Litigators urge the business community to seek local expertise

Pictured at the Pro-Sheffield Litigation Forum are (back, l-r): 'Glenn Jacques (Wake Smith and Tofields), Nicola Robinson (Buy4Sheffield), Ben Sequerra (Pro-Sheffield), Jenny Cotton (Mortons Marketing), Rob Moore (Taylor & Emmet), Philip Allsop (Barber Harrison & Platt), Holly Dobson (Wake smith and Tofields), Giles Searby (Hill Dickinson), Tony Kay (Lawerence Tattersall), Paul Clarke (Taylor & Emmet), Paul Smith (DLA Piper), Rachel Crooke (Keeble Hawson), Gerard Khoshnaw (Nabarro), Stephen Ingram (Barber Harrison & Platt).'Front (l-r): Alan Frost (Sheffield Hallam University), Cathryn Selby (Irwin Mitchell), Ashley Wood (HLW), Jonathan Preston (Irwin Mitchell), Chris Clements (Grant Thornton)
Pictured at the Pro-Sheffield Litigation Forum are (back, l-r): 'Glenn Jacques (Wake Smith and Tofields), Nicola Robinson (Buy4Sheffield), Ben Sequerra (Pro-Sheffield), Jenny Cotton (Mortons Marketing), Rob Moore (Taylor & Emmet), Philip Allsop (Barber Harrison & Platt), Holly Dobson (Wake smith and Tofields), Giles Searby (Hill Dickinson), Tony Kay (Lawerence Tattersall), Paul Clarke (Taylor & Emmet), Paul Smith (DLA Piper), Rachel Crooke (Keeble Hawson), Gerard Khoshnaw (Nabarro), Stephen Ingram (Barber Harrison & Platt).'Front (l-r): Alan Frost (Sheffield Hallam University), Cathryn Selby (Irwin Mitchell), Ashley Wood (HLW), Jonathan Preston (Irwin Mitchell), Chris Clements (Grant Thornton)
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LAWYERS, forensic accountants and other professionals involved in litigation are bidding to increase awareness of the city-based expertise available to local companies.

Members of the city’s Litigation Forum says the professional sector in Sheffield is facing intense competition from Leeds and Manchester.

However, the sector remains strong with many experienced litigators.

Some have gained national and international reputations, a fact that is demonstrated by the annual Star Business Legal survey, which is published in the autumn to coincide with the Legal 500, viewed by many as the definitive source of information when it comes to selecting a law firm to advise their business.

Litigation Forum members met at the Sheffield offices of leading independent accountants Barber Harrison & Platt to discuss ways of encouraging more Sheffield businesses and other organisations to make use of local expertise.

The event was organised by Pro-Sheffield, which promotes the professional expertise available in the area, and hosted by Philip Allsop, from BHP’s forensic accounting unit.

Speakers included Alan Frost, from Sheffield Hallam University’s procurement team, who explained University plans to re-tender for legal services within the next few months.