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Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Solomon Taylor & Shaw's boutique litigation practice is regularly engaged in proceedings before a variety of tribunals across the UK, as well as housing a substantial international litigation practice. Leading the litigation team is 'hugely experienced litigatorMark Summerfield, who also regularly acts as a mediator.

Practice head(s):

Mark Summerfield


The team at Solomon Taylor & Shaw has wide experience of a broad range of practice areas, and is able to tackle almost any area of commercial litigation with confidence.

They build excellent working relationships with counsel and use them effectively to enhance their expertise when dealing with specialist areas. They are as comfortable dealing with litigation against much larger firms as they are against their mid-market competitors.

All of the team pays great attention to detail, and the communication within the departments is excellent, which shows they work well as a team. They have provided great information on problem solving when it has come to difficult situations.

Their clarity on billing and compliance have also helped with understanding the legislative process and essential steps to be taken.

Solomon Taylor & Shaw are a good down-to-earth firm, and they are adept at handling disputes in a commercially sensible and effective way.

Mark Summerfield is a really reassuring presence for clients. He is calm, and helps them all the way through a dispute to achieve the best possible outcome.

Mark Summerfield has played a massive part in guiding myself through a litigation process, especially when it came to deciding even whether to start litigation. He has given me an honest opinion throughout on where this could go and what the fees would be.

Mark Summerfield is a hugely experienced litigator who has seen it all. Constantly focused on how to get clients the outcome they require – whether through litigation or ADR.

Based in Hampstead, Solomon Taylor & Shaw continues to enjoy a strong reputation in all of its practice areas.

The firm: The practice was founded by Sir Harry Solomon in the 1970s.

The reputation of the practice extends well beyond its north London base and clients include listed and international companies, as well as smaller businesses and individuals.

The firm offers a truly personal service to all of its clients. It prides itself on being highly commercial and forward-thinking. Solomon Taylor & Shaw is the London member of Balms Group International and receives work on a regular basis from around the world.

Types of work undertaken: The commercial property team deals on a regular basis with high-value and complex transactions. The team’s work includes investment, development and dealing with commercial leases for both landlords and tenants. The team has particular expertise in dealing with portfolio sales and purchases and secured lending, and advises regularly on landlord and tenant legislation, joint ventures and housing association matters.

The corporate team advises on all aspects of company and commercial law, from the acquisition or start-up of a company right through to disposal.

Litigation services include handling the full range of commercial disputes in a wide variety of tribunals. The firm has particular expertise in property litigation, contractual disputes, privacy and media work, and insolvency-related disputes as well as a growing classic and supercar litigation practice. The firm offers mediation services and one of the partners is a CEDR panel mediator.

Private clients have the benefit of a well-established wills and probate practice and a strong residential property team.

The firm’s employment and immigration practice is able to advise on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment and immigration work.

The firm has a commitment to pro bono work and undertakes a substantial amount of work for many charities on a pro bono basis.

Senior partner Raymond Taylor
Commercial property Declan O'Brien
Corporate services Raymond Taylor
Litigation Mark Summerfield
Wills and probate Karen O'Brien
Residential property Barry Shaw
Employment and immigration Tessa Fry
Pro bono Gary Phillips
Scott Atkinson photo Scott AtkinsonPartner. Dealing with commercial and residential property, acquisitions, sales, development, commercial leases…
Ari Bloom photo Ari BloomPartner in property department specialising in commercial property and retail investments, including…
Tessa Fry photo Tessa FryPartner – Employment and business immigration
Jeremy Harris photo Jeremy HarrisPartner. Main area of work is property litigation, mostly for commercial landlords…
Colin Nahon photo Colin NahonPartner – corporate transactions, commercial contracts and secured lending.
Declan O’Brien photo Declan O’BrienHeads up the commercial property team (with Barry Shaw). Specialises in all…
Karen O’Brien photo Karen O’BrienPartner specialising in residential conveyancing and wills and probate.
Gary Phillips photo Gary PhillipsPartner specialising in commercial property, acting for many high-net-worth individuals who invest…
Barry Shaw photo Barry ShawPartner specialising in commercial and residential property matters.
Mark Summerfield photo Mark SummerfieldHead of litigation and dispute resolution team. General commercial litigator but wide…
Raymond Taylor photo Raymond TaylorSenior partner and head of corporate.
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12