DICKINSON Dees LLP once again heads the ranking with an 'excellent' team in the North East. John Marshall, Guy Harvey and Craig Monty are all recognised in the market place. 2006 saw the team advise on a number of major sensitive and high-value disputes within the chemicals industry. New partner Paul Stewart was busy advising the firm's rail clients on a number of disputes. The firm's London office, opened in 2007, will enhance the services offered to clients as the team is increasingly handling London-based litigation.
Eversheds LLP's commercial litigation team offers 'expert advice which is appropriate and practical'. Led by Bill Gilliam, the past 12 months have seen the team effectively triple in size. Susan Howe specialises in complex commercial claims and cross-jurisdictional litigation with a particular emphasis on banking, financial services, and international trade law. 2006 saw the team act for a government department dealing with major issues with a number of suppliers on certain national services, contractually worth millions of pounds.
Ward Hadaway's six-partner team has seen a continuing flow of high-quality instructions both from within the North East and from outside the region, in the fields of professional negligence, insurance, and IT. The highly rated team includes the 'simply excellent' Ian Collinson, and Tim Toomey. The firm has delegated authority from First Assist (a division of Munich Re) to grant after-event insurance to clients.
Watson Burton LLP's 17-strong team is led by Allan Henderson and includes partners Tristan Meears-White and Julian Gill. The opening of offices in both Leeds and London has broadened the team's scope by expanding its range of clients. It is particularly building a reputation for commercial fraud litigation, as shown by its successful resolution of a multimillion pound case involving fraud against company directors and shareholders. Mark Heath is one of the country's leading lawyers for commercial fraud in the NHS.
The team acts for a substantial number of national clients in both the primary and secondary care sectors and continues to obtain work nationwide. The firm also has a substantial number of lawyers trained in mediation, adjudication and arbitration.
Crutes Law Firm always had a strong litigation heritage, particularly in insurance. However, managing partner Helen Ager has been instrumental in expanding the firm's reach and it is now winning work in increasingly prestigious and technically challenging cases. …