Company has built up 'formidable telecoms litigation client list' - report

GLOBAL law firm DLA Piper leads the field in commercial litigation in South Yorkshire, ahead of Nabarro and then Irwin Mitchell, according to the Legal 500.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 4:19 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th September 2007, 3:51 pm

Three DLA Piper lawyers are singled out for special mention – telecoms specialist Richard Norman, practice head and IT specialist Ashley Mott and Sheffield office managing partner Stephen Sly, who focuses on shareholder actions.

Mr Norman has built up a “formidable telecoms litigation client list,” says the Legal 500.

In the last year he has acted for MCI Worldcom in a 20 million dispute over the termination of telecommunication circuits after it filed for bankruptcy in the US.

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He has also represented COLT Telecommunications in a number of large cases.

Second-placed Nabarro acts for a range of well-known plcs and is noted for its experience representing house builders, including its defence of a major national housebuilder in a 20 million class action. The head of its commercial litigation team, Gerard Khoshnaw, wins praise for his ‘professionalism and thoroughness’ and his ‘balanced, persuasive mediation style.’

The Legal 500 highlights the work of third place Irwin Mitchell’s senior, Sheffield-based commercial litigator, Danny Revitt,who represents a number of major retailers, local authorities and educational establishments.

Five other Sheffield firms secure a mention for their expertise in commercial litigation - Ashton Morton Slack, Hlw Commercial Lawyers, Keeble Hawson, Taylor & Emmet and Wake Smith.

The Legal 500 says Ashton Morton Slack founding partner Robert Bryars has over thirty years' experience and runs the firm’s litigation team, while Hlw boasts three litigation partners including qualified barrister Andrew McKenzie Smith.