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Litigation — The South


Clyde & Co LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Outstanding practice that is frequently engaged in high-value domestic and international disputes. Possesses wide-ranging sector expertise and represents a fine choice of counsel to a distinguished roster of clientele, including high-profile brand names, prominent retailers and government bodies. Represents a number of major clients in the aviation industry, including Virgin Atlantic, Air France and Lufthansa.

Strengths Sources say: "They are ready to go to trial, and they understand all of the details of the case as well as being able to recognise the important issues.”

Work highlights Acted for Insec-D in a professional negligence dispute brought against geotechnical and environmental engineers who had been appointed to advise on remediation works to clean up an industrial site.

Acted for RTS Contracts with regard to a complicated debt recovery action against a coffee shop chain, which had entered into liquidation.

Significant clients Ericsson, Carphone Warehouse, TOTAL Group, G4S, KLM.

Notable practitioners

David Bennet is a key contact.

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Stevens & Bolton LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Highly regarded commercial litigation and international arbitration practice. Noted for its adept work in the energy, food, IT, insurance and pharmaceutical areas.

Strengths One client comments: "The quality is first class. They have a very good grasp of the details, and the team are very commercial, practical and pragmatic when it comes to litigation.”

Another says: "The team as a whole is very commercially smart. Their client service is faultless and they always ensure we are kept up to date with changes in the law.”

Work highlights Acted for ENIS in its successful application of a without notice injunction in the High Court to prevent the legal owners of the shares of a Cypriot company disposing of them.

Acted for a high net worth individual in obtaining probate in relation to a will. This case impacts on litigation in several jurisdictions, including Australia, the Seychelles, Malaysia and the Cayman Islands.

Significant clients Wincor Nixdorf, Syniverse, TM Lewin, TGI Friday’s, Linde.

Notable practitioners

Richard King handles litigation and arbitration with both local and international dimensions. He also advises on the full range of commercial and corporate disputes. One satisfied client comments: "He has good technical knowledge and understanding of our business needs. He has helped us to achieve our objectives in a cost-effective manner."

Andrew Quick specialises in professional negligence, corporate litigation and franchising disputes. He is described by clients as being “an outstanding lawyer who is good at cutting through and getting to the issues quickly.”

Michael Frisby deals with litigation, international arbitration, adjudication and ADR. He also advises on risk management in sectors such as life sciences, construction and engineering, IT and insurance.

Associate James Lister is capable of assisting with a range of litigation issues, including trust and estates disputes. He provides specialist advice to high net worth individuals on trust and probate claims.

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Market-leading litigation practice with particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors. Regularly engaged in complex and high-value commercial disputes acting for an impressive roster of local, national and international clients. Capable of handling high-value international arbitrations.

Strengths Sources say: "You get the sense that they know exactly where you are coming from and are across the commercial structures for the oil and gas industry. They speak the same language as the industry and are fully engaged in trying to achieve a successful resolution."

Another reports: "The quality of their work is excellent; they are providing a good service. I would say they are much better than some of those much bigger City firms. They are resourceful, and all of them are very experienced litigators."

Work highlights Acted for the Post Office in defence of various claims brought by a group of 198 former and current subpostmasters and their employees.

Defended British Gas in a £38 million claim made by JPW Enterprises over alleged repudiation of a contract. A summary judgement was obtained in the Commercial Court and the claim was dismissed.

Significant clients Sainsbury's, Carnival, New Look, B&Q, Sunseeker.

Notable practitioners

Tom Beezer is highly regarded for his proficiency in oil and gas and is often involved in high-profile, multimillion-dollar international disputes. One client notes: "He is particularly user-friendly and good at getting to the nub of the issue, which is really important in contentious matters."

Ian Newcombe specialises in energy, retail and media disputes. He is lauded by market commentators for being "exceptionally client-focused," and for "working with clients closely and keeping them very well informed at each stage of the work."

Andrew Parsons is a recognised expert in data protection issues and IT disputes. Clients say: "He is technically very sound, very hands on and he understands what the client wants."

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Blake Morgan - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Southampton, Portsmouth

What the team is known for Highly respected litigation team on the South Coast, regularly instructed on high-value disputes for corporate and public sector clients. Enjoys a fine reputation for its work in the education and retail sectors, and also noted for its strengths in contentious IP matters and professional negligence claims. Capable of advising clients on disputes arising from pension, construction and property issues.

Strengths A source notes: "They understand what issues are important, and what I particularly like about them is that they are on top of the deadlines. There is no need to push them as you know they will deliver.”

Another remarks: “The team as a whole were very professional on all levels. The knowledge, support and advice given to me were greatly appreciated.”

Work highlights Successfully defended NHS England against a £2 million claim arising over alleged breach of statutory duties.

Assisted Archaeopress with an IP dispute with Hadrian Books and British Archaeological Reports in relation to the rights to publish the BAR series, an academic archaeological report.

Significant clients NHS England, Kerry Foods, Sixth Form Colleges Association, Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Susie Dryden is a seasoned practitioner with extensive experience of handling complex litigation. She is noted for her work acting as an intervention agent for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She is labelled an “excellent lawyer” by clients who appreciate that she has “supported us very well throughout the litigation, leading us to a successful defence.”

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Regional powerhouse regularly engaged with corporate, trust and property litigation for regional, national and international clients. Enjoys a fine track record for its work in the TMT, retail and automotive sectors. Strong reputation as a corporate litigation practice, including shareholder disputes and Companies Act claims.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very responsive, take a good commercial approach and offer clear explanations of the legal issues for our in-house legal team to digest."

Another client adds: “They are fast to react, knowledgeable and very commercially minded.”

