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Our Commercial Disputes Team Appoints A New Partner

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The commercial arm of the firm based in Wynyard has appointed an experienced solicitor to join its Commercial Disputes Team as a partner.

Nigel Broadbent has worked in the area of commercial litigation for three decades, acting for a wide variety of clients, including PLCs, SMEs, family businesses, franchised businesses, public bodies (such as NHS trusts and police authorities), partnerships and sole traders. Nigel is also an experienced advocate in a range of courts and tribunals and is an accredited mediator, experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution.  His expertise encompasses contractual disputes of all types, particularly post-M&A, commercial contract claims, high-value or sensitive business to consumer disputes, engineering and IT contract claims and claims arising out of professional services contracts; also partnership disputes, claims by and against company directors, and shareholder disputes.


Nigel is regularly instructed on many different types of professional negligence claims against accountants, solicitors, engineers, architects, surveyors and others.  He has also developed a particular interest in franchised businesses, advising on non-contentious matters as well as representing both franchisors and franchisees in disputes.


Nigel has worked in the North of England for most of his career and has been advising clients across the North East and beyond.  He will be working alongside the other members of the firm’s Commercial Disputes Team comprising of partner, Alison Leith, senior associate, Helen Lyne, associate Gemma Smith, solicitor Ellie Gilbert and a paralegal.


Alison Leith, head of the Commercial Office, comments:

  “We are delighted to have somebody with Nigel’s extensive experience on board.  He has joined the firm at an exciting time, following the arrival of partners, Gareth Jones and Joanne Cowie into our Commercial Property Team.  We are looking forward to continuing our planned expansion of our commercial offering and Nigel will be a significant part of our plans.”