The Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide is published by Chambers and Partners. It is independently researched by Chambers’ legal researchers and audited by the British Market Research Bureau.
Chambers Asia-Pacific often ranks Tanner De Witt as a leading law firm in Hong Kong. See below for some of the editorial comments about us recently.
2018 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
Tanner De Witt is pleased once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their 2018 Asia-Pacific Guide for each of its main practice areas, in particular its Band 1 rankings for Restructuring and Insolvency and Labour and Employment. Joanne Brown is a new entry in the guide, recognised as an ‘Up and Coming‘ Partner for her work in the Family Practice.
Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)
What the team is known for: Covers the full range of corporate and commercial matters, including investments, joint ventures and M&A transactions. Remains part of a global referral network with elite law firms, frequently handling cross-border mandates. Strong in dealing with regulatory compliance work related to corporate transactions.
Strengths: One market source rates the team: “Among the independent firms they are one of the most able to satisfy international clients,” further explaining: “They are very internationally-minded, responsive and experienced. They know their strengths and weaknesses and have a broad portfolio of services.“
“Very solid local Hong Kong firm that gives hands-on and practical advice,” another interviewee remarks.
Tim Drew is well known for advising local and international clients on commercial and corporate work, frequently instructed by German companies investing in the region. “I think he has a very sound judgement of commercial issues, he doesn’t over or under-engineer and he comes up with practical and commercial solutions,” one satisfied client notes, adding: “He is very experienced and you don’t have to wait much for an answer.“
Edmond Leung has over 15 years of experience advising clients in Hong Kong and throughout the region. He regularly works on general corporate and commercial matters, including setting up companies, joint ventures and dealing with regulatory and compliance issues.
Eddie Look is singled out by market sources, who rate him for his broad corporate work and his experience in advising an impressive range of corporates. A client notes: “He is able to put himself in my shoes and advise in terms of what I need,” and further explains: “He has the client’s interest as a priority and that is also valuable to me.”
Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) — China (Band 4)
What the team is known for: Respected, independent Hong Kong firm, acknowledged for its broad commercial disputes offering. Areas of expertise include professional negligence claims, shareholder disputes, debt recovery and fraud matters. Often acts for clients in the telecoms, hospitality and automotive sectors, as well as handling private client matters.
Strengths: Clients appreciate that the team is committed to providing high-quality service, with one source noting: “Tanner De Witt are clearly determined to achieve the best results for their clients.” Another source observes: “They were hard-working and responsive, and so also gave good advice,” adding that “under time pressure they got complicated drafts done quickly.“
Jeff Lane regularly assists clients with domestic and cross-border financial fraud disputes and asset tracing matters. He is also sought out for his expertise in issues relating to cyber fraud. Interviewees describe him as “a pretty impressive litigator” who “responds to requests very quickly.“
Mark Side focuses his practice on contentious regulatory matters, with additional experience in matrimonial asset tracing and professional duty disputes. Sources regard him as a “well-known Hong Kong practitioner” and a “good litigator.”
Robin Darton is praised by market sources for his deep experience in insolvency-related litigation. He is also well versed in banking litigation and advises clients on debt recovery and security enforcement matters.
Joanne Brown heads up the matrimonial practice. She is recommended this year by numerous clients and peers, who highlight her negotiation and client management skills. One interviewee notes: “She is great at dealing with highly complex cases and difficult clients,” adding that she is “the kind of person you would want to have there, very calm and collected.”
Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms) — China (Band 1)
What the team is known for: Strong contentious employment team with notable expertise representing employees in high-profile litigation cases. Active on matters involving individuals employed in Hong Kong, and on the transfer of employees to and from the PRC. Also works with employers, advising on work policies, contracts and post-employment restrictions. Highly active on cases related to race, disability and sex discrimination, and has recently advised on a number of white-collar crime investigations.
Strengths: The team is highlighted by a client as being “very responsive and results-oriented.”
Multiple peers confirm the team’s distinguished reputation for representing employees. One interviewee explains: “They’re very good, great at acting for employees – we refer to them a lot.”