Work highlights Acted for Infor in a dispute arising over a grant under a reseller agreement in the Middle East.

Significant clients Infor, ACAL, Steiff, Denon & Marantz, Zenium Technology Partners.

Notable practitioners

Head of the litigation and dispute resolution practice Duncan Elson has particular expertise in handling UK trust and estates litigation. He is also capable of advising on family business restructuring issues, as well as pension and professional negligence disputes.

Seasoned litigator Jamie Cartwright is a specialist in handling commercial and corporate disputes. He is particularly adept acting on commercial agency disputes. He represents clients from a range of sectors, including TMT, leisure and retail.

Corporate litigator Stephen Burns's broad practice encompasses Companies Act litigation, shareholder disputes and negligence claims, among others. He regularly provides assistance to clients from a range of sectors, including technology, healthcare and telecoms.

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Cripps LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, Sandwich

What the team is known for Well equipped to handle complex disputes for domestic and international clients. Represents a fine choice for clients in the technology, healthcare, retail and real estate sectors. Capable of assisting with shareholder disputes, partnership disputes and intellectual property issues.

Strengths Clients say: "They have a national approach and they don't just have a single eye on the area; they have an approach to lawyers and clients that extends beyond the regional boundaries. They are an innovative, forward-looking and flexible outfit."

One client reports: "They have done a fantastic job dealing with sometimes insurmountable problems. I could not have wished for more support or understanding."

Significant clients Eurotunnel, University of Kent, Brake Bros Ltd, Treasury Solicitor, The Wates Group.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Edward Weeks focuses on the commercial litigation needs of business individuals, including directors, investors, partners and shareholders. Sources say he is "very thorough, straightforward and user-friendly."

Associate Joanna Ford is an accomplished practitioner capable of handling a range of IT and technology contracts disputes. She is also capable of providing advice on the enforcement of trade marks, shareholder disputes, and insolvency issues.

Gemma Pearmain is considered a capable lawyer who is appreciated for her work on complex commercial litigation, particularly contract disputes. She represents several notable clients in the renewable energy and food and drink sectors.

Will Charlesworth is a respected intellectual property disputes lawyer. He has a particular specialism in software disputes and handling domain name cybersquatting issues. He is highly prized by clients for his work drafting IT-related agreements, with one noting: "He produced them on time, on budget and went beyond the industry standard in terms of quality."

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DMH Stallard LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Guildford, Gatwick, Brighton

What the team is known for Covers a broad range of matters, including professional negligence, financial disputes and employment cases, as well as IP and property litigation. Acts for a distinguished roster of public and private sector clients, from local organisations to large national and international corporations. Offers a dedicated debt recovery team, which operates in conjunction with their dispute resolution practise.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very user-friendly, very responsive, and when you run a litigation case, when the pressure is on, you need that kind of support. They work 24/7 to get the work done."

Another client says: "They are experienced, knowledgeable and client-focused. When we work with them, it really feels like a partnership."

Significant clients Ashdown Management, BDO, CAE, Change Grow Live, Gander & White Shipping.

Notable practitioners

Practise head Simon Elcock's principal areas of expertise are banking and finance litigation, professional negligence, director, shareholder and partnership disputes and defamation. He is also well versed in handling commercial and corporate fraud issues. Sources say: "He was very knowledgeable and demonstrated his legal expertise. He was also both friendly and helpful providing excellent, prompt service."

James Colvin is an experienced commercial dispute resolution lawyer who regularly acts for leading banks, finance companies and corporate clients. He is particularly adept at contentious insolvency work, but he is also a commanding figure when it comes to handling shareholder disputes, professional negligence and debt-recovery claims. Clients are quick to single him out for being "very approachable and business-focused" and for "delivering practical legal solutions to our issues."

Stuart Evans has a broad practice and is experienced in managing a wide range of complex disputes, including contractual claims, professional negligence, shareholder and insolvency-related disputes. He also possesses notable expertise in IP and contentious probate disputes.

Clive Lee is frequently sought to represent clients in complicated tax and trade-related disputes. He is also capable of handling insurance, professional negligence and warrants claims. Sources say: "He does not just answer the clients' questions but also considers the broader issues, providing practical options for clients to consider."

Associate Michael Axe specialises in handling professional negligence and insurance disputes, as well as contentious IP and franchising mandates. He also frequently assists clients with contentious tax-related issues.

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Irwin Mitchell - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Gatwick and Southampton

What the team is known for Offers a broad legal service and is well versed in high-value commercial and contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence, contentious IP matters and insurance claims. Excels in litigation concerning the financial services, media and sports sectors. Regularly acts for high-profile and international high net worth clients in multi-jurisdictional cases. Capable of handling disputes involving complex trust or company structures.

Strengths Clients say: "They are highly responsive and innovative. They acted very fast, and were able to pull together the required resources into the team without reducing the velocity of the case. They were happy to work the hours required at short notice."

Another client remarks: "They give clear advice and they are consistently working really hard to help. They communicated with us extremely well and provide very clear advice, answering questions to a very high standard."

Work highlights Acted for the Representative Party of a group of approximately 1,300 creditors in the £117 million provisional liquidation of ARM Asset Backed Securities.

Assisted Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank with multinational litigation involving a claim of approximately USD10 million against Oryx Natural Resources.

Significant clients Lloyds Banking Group, The Landscape Group, Greenwich Leisure, TJX UK, Nuffield Health.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Robert Kenyon is experienced in complex commercial dispute resolution. He has frequently dealt with high-value cases with an international element assisting clients with a wide range of issues, including professional negligence and company law issues.

