levinson
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Asda Stores Limited
International Procurement & Logistics Limited
Yorkshire Building Society
Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Hugill; Patrick Griffin; Paul Burkinshaw
‘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.’
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 McCombie ‘has 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.
Other key lawyers:
Ian McCombie; Emma Digby; Neil Armitage; Connor Simpson-Key
‘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.’
DataArt Technology UK Ltd
Morley’s (Fast Foods) Limited
OSO Fiber Limited