Double Top for Midlands Law Firm Sydney Mitchell in the Legal 500; our Immigration Team and our Contentious Probate team are both recognised in the Top Tier.  Andre Minnaar and Melissa Southall are also celebrated as rising stars alongside Emma-Louise Hewitt, Head of Employment Law Team.

The firm, according to clients …‘Sydney Mitchell is a top class law firm that can provide specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of matters..’;  'pragmatic, commercially driven advice which helps its clients see the wood for the trees';  ‘… very hands-on, and reacts quickly to situations. You are always assured of good advice.’  ‘I have worked with other solicitors but nothing like the service Sydney Mitchell provided – it went far and beyond’.

In total the firm has obtained recommendations in 10 areas of legal practice;  Immigration, Contentious Probate, Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery, Insolvency and Corporate Recovery, Employment, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, Professional Negligence, Family, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate and Property Litigation.

Karen Moores, Senior Partner, Sydney Mitchell commented:

“A wonderful result to see our lawyers recognised for the great work they do for their clients.  Outstanding results for both our Immigration and Contentious Probate team in Tier 1;  Andre, Melissa and Emma-Louise as 'rising stars' and for Kamal Majevadia and myself again identified as ‘leading individuals’ in the Midlands”.

“Time after time, especially over the past 12 months with the pressures of the pandemic, our lawyers and their supporting teams have again pulled out all the stops to deliver quality advice for our clients under pressure. We thank them for their commitment and our clients for their support and their outstanding comments.”

“17 of our lawyers are highly recommended; many receiving outstanding comments from clients including …worked tirelessly and very professionally at all times on my case.’; ‘Knowledgeable, responsive coupled with high professional standards’; ‘Accessibility, transparency and a high degree of legal technical knowledge’; ‘expert service with a personal touch. "

Dean Parnell and his team …'punches well above its weight' according to clients, which include local corporates and SMEs. 'Master tactician' Dean Parnell is 'outstanding' and has experience spanning shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty claims, injunctive relief issues, and contractual disputes.

Karen Moores and the Family team are recognised as being ‘…‘One of the hardest-working and committed teams I know. The team has a synergy that is palpable and productive. Everyone gets on and they are a pleasure to work with. The two stand-outs are Karen Moores and Mauro Vinti, a double act par excellence. Karen never stops, she is a dynamic legal whirlwind. She fights every injustice to the last with consummate skill, professionalism and charm. Her client base is loyal and deservedly so. A pleasure to work for and concerning to be against. Mauro mirrors such attributes and also brings to the firm the dynamic of well-considered pragmatism and knife sharp negotiating skills’.

Our private client team shines… ‘Tracy Creed and her team are efficient and supportive. She has guided me through a very stressful process and given me good advice throughout. She is readily available and her team. Tracy has kept me updated with the progress of the case which I have found to be very valuable. I don’t feel as if I am alone in this minefield of processes’.

Mike Sutton and David Lydon in our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Team ‘…focuses on the personal approach. Runs a range of cases, with particular expertise in cancer claims … ‘wise lawyer’; ‘a good medical brain, which allows him to translate the expert evidence into client friendly language’;A very safe pair of hands’ and. ‘… mission orientated so as to get the best outcome for the client’.

Sydney Mitchell LLP is Birmingham Law Society Regional Law Firm of the Year 2020/21.

www.sydneymitchell.co.uk

A full breakdown of the recommendations and comments on Legal 500 are shown below.

https://www.legal500.com/firms/3216-sydney-mitchell-llp/746-birmingham-england/

FIRM RANKINGS SUMMARY

TOP TIER FIRM in 2 practice areas - Immigration and Contentious Probate

RECOMMENDED in 10 practice areas

TOP TIER FIRM Practice Areas

RANKED Practice Areas


LAWYER RANKINGS SUMMARY

Leading Individuals

2 lawyers are listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" group.

Associates: Rising Stars lawyers

3 lawyers are listed in the "Rising stars" group.