Head of the firm’s manufacturing and logistics sector, Andrew Jackson specialises in commercial litigation, including shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence and regulatory matters. He is known for his high-profile work acting for food manufacturers.

Martin Cross is praised for his ability to deal with debt recovery and multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring issues. Clients laud him for being able to "work through all of the possibilities before focusing on providing a solution. He is a very good lawyer who can clearly see and explain to you a solution for your specific case."

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The Southern Commercial Litigation team is a powerhouse which joined Irwin Mitchell as a result of the firm’s merger with Thomas Eggar in December 2015. The team maintains an extremely strong profile in the litigation market nationally; a reputation now further strengthened by a new network of contacts and colleagues located nation-wide.

The team handles a wide range of heavyweight commercial disputes, with particular client base in the financial services, tech, media and sports sectors, continuing to attract high quality clients with substantial disputes often involving complex trust or company structures, often with an international element.

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asb law LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Crawley, Maidstone

What the team is known for Advises corporate clients in the aviation, travel and insurance spaces. Noted for its work concerning director protection, fraud and misconduct, and shareholder disputes. Also well versed in litigation concerning property and construction matters. Acts for both claimants and defendants on a range of matters including IP, IT and outsourcing issues, among others.

Strengths Clients say: "They are easy to contact and are happy to discuss the issues of the case with you. You never have to question either whether they know the case or understand the situation. They always know what they are doing and why. They are very commercially focused, fully understand our business, and they just try to do what is best for you as a client."

Another client reports: "They are exceptionally good, very organised, and they are considerate of their clients needs."

Significant clients Markerstudy Group, TUI Travel, GA Telesis, Mott Macdonald Group, Smart Housing Group.

Notable practitioners

Lyndsey Ratcliffe has a broad practice which encompasses the entire spectrum of corporate and commercial disputes. She is highly regarded for handling fraud investigations, asset recovery litigation and issues of misconduct. Clients say she is "both excellent and exceptionally clever."

Associate Nicola Billen is an insurance lawyer who frequently acts for both brokers and underwriters, as well as insured clients. She is popular among clients, and is described as a "brilliant, capable and tenacious lawyer who absolutely gets her clients' needs and will fight 100% on our behalf all of the time."

Andrew Frake is appreciated by clients for his commercial and creative approach, with one client remarking: "He is incredibly professional and very inventive in coming up with brilliant ideas and solutions for achieving litigation goals in the shortest possible timeframe." He specialises in insolvency litigation, contract disputes, fraud, trusts and directors liabilities.

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The team has a wealth of experience, acting for a large variety of clients across a range of industries.



We seek to be proactive and pride ourselves on our innovative approach to litigation. Through early case assessment, including conducting a risk review, we can understand the client’s business needs and goals right from the outset and help prevent other loss events occurring. 

As a full service dispute resolution team we have significant expertise in terms of both scope and depth of our practice, covering large scale high court litigation, judicial review, arbitration, adjudication and other forms of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), which often involve multi-jurisdictional clients and opponents. 

We are often engaged in injunctions from both a Claimant and Defendant perspective, on a variety of legal issues, including IP assignment, breach of confidence and orders restraining breaches of contract. We are also regularly involved in complex technical disputes, from a contractual, IT/IP, outsourcing, professional negligence and insolvency perspective. 

Praised by clients for our business acumen and innovative approach to service delivery, we seek to present the best alternative funding options to our client, and actively seek to reduce costs through the use of Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) providers, unbundling each instruction so it is always properly resourced in the most efficient way, according to the client’s business needs.

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Barlow Robbins LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Guildford

What the team is known for Recognised for advising domestic and international clients on matters of commercial litigation, contractual disputes and negligence claims. Particularly noted for its expertise in judicial review, mediation and arbitration. Also singled out for its strengths in insolvency disputes. Increasingly active in the contentious IP space representing clients from the food and drink industry.

Strengths A client notes: "I would say the quality of their work is first class. They are very good both in terms of the their legal ability, as well as their responsiveness. They are all very good lawyers, and they have a strong team which is similar to a big-city firm but based in Guildford."

Another client reports: "They are responsive and they offer some good strategic thinking when handling contentious issues."

Work highlights Acted for Commshare in a £400,000 claim against an IT software design company in relation to a contract of providing IT services.

Significant clients Charterhouse School, The Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Clockwork Group Holdings, Reso.

Notable practitioners

David Foster is an experienced litigator who acts for both corporate and private clients. He is capable of handling cross-border mandates, and is lauded by market sources who describe him as a "very approachable, very friendly lawyer who provides excellent advice and is very thorough."

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Clarke Willmott LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Notable commercial litigation practice that handles complex contractual matters, shareholder disputes, contested probate, professional negligence, costs and restrictive covenant disputes. Enjoys a particularly strong reputation for its work in the retail sector. Strong reputation for handling both finance-related disputes, as well as restructuring and insolvency claims.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a good firm with quite a lot of capable practitioners. They have always been helpful and have provided good advice."

Work highlights Defended Night Exchange against a Part 20 claim for £2.1 million brought by TDG for alleged overcharging of international import services.

Assisted Conington with a £20,000 professional negligence claim against Menzies LLP over alleged poor advice given over the restructuring of a business.

Significant clients Sony Europe, Hawkeye Innovations, Bandai UK, Lendy, The Student Room Group.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Owen Williams is a specialist in IT, shareholder and contentious probate disputes. He is valued by his clients, who remark that he is "obsessively efficient, so much so that he may be mistaken for a machine."