Kim Boreham maintains her excellent reputation for her work on complex matters on the employee side, including issues relating to entitlements and bonuses, discrimination and post-termination restrictions. Peers confirm she is “very well thought of” in this area, a source further noting she is “very good, and tough without being aggressive.“
Russell Bennett is best known for his experience handling employment disputes in the financial sector, as well as advising on immigration, criminal investigations and termination entitlements. One client reports that he “endeavours to understand the client’s needs and find a fast and efficient way to achieve the client’s goals.”
Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) — China (Band 1)
What the team is known for : Well-established independent Hong Kong firm with a strong reputation, particularly in relation to high-stakes contentious insolvency cases. Regularly handles large, complex domestic litigations. Also able to handle cross-border Hong Kong–Mainland China restructurings.
Strengths: “As a firm, they have the greatest breadth of experience in terms of the insolvency corporate recovery market, more than any other firm in Hong Kong,” an interviewee enthuses.
“I tend to use them a lot because they are very flexible,” another source affirms.
Work highlights : Represented Clifford Stuart Rocke, Jannamaria Robertson and John Allan Bumbak of KordaMentha in respect of the liquidation of General Nice Resources, in a matter valued at approximately HKD2.5 billion.
Acted for the joint and several liquidators of the Hong Kong subsidiary of a Singaporean conglomerate, Dragon Technology Distribution, after the group’s collapse in September 2016, which left secured creditors chasing approximately USD50 million.
With over two decades of experience in Hong Kong, Robin Darton is praised for his “skills in managing stakeholders,” as one client explains, adding: “He is an expert at it.” Renowned for his contentious work, he has recently advised numerous liquidators on several insolvency-related disputes.
Ian De Witt has close to 30 years of experience in the insolvency practice area in London and Hong Kong. One client says: “Ian De Witt, in my opinion, is the best insolvency lawyer in Hong Kong.” He successfully advised Howard Friedman on a bankruptcy petition filed by Citibank, which was claiming a debt pursuant to a guarantee and indemnity purportedly securing the debts of Interpro Manufacturing.
2017 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
We are pleased to announce the results of the Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2017. We are yet again ranked in Band 1 for our Employment and Restructuring and Insolvency practices and we have been promoted to Band 3 for our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice this year. Our Corporate and Commercial practice remains steady with all three partners recognised as leading lawyers in Band 2. Please find full results and editorial below.
Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)
What the team is known for Covers the full range of corporate and commercial matters, including investments, joint ventures and M&A transactions. Remains part of a global referral network with elite law firms, frequently handling cross-border mandates.
Strengths Sources praise the team’s consistently high-quality advice: “They are very swift, solution-oriented and they give hands-on advice.”
Work highlights Acted for Bumps to Babes in its acquisition by Baioo Family Interactive.
Significant clients foodpanda, Equiom, King Fook.
Sources comment that Tim Drew is “hands-on,” has a “brilliant perspective” and gives “high-quality advice.” He deals with a variety of matters, including private equity, M&A and capital markets work.
Clients report that Edmond Leung “gets work done very quickly and efficiently.” They also mention that he is “very commercial – he doesn’t over-lawyer things. He is able to think about issues from our side and give us salient advice, but not just throw the book at it.”
Eddie Look recently assisted Bumps to Babes with its sale to Baioo Family Interactive. He maintains a loyal client base, one source enthusing that he “effected a great deal for us” and that they would “use him again with no hesitation.”
Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) (Band 3)
What the team is known for Respected, independent Hong Kong firm, acknowledged for its broad commercial disputes offering. Often acts for clients in the telecoms, hospitality and automotive sectors, as well as handling private client matters.
Work highlights Defended Yves Bouvier against a USD2 billion claim of fraud brought by Dmitry Rybolovlev arising out of the sale of 37 paintings.
Significant clients KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, Yves Bouvier.
Jeff Lane has a flourishing practice representing high-profile clients in complex litigation in the Hong Kong market. Sources acknowledge his established credentials, describing him as a “hardcore and serious litigator.”
Mark Side is a committed mediator and litigator with solid experience in handling major disputes for clients such as public companies, shareholders and accountants. Market sources comment that “he is a good all-rounder” who “has been around the market for a long time.”