Legal 500 commentary:

A total of 17 lawyers are mentioned by name in Legal 500 UK commentary for their standout contribution to respective practices.

Please note that in the extensive listings available at legal500.com, comprehensive staffing details, including practice heads, other key lawyers, and specific client comment on individuals connected to each practice are set out in full.

Full list of ranked lawyers

West Midlands > Employment > Immigration > Rising stars

West Midlands > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate > Leading individuals

West Midlands > Private client > Family: Birmingham > Leading individuals

West Midlands > Employment > Employment > Rising stars

 


 

FIRM & LAWYER RANKING DETAILS: IN DEPTH

TIER 1 FIRM RANKINGS

West Midlands > Employment > Immigration

TIER 1

Rising stars

Our rankings

Recommended:

  • Andre Minnaar
  • Melissa Southall

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Melissa Southall

 

West Midlands > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

TIER 1

Leading individuals

Our rankings

Recommended:

  • Kamal Majevadia
  • Tracy Creed

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Tracy Creed
  • Katie Maxwell-Stewart

 

TIER 2 FIRM RANKINGS

West Midlands > Private client > Family: Birmingham

TIER 2

Leading individuals

Our rankings

Recommended:

  • Karen Moores
  • Mauro Vinti
  • Teresa Mannion

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Teresa Mannion
  • Amanda Holland
  • Gemma Whitchurch

 

West Midlands > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

TIER 2

Recommended:

  • Shelley Collingbourne
  • Tracy Creed

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Shelley Collingbourne
  • Kirran Kauser

 

TIER 3 FIRM RANKINGS

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

TIER 3

Recommended:

  • Dean Parnell
  • Emma Birch
  • Kamal Majevadia

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Emma Birch
  • Roy Colaba

 

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Debt recovery

TIER 3

Recommended:

  • Gemma Parker
  • Leanne Schneider-Rose

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Gemma Parker

 

West Midlands > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

TIER 3

Recommended:

  • Leanne Schneider-Rose

 

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

TIER 3 and TIER 5

Recommended:

  • David Lydon
  • Mike Sutton

Other key lawyer(s):

  • David Lydon

 

TIER 4 FIRM RANKINGS

West Midlands > Employment > Employment

TIER 4

Rising stars

Our rankings

Recommended:

  • Dean Parnell
  • Emma-Louise Hewitt

Other key lawyer(s):

  • Dean Parnell

 

West Midlands > Insurance > Professional negligence

TIER 4

Recommended:

  • Sundeep Bilkhu

 

TIER 5 FIRM RANKINGS

West Midlands > Real estate > Property litigation

TIER 5

Recommended:

  • Kam Majevadia
  • Sundeep Bilkhu

 

Sydney Mitchell LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Kamal Majevadia leads a thriving practice at Sydney Mitchell LLP that continues to receive a steady flow of referrals from its excellent private client offering and from returning clients. It has been busy advising on disputes about the ownership of private companies and advising on a growing number of potential negligence claims.  It is advising on a significant number of TOLATA cases and several cases dealing with the distribution of trust assets. Majevadia has considerable experience of advising on estates where there are cross-border assets and those involving company shares. Tracy Creed heads up the private client team.  It offers 'pragmatic, commercially driven advice which helps its clients see the wood for the trees'.

Leading individuals

Kamal Majevadia - Sydney Mitchell LLP

Practice head(s):

Kamal Majevadia

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Creed; Katie Maxwell-Stewart

Testimonials

‘True to its word. You are charged for a service it does actually provide. Open and honest. Kamal Majevadia stood by my case right until the end despite my frustration and impatience. All the staff that I came across in the branch were professional and empathetic. I felt reassured and I trusted the individuals working with me. Competent and exceptional service and communication. Kam knew what he was doing and he followed the correct procedures and protocols that Sydney Mitchell has in place. Kam was empathetic to my frustrations and was reassuring and confident in dealing with my case’.

