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UK The South Litigation

In all regions outside of London, this section ranks firms and lawyers advising on civil litigation on behalf of businesses, financial institutions and other non-public sector entities, as well as private individuals. The primary focus of the section is contractual litigation and litigation arising out of corporate and commercial arrangements, including shareholder, joint venture, post-M&A and boardroom disputes. In the regions we will also accept banking litigation matters such as the mis-selling of financial products. Less weight is given to civil litigation types which are covered separately in regional sections of the UK guide, such as professional negligence, real estate litigation, construction and IP. Matters involving public sector bodies (such as judicial reviews and procurement challenges) are also covered elsewhere and will generally not be considered here. Other kinds of work not considered as part of the section include criminal litigation, inquests, public inquiries, tribunals, regulatory investigations and related enforcement actions. This section focuses on courtroom litigation, rather than ADR methods such as mediation and arbitration. In particular, International Arbitration is covered extensively elsewhere and so should not be included on a submission to Litigation.

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Band 1
  1. Charles Russell Speechlys
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    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Charles Russell Speechlys is a mainstay in the region, engaged by local, national and international clients on a wide range of commercial disputes. The firm has a strong reputation for its skill in shareholder disputes and other corporate litigation, while also handling contractual claims. Its Guildford team has a strong track record for its work in the healthcare, food and beverage, retail and automotive sectors, often handling matters with significant cross-border aspects.
  2. Stevens & Bolton LLP
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    Stevens & Bolton LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Prominent Guildford firm Stevens & Bolton has an outstanding commercial litigation practice noted for its expertise in heavy industry sectors such as energy. It also has additional experience in contentious matters concerning technology and healthcare. The team is active on commercial contract and franchising disputes as well as litigation regarding alleged negligence and directors' duties issues.
  3. Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP
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    Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 1 | 8 Years Ranked
    Womble Bond Dickinson has a market-leading litigation practice in Southampton that is regularly engaged on complex and high-value commercial disputes. The team has notable experience handling contractual litigation in a range of sectors including retail, transport, energy and natural resources. It acts on behalf of an impressive roster of local, national and international clients.
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Band 2
  1. DMH Stallard LLP
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    DMH Stallard LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    DMH Stallard covers a broad range of matters including shareholder, contractual and financial disputes. Its Crawley-based team acts for a distinguished roster of clients, from local organisations to large national and international corporations in the banking, automotive and education sectors. The firm offers a dedicated debt recovery team, which operates in conjunction with its dispute resolution practice, acting for accountancy firms and companies.
  2. Thomson Snell & Passmore
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    Thomson Snell & Passmore
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 2 | 8 Years Ranked
    Thomson Snell & Passmore is a long-established Kent-based firm with a sizeable commercial litigation team. The firm handles complex contract disputes and shareholder litigation and also has the ability to advise on contentious matters concerning shipping and commodities trading. It has further strength in insolvency-related disputes and is able to provide clients with advice on ADR when needed.
  3. Cripps
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. 3
    Blake Morgan
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Blake Morgan is a well-regarded firm that is regularly instructed on high-value disputes for corporate clients. The team in Chandler's Ford advises on litigation stemming from partnership, contractual and shareholder disputes, with notable experience representing clients from sectors as diverse as retail, healthcare and IT.
  2. Clarke Willmott LLP
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    Clarke Willmott LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Clarke Willmott is a national firm with a notable commercial litigation practice in Southampton that handles complex contractual and shareholder disputes. The firm enjoys a strong reputation for its work in the recruitment, telecommunications and IT sectors, and is experienced in handling matters involving alleged defamation and fraud. It acts for companies as well as individual clients, including shareholders and senior executives.
  3. Irwin Mitchell
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    Irwin Mitchell
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Irwin Mitchell offers a broad legal service from its offices in Southampton and Chichester. The team is well versed in high-value commercial litigation, including contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes as well as professional negligence claims. It excels in litigation concerning the financial services, media and manufacturing sectors and regularly acts for high-profile and international high net worth clients in multi-jurisdictional cases. The firm is also capable of handling disputes involving complex trust or company structures.
  4. Lester Aldridge LLP
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    Lester Aldridge LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    Lester Aldridge handles high-value claims for clients from the marine and real estate sectors, among others. It is noted for disputes concerning insolvency and asset finance, while also handling complex matters concerning contract law as well as shareholder and partnership disputes. The firm can advise clients from its offices in Bournemouth and Southampton.
  5. Moore Barlow LLP
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    Moore Barlow LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Moore Barlow has a strong presence across the region, with offices in Guildford, Lymington, Southampton and Woking. The firm advises clients on commercial disputes relating to contractual issues, real estate, insolvency and debt recovery, with further strength in shareholder litigation and other contentious corporate matters. Its client roster includes SMEs, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs.
  6. Paris Smith LLP
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    Paris Smith LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Paris Smith has experienced teams in Southampton and Winchester and an established reputation on the South Coast. The firm acts for a range of regional and national clients in sectors as diverse as manufacturing, recruitment and financial services. Regularly called upon for its strength in shareholder and payment disputes, the team has additional expertise in contentious insolvency matters and contractual issues.
  7. Shoosmiths LLP
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    Shoosmiths LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Shoosmiths represents local and domestic clients in a wide range of heavyweight commercial disputes. A popular choice with clients in the telecommunications, automotive and retail sectors, the Fareham-based team is also highlighted for its expertise in disputes concerning data breaches and technology companies. The firm also demonstrates particular expertise in resolving fraud cases.
  8. Furley Page Solicitors
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Boddy Matthews Solicitors
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    Boddy Matthews Solicitors
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Boddy Matthews offers a range of litigation services to clients from its office in Reigate. The team is capable of advising on claims related to breaches of contract, joint ventures, partnerships and shareholder agreements, as well as financial litigation. It represents companies in the aviation, transport and engineering industries, among others, along with individual clients such as shareholders and directors.
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    Ellis Jones Solicitors LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Ellis Jones Solicitors offers experience across a range of disputes work, including contractual and fraud claims. The firm represents companies as well as private individuals, and also advises on litigation concerning banking and financial services. The team's key location is Bournemouth, with a number of other offices along the south coast.
  3. PDT Solicitors
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    PDT Solicitors
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    PDT Solicitors in Horsham handles civil litigation on behalf of companies in a range of industries, including media, aviation, and food and drink. Areas of expertise for the team include shareholder litigation, contractual disputes and issues regarding misrepresentation and breach of warranty.
  4. Trethowans LLP
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    Trethowans LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 8 Years Ranked
    Trethowans has a strong group in Southampton acting for a range of clients from local businesses to nationwide companies. The team comes recommended for its deft handling of contractual disputes and debt recovery, as well as contentious insolvency mandates. It has further expertise in claims for professional negligence and breaches of directors' duties.
  5. TWM Solicitors LLP
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    TWM Solicitors LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    TWM Solicitors has offices across the South, including key locations in Guildford and Wimbledon. The firm is active on a broad range of commercial litigation, including contractual issues and shareholder claims, and also has experience advising on matters in the banking and finance sector. It provides counsel to individuals such as shareholders as well as advising companies and partnerships.
  6. BDB Pitmans LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  7. Brachers LLP
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4
  8. Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd
    Litigation
    UK 2023 | Band 4