Longmores in Chambers UK 2020

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Longmores Solicitors Dispute Resolutions and Commercial Property teams have been ranked in the Chambers UK 2020 guide with Richard Gvero and John Wiblin achieving individual rankings and Rachael Spalton and Tracey Dargan acknowledged as recognised practitioners.

Chambers & Partners is a leading directory that ranks law firms nationally.  Their guides are produced independently and the research is conducted exclusively for rankings based on one-on-one client interviews.  Longmores is delighted to have achieved recognition in the UK directory again.

Dispute Resolution: Band 4

What the guide says

Longmores’ Dispute Resolution team offers expertise in, amongst others, contractual disputes (especially shareholder disputes), intellectual property disputes, disputes related to both commercial and residential property, including those concerning landfill and environmental issues, as well as contentious probate matters and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Most of the team’s clients are owner-managed businesses but it also acts for some large companies and for some individuals.

The team offers extensive experience of all matters related to the recruitment industry and can advise on regulatory compliance issues as well as theft of confidential information including databases.  Specialist property litigators regularly advise property managing agents as well as private landlords and tenants.

Extensive past experience of injunctions and search orders enables the team to advise clients quickly and comprehensively when there is need to approach the court quickly.

Construction law adjudication, insolvency, interest rate hedging product mis-selling, fraud, director malfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty, and land valuation arbitration are other areas in which team members have recently or are currently acting.

What the team is known for

Experienced handling breach of contract and breach of directors’ duties claims. Also assists with shareholder disputes, including unfair prejudice claims. Clients include international and regional companies as well as private individuals.

Work highlights

Assisted Andusia Recovered Fuels with a breach of contract claim against Thorncliffe Building Supplies.

Notable practitioner

John Wiblin

Commercial Property: Band 4

What the team is known for

Notable firm acting for both public and private sector clients.  Frequently instructed by local landowners and able to advise on a range of complex land and property sales and purchases.  Work includes both freehold and leasehold matters.  Additional strength in advising on the refinancing of freehold property.


A client says: “I am always impressed by how efficient they are in their ability to turn things around and get them over the line. They always follow up and never let things drift.”

Another source says: “They are a good company in terms of having good communicators, and they deal with things in a timely manner.”

Work highlights

Acted for Trent Developments in connection with its sale of a property which was subject to an occupational lease to an energy company

Notable practitioner

Rachael Spalton

Ranked Lawyers

John Wiblin: Band 3

John Wiblin, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, received a Band 3 ranking for his litigation work with an interviewee saying he “has an eye for detail and is fastidious in his preparation.  He aims to give excellent client service.”  He assists clients with contractual litigation as well as director and shareholder disputes.

Richard Gvero: Band 4

Our Joint Senior Partner, Head of Commercial and Employment received an individual Band 4 ranking for his work on employment.  The guide says: Richard Gvero has broad expertise in the field, ranging from senior exits and TUPE issues to employment status matters. He regularly acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, recruitment and education sectors. Sources say: “He has a calming and unfazed manner, which helps to identify the crux of the matter, keep perspective and take the emotion out of a case.”

Recognised Practitioners

Tracey Dargan

Partner and Head of Divorce and Family

Rachael Spalton

Partner and Head of Commercial Property

Richard Gvero, Senior Partner and Head of Commercial and Employment, commented on his firm’s achievement saying

I am proud to say that once again there has been a strong showing by the firm in directories that seem to favour the larger players in our industry.  Very well done to our ranked and recognised lawyers and practice areas.