Star associate Greg Hughes is popular among his clients, being described as an "excellent lawyer with good client care skills." He frequently represents clients from the IT, social media, retail and recruitment sectors handling a range of mandates, including high-value contested debt, recruitment industry disputes and post-termination restrictive covenants.

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Clarke Willmott's Commercial Litigation team advises on contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, tortious disputes, financial services disputes, insurance-related disputes, commercial agency disputes, IT disputes, public law issues and professional negligence.

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Furley Page Solicitors - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Canterbury

What the team is known for Esteemed group that comes recommended for its expertise in commercial contract disputes. A popular choice for clients in the education sector, also frequently called upon for its strengths in disputes in the construction and manufacturing arenas. Notable expertise handling IP disputes and information advisory work, including data protection and freedom of information issues.

Strengths A source notes: "The firm work brilliantly as a team and their expertise is sought and shared by their individual practitioners. They are always available day and night, which is a huge comfort. I am entirely satisfied with the high quality work and support I have received."

Clients say: "They are willing to think outside of the box in their approach to legal problems while continuing to follow the strict rules that govern current law and legislation."

Work highlights Acted for Global Invacom in a complex contract dispute valued at £1.8 million which involves complicated disclosure, accountancy and mechanical engineer issues.

Defended Cardy Construction in an adjudication valued at £1 million brought by the owners of a large apartment block in relation to the failure of the rendering and cladding to the whole building.

Significant clients Cardy Design Build, Grupo Antolin UK, The Change Organisation, Breakthrough Funding, Tania Castle-May.

Notable practitioners

Peter Hawkes is experienced in professional partnerships, shareholder and joint venture dispute work. Clients say: "His knowledge of contract law is second to none. His commercial awareness likewise is extremely good."

George Crofton-Martin is recognised by his clients for his commercial and pragmatic approach. He focuses on construction claims and adjudications. A client says: "He has an exceptionally able legal brain and is equally skilful when it comes to negotiating."

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Our large dispute resolution team covers a wide range of civil litigation work including commercial contract disputes, competition law, construction disputes, defamation, environmental prosecutions, judicial review, health and safety prosecutions, infringement of intellectual property, partnership disputes, professional negligence, and shareholder disputes.

The team covers all ranges of civil courts including County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court as well as alternative dispute resolution procedures such as arbitration, and adjudication. We will accept agency instructions.

A large amount of our work concerns commercial contract disputes for a wide range of local, national and international businesses.  We also have public sector clients, particularly in the Higher and Further Education field.

In addition to commercial work, the team handles disputed trust and probate cases, a number of which are high value.  One of our partners is ACTAPS qualified.

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Mundays LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Surrey

What the team is known for All-encompassing commercial litigation practice with particular expertise in product liability, professional negligence and financial services-focused disputes. Also highlighted for expertise in matters concerning the construction sector. Notable cross-border capabilities with mandates from around the globe, including the US, Japan and Panama.

Strengths A client says: "My impression of the team and firm as a whole is that they have a group of lawyers where every individual has excellent knowledge of their own fields."

Significant clients Flex Connectors, Hydralectric, Icegrade, Martin Grant Homes, Octagon Developments.

Notable practitioners

Head of dispute resolution Joseph Kean has a broad practice which encompasses both commercial litigation and arbitration. He is active across a wide range of industrial sectors and is frequently sought to represent clients in cross-border disputes.

Oliver Jackson is praised by clients for possessing "efficient technical knowledge and commercial awareness," being described as "very effective and having impressive customer skills." He is an experienced commercial litigator capable of handling a range of mandates, including shareholder disputes, directors' liabilities, professional negligence claims.

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Shoosmiths LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Southampton, Basingstoke

What the team is known for Represents local and domestic clients in a wide range of heavyweight commercial disputes. A popular choice with clients in the IT sector, and also highlighted for its expertise in disputes concerning the defence, pensions and retail areas.

Strengths Clients say: "They are an excellent and very responsive team. They know their stuff, they are very knowledgeable and they provide a personal service to clients."

Another client adds: "The litigation team I dealt with was incredibly personable and always available at the end of the phone or, if need be, in our offices to meet face-to-face."

Work highlights Acted for Bang & Olufsen in a £1.8 million contractual dispute concerning alleged breach of contract arising from the operation of their flagship stores.

Represented one of the creditors involved in the Lehman Brothers administration in pursuing a EUR4.9 million cross-border insolvency claim.

Significant clients Volkswagen Group UK, British American Tobacco, Honda Motor Europe, Opus Energy, The Innovation Group.

Notable practitioners
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Thomson Snell & Passmore - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Tunbridge Wells, Dartford

What the team is known for Sizeable Kent-based commercial litigation practice with particular expertise in the food, manufacturing, transport, education and charity sectors. Specialises in complex contract disputes, shareholder and partnership litigation, insolvency claims and contentious matters concerning trade and IP. Capable of providing advice on gaming-related disputes, representing notable clients in the industry such as Genting Casinos UK.

Strengths Clients say: "Their work is very professional, very thorough, very organised and very responsive. They read the details of your case and are then able to focus on the necessary things that they should conduct."

Another adds: "The entire team is always up to speed with matters to the extent that they are able to step in whenever required without any dip in standards or customer care."

Work highlights Assisted Brown & Mason in connection with a major demolition and site clearance contract. They advised on the interpretation and application of certain contractual provisions in respect of liability for substantial financial aspects of project.

Acted on behalf of AXA CS and its insured, GEFCO UK, in £1 million dispute with Taiwanese forwarders arising due to alleged delayed delivery of containers of computer equipment.

Significant clients Berry Gardens, Britannia Refined Metals, Bel UK, Capespan International, Colas.

