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Gardner Leader LLP

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Maidenhead, Newbury, Thatcham

Hilary Messer

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Gardner Leader LLP

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Commercial litigation and Property litigation


Hilary Messer is a Senior Associate at Gardner Leader in the Dispute Resolution team based in Maidenhead.

Hilary has a comprehensive knowledge of civil litigation and practices in all areas of commercial dispute resolution. She has a particular interest in what may best be described as ‘cause cases’, acting for the individual against bureaucracy and officialdom. Hilary has developed a reputation for having high levels of tenacity and enterprise. These attributes make Hilary a formidable opponent and ensure that she is able to secure the very best outcome she can for her clients. Hilary is not afraid to take on cases from which others shy away.

Hilary has a special interest in Shared Appreciation Mortgages (SAMs). Voted one of the Hot 100 Lawyers of 2009 for her work challenging the banks on SAM terms, also Times Lawyer of the Week and Law Society Lawyer of the month for her work on SAMs, Hilary continues to take instruction from those adversely affected by SAMs.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Gardner Leader LLP's practice ‘punches well above its weight, providing a very attractive client proposition: City-quality advice at provincial charging rates’. Chris Felton ‘is as able as any City litigator; he has invaluable litigation instincts coupled with great knowledge and experience, especially in international litigation and arbitration’. Felton successfully had claims of around £160,000, which were brought against two clients in their roles as partners in HLM Properties, struck out as an abuse of process. Michelle Di Gioia acted for litigation funder Managed Legal Solutions in respect of a security for costs application valued at £6.8m as part of the Seroxat group litigation, with an outcome which is set to have wide-ranging implications for litigation funders. Clients also include Swynson Limited. Senior associates Hilary Messer and Violetta Falla and associate Andrew Shipp are also noted members of the team. Solicitor Katie Dyson joined the team in January 2018 from Simmons & Simmons, adding her expertise in complex commercial disputes and financial litigation.

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