LEGAL 500: Sheffield shows expertise in commercial litigation

Rob Moore (left) and Paul Smith who were commended for their commercial litigation expertise
Rob Moore (left) and Paul Smith who were commended for their commercial litigation expertise
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Companies in dispute are well served in Sheffield, with eight firms receiving a mention in the Legal 500.

At Taylor & Emmet LLP, the commercial litigation team headed by Rob Moore was boosted by the arrival of Paul Smith from DLA Piper.

The team acts for clients such as Sandvik, Sytner and Vesuvius, and researchers say it has ‘particular strength’ advising on disputes in the motor trade.

Another area of focus is alternative funding arrangements.

At Wake Smith Solicitors, which became a limited company earlier this year, practice head Nick Lambert is a ‘seasoned litigator who gets his clients where they want to be’.

As well as involvement in a nine-party Chancery action involving the disputed ownership of shares in a private limited company, the team acted for a charitable trust in a dispute with a major brewery conglomerate over historical loans.

Mark Serby focuses on IP disputes.

The practice at Bell & Buxton is led by Alex Ross, who is ‘very calm under pressure’, and includes Jim Conlon, who is an ‘excellent communicator’.

Practice head James Hartley wins praise for his ‘common-sense approach’ at Freeths, where the team’s work includes professional negligence, financial litigation and international arbitration.

DLA Piper’s growing Sheffield team acts for clients such as Telefonica O2, Verizon and Tata Communications.

And at Irwin Mitchell, the ‘often claimant-led’ practice is headed by Steven Beahan, and includes Dorrien Peters.