Robin Darton is appreciated for assisting clients with contentious matters, especially in relation to restructuring, insolvency and employment issues. Other areas of focus are shareholder and trade disputes.
Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms) (Band 1)
What the team is known for Strong contentious employment team with notable expertise representing employees in high-profile litigation cases. Active on matters involving individuals employed in both the PRC and Hong Kong, and the transfer of employees between these two jurisdictions. Also works with employers, advising on work policies, contracts and post-employment restrictions. Highly active on cases related to race, disability and sex discrimination, as well as advising on internal investigations.
Strengths Sources across the market applaud the quality of the team’s performance when representing employees, noting: “They are very strong on litigation.”
Kim Boreham is highly respected as a litigator. She acts for employees and employers on termination disputes as well as non-contentious matters, including handbook drafting and structuring exit packages. One client says she is “very strong. She has a good understanding of corporate issues, and is innovative with a very sharp intellect.”
Russell Bennett is best known for advising employees and employers in the financial sector on major employment disputes. He is described by one peer as “very commercial and sensible. If he’s on your side, you know things can be resolved.”
Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms) (Band 1)
What the team is known for Well-established independent Hong Kong firm with a strong reputation, particularly in relation to high-stakes contentious insolvency cases. Regularly handles large, complex domestic litigations.
Strengths Clients praise the commerciality of the team’s advice: “They are very experienced in insolvency-related matters, and the advice they give is sound and practical and balances the legal and commercial aspects that the client needs to take into account.” The team is known for its local work, and is praised as “a standout local independent firm.”
Value for money Clients praise the firm’s billing processes: “Their bills are clearly set out in their fee notes, with reasonable deductions for non-billable items on time charged.” Further interviewees note: “They are very flexible on fee arrangements.”
Work highlights Acting for Kaisa Group in restructuring its USD2.5 billion of offshore debt. Representing the liquidators of Korean business Missha following the cessation of its operations in Hong Kong.
Significant clients Kaisa Group, KPMG, PwC, Asian Bamboo, Deloitte.
Robin Darton focuses his practice on contentious insolvency cases, where he acts for both creditors and debtors. He represented the liquidators of OW Bunker China in a dispute with the receivers in connection with the payment of USD150 million in receivables. Clients say: “He is sensible, commercial, astute and technically good too.”
Ian De Witt has 30 years of experience acting for creditors, receivers and liquidators on major, complex insolvencies and restructurings. One client remarks: “He gets into the nitty-gritty, but also sees the big picture.” He advised Asian Bamboo on the replacement of directors of its subsidiaries with a preliminary insolvency administrator.
2016 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
The results of the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 legal rankings guide have been published and our Employment and Restructuring and Insolvency teams have been ranked in Band 1. We publish highlights of the rankings below.
Employment (Band 1)
Our dedicated Employment practice continues to hold its Band 1 ranking alongside larger international firms such as Mayer Brown JSM and Simmons & Simmons. Employment co-head Kim Boreham has been ranked as a Band 1 Leading Lawyer and Russell Bennett in Band 2. The employment practice is known for having a strong contentious employment team with notable expertise representing employees in high-profile litigation cases. The team is active on matters involving individuals employed in both the PRC and Hong Kong and the transfer of employees between these two jurisdictions. They also work with employers, advising on work policies, contracts and post-employment restrictions. Clients comment on the good service received at Tanner De Witt with one client saying: “Impressive service, knowledge and expertise”. Kim and Russell do not only work on the side of the employer but they are also known to be “very good for employees”.
Kim Boreham enjoys a strong reputation among peers and clients for contentious and non-contentious employment matters. She advises on termination issues and risk assessments for employers, including discrimination claims and enforcement of restrictive covenants. She also assists employees with termination entitlements.
Russell Bennett is recommended as “a commercial lawyer with excellent knowledge and experience”. His practice focuses on high-value disputes but he also acts for businesses on employment restructuring, documentation drafting and compliance matters.