Notable practitioners

Kamal Aggarwal is "very experienced and knowledgeable of our industry's regulated environment," an impressed source states. He specialises in high value contract and trade disputes, shareholder disputes and gaming litigation. Another client comments: "He is a great listener with vast knowledge and expertise."

Douglas Skilton possesses expertise in a range of commercial disputes, including shareholder, contractual and IP cases. He is popular among his clients who describe him as a "great lawyer and an expert in his field," adding: "He has the knack to digest huge volumes of complex instructions and at the same time come up with solutions."

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We understand that our clients wish to minimise the risk and the time that they have to devote to disputes. Our objective is to achieve swift, commercially realistic results in the most cost efficient and risk free manner possible, using the most appropriate forum.

We appreciate our clients' desire to minimise risk and we actively look for opportunities to offer conditional fee agreements in appropriate cases, as well as a range of other funding and insurance options.

Our team of experienced and highly specialist lawyers includes experts in contractual, commercial and international disputes, insolvency, shareholders’, directors and partnership disputes, in disputes arising from construction/engineering projects and we also act for clients seeking to protect or defend intellectual property/IT rights.

In addition we represent clients in all types of property dispute, including commercial landlord & tenant matters and cases involving dilapidations, trespass, adverse possession, boundaries, covenants and easements. We also have expertise in planning and compulsory purchase and in environmental and competition law cases, in gaming, licensing and health & safety matters and in professional negligence claims involving solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, IFAs and barristers. We also represent clients involved in disputes relating to financial services and products.

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Trethowans LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Strong group acting for a range of clients from local businesses to nationwide companies. Comes recommended for its deft handling of contractual, property and IP disputes, as well as insolvency and contentious probate claims. Also noted for its work in professional negligence cases. Possesses a dedicated team capable of dealing with debt recovery issues.

Strengths A client says: "Trethowans are exactly the kind of firm that I like working for. They are a good, solid and dependable firm with a strong client focus."

Another adds: "They are competent, knowledgeable, realistic and reliable."

Work highlights Acted for M Finance in a £1.5 million dispute with Close Asset Finance over consultancy services.

Represented Applied Finance in a £500,000 dispute against Cobvale over the ownership of a property which was acquired in bankruptcy.

Significant clients Saint-Gobain, Ladbrokes, Westbury Hotel, Kensington Close Hotel, Ministry of Defence.

Notable practitioners

Richard Cook is appreciated by clients, who describe him as "excellent, offering a good mix of technical knowledge and practicality." He specialises in all aspects of commercial litigation, and has a particular focuses on contract claims, shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IP issues.

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Whitehead Monckton - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Canterbury, Maidstone, Tenterden

What the team is known for Established Kent practice that is recommended for its strengths in construction, banking and property disputes, in addition to complex commercial litigation. Continues to enjoy a healthy reputation for its work in ADR and increasingly engaged in assisting clients with the risk management of potential disputes. Notable cross-border litigation capability with experience acting on disputes in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Strengths Clients say: "They understand our company and the dynamics of our industry. They are very supportive and take a proactive approach to handling issues."

Notable practitioners

Adrian Robbins is experienced in complex disputes relating to international supply contracts, shareholder, construction and IP-related issues. Clients appreciate his ability to "apply his wealth of knowledge to the issues and provide considered and concise legal advice."

Christopher Longden is a highly capable practitioner who frequently assists clients with a range of commercial disputes. He is particularly active on litigation involving the sale of goods, transport, trade and construction issues.

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Whitehead Monckton’s core dispute resolution team is notable for its breadth of expertise. Within the team, we handle the entire range of commercial disputes, including highly technical engineering and construction claims, property disputes, intellectual property, shareholder disputes, D&O and professional negligence. It is also notable for its geographical reach, for example, we work for clients based all over the country and frequently handle litigation outside the UK, with active cases currently in France and Germany.

Our emphasis is on providing a commercial approach to business disputes.  Any dispute will cause problems for business and may be disruptive.  We will seek an early solution, but where this is not possible will pursue a case with vigour.  We favour Alternative Dispute Resolution, and provide the full range of commercial mediation services, from the representation of clients to the appointment of an Accredited Mediator. 


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Brachers LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Maidstone

What the team is known for Respected practice that is particularly renowned for its debt recovery and insolvency litigation work. Represents a fine choice for SME clients, but also frequently called upon to act on behalf of larger organisations. Enjoys a fine reputation in the financial services, healthcare, transport and utilities sectors. Frequently assists farmers, landowners and rural businesses on agricultural-related issues.

Strengths A client notes: "I've been impressed with their knowledge, speed of response and the practical advice that they have provided."

Significant clients Schindler, Alan Firmin, Kent Pharmaceuticals, Systems Technology, Cory Environmental.

Notable practitioners

Michael Oatham is an expert in complex commercial, chancery and insolvency cases. His broad practice also encompasses commercial contract disputes, shareholder disputes, corporate insolvency and debt recovery.

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Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Orpington

What the team is known for Recognised for its expert handling of landlord and tenant disputes. Also regularly engaged to assist clients with contentious contractual and partnership matters, as well as construction, insolvency and IP-related litigation.

Strengths One client reports: "They offer great communication, a wide range of resources in various disciplines and are easy to deal with."

Another client adds: "The entire team has an efficient, professional and thorough approach."

Work highlights Acted for FRP Advisory, a trustee in bankruptcy over an estate, in relation to a property which is subject to charges over equity. The case is valued at approximately £175,000.

Acted for Melray in respect of a claim in excess of £200,000 involving a new lease on commercial premises following service of section 25 Landlord and Tenant 195 Act Notice.

