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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Griffin Law

Griffin Law 'is small but perfectly formed; the team is slick, professional and punches well above its weight'. A niche litigation team is headed by 'robust litigator' Donal Blaney, who is also the managing director, and the 'excellent' Neil Kelley. Other well-rated team members include 'the incredibly commercial' Mark Edmonds, Narinder Hothi and Laura Ware. The team takes on litigation and arbitration matters for corporate clients, charities and high-profile individuals and works pro bono with Hear Their Cries. On the costs front, it share risk through a conditional fee arrangement policy and through its use of third-party funders.

Practice head(s):Donal Blaney; Neil Kelley

Other key lawyers:Mark Edmonds; Narinder Hothi; Laura Ware


'They are a small but effective team, agile and forward thinking. Their client handling is first rate. They are bullish when they need to be but always protect the down side.'

'Griffin is unusual in being a small litigation boutique located outside of London. It manages to retain extremely knowledgeable and high-quality lawyers. This, coupled with an innovative approach to managing and funding cases, means that Griffin seems able to attract extremely high-quality work, which it discharges very well. It really does offer a high-quality city standard of litigation, at a comparatively modest cost.'

'Griffin Law is a unique litigation firm that consistently managed to punch above its weight for a small/medium firm in Kent. They have the work ethic and commercial edge of any London based firm I have worked with. Everyone I have worked with in this firm is knowledgeable on their respective briefs and when in doubt they communicate and come back with a definitive answer.'

'All the partners and individuals I have dealt with have been excellent but in particular Laura Ware stands out. She has a keen eye for detail and an excellent demeanor with clients.'

'Donal Blaney commands a particularly impressive client base of ultra high net worth individuals and individuals with a high profile. Donal is incredibly industrious and highly strategically innovative and has to my knowledge achieved superb results for clients in very difficult positions.'

'Neil Kelley brings enormous experience to Griffin, having come from a background of blue chip law firms. His knowledge of the court system and procedural law, and his instinct for a client's prospects and how to maximise them, is very impressive.'

'Mark Edmonds is incredible commercially aware and has a rare ability to help clients focus on their commercial instincts and achieve that outcome. He avoids the common fault of being process-driven, instead helping clients to focus on the bottom line, enabling them to maximise their prospects or minimise the damage as the case may be.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in an arbitration which secured an award of £1.2m.
  • Advising on the reputation management of a well-known, multi-jurisdictional company and the administration of its UK subsidiaries.
  • Secured a settlement award of approximately £350k by way of adjudication against a customer who refused to pay.
  • Representing a company that is seeking to enforce a Swiss judgments in the UK.
  • Advised on a case in which an innovative approach was taken of leapfrogging the chain of supply by way of assignment of damages.

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