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Birketts LLP

Work 01245 211211
Fax 01245 354764
Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich

Daden Hunt

Work 01245 211375
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.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Essex

Within: Commercial litigation: Essex

The 'well-run' litigation department of Birketts LLP provides 'extremely good value for money' and is able to 'focus on a good commercial outcome'. Its key strength lies in commercial disputes between international companies. In 2017, practice lead Daden Hunt represented three individuals as company shareholders in a six-figure repayment claim in relation to an asset purchase agreement for a book of insurance which the claimant bought from the defendants. The team also continues to advise the German entity Maack & Company on pre-merger approval court applications for a combination between several German and English companies. The client base also includes Elektron Technology. Associate Marie Batchelor is 'very quick to identify the issues at hand and give clear, tailored advice'.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Birketts LLP provides 'efficient and knowledgeable advice, given in a timely and compassionate manner'. Daden Hunt heads the practice, which includes the 'very personable, compassionate'  Marie Batchelor, who is noted for her 'efficient service and great knowledge'. Hunt and Batchelor's recent work includes acting for the trustees of a trust created under their late grandfather's will in a claim by the adopted children of the clients' relative for entitlement to a proportion of the trust.

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