Firm Profile > Solomon Taylor & Shaw > London, England

Solomon Taylor & Shaw

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

At boutique practice Solomon Taylor & Shaw, its commercial litigation work includes partnership and shareholder disputes, banking and insolvency-related litigation, international arbitration, and classic and supercar litigation. The commercial litigation practice is led by Mark Summerfield, who accepts mediation appointments alongside his day-to-day litigation practice.

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In a really unpleasant dispute resolution scenario this firm were supportive, sensitive and understanding. It was never about how much money they could get from me as a client. It was what’s going to be best for the client; how can we support the client; how can we best get the information we need from the client to settle successfully that has been brow beaten.

It’s the personal touch which was supported by a solid understanding of every aspect of the  case.

Mark Summerfield and Colin Nahon are solid, robust, intelligent, thoughtful and understanding lawyers. They were always available and incredibly responsive.

Impressive in handling the matter in a commercial and pragmatic way.

They provide a strong London litigation service at a competitive price.

I’ve been particularly impressed with Mark Summerfield. Mark has very good judgment and an excellent manner with his clients, being careful to understand their goals and then coming up with ways to achieve them, even where the case is difficult.

Mark Summerfield – very nice to work with, calm, and good with clients.

Great attention to detail and always pro-active in identifying issues and how to try and sort them at an early stage. Commerciality runs through the whole team. Easily on a par with much larger firms with heavier charging scales.

Mark Summerfield is always available and ultra relable, if he says something will be completed by a certain point in time, then you can assuredly plan on it being done. This together with a very commercial eye and strategic mind makes him ideal to have in your corner.

Excellent partner engagement with the work: city experience and skills without the price tag. Mark Summerfield is a particularly canny litigator, always with one eye on getting the client into the best position to achieve a successful outcome by negotiation if possible. Jeremy Harris has a focus on the property aspects of commercial disputes: nothing fazes him.

Their commerciality and sensitivity to the clients needs are excellent.

They have managed to make what is always a difficult situation manageable providing realistic expectations of success and a reality check when needed.


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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Matthew Cranton
Pro bono Gary Phillips
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
 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.
Number of UK partners : 13
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12