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Michael Frisby

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration.


Partner, handling Litigation, International Arbitration, adjudication and ADR for clients in a variety of sectors. He handles complex disputes arising out of projects and transactions, often with an international dimension.


Trained in London at Pickering Kenyon, joined S&B and became partner in 1997.


Society of Construction Law; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Law Society; TeCSA; British Insurance Law Association.


LLB Hons, CEDR-accredited mediator and FCIArb.


Rugby, golf, family.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Stevens & Bolton LLP is a Guildford-based firm with sector experience in energy, food and beverage, IT, retail, franchising, insurance, pharmaceutical and aviation. Richard Mumford is team head; Richard King is managing partner; Michael Frisby is the firm’s litigation services partner; and Andrew Quick  specialises in professional negligence, corporate litigation and franchising disputes.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Stevens & Bolton LLP's multi-disciplined practice covers IP, commercial, competition and disputes matters. Charlotte Tillett leads the team and has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. Tom Lingard heads the IP team and is also heavily involved in this sector. Michael Frisby is an expert in life sciences-related disputes, both litigation and arbitration. Commercial lawyer Beverley Flynn advised SecurMed UK on its arrangement with Arvato Systems to establish a medicines verification system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK. Construction specialist Stephen Rockhill assisted Institute for Cancer Research with the documentation behind the construction of a new laboratory. Also recommended is competition expert Gustaf Duhs, who worked with the British Generic Manufacturers Association on its application to intervene in the case where the Competition Market Authority fined Pfizer and Flynn for hiking prices of drugs supplied to the NHS.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Frisby - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Stevens & Bolton LLP  Guildford provides 'very good quality advice and service at non-City rates' on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Its expertise extends across an array of sectors including retail, insurance, finance, pharmaceutical and aviation. Managing partner Richard King has extensive experience in litigation and international arbitration in areas including energy and head of the department Richard Mumford advises on a range of disputes especially in the aviation sector. Michael Frisby and Andrew Quick are other key partners, as is Sarah Murray, who is particularly 'good at advising on cost effective strategies'. Murray and senior associate Catherine Penny 'provide pragmatic advice'. Highlights included acting for CI Plus in a High Court claim against German company Impex-Sat in a dispute pertaining to infringement of licence terms, breach of confidence, and IP infringements.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Construction

Stevens & Bolton LLP fields an 'excellent' team of construction specialists that provide advice that is 'second to none'. Clients single out practice head Stephen Rockhill his training as a chartered engineer, giving him 'a unique ability in drafting and negotiating contract and warranty documents, as well as an unrivalled understanding of the practicalities of the construction process'. His track record covers contentious and non-contentious procurement and contractual construction matters. Other key figures include Michael Frisby, who handles disputes in a range of sectors including manufacturing, IT and insurance; Claire Perry, who handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters; and Kimberley Eyssell, who joined in 2017 from Kennedys and who has notable expertise rail-related disputes. Eyssell recently acted for Michael J Lonsdale in a series of adjudications concerning sums due to a sub-consultant, and represented specialist cladding sub-contractor Century Facades in a dispute against Vision Homes. On the non-contentious side Rockhill is advising the Institute for Cancer Research on a large laboratory at its Sutton site, which involved ensuring the construction documentation took into account issues the client had experienced on previous projects. Ben Willis joined the team in 2018 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

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