‘It is an extremely friendly, respectful and professional firm. The solicitor in charge of my case, a partner in the firm, was helpful and, at a strategic point in my case, showed great imagination and percipience. I was most impressed with my solicitor, Kam Majevadia’s professionalism and expertise. He viewed my case forensically, and came up with a plan and course of action I had not considered and which led to an extremely satisfactory conclusion of matters’. 

‘Contentious trusts and probate. A strong team. Tracy Creed and Kamal Majevadia are both impressive in handling complex issues and steering their clients to a resolution’.

‘A modern practice, professional, highly motivated, a good relationship with clients, reassuring, friendly and efficient. Kamal Majevadia who is a partner and head of contentious probate should be applauded for the success of his department and team. When asked, I do not hesitate to recommend the firm and will continue to do so’.

‘A very professionally run practice. The team has the ability to cater for all our legal needs and instils great confidence that everything will be handled the right way. Contact with the lawyers is relatively straightforward and communication is good along with the process of billing which is dealt with in a very friendly manner’.

‘We have worked closely with Kam Majevadia and Katie Maxwell-Stewart. Both have been consistent throughout with their advice and support. Both have been thoughtful and showed empathy with our current situation. They provide a great deal of reassurance on complex issues’.

‘A tight knit team with extensive knowledge, everything is set out clearly, all questions answered knowledgeably. Never too much trouble to answer questions and always has timely ideas to help with the case. The lawyers work together to get the result you need. Communication was clear, informative and helpful, bills were set out clearly so I could see exactly what I was being charged and if I had any questions there was help available, everything was fully explained. Due to the pandemic technology was used for meetings and mediation, my solicitor had extensive knowledge and assisted me fully’.

‘The practice is headed up by Kam Majevadia who leads it very well. He is particularly good at dealing with estates with business assets. Kam has years of experience and is cool as a cucumber in conducting litigation on behalf of his clients. He makes a strong but fair opponent and always seeks the best outcome for his clients. He has a good dose of pragmatism which serves his clients well ’.

Immigration Tier 1

Senior associate Andre Minnaar heads the team at Sydney Mitchell LLP. Minnar along with Melissa Southall are lauded for their work in private fee paying immigration matters of a personal and human-rights based nature. The practice is skilled at assisting on all types of entry clearance applications from abroad as well as country extension applications, renewal applications and appeals. Minnaar is an experienced tribunal advocate. Southall provides extensive personal immigration advice to clients on matters such as spousal visas, applications for children, asylum and European applications for citizenship. 'Great customer service and attention to detail. All the work was completed perfectly'.

Rising stars

Andre Minnaar - Sydney Mitchell LLP

Melissa Southall - Sydney Mitchell LLP

Practice head(s):

Andre Minnaar

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Southall

Testimonials

‘Sydney Mitchell takes time to really get to know its clients. The lawyers spend time getting every little detail and are always on standby to answer any question how big or small. They stand out due to the amount of time they invest in to their clients. They are on your journey with you from start to finish and always on hand to answer questions. It’s the personal touches like this that make it stand out’.

‘ I was impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of Melissa Southall. She demonstrated a very good knowledge of the immigration system. In particular, the legal reasoning for support of my application. It demonstrated her precise knowledge of the immigration laws and provided great supporting reasons for approval of my Spousal Visa application’.

‘Very good service, clear instructions were given from the start about the cost which had not changed at the end. Very good service when you call for advice or to arrange an appointment. Diverse range of specialists so you can get the best advice and support’.

‘Melissa Southall had an excellent approach where advice and support were made tailored to your own needs. I have found her very clear about her advice. She had a very respecting manner. She has been very prompt in replying to our questions’.

‘Melissa Southall works in a extremely methodical manner and the precision of information provided and general advice has made the difficult process of managing the immigration processes considerably easier than we might of expected. Melissa demonstrates empathy and a personal approach in understanding our family position’.

‘The level of service, commitment and dedication received by Andre Minnaar was absolutely fantastic ‘.

‘Andre Minnaar has been extremely helpful throughout my case. He treated my case as if it was his own with passion and commitment. The level of dedication which was seen was outstanding and helped me feel I was in the right hands finally throughout my case. The results achieved were fantastic and clearly prove that Andre’s hard work has paid off! I would like to thank Andre’.

‘When I approached Sydney Mitchell I had read amazing reviews about its immigration specialists and in particular Andre Minnaar. When we met with him and spoke about our case – it was a breath of fresh air. He told us all options available and was very honest with our chances. He was always available to answer queries and approached us when he felt we needed to add additional information to help build our case. I truly believe all of this enabled us to get the outcome we did’.

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Sydney Mitchell LLP has a dynamic collaborative law practice with three fully qualified collaborative lawyers. Key focus areas include advising on divorce/civil partnership dissolution as well as on protective injunctions, child arrangements and cohabitee disputes. Karen Moores is recommended for her work on issues such as matrimonial finance and complex children issues. Mauro Vinti is strong across all aspects of family law including advising on cases where there are international assets or complex pension structures. Teresa Mannion is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Panel.

Leading individuals

Karen Moores - Sydney Mitchell LLP

Practice head(s):

Karen Moores; Mauro Vinti

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Mannion; Amanda Holland; Gemma Whitchurch

Testimonials

‘Karen Moores is a very experienced solicitor dealing with family law; in my case divorce. She is extremely knowledgeable but also very straightforward, friendly and easy to talk to which certainly helped to put me at ease. She was always available and provided expert advice and support during what was a very difficult time emotionally and financially. She left me in no doubt that she was focused on helping me get the best result for me but also helped me understand the potential consequences of pursuing a result through the courts which was very helpful. Her humour and positive attitude were much appreciated. I have already recommended her to a friend’.

‘Karen Moores is an outstanding and exceptional solicitor, and has a compassion and dedication to her work that’s second to none. If you are lucky enough to have her as your legal representation, then you can rest assured that you are in very safe and skilled hands, that as far as I am concerned, are the best there is to offer’.

‘I immediately felt at ease with Mauro Vinti because of his friendly and easy manner. I was instructing him to manage my divorce after a very long marriage. This was sensitive and difficult work. Mauro was always genuinely empathic and supportive. I had never been through a divorce before and he provided consistent guidance and explained everything clearly. We had regular contact and he always followed through with what he said he was going to do’.

‘Sydney Mitchell not only offers its clients a stellar service, but also the professionals they work with.’

‘Sydney Mitchell is professional and efficient. The lawyers offer a legal service that does not disappoint, whoever the client may be.  Those who stand out for me are Amanda Holland, Karen Moores and Gemma Whitchurch. They are efficient, professional and straight talking, whilst also approachable and personable. They are very much normal and unstuffy people, yet their friendliness as professionals does not deter them from the impeccable job they do‘.

‘Karen Moores is a superstar solicitor. She has enormous energy and enthusiasm for each of her cases. Clients are left in no doubt that she will do everything to help them to achieve the outcome they seek’.

‘One of the hardest-working and committed teams I know. The team has a synergy that is palpable and productive. Everyone gets on and they are a pleasure to work with. The two stand-outs are Karen Moores and Mauro Vinti, a double act par excellence. Karen never stops, she is a dynamic legal whirlwind. She fights every injustice to the last with consummate skill, professionalism and charm. Her client base is loyal and deservedly so. A pleasure to work for and concerning to be against. Mauro mirrors such attributes and also brings to the firm the dynamic of well considered pragmatism and knife sharp negotiating skills’.

