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Prettys Solicitors Ipswich

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Commercial dispute resolution

Achieving the best outcome

In an increasingly competitive and fractious world inevitably disputes arise. Most businesses are aware of this and are increasingly willing to seek early commercial dispute resolution advice, hoping to nip problems in the bud.

Our experience is extensive, both in how disputes are best avoided and in resolving them, acting not only in court but also in arbitrations, adjudications, mediations, and in front of regulatory authorities. We provide a full range of services to businesses in Suffolk, Essex, East Anglia and London.

Our comprehensive dispute resolution service covers all aspects of the commercial and corporate world, including breach of contract, negligence, insurance, employment, property, insolvency, IT, social media, intellectual property and regulatory problems.

Our dispute solicitors work closely with other Prettys lawyers specialising in employment, corporate, commercial and property law, taking a holistic view of a business and the wider implications of any given course of action. We also have good connections with overseas lawyers.

We are also well placed to provide assistance in obtaining third party funding and dispute insurance, as well as looking creatively at ways in which we can help share litigation costs.

Prettys is a member of Galexy, the international association of lawyers.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016"'an experienced team with a commercial edge’...The firm’s client base is a mix of listed companies, UK and international private businesses, SMEs and limited liability partnerships."

Legal 500 2017

Please get in touch: call us on 01473 232121, request a call back or email us.

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Peter Blake

Partner, Head of Dispute resolution

e pblake@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298206

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Peter Blake

 "head of dispute resolution Peter Blake...oversees ‘an experienced team with a commercial edge’"

Legal 500 2017

 

Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991.  He is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, who has helped clients resolve disputes in a variety of fora, including the courts, arbitration and international dispute resolution.

Peter has acted for clients involved in a variety of industries both nationally and internationally. Peter's most recent experience is in construction/property related disputes, alternative dispute resolution (including international arbitration) and cases with an international element.

Peter’s recent work includes:

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Graham Mead

Partner

e gmead@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298234

m 07834 893610

Graham Mead

Graham re-joined Prettys in April 2019 as a partner in the firm’s commercial dispute resolution team.

Graham trained at Prettys and qualified as a solicitor in 1997.  He has worked for Mills & Reeve in both Norwich and London offices, for Howes Percival in their Norwich office, before becoming the commercial litigation partner at BlocksLegal LLP in Ipswich.

Graham has a wealth of litigation experience.  He is a solicitor advocate.

Expertise

Graham was described in Legal 500 2019 as having:

a straightforward and realistic approach at all times; he acts quickly, tells what you need to know and remains calm and calculated at all times’.

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Andrew Kinnison

Senior Associate

e akinnison@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298219

Andrew Kinnison

I originally qualified as a barrister in 1988, and then as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1993.  I am now admitted as a Solicitor Advocate, with full rights of audience as a solicitor, in all higher courts (both civil and criminal).  I am perhaps unique amongst solicitors in the region, in that I also have a Diploma in Insolvency, from the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2004, with Distinction).

Immediately before joining Prettys, I was a member of Enterprise Chambers, from which I worked as a barrister at the Chancery Bar in London.  Before that, I worked for more than 15 years as a commercial litigation partner with Holman Fenwick & Willan, an international City law firm, based in Hong Kong (where I am admitted as a non-practicing solicitor), and, for around 8 years, as a partner with Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds.

I deal with all types of civil disputes.  I have enjoyed a broad range of work over the years, managing a range of commercial disputes and arbitrations.  My practice has tended towards contractual disputes, insolvency, company law (including shareholder disputes), professional negligence and property litigation.  It is sometimes easy to cover most of those practice areas in one case if, for example, a company has property and becomes insolvent; not least if the company has become insolvent having entered into a transaction on the basis of bad advice.

Legal 500 entries have previously described me as a “well respected” litigator, in the 1st tier for Commercial Litigation, who is “thorough and imaginative” and "provides invaluable assistance". I have been described as “an excellent choice”, who "simplifies the legal language" and “does an excellent job in preparing cases”.  I have “a firm grasp of insolvency issues”, and I have been described as “efficient, capable, sociable and enthusiastic”. 

I therefore work closely with clients to achieve the best and most cost-effective solution to any given case; and my advice is informed by an acute knowledge of what is needed, having stood “in the front line” in the High Court, arguing cases against QCs.

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I have had a broad range of work over the years, having dealt with cases involving issues as diverse as abandoned animals, horse safety issues and waste management sites, through to claims by and against the vendors of companies under share purchase agreements, and claims by liquidators and creditors against companies and their directors, including a fraudulent trading action.

While I try to resolve cases, particularly when acting as a solicitor, on favourable terms before a case goes to court, I list below some of the reported cases in which I have appeared as Counsel:

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Personal Synopsis:

I am particularly interested in Polar History of the Heroic Age.  When they ask if you are for Scott or Shackleton, I would say Shackleton; but that is the wrong question.  Amundsen was ultimately better qualified than either of them, and got to the South Pole first.  Some might say Amundsen had an “unfair” advantage: he was a Norwegian who grew up wearing skis.  I say: “Get over it. He won!

I like the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child: but dislike Tom Cruise playing Reacher in the films.  He is way too short.

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Fiona Galloway

Associate

e fgalloway@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298239

Fiona Galloway

Fiona has had a varied background (including experience in dry shipping and commodities litigation both in the City and in Paris) and now specialises in commercial disputes resolution and commercial property.  She is a member of our real estate team with experience in property dispute resolution (including landlord and tenant disputes, possession claims, first tier (property) tribunal applications, advising on service charge and rent recovery, dilapidations claims), construction dispute resolution  / arbitrations and commercial property transactions (drafting leases and licences, advising on and assisting with lease extensions and renewals).   She has also acted for lenders and receivers enforcing their security.

Fiona is fluent in French.

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Michael Booth

Solicitor

e mbooth@prettys.co.uk

t 01473 298214

Michael Booth

Michael completed his undergraduate degree in Law at University College, Durham. He went on to gain a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester, where he studied electives in commercial law, intellectual property law and the law relating to public companies. He was also awarded a Master of Laws in International Legal Practice. He has won academic prizes in Tort Law, Litigation, and Corporate and Commercial Law.

During his time at university Michael also volunteered with a local branch of a national advice charity.

Michael joined Prettys as a trainee solicitor in September 2015. He has spent seats in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Law department and its Shipping and Insurance department. He currently works in Prettys’ Commercial Property department.

Michael’s recent work includes:

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