Significant clients Axis Europe, Stora Enso, Biggin Hill Airport, S & B Herba Foods, Parker Bromley.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Amanda Mehlin is a key contact for the firm.

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When faced with a dispute, you need a lawyer who can work with you to assess risks, costs and options to determine the best way of tackling the problem.

Our dedicated team at CWJ are experienced in handling a range of issues from small debt or breach of contract claims to complex multi-party litigation and claims of more than £1 million.

Although focused on optimising outcomes, we also attune our advice to the commercial realities and the needs of your business. We always consider alternative methods of settling disputes and have been successful in exploring practical, innovative new strategies for resolving conflict, even in cases where the parties appear to hold entrenched positions.

The type of work we do includes;
Contractual disputes
Boardroom/shareholder disputes
Professional negligence claims (against lawyers, accountants, architects, surveyors and others professionals)
Construction disputes
Trade mark infringement/passing off actions
Copyright infringement
Design rights infringement
Employment disputes/enforcing restrictive covenants
Dispute resolution (Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution solutions)
Interest Rate Swaps Mis-selling
Insurance claims
Defamation (Libel and Slander)
Property disputes
Commercial landlord and tenant disputes
Residential property rent arrears claims
Residential property possession actions
Residential leasehold landlord and tenant disputes
Debt recovery including winding up/bankruptcy
Civil fraud claims

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Coffin Mew LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton, Portsmouth, Gosport, Brighton

What the team is known for Strong litigation practice, acting for a client base that includes national and global leaders in their respective fields. Recognised for its strengths in construction disputes and contentious technology and IP matters. Capable of handling both property and construction disputes.

Strengths One client reports: "The firm has a friendly, professional and thorough approach to handling matters."

Another market commentator notes: "The quality of the work is very good. They have done things at the appropriate times and have been very practical."

Work highlights Advises HungryHouse Holdings on issues ranging from IP disputes to debt and breach of contract disputes.

Significant clients KP Snacks, Saxlund International, Imperial Car Supermarkets, The British Society of Echocardiography, James Hay Partnership.

Notable practitioners

Mark James is valued by sources for his "very broad skill set" and is described as someone who is "very friendly but can also be as robust as he needs to be." He attracts praise for his work on IP disputes and is also capable of handling negligence claims, as well as shareholder disputes.

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Lester Aldridge LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bournemouth, Southampton

What the team is known for Handles high-value claims for clients from the marine and IT industries, among others. Also noted for disputes concerning commercial lending, insolvency and asset finance. Typical work includes complex matters involving aspects of regulatory or contract law. Active advising on cross-border mandates, particularly within the EU.

Notable practitioners

Michael Giddins is the firm's managing partner and has extensive experience acting for businesses and financial institutions. One source says: "He's razor sharp and focuses on the commercial elements of the case."

Michael Veal litigates a wide variety of commercial disputes and has additional expertise in matters concerning fraud and professional negligence. One source reports: "I rate him highly. He is very clever, works very hard and turns things around quickly."

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Paris Smith LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Experienced team that stands out for its expertise in debt recovery work assisting notable asset-based lenders. Acts for an impressive roster of regional and national clients, and is also regularly called upon for its strengths in trust and probate cases, shareholder litigation, and landlord and tenant disputes. Capable of advising on insolvency claims.

Strengths Sources say: "They have lots of experienced lawyers who are especially adept at handling insolvency claims."

Work highlights Advised a contemporary London Fashion House on a commercial dispute valued at £150,000 concerning the purported repudiator breach of a fashion distribution agreement.

Represented Randstad CPE in a successful appeal of a breach of contract claim valued at £70,000 concerning the applicability of contractual principles to a standard form commercial agreement.

Significant clients ABP, Hobbycraft Trading UK, Liberty Leasing, Interbay Funding, Level 3 Communications UK.

Notable practitioners

Clive Thomson excels in complex contract disputes, business ownership and secured-lending enforcement. Market sources report: "He is very effective, very persuasive and very commercial."

Practice head David Eminton specialises in real estate litigation. He is recognised for his technical knowledge in complex property matters and his commercial approach. His clients include a number of major retailers.

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Pitmans LLP - Litigation Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Southampton

What the team is known for Well-regarded group that is noted for its adept handling of insolvency litigation. Also regularly sought after for its strengths in shareholder disputes, property damage claims, and cases concerning the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. Notable experience advising on fraudulent insurance claims.

Strengths Clients say: "They are an excellent team that works well together. They provide pragmatic advice and clear action. The manner in which they work alongside other sector specialists ensures that the advice is seamless across the board."

Another client adds: "They are knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Advised SAGA on the policy indemnity issues relating to a policyholder claiming for a fire which she claims was started by an intruder. The claim is expected to be in the region of £200,000.

Significant clients Covéa Insurance, Red Funnel Group, HCR Group, Mildren Construction, Cranbourne Holdings.

Notable practitioners

Rick Munro impresses clients with his experience handling commercial insurance disputes. Sources praise his "very practical and commercial" approach.

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Straight-talking, commercial and good at problem-solving, the Pitmans Law litigation team aim to achieve successful outcomes in a cost-neutral and low risk way.