‘An excellent team of first rate family lawyers. Karen Moores is extremely savvy, very down to earth and refreshingly forthright. Mauro Vinti is patience and calm personified, which makes him particularly adept at dealing with the trickiest of cases’.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Sydney Mitchell LLP advises on all aspects of wealth preservation as well as elderly client matters with particular expertise in NHS Continuing Health Care issues. Other strengths lie in complex administrations and unusual applications to the court of protection. Under the leadership of Tracy Creed a significant proportion of its work stems from returning clients and other professionals. In addition the team regularly works with its strong contentious trusts and probate offering. Shelley Collingbourne has been promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Creed

Other key lawyers:

Shelley Collingbourne; Kirran Kauser

Testimonials

‘Tracy Creed and her team are efficient and supportive. She has guided me through a very stressful process and given me good advice throughout. She is readily available and her team. Tracy has kept me updated with the progress of the case which I have found to be very valuable. I don’t feel as if I am alone in this minefield of processes’.

‘Tracy Creed treated my case with respect , honesty and integrity. She listened to me and dealt with me as a unique case rather than a typical one. She acted with honesty and integrity and always told it as it was. She was always incredibly responsive, going the extra mile. She treated my case with compassion and obviously works with a strongly held set of values’.

‘The team is knowledgeable, helpful and very supportive through what could be a sensitive process’.

‘Helpful, knowledgeable, flexible and reasonable costs. Shelley Collingbourne is easily contactable and we have confidence in her ability to carry out the work at a reasonable price’.

‘The personal service from Kirran Kauser gave us confidence that all the details of our situation were clearly understood and incorporated into the wills without the need for additional queries’.

‘This is a very good local firm who serve its clients well with day to day legal matters. The lawyers are very good for the general legal work that needs to be done for clients. The team is always friendly and helpful. My main contact is Shelley Collingbourne whom I have dealt with for several years and she has always been very helpful and knowledgeable in her areas of specialism for wills and probate and trusts. I would be happy to recommend clients to her for advice’.

‘The lawyers maintain a real identity that is often not there in a ‘local’ firm. They are easy to contact and respond promptly and we are clear with who is owning a case and the work they intend to carry out. They are also intent to ensure that the person with the best skills for the case is engaged. Personal service, competency, ownership, responsive.’

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 3

Sydney Mitchell LLP's dispute resolution team 'punches well above its weight' according to clients, which include local corporates and SMEs. 'Master tactician' Dean Parnell is 'outstanding' and has experience spanning shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty claims, injunctive relief issues, and contractual disputes; he leads the team alongside Shirley-based Kamal Majevadia. Senior associate Emma Birch is 'assiduous and hardworking in difficult litigation' with particular experience in financial and manufacturing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dean Parnell; Kamal Majevadia

Other key lawyers:

Emma Birch; Roy Colaba

Testimonials

‘Commercial team, willing to adapt to different clients and focus on their needs. Good cross-over between general litigators and more specialised intellectual property litigators.’

‘A medium-sized practice in DR-Comm Lit but punches well above its weight. Dean Parnell is one of the outstanding litigators in the City and beyond including London.’

‘Emma Birch has renewed my faith in solicitors; she’s honest, organised, and full of ideas, she communicates well with the experts and keeps me fully up to date as to the present position of the claim and our next actions, I would not hesitate in using her services again.’

‘Dean Parnell is the driving force in the DR -Comm Lit department and leads by example. He is a client’s best friend and fights tooth and nail to get the best result.’

‘Emma Birch assiduous and hard-working in difficult litigation against committed opponents. Delivers a very good service to the client.’

‘The very talented Dean Parnell heads up the commercial litigation team in Birmingham and he is a master tactician. He is known for being strategic on his cases and you can rely upon Dean to get the best possible result or deal for his client.’

‘Dean Parnell – excellent litigator with clear strategic view and fantastic ability to focus on the commercial realties of a case.’

‘Dean Parnell and Roy Colaba have been working very hard at a very high professional level, and being considerate with their fees, and I have always been comfortable to discuss any issues with them.’

Debt recovery Tier 3

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles a range of debt collection proceedings, encompassing enforcement claims, recovery claims as part of the insolvency process and winding-up petitions. Leanne Schneider-Rose specialises in insolvency litigation and creditors' claims involving allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. Gemma Parker is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Schneider-Rose

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Parker

Testimonials

‘Gemma Parker worked tirelessly and very professionally at all times on my case.’

