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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial litigation: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 4

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co advises clients on a range of litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, derivative claims and contractual matters. Other areas of expertise include intellectual property disputes and claims arising out of business sales such as breach of warranty and injunctive relief. Sean Gibbs heads the team.

Practice head(s):Sean Gibbs

Other key lawyers:Nick Booth; James Robbins; Helen Griffin


The team’s experience is unusual for a firm based outside the major cities’.

Key Clients

AFC Fylde Limited

Autocal Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AFC Fylde Limited on a highly complex area of law involving a sports law arbitration under Rule K of the FA Rules, which was appealed to the High Court.
  • Successfully defended a former director in relation to a complex dispute involving issues relating to offshore shareholders.

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North West: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co has a strong and experienced team advising high-net-worth individuals and vulnerable clients on matters including complex asset structures. The firm handles highly complex and sensitive cases, often including a cross-border element. The team demonstrates an excellent understanding of estate and tax planning issues and includes practice head Eve Carter, 'tenacious litigator' Edward Stanley, and Jan Wright who is praised by clients for 'immediately instilling trust and confidence.'

Practice head(s):Eve Carter

Other key lawyers:Edward Stanley; Jan Wright


'Jan Wright has a wealth of experience and information.'

'Edward Stanley is a tenacious litigator who approaches litigation in an extremely thorough and measured way.'

'Eve Carter is an excellent lawyer.'

'Jan Wright is an outstanding individual who immediately instils trust and confidence.'

'Edward Stanley is exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable.'

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the North West - ranked: tier 3

Harrison Drury & Co

Harrison Drury & Co stands out for its experience in agricultural and landed estates management. The team also handles residential and commercial development, leases, landlord and tenant work, and is instructed by investors on property acquisitions. The firm offers experience across the charity and not-for-profit, industrial, manufacturing, leisure, hospitality, retail, transport and utilities sectors. Naomi Fell in Kendal is 'very approachable and hardworking', Owen McKenna in Preston is 'highly professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable,' and team head Simon England in Clitheroe is noted for landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):Simon England

Other key lawyers:Naomi Fell; Owen McKenna; Mike Fetherstone; Allan Sumner


The team is highly professional, competent and efficient.

The team communicates well with clients and is personable and comprehensive in its work.

The team has excellent technical understanding and has the ability to advise on a wide range of property law issues.

Naomi Fell is excellent and advises well in all circumstances; her frankness and go-getting attitude enables a smooth process.

The team is efficient in its delivery of service; the team often works to tight deadlines yet are thorough in their approach with a meticulous eye for detail.

Simon England has a broad knowledge base; he is shrewd and diligent in his approach and very thorough in the work he produces.

Key Clients

Eric Wright Group

James Alpe Developments

Eric Dunmore

PJM Property Investment

Sir Simon Towneley (Worsthorne Estate, Cliviger and Burnley)

Flavour Warehouse Holdings


Linda O’Hanlon

Anvic Developments

Leeming Property

Astra Business Centre

Oakfield Park, Kirkby Lonsdale

Ballam Oaks



Peter Jackson, the Jeweller

Chicken Delicatessen

Work highlights

  • The team acts for long-standing client Eric Dunmore, a prominent local businessman, on his varied property investment portfolio.
  • The team advises Applethwaite, part of the Eric Wright Group, on the provision of quality new build homes in the North West.  
  • Acted for a long-standing client on the sale of its interest in Astra Business Park for £4.7m.
  • Advised the developer of an exclusive collection of new houses.
  • The team advises Eric Wright Group on a range of property portfolio management matters.

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