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From | Friday 2 November 2018

Law firm described by leading legal publication as 'a gem in the Hull legal market'.

Rob Ripley, right, head of the commercial litigation team, with colleague Mike Wilson.

Leading regional law firm Bridge McFarland is recognised for its “brilliant team” working on Yorkshire and Humber commercial litigation in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500.

The publication, a leading authority for the legal profession, describes the service as “a gem in the Hull legal market” with “a brilliant team of exceptional litigators who manage to balance a legal framework with a commercial approach to find the best possible solutions”.

It highlights the team’s expertise across