Daden Hunt > Birketts LLP > Chelmsford, England > Lawyer Profile

Birketts LLP

Work Department

Professional Negligence, Commercial Litigation, Contentious Trusts and Probate




Daden specialises in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution. He has extensive experience in disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions, shareholder disputes (including derivative actions), partnership disputes, trading disputes and disputes involving fraud. Daden also advises clients on risk management and dispute avoidance.

Daden also specialises in professional negligence and in contentious trust and probate matters.

Daden’s clients come from a wide range of business sectors both nationally and internationally, including technology, defence, financial services and logistics. His client’s include a number of public companies, many private companies, including family owned businesses, as well as partnerships and charities.

Daden is experienced in acting for foreign clients and also in assisting UK clients resolve disputes in foreign jurisdictions via IAG (International Advisory Group International) contacts. IAG is a network of English speaking lawyers, accountants and tax advisors at independent practices in over 60 countries around the world.

Daden also has a wide experience of all forms of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation, and is a strong advocate of the potential benefits of ADR.


Daden was elected to the IAG Committee in May 2011 and served as Chairman between May 2015 and May 2017. He has been co-convener of the specialist litigation group since 2010. Daden remains heavily involved in IAG and is Head of Birketts’ International Team.

Daden is also a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and a board member of DanceEast, which seeks to provide the best quality dance opportunities to everyone in the East of England from world class artistic performances to teaching and training and innovative community initiatives like the Dance for Dementia programme.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Essex

(Leading individuals)

Daden HuntBirketts LLP

With notable experience in international matters, Birketts LLP‘s well-reputed commercial litigation department is sought out by clients from a broad range of industries, such as the agriculture, banking, technology and transport sectors. Praised by clients for his ‘unpretentious advice’, Daden Hunt leads the department from Chelmsford, and his practice encompasses professional negligence claims, shareholder disputes and complex High Court litigation. William Arran‘s workload extends to crisis and reputation litigation matters and regulatory investigations, and he also has niche expertise in advising clients on international sanctions. Nicholas Phillips and Matthew Weston have knowledge in insolvency related matters.

South East > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Recently merging with Batchelors Solicitors, Birketts LLP is co-led by Daden Hunt in Chelmsford alongside the ‘exceptional litigator’  Bernadette Baker. Jenny Howe is also based in Chelmsford and works in conjunction with the firm’s private client and court of protection teams to assist clients with succession planning. Rachel Leech and Marie McMahon are both members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Norwich, unless stated otherwise.

East Anglia > Insurance > Professional negligence

Birketts LLP is known for ‘clear advice, regular updates, and a strong team with a number of interesting matters‘. Commercial litigators Laurence Weeks in Cambridge, Andrew Kinnison in Norwich and Daden Hunt in Chelmsford are the principal contacts. In Norwich, Bernadette Baker handles negligence claims arising from wills and the administration of estates and trusts and senior associate Adam Blenkinsop is a ‘tenacious litigator‘ who handles predominantly claimant work. Matthew Atkins handles claims involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors.