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LITIGATION LAWYERS

 

 

Tessa Rhodes, Director, Head of Litigation (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Tessa is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is based at our Leicester Office.  She joined the firm in September 2018 having worked for a large city centre firm for over 25 years.

 

She specializes in all aspects of Civil and Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution.  She has considerable experience in dealing with all court process to include small claims, fast track and multi track actions covering a wide spectrum of work to include commercial contract disputes, building disputes, debt recovery, professional negligence, defamation, nuisance, boundary disputes and property litigation to name a few for both Claimant and Defendant.  She offers a full service from initial advice, the preparation of legal documents, negotiations and/or mediation through to the preparation for and attendance at hearings.  She also deals with enforcement action to include dealing with the High Court Enforcement Officers, charging orders, third party debt orders, oral examinations and bankruptcy/winding up.

 

She is highly motivated to get the best results for her clients in the quickest and most economical way.  She is happy to give an honest appraisal of your case from the outset.

 

Tessa offers a competitive hourly rate and will consider offering fixed fees where appropriate.

 

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Sarah Manning, Litigation Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Sarah is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is based at our Market Harborough Office.  Sarah joined us in October 2018 from a firm of solicitors that were ranked in the top 200.  Sarah specializes in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation/dispute resolution.  She has many years of experience in dealing with small claims, fast track and multi track actions and has particular experience in defending claims brought by RVA Surveyors which has recently been published in the press.

 

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Zainab Zaeem-Sattar, Solicitor (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Zainab joined the firm in November 2019, having qualified as a solicitor in April 2019.

 

She specialises in all aspects of Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Immigration matters and is based at our Leicester office.   She has experience in dealing with all court processes to include small claims, fast track and multi-track actions and employment tribunals covering a wide spectrum of work including, but not limited to, commercial contract disputes, debt collecting, professional negligence claims for both Claimant and Defendants, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, and discrimination matters.

 

Zainab has over 10 years’ experience in handling all matters of immigration, including but not limited to, Tier 2 Sponsor License visas, matrimonial visas, extension visas and all EU matters.

 

She also serves as a mentor for DMU Works Employability Mentoring Scheme held by DMU University and is also a volunteer for Leicester University’s Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

 

 

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Penny Summerfield, Litigation Advisor  (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Penny is a Litigation Advisor based at our Market Harborough office.  Penny deals with all aspects of civil and commercial litigation to include but not limited to First Tier Property Tribunal claims, student loan disputes and parking fines.

 

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Emma Bush, Solicitor (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

 

Emma is a Solicitor who joined the firm in August 2020 and specialises in all aspects of Civil and Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Employment matters.

 

Emma is experienced in dealing with all aspects of the Court process from small claims through to multi-track litigation for both Claimants and Defendants. Emma offers a full range of services from initial advices, document preparation, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution through to attendance at Court and post hearing enforcement.

 

Emma was awarded the Junior Solicitor of the year award by Leicestershire Law Society in 2019, recognising her legal prowess and commitment to community development.

 

From the outset, Emma will work with Clients to appraise cases at the outset and offer a variety of options to progress matters to ensure her Clients feel comfortable and understand the legal processes.

 

Outside the office, Emma is an employability mentor for De Montfort University, helping students understand the transition from University into the workplace by providing one-on-one mentoring, participating in group discussions, and delivering lectures to students. Emma also supervises students from Leicester University’s pro-bono advice clinic allowing them to gain valuable client care and research skills, whilst offering access to justice to members of the public.

 

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Amir Choudhary, Solicitor (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

 

Amir has experience of acting for individuals and companies in all aspects of Civil and Commercial Litigation matters which include debt recovery, commercial and contractual disputes, landlord & tenant issues, contentious probate and settlement agreements.

 

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Jaswant Jat, Chartered Legal Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Jaswant is a Chartered Legal Executive and is based at our Leicester office.  He joined the firm in January 2020.  Jaswant specializes in all aspects of civil and commercial litigation include but not limited to  contract disputes, building and construction disputes, boundary disputes and deals with all aspects of the litigation process from start to finish.