‘Leanne Schneider-Rose is highly knowledgeable across a wide range of disciplines, including debt recovery and fraud litigation.’

Key clients

Tiffanys (Knowle) Limited

Greenfield Mortgages III Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Sydney Mitchell LLP is extremely active on the contentious front, acting for insolvency practitioners on proceedings including preference and director’s misfeasance claims, as well as transactions defrauding creditors. Practice head Leanne Schneider-Rose is also instructed by directors faced with disqualification, companies dealing with financial difficulties and banks seeking asset recovery; she is also an authority in the field of receivers, regularly giving seminars on the topic.

Practice head(s):

Leanne Schneider-Rose

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, responsive coupled with high professional standards.’

‘Accessibility, transparency and a high degree of legal technical knowledge.’

‘My experience of working with this team is that it has strength at all levels and all individuals work incredibly hard when there is a difficult matter that requires a lot of attention to get over the line for the client. Client care is second to none. ’

‘Leanne Schneider-Rose has been at the firm a long time and is a well-respected and valued partner. Leanne always puts her clients first and goes above and beyond for them. She pays attention to detail and ensures that everything has been thought of.’

‘The insolvency team at Sydney Mitchell LLP benefit from a wealth of experience in respect of both personal and corporate insolvency. They are a trusted adviser.’

‘The team is very hands-on, and reacts quickly to situations. You are always assured of good advice.’

Key clients

Dains Business Recovery Ltd

Poppleton & Appleby

FRP Advisory LLP

Employment Tier 4

With Emma-Louise Hewitt at the helm at Sydney Mitchell LLP the 'very responsive and supportive' group has been busy advising employers and employees on a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. Dean Parnell is another key figure whose primary focus is acting for companies and senior employees. Recently, the group has been involved in a number of judicial mediations which have resulted in settlements of its clients’ claims for significant sums of money. The team is described as 'going the extra mile for its clients'.

Practice head(s):

Emma-Louise Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Dean Parnell

Testimonials

‘The people for me is what makes an organisation stand out. My experience was one of professionalism, knowledge and friendliness from all throughout my recent dealing with Sydney Mitchell. I feel that a special level of care was taken in what has been a difficult time for me. I was very pleased with the team’s timely response to all my questions and advice given. When I spoke to Emma Hewitt I felt that her knowledge, patience, and pride in her work set the tone for our success. I really appreciate all the work she had done on my behalf’.

‘Sydney Mitchell is a top class law firm that can provide specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of matters. I was represented by the firm in a very complicated employment dispute. The lawyers were always keen and available to listen to my concerns and fought my case with a strong sense of direction. Dean Parnell and Emma-Louise Hewitt represented me. They were very professional and always provided realistic advice looking to ensure we always had the upper hand when it came to tactics’.

‘I have worked with other solicitors but nothing like the service Sydney Mitchell provided – it went far and beyond‘.

‘The lawyers truly have a professional approach and treat me like a human being though all the overwhelming evidence against me- they were able to shed some light in the darkness. Excellent communication in various forms such as Zoom meetings, emails, telephone consultation – I was kept up to date. I worked with Emma-Louse Hewitt -she genuinely cared. I could count on Emma to advise me truthfully and honestly giving me different options to choose and I felt in control of my case’. 

‘Commercially aware lawyers in employment who are very savvy when it comes to the negotiation side of contested employment disputes. I have recommended Dean Parnell on several occasions for this aspect of his practice and offering. He gets results’.

‘I have worked with Emma-Louise Hewitt for a number of years and rely on her expert legal advice. Emma is down to earth and understands the day to day operations of our business. Emma provides me with advice that I can easily understand and I wouldn’t think of using anyone else apart from Emma’.

‘I have dealt with Emma-Louise Hewitt and have found her to be very knowledgeable with regards to all aspects of employment law. Emma is highly professional and takes her work quite seriously and works hard to achieve the desired outcome. I would recommend Emma to anyone who needs advice on employment law.’