Known for handling high value, complex litigation, we take incisive action, resolving international, national and local disputes, through the courts, through arbitration or by Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Our broad range of dispute resolution services includes commercial cases of all kinds, including:

  • Arbitration, both domestic and international
  • Banking and Finance disputes
  • Commercial contracts, their interpretation and termination
  • Commercial Agents claims
  • Construction and Engineering disputes
  • Corporate and Shareholder disputes including Unfair Prejudice
  • Distribution, Agency and Franchising disputes
  • Fraud
  • IT contracts and software licensing disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insurance disputes
  • Media, Reputation and cases
  • Procurement Challenges
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Property disputes including landlord and tenant issues
  • Regulatory Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Trusts and contested Wills
  • Urgent applications for injunctive relief

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Beezer is highly regarded for his proficiency in oil and gas and is often involved in high-profile, multimillion-dollar international disputes. One client notes: "He is particularly user-friendly and good at getting to the nub of the issue, which is really important in contentious matters."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice head Susie Dryden is a seasoned practitioner with extensive experience of handling complex litigation. She is noted for her work acting as an intervention agent for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. She is labelled an “excellent lawyer” by clients who appreciate that she has “supported us very well throughout the litigation, leading us to a successful defence.”

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Frisby deals with litigation, international arbitration, adjudication and ADR. He also advises on risk management in sectors such as life sciences, construction and engineering, IT and insurance.

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Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice head Edward Weeks focuses on the commercial litigation needs of business individuals, including directors, investors, partners and shareholders. Sources say he is "very thorough, straightforward and user-friendly."

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Trethowans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Cook is appreciated by clients, who describe him as "excellent, offering a good mix of technical knowledge and practicality." He specialises in all aspects of commercial litigation, and has a particular focuses on contract claims, shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IP issues.

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DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Practise head Simon Elcock's principal areas of expertise are banking and finance litigation, professional negligence, director, shareholder and partnership disputes and defamation. He is also well versed in handling commercial and corporate fraud issues. Sources say: "He was very knowledgeable and demonstrated his legal expertise. He was also both friendly and helpful providing excellent, prompt service."

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the litigation and dispute resolution practice Duncan Elson has particular expertise in handling UK trust and estates litigation. He is also capable of advising on family business restructuring issues, as well as pension and professional negligence disputes.

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Furley Page Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Hawkes is experienced in professional partnerships, shareholder and joint venture dispute work. Clients say: "His knowledge of contract law is second to none. His commercial awareness likewise is extremely good."

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard King handles litigation and arbitration with both local and international dimensions. He also advises on the full range of commercial and corporate disputes. One satisfied client comments: "He has good technical knowledge and understanding of our business needs. He has helped us to achieve our objectives in a cost-effective manner."

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Newcombe specialises in energy, retail and media disputes. He is lauded by market commentators for being "exceptionally client-focused," and for "working with clients closely and keeping them very well informed at each stage of the work."

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Whitehead Monckton

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Robbins is experienced in complex disputes relating to international supply contracts, shareholder, construction and IP-related issues. Clients appreciate his ability to "apply his wealth of knowledge to the issues and provide considered and concise legal advice."

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Kamal Aggarwal is "very experienced and knowledgeable of our industry's regulated environment," an impressed source states. He specialises in high value contract and trade disputes, shareholder disputes and gaming litigation. Another client comments: "He is a great listener with vast knowledge and expertise."

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DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart Evans has a broad practice and is experienced in managing a wide range of complex disputes, including contractual claims, professional negligence, shareholder and insolvency-related disputes. He also possesses notable expertise in IP and contentious probate disputes.

Stuart Evans has a broad practice and is experienced in managing a wide range of complex disputes, including contractual claims, professional negligence, shareholder and insolvency-related disputes. He also possesses notable expertise in IP and contentious probate disputes.

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Barlow Robbins LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Foster is an experienced litigator who acts for both corporate and private clients. He is capable of handling cross-border mandates, and is lauded by market sources who describe him as a "very approachable, very friendly lawyer who provides excellent advice and is very thorough."

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Lester Aldridge LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Giddins is the firm's managing partner and has extensive experience acting for businesses and financial institutions. One source says: "He's razor sharp and focuses on the commercial elements of the case."

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Mundays LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of dispute resolution Joseph Kean has a broad practice which encompasses both commercial litigation and arbitration. He is active across a wide range of industrial sectors and is frequently sought to represent clients in cross-border disputes.

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the firm’s manufacturing and logistics sector, Andrew Jackson specialises in commercial litigation, including shareholder and director disputes, professional negligence and regulatory matters. He is known for his high-profile work acting for food manufacturers. 

Practice head Robert Kenyon is experienced in complex commercial dispute resolution. He has frequently dealt with high-value cases with an international element assisting clients with a wide range of issues, including professional negligence and company law issues.

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DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Lee is frequently sought to represent clients in complicated tax and trade-related disputes. He is also capable of handling insurance, professional negligence and warrants claims. Sources say: "He does not just answer the clients' questions but also considers the broader issues, providing practical options for clients to consider."

Clive Lee is frequently sought to represent clients in complicated tax and trade-related disputes. He is also capable of handling insurance, professional negligence and warrants claims. Sources say: "He does not just answer the clients' questions but also considers the broader issues, providing practical options for clients to consider."

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Boddy Matthews

From the Chambers UK guide

Kate Matthews of Boddy Matthews is a specialist in major commercial and construction-related disputes and arbitrations. She assists clients both nationally and domestically, attracting praise for her "good understanding of commercial issues."

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Pitmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rick Munro impresses clients with his experience handling commercial insurance disputes. Sources praise his "very practical and commercial" approach.

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Brachers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Oatham is an expert in complex commercial, chancery and insolvency cases. His broad practice also encompasses commercial contract disputes, shareholder disputes, corporate insolvency and debt recovery.

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Quick specialises in professional negligence, corporate litigation and franchising disputes. He is described by clients as being “an outstanding lawyer who is good at cutting through and getting to the issues quickly.”

