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 a varied client roster encompassing consumers and multinationals, there is a strong international element to the group’s work at Birketts LLP. The team assists international clients enforcing rights in England and also works with foreign lawyers acting on behalf of UK clients, an increasing number of which are in the technology sector. The group is headed up by Daden Hunt who is ‘held in high regard by mediators.’ Experienced insolvency lawyer Matthew Weston and William Arran, who has acted in High Court and County Court litigation, are other key names to note.

South East > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Birketts LLP‘s contentious trusts and probate team, which ‘benefits from a wealth of experience across the board‘, works in tandem with its private wealth dispute team to provide expert guidance on complex matters related to trust disputes, Inheritance Act issues and will validity challenges. The Chelmsford-based team is led by Daden Hunt, who handles all types of commercial dispute resolution. Associate Rachel Leech joined in October 2021 from Birkett Long LLP – she is ‘wise beyond her years and is certainly one to watch.’