‘The employment team is brilliant, the advice and support provided is done in a calm and methodical fashion which was extremely helpful to a particular client who was responding to an Employment Tribunal claim. Emma-Louise Hewitt is approachable, listens and takes a keen interest in supporting her clients to achieve the best possible outcome for them ’.

Professional negligence Tier 4

The group at Sydney Mitchell LLP continues to act on a number of high quality professional negligence cases ranging from advising individuals who have personally suffered from solicitor negligence to commercial organisations that have been wrongly advised by their valuers on property transactions. Sundeep Bilkhu acts for a substantial number of leading lenders and individuals in bringing professional claims against surveyors, accountants and architects.

Practice head(s):

Kam Majevadia; Sundeep Bilkhu

Property litigation Tier 5

Sydney Mitchell LLP delivers an ‘agile and responsive’ service when guiding clients through mortgage repossession, Land Registry, recovery of rent, service charge, rent review, rights of light and trespass-related claims, among many others. Kam Majevadia leads the group alongside the ‘sound technical knowledge’ of Sundeep Bilkhu who is frequently engaged by LPA Receivers in respect of insolvency-related landlord and tenant affairs.

Practice head(s):

Kam Majevadia; Sundeep Bilkhu

Testimonials

‘Sydney Mitchell consistently demonstrate a very efficient service level combined with excellent response times. Over time I have used various aspects of their services and found this excellence service level to be consistent throughout all departments including their property litigation service.’

‘Sundeep Bilkhu has consistently demonstrated sound technical knowledge of his field which he combines with a friendly and efficient approach.’

‘Sundeep Bilkhu is always available.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Mike Sutton leads the department at Sydney Mitchell LLP; the team handles both personal injury and clinical negligence cases, with particular strength in cases relating to cancer. It has also advised on several cases involving fatalities and has dealt with numerous claims involving elderly patients who have suffered falls in hospital often resulting in hip fractures with life-changing consequences. David Lydon advises on a broad array of personal injuries; the team has a track record of handling cases involving work accidents and road traffic accidents resulting in very serious injury.

Practice head(s):

Mike Sutton

Other key lawyers:

David Lydon

Testimonials

A small team which focuses on the personal approach. Runs a range of cases, with particular expertise in cancer claims. Many clients appear to come to them through word of mouth from previous satisfied claimants. Mike Sutton leads the team. Many years of experience make him the classic ‘wise lawyer’. A good medical brain which allows him to translate the expert evidence into client friendly language’.

‘Mike Sutton is a very strong litigator; excellent technically and good with clients. He manages a very able and experienced team of lawyers, who handle a wide range of clinical negligence cases. He consistently goes over and above for clients in order to achieve the best outcomes. Mike has a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of clinical negligence. A very safe pair of hands‘.

The PI team at Sydney Mitchell is what I would describe as good old-fashioned personal injury lawyers. That might not be trendy or modern, but it reflects a team that isn’t focused on turnover of cases to maximise profit but rather on providing a professional and personal service to clients.’

‘David Lydon and Mike Sutton.  Both manage to balance being sufficiently mission orientated so as to get the best outcome for the client whilst maintaining a level of detachment so that their view of the case is not blinkered. David has a down to earth manner that clients engage with‘.

‘Sydney Mitchell’s personal injury and clinical negligence team offers a thorough, expert service with a personal touch. David Lydon will prepare a case thoroughly and tactically; however, he is so personable and persuasive when speaking with opponents that most of his cases don’t get there‘.

Sydney Mitchell is an established and well-regarded regional firm. David Lydon is a shrewd operator. He is personable and forms a good rapport with clients. He has always stood out as not only a very professional man but also very courteous and caring individual. Always gets the job done properly ‘.

‘I worked closely with Mike Sutton on a personal injury claim and he was brilliant from start to finish. Mike made the process very straightforward and was very clear about options through each stage of the negotiations. I would describe Mike as an excellent lawyer who gets the best result for his client but does so in a friendly and professional manner‘.

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