 

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Anthony Reeves, Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Anthony is an experienced Chartered Legal Executive in the field of civil and commercial litigation. He is also a published author of several law books for the lay person.  He has over 15 years’ post qualification experience in a variety of contested areas including:

 

Debt collection (both claimant and defendant)

Contractual disputes

Property litigation, including boundary disputes, restrictive covenant removal, rights of way disputes,

Inheritance Claims, including claims by family and dependants against the estate of the deceased

Landlord & Tenant disputes, including possession proceedings and service charge disputes.

Consumer Law

 

Anthony is known for providing understandable advice in a timely manner. He lives in Wiltshire but advises clients throughout England and Wales.

 

"Tony gave us exemplary service and we got the result we needed.  

 

Our case involved two defendants that didn't act sensibly with each other let alone us - this made life complex and upsetting from the moment problems started appearing.  Tony guided us through the process with endless courtesy and good humour - all the time keeping us on track and keeping the defendants  (politely but effectively) on their toes.  

 

The eventual outcome came at a considerably greater cost to the defendants than should have been the case simply because they tried relentlessly to confuse their obligations rather than face them.

 

The ethical and consultative approach that Tony used kept the issues clear, his experience navigated us through the various legal institutions and necessary choices and framed the actions we needed to get the best result from complex and distressful circumstances."

 

Mr F

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Faizal Essat, Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Faizal Essat is admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is also admitted as a Legal Executive Advocate. He is a senior lawyer with extensive experience in private practice as well as the public sector and has substantial experience in handling large value and complex litigation claims. This includes commercial litigation claims as well as high-value personal injury claims. He is also an award-winning lawyer and has been recognised for his contribution to supporting local communities with his pro bono work. He was the Inaugural winner of the DLA Paul Nicholls Memorial Foundation Award for excellence in Pro Bono work, he was also runner-up in the ILEX Award in 2001 and was the winner of the ILEX Pro Bono Award in 2005. He has also served on various boards and advisory committees and continues to provide advice to the voluntary sector.

 

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Maxine Johnson, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Commercial and Civil litigation)

 

Maxine qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has worked at City firms and a regional Legal 500/Chambers rated firm. Maxine has also worked as in-house counsel at the Government Legal Department (Previously known as the Treasury Solicitor) acting for the Prison Service, Home Office and Probation Service.

 

Maxine is an experienced commercial and civil litigator specialising in contract, negligence, property, insurance, business, banking, building/construction and matrimonial disputes for corporate clients and high net worth individuals.

 

Maxine has a special interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Louise Johal, Consultant Solicitor (Commercial and Intellectual Property)

 

Louise is an experienced Dispute Resolution Solicitor specialising in Commercial Litigation and Insolvency.   Louise qualified in 2004 and has previously been a Partner and Associate Director in high profile Midlands based firms.

 

Louise advises on a broad range of commercial disputes including:

 

  • Breach of contract;

  • Shareholder disputes;

  • Breach of director duties;

  • Conflicts within a partnership;

  • Professional negligence;

  • Infringement of intellectual property rights;

  • Breach of restrictive covenant;

  • Insolvency

 

Louise is a skilled negotiator often achieving swift and cost effective out of court settlements.

 

Louise acts for a diverse range of businesses from SME’s to multinationals covering sectors including leisure, professional services, property development and finance.

 

The majority of Louise’s work comes from client recommendation and referrals from other professionals, demonstrating her emphasis on client care and getting the right result fast and effectively.

 

Specific examples of recent work included:-

 

  • Successfully resolving a multi-claimant action against two executive directors who had misappropriated company assets and breached fiduciary and statutory duties.

  • Achieving full recovery for a claimant of funds invested into a company based on a fraudulent valuation.

  • Setting aside a Personal Guarantee given by a company director which had been induced by misrepresentation.

  • Obtaining a validation order for a company within 48 hours based on an urgent need to pay their workforce.

  • Successfully pursuing claims against former employees for misuse of company property including IPR and confidential information.

  • Effectively defending several claims for alleged breach of restrictive covenant.

  • Resolving claims for breach of warranty and using these as set off against deferred consideration due.

  • Successfully securing an injunction against a former Agent to ensure continuation of a Chinese supply network for a furniture retailer.

  • Ensuring the dismissal of an Intellectual Property infringement action against former employees of a major recruitment company for a software idea conceived by them to forecast recruitment needs.

  • Achieved a substantial settlement on an indemnity claim following a database rights infringement action.

  • Successfully defended a claim for breach of contract and early termination penalty clauses for a major bicycle manufacturer.

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