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LITIGATION LAWYERS

 

 

Tessa Rhodes, Head of Litigation - Leicester (Civil and Commercial Litigtaion)

 

Tessa joined the firm in September 2018 having worked for a large city firm for many years.

 

She specializes in all aspects of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution and is based at our Leicester office.  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 including commercial contract disputes, building disputes, debt collecting, professional negligence claims for name a few for both Claimant and Defendants.

 

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 or is happy to agree 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 based in our Market Harborough office and specialises in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution. She holds many years’ experience in Civil Litigation which included preparing legal court documents and preparing cost documents and she was previously employed by a firm of Solicitors ranked in the top 200 independent firm of solicitors.

 

Sarah will be dealing with Civil and Commercial litigation matters and will be based within our litigation department in Market Harborough.

 

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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.

 

An avid motor biker, Zainab is an epitome of perseverance ensuring she gets the best outcome for her clients as much as possible.  

 

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Penny Summerfield, Litigation Advisor  (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

Penny is a Litigation Advisor who deals with Civil and Commercial matters. She is based in our Market Harborough office.

 

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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."

 

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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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James Doran, Senior Consultant Solicitor (Civil and Commercial Litigation)

 

James is an experienced litigator with a wide and deep experience of court advocacy in the Civil and Criminal Courts.

Possessed of a strategic mind and ability to formulate bespoke solutions to clients requirements he has for many years acted for parties involved in commercial and business disputes. He is expert in making an early assessment of cases, assembling what is required to prevail in contentious matters and knows how to recover monies effectively or mitigate damages exposure.

He is the Solicitor to turn to when you are faced with an unexpected crises when clear thinking is required to ensure that his clients interest’s prevail.

James is a tried and tested Family lawyer with particular aptitude in respect of the key financial issues that arise when relationships break down.

As a long term Duty Solicitor and Crown agent James is an expert in representing clients who might have fallen foul of the criminal law. He is the Solicitor you want in your corner when being investigated by the authorities.

James Doran is also fully conversant with litigation involving Estates and Building disputes.

 

 

 

 

Tessa Penny