Sean Gibbs > Harrison Drury & Co > Preston, England > Lawyer Profile

Harrison Drury & Co

Work Department

Dispute Resolution




Sean was admitted as a solicitor in 1990 and has over 30 years’ experience dealing with a wide range of commercial litigation disputes. He is a Partner and leads the Corporate and Commercial Dispute Resolution Team.

Sean has significant expertise in relation to shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, claims relating to defamation, malicious falsehood, trademark infringement and breach of confidence. He also deals with intellectual property disputes, professional negligence claims, contractual disputes and applications for injunctive relief.

Sean is seen as a trusted adviser to his clients, forming close working relationships with them and providing clear, pragmatic solutions-orientated advice. Sean excels in heavyweight litigation and has a reputation for rescuing clients from very difficult and complex situations where large sums are at stake.

“Sean Gibbs – clear thinker and strategist who can see the route through disputes and litigation from the outset and plans the strategies accordingly’”        LEGAL 500 2022

Sean’s reported and Court of Appeal Cases:

  • Bank of Baroda v Rayarel [1995] 2 FLR 376
  • Cofacredit SA v Morris and another [2006] EWHC 353 (ch)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Limited and others v Vetplus Limited [2007] EWHC 972 (Ch); [2007] FSR 28; (2007) 30(6) IPD 30043
  • Norbrook Laboratories Ltd v VetPlus Ltd and ANR 2 [2013] EWHC 40322 (QB)
  • Fleetwood Wanderers Limited (t/a Fleetwood Town Football Club) v AFC Fylde Limited [2018] EWHC 3318 (Comm)


Sean graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a Law degree. Sean was a Partner at DWF for over 12 years based in Manchester before relocating to Preston. He joined Harrison Drury in 2014, having brought his team from another local firm in Preston.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the North West

At Harrison Drury & Co, agricultural disputes and sports disciplinary matters form part of the firm’s core workload, alongside the usual range of contractual, partnership and professional negligence mandates. ‘Tough seasoned litigatorSean Gibbs heads up the contenious offering, with support from corporate and commercial team lead Nick Booth. Senior associate Helen Griffin is noted particularly for her intellectual property expertise, while associate Matthew Astley is a key contact for the group’s numerous sporting clients, on whose behalf he regularly handles litigation and arbitration.