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Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

'Extremely good at mid-market commercial disputes', Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP is consistently mandated by SMEs and high-wealth individuals for contractual, shareholder, banking and finance, and partnership and joint venture disputes, along with corporate control issues. Practice leader and longstanding litigator Mark Summerfield 'has a standout reputation in his own right'.

Practice head(s):

Mark Summerfield


‘A small firm in appearance that punches above its weight as a direct result of its strong team of high-quality lawyers’

‘Mark Summerfield – conscientious and passionate, but also realistic and knows when to tell a client the harsh reality.’

‘Mark Summerfield is very commercial and fully on top of the client’s needs and expectations.’

‘This is a lean and efficient team that is led by Mark Summerfield, who offers strong leadership and runs cases very efficiently.’

‘Mark Summerfield is an excellent partner, who has a standout reputation in his own right and strong contacts with foreign law firms, which brings in high-quality international work. He is very active and efficient in running cases, often against larger teams from City firms.’

‘It competes with far larger City firms on substantial international and domestic cases, but at far more reasonable fees.’

‘Among the very best litigation boutiques. Can take the fight to the big firms.’

The team at Solomon Taylor & Shaw is extremely good at mid-market commercial disputes. They are, in substance, a City offering at non-City prices, and clients really benefit from their cost-effective expertise.’

Based in Hampstead, Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP 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 LLP 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Raymond Taylor 020 7317 8685
Commercial property Declan O'Brien 020 7317 8678
Corporate services Raymond Taylor 020 7317 8685
Litigation Mark Summerfield 020 7317 8681
Wills and probate Karen O'Brien 020 7317 8686
Residential property Barry Shaw 020 7317 8679
Employment and immigration Tessa Fry 020 7317 8698
Pro bono Gary Phillips 020 7317 8680
Photo Name Position Profile
Scott Atkinson photo Scott Atkinson Partner. Dealing with commercial and residential property, acquisitions, sales, development, commercial leases…
Ari Bloom photo Ari Bloom Partner in property department specialising in commercial property and retail investments, including…
Tessa Fry photo Tessa Fry Partner – Employment and business immigration
Rupert Goldmeier photo Rupert Goldmeier Partner – Property department. Rupert acts on a wide variety of commercial…
Jeremy Harris photo Jeremy Harris Partner. Main area of work is property litigation, mostly for commercial landlords…
Colin Nahon photo Colin Nahon Partner – corporate transactions, commercial contracts and secured lending.
Declan O’Brien photo Declan O’Brien Heads up the commercial property team (with Barry Shaw). Specialises in all…
Karen O’Brien photo Karen O’Brien Partner specialising in residential conveyancing and wills and probate.
Gary Phillips photo Gary Phillips Partner specialising in commercial property, acting for many high-net-worth individuals who invest…
Barry Shaw photo Barry Shaw Partner specialising in commercial and residential property matters.
Mark Summerfield photo Mark Summerfield Head of litigation and dispute resolution team. General commercial litigator but wide…
Raymond Taylor photo Raymond Taylor Senior partner and head of corporate.
Lucy Townsend photo Lucy Townsend Partner in the private client and residential property team. Lucy specialises in…
xanthoula christodoulou photo Miss xanthoula christodoulou Partner at Solomon Taylor & Shaw Real Estate Team
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12
ALEP (Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners)
BGI (Balms Group International - Independent Law Firms)
Equal opportunities and diversity : Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. The Firm recognises and embraces the benefits that derive from a diverse workforce. It makes good business sense for the Firm to ensure that its most important resource, its staff, is treated in a fair, valued and respectful way. The Firm is committed to eliminating discrimination and providing equal treatment in all practices, policies and procedures in all areas of employment and recruitment, regardless of race, nationality, colour, ethnicity or national origins, sex, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, religion or belief, age, disability or political persuasion.