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Lyndsey Ratcliffe

asb law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lyndsey Ratcliffe has a broad practice which encompasses the entire spectrum of corporate and commercial disputes. She is highly regarded for handling fraud investigations, asset recovery litigation and issues of misconduct. Clients say she is "both excellent and exceptionally clever."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Owen Williams is a specialist in IT, shareholder and contentious probate disputes. He is valued by his clients, who remark that he is "obsessively efficient, so much so that he may be mistaken for a machine."

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Corporate litigator Stephen Burns's broad practice encompasses Companies Act litigation, shareholder disputes and negligence claims, among others. He regularly provides assistance to clients from a range of sectors, including technology, healthcare and telecoms.

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DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Colvin is an experienced commercial dispute resolution lawyer who regularly acts for leading banks, finance companies and corporate clients. He is particularly adept at contentious insolvency work, but he is also a commanding figure when it comes to handling shareholder disputes, professional negligence and debt-recovery claims. Clients are quick to single him out for being "very approachable and business-focused" and for "delivering practical legal solutions to our issues."

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George Crofton-Martin

Furley Page Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

George Crofton-Martin is recognised by his clients for his commercial and pragmatic approach. He focuses on construction claims and adjudications. A client says: "He has an exceptionally able legal brain and is equally skilful when it comes to negotiating."

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Martin Cross is praised for his ability to deal with debt recovery and multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring issues. Clients laud him for being able to "work through all of the possibilities before focusing on providing a solution. He is a very good lawyer who can clearly see and explain to you a solution for your specific case."

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Paris Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice head David Eminton specialises in real estate litigation. He is recognised for his technical knowledge in complex property matters and his commercial approach. His clients include a number of major retailers.

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Oliver J F Jackson

Mundays LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Oliver Jackson is praised by clients for possessing "efficient technical knowledge and commercial awareness," being described as "very effective and having impressive customer skills." He is an experienced commercial litigator capable of handling a range of mandates, including shareholder disputes, directors' liabilities, professional negligence claims.

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Coffin Mew LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark James is valued by sources for his "very broad skill set" and is described as someone who is "very friendly but can also be as robust as he needs to be." He attracts praise for his work on IP disputes and is also capable of handling negligence claims, as well as shareholder disputes.

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Christopher Longden

Whitehead Monckton

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Longden is a highly capable practitioner who frequently assists clients with a range of commercial disputes. He is particularly active on litigation involving the sale of goods, transport, trade and construction issues.

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Paris Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Thomson excels in complex contract disputes, business ownership and secured-lending enforcement. Market sources report: "He is very effective, very persuasive and very commercial."

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Lester Aldridge LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Veal litigates a wide variety of commercial disputes and has additional expertise in matters concerning fraud and professional negligence. One source reports: "I rate him highly. He is very clever, works very hard and turns things around quickly."

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Seasoned litigator Jamie Cartwright is a specialist in handling commercial and corporate disputes. He is particularly adept acting on commercial agency disputes. He represents clients from a range of sectors, including TMT, leisure and retail.

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Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Parsons is a recognised expert in data protection issues and IT disputes. Clients say: "He is technically very sound, very hands on and he understands what the client wants." 

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Thomson Snell & Passmore

From the Chambers UK guide

Douglas Skilton possesses expertise in a range of commercial disputes, including shareholder, contractual and IP cases. He is popular among his clients who describe him as a "great lawyer and an expert in his field," adding: "He has the knack to digest huge volumes of complex instructions and at the same time come up with solutions."

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Star Associate

Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Star associate Greg Hughes is popular among his clients, being described as an "excellent lawyer with good client care skills." He frequently represents clients from the IT, social media, retail and recruitment sectors handling a range of mandates, including high-value contested debt, recruitment industry disputes and post-termination restrictive covenants.

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Associates to watch

DMH Stallard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Michael Axe specialises in handling professional negligence and insurance disputes, as well as contentious IP and franchising mandates. He also frequently assists clients with contentious tax-related issues.

Associate Michael Axe specialises in handling professional negligence and insurance disputes, as well as contentious IP and franchising mandates. He also frequently assists clients with contentious tax-related issues.

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Associates to watch

asb law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Nicola Billen is an insurance lawyer who frequently acts for both brokers and underwriters, as well as insured clients. She is popular among clients, and is described as a "brilliant, capable and tenacious lawyer who absolutely gets her clients' needs and will fight 100% on our behalf all of the time."

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Will Charlesworth

Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Will Charlesworth is a respected intellectual property disputes lawyer. He has a particular specialism in software disputes and handling domain name cybersquatting issues. He is highly prized by clients for his work drafting IT-related agreements, with one noting: "He produced them on time, on budget and went beyond the industry standard in terms of quality."

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Associates to watch

Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Joanna Ford is an accomplished practitioner capable of handling a range of IT and technology contracts disputes. She is also capable of providing advice on the enforcement of trade marks, shareholder disputes, and insolvency issues.

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Associates to watch

asb law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Frake is appreciated by clients for his commercial and creative approach, with one client remarking: "He is incredibly professional and very inventive in coming up with brilliant ideas and solutions for achieving litigation goals in the shortest possible timeframe." He specialises in insolvency litigation, contract disputes, fraud, trusts and directors liabilities.

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Associates to watch

Stevens & Bolton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate James Lister is capable of assisting with a range of litigation issues, including trust and estates disputes. He provides specialist advice to high net worth individuals on trust and probate claims.

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Associates to watch

Cripps LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gemma Pearmain is considered a capable lawyer who is appreciated for her work on complex commercial litigation, particularly contract disputes. She represents several notable clients in the renewable energy and food and drink sectors.

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