Insolvency and Restructuring (Band 1)
Tanner De Witt’s Insolvency and Restructuring practice which is known for its strong reputation in relation to high stakes contentious insolvency cases led by leading lawyers Ian De Witt and Robin Darton have been ranked in Band 1. Ian and Robin continue to be ranked in Band 1 for their speciality in Insolvency and Restructuring law. Consultant Anthony Hill is included in the Other Noted practitioners section for his contribution and extensive knowledge in the field.
Robin Darton continues to be recognised as an “excellent” practitioner and is applauded as a “very talented man” and a “well-known name for restructuring and insolvency work in Hong Kong.” A highly capable litigator, he has extensive experience of assisting with contentious insolvency issues.
According to one impressed source, Ian De Witt “very quickly gets the issues, speaks with authority and gives advice with confidence.” He is held in high esteem by peers who frequently mention him as a leading expert on insolvency matters.
Corporate and Commercial (Band 2)
Our Corporate and Commercial practice has been ranked in Band 2 for the Corporate / M&A: Independent Hong Kong firm category. The Corporate Commercial team at Tanner De Witt is known for acting for a range of leading international corporates on Hong Kong law issues arising around investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions transactions. The firm’s connection to the Mainland has strengthened with an increased number of clients from Mainland China seeking legal advice from us.
Partners Eddie Look, Tim Drew and Edmond Leung have all received Band 2 Leading Lawyer rankings for Corporate and Commercial law. Tim Drew continues to receive praise from clients for his extensive knowledge in advising on local aspects of M&A across various industry sectors. A client value’s Edmond Leung’s “ability to understand our business and what our ultimate goals are”. Eddie Look is commended for having “a hands-on approach” working with his clients.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution (Band 4)
Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice has been ranked in Band 4 with Partners Mark Side, Jeff Lane and Robin Darton all ranked in Band 3. The Litigation and Dispute Resolution team “strike an excellent balance between legal imperatives and realistic expectations and concerns…their main strengths are, without doubt, their in-depth knowledge of the local regulations and a can-do attitude”.
Tanner De Witt is a “well-respected, independent Hong Kong firm, recommended for its commercial shrewdness. Provides a broad commercial disputes offering, and often acts for clients in the telecoms, hospitality and automotive sectors, as well as handling private client matters”.
Jeff Lane is highly respected for his experience having practised in Hong Kong for over two decades. He is described by one source as “very clever, prudent and efficient”.
A client appreciates that Mark Side is “strategically very strong, mindful of our concerns and always explains the contributing factors to his advice”. He acts for public companies, shareholders and accountants, among others. He is also known for his work as a mediator.
Robin Darton is highlighted for his experience in insolvency litigation as well as on contentious shareholder, employment and cross-border trade matters. One client describes him as a “technically brilliant lawyer” who “understands the issues very quickly, and is able to come up with solutions which make sense”.
2015 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
The results of the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 legal rankings guide have been published and our Employment and Restructuring and Insolvency teams have been ranked in Band 1. We publish highlights of the rankings below.
Employment (Band 1)
What the team is known for: Renowned for representing senior executives in contentious matters, including in disputes which involve restrictive covenants and breach of confidence. Works with multiple Hong Kong companies and financial institutions. Developing a niche specialism in disagreements over share option entitlements.
“They were timely, accurate and did exactly what we wanted. We can be confident in the decisions we have made once we have received their expert advice. They are our first phone call.”
Head of department Kim Boreham maintains a sterling reputation in the Hong Kong employment market, where she is especially prominent in handling contentious issues. Peers describe her as “an excellent advocate for employees” and are impressed by “her decisiveness and ability to protect her client. I won’t hesitate to refer work to her.”
Russell Bennett specialises in high-value employment disputes in the financial sector. Clients report: “He knows his trade inside-out and backwards,” thereby ensuring that “he is prepared to give his opinion, to stick his neck out, to give options and pros and cons, and then his advice.”
Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 1)
What the team is known for: Highly regarded team with a long market standing. Offers expert knowledge on all aspects of Hong Kong-based restructuring and insolvency matters.
“They are a quality outfit, and in the area of restructuring and insolvency they are at the forefront of the field.”
“They bring a very good mix of academic knowledge and street smarts.”
“A quality practitioner and a safe pair of hands,” Robin Darton is frequently highlighted by sources as a leading individual for insolvency matters. He is a highly experienced litigator, and also handles shareholders’ and international trade disputes.
Ian De Witt is acknowledged by peers as a very prominent and capable practitioner. One client enthuses: “I can call him for anything. He’s great – very user-friendly.” De Witt has nearly two decades’ experience in acting on contentious insolvency matters.
Corporate/M&A (Band 2)
What the team is known for: Highly regarded independent Hong Kong firm which undertakes deals in its own right, as well as being called upon by international firms to advise on the Hong Kong-specific aspects of multi-jurisdictional deals.
“They provide very hands-on, practical advice, they’re swift, and in a nutshell they provide very reliable services.”
“They are strong: quick to respond and pragmatic in their advice and assistance.”
Tim Drew is singled out as a lawyer who “is very hands-on, and always responds fast to queries.” He has wide-ranging experience in advising on general corporate and other transactional matters, and has notable recent experience of representing international and regional companies in their investments into Hong Kong.
Edmond Leung “does an outstanding job in understanding our realities and constraints, guides us when we need to facilitate a deal, and is the perfect bridge between Chinese and Western parties,” enthuses one client. Leung has recently overseen M&A deals for companies operating in the real estate, communications and financial services sectors.
Eddie Look wins praise from interviewees, who comment: “We are always confident that when we start working on a matter with Eddie, he will be very reactive, provide good advice, and communicate with us very well.” He handles the spectrum of regional transactional work, and also advises multinational companies on their Hong Kong and PRC operations.
Dispute Resolution (Band 4)
What the team is known for: Considered market leaders in insolvency disputes and maintains an active role in professional negligence claims. Developing a strong offering in private client and contentious probate disputes.
“Technically very good, they understand insolvency-related matters and are pretty hands-on when I talk to them.”
Jeffrey Lane handles a range of matters in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has extensive experience of working in Hong Kong, and is noted for his strong capabilities in fraud and asset recovery cases.
Head of litigation Mark Side is recommended by market sources for his “considerable experience. He offers quality, responsiveness and a hands-on service.” He often acts on commercial and banking litigation.
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2014 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
Restructuring/Insolvency: International Firms – China (Band 1)
What the team is known for A compact team that is highly regarded for its expertise in insolvency administration and complex restructurings. The team acts for a wide range of clients, including insolvent companies, insolvency practitioners and creditors.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: “You get partner attention, even on small matters.”
Robin Darton heads the restructuring and banking and finance group. He is praised by sources for his “very commercial and sensible”advice, and is also described as “very engaging, accessible and easy to work with.”
Sources also recommend name partner Ian De Witt, with one client stating: “In my view, he’s probably the best insolvency lawyer in Hong Kong – he is commercial, technically good, and able to come up with innovative ways of resolving a problem.”
Dispute Resolution: International Firms – China (Band 4)
Mark Side leads the litigation and dispute resolution team. He is regularly appointed to act for members of Hong Kong’s Sindhi business community, and market sources comment on his “extremely pleasant manner.”
Employment: International Firms – China (Band 2)
What the team is known for Represents senior employees and has particular expertise in relation to restrictive covenants and the misuse of confidential information. Equally adept at advising companies, including major financial institutions and Hong Kong-listed companies, on the full range of employment issues.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: “We refer work to them, and we think of them as a leading Hong Kong law firm.”
Bench strength: “They have a number of well-established individuals with strong specialisations in this area.”
Work highlights Acted for a senior executive on successfully defending injunction proceedings and an application to enforce a 12-month non-compete covenant.
Kim Boreham leads the employment team and is widely praised by sources for her clear advice, legal knowledge and technical ability. She has a particularly strong reputation for her contentious work, including on restrictive covenants, injunctive proceedings and termination disputes.
Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms – China (Band 2)
What the team is known for Handles a wide scope of corporate matters for Hong Kong-based companies. Increased activity of late advising on outbound acquisitions in other markets in Asia. Other relevant expertise includes management buyouts, joint venture establishments and share disposals.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: “They are streamlined and their advice is to-the-point. I have never had the impression their advice is drafted to add billable hours.”
Eddie Look advises listed companies and private equity clients on M&A transactions. One interviewee states: “Not only is he good at advising on legal aspects, he also sees clearly through any traps in the whole puzzle of an agreement and further understands the commercial side in negotiations.”
Edmond Leung “was able to give a lot of good advice especially during negotiations. It was good to have him to protect our client’s interests,” recalls an impressed source. He recently handled the USD4 million acquisition of Vietnam-based Long An Brewery for The Gannon Group from a US private equity fund.
2013 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
Sources say: “A great firm handling a wide variety of work at a very high standard”. “They have greater experience than other firms in town. In terms of handling liquidation or insolvency matters, I rate them the highest.”
Robin Darton has vast experience in handling contentious insolvency and banking matters. Clients agree that “for restructuring and insolvency he is ahead of the pack.” One client also noted that “he is a good commercial lawyer, with a sensible approach. He is someone who I am able to work with easily.”
“First-class technically,” Ian De Witt specialises in commercial litigation and insolvency work. Sources note that he is “very well known amongst insolvency circles. He’s definitely at the top of the market in Hong Kong.” Other interviewees add: “He is a solid litigator and a good all-around lawyer providing solid strategic advice.
Sources say: “They strike the right balance in their advice: they don’t just tell you what the law says and leave you to draw your own conclusions, they set out clear options and tell you which one is best.”
Litigation head Mark Side specialises in professional negligence matters. He won plaudits for his responsive style and tactical acumen, while one client remarked: “He really cares about his clients and their cases, and has a great bedside manner.” He is also a CEDR-accredited mediator.
This local stalwart has a dedicated team of employment lawyers covering negotiations of terms and conditions of employment contracts, privacy and discrimination claims for employees and executives, and regulatory compliance for SMEs, major financial institutions and Hong Kong-listed companies.
Sources say: “They are good at what they do and are genuine employment experts.”
Sources say: “The team not only covers all the legal angles but also understands the commercial needs of a deal. They executed everything with precision, good planning and without wasting time.”
Described as “cool and calm” during tough negotiations, Eddie Look continues to win accolades from interviewees who say that because he is “extremely experienced; he notices the tiniest of details and sees through the most complex discussions.”
2012 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
Robin Darton is listed as a leading lawyer for Restructuring/Insolvency.
Mark Side is listed as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution.
Ian De Witt is listed as a leading lawyer for Restructuring/Insolvency.
Eddie Look is listed as a leading lawyer for Corporate/M&A.
Kim Boreham is listed as a leading lawyer for Employment.
2011 Edition of Chambers Asia (Hong Kong)
Sources say about Tanner De Witt’s lawyers: ‘Extremely user-friendly and commercial…’knows exactly what steps to take in order to succeed in a case’…’cost-conscious and excellent value for money’…’We are always under time pressure and urgency, and we never had any problems with Tanner De Witt on that front’.
“What this six-partner firm lacks in size it makes up for in its tenacious representation of a first-class client base”.
Sources say: “Outstanding on slightly smaller restructuring issues. Extremely user-friendly and commercial”.
This disputes team regularly serves a range of local and international clients, including leading accounting firms, offshore investors and several high net worth individuals. It also fields expertise in mediation and ADR.
“This impressive firm is well known for its contentious capabilities and continues to be involved in high-profile insolvencies in Hong Kong”. Ian De Witt is a ‘first-rate restructuring lawyer’ whose ‘sensible, savvy and down-to-earth’ approach appeals to clients. Robin Darton is highly regarded as ‘top-class in Hong Kong’, particularly for litigation matters”.
“With deep-rooted experience in employment-related litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, Kim Boreham is known to be a‘brilliant lawyer, who is cost-conscious and provides excellent value for money’”.
Mark Side is a well-regarded lawyer who knows exactly what steps to take in order to succeed in a case. As well as being a seasoned litigator, he is also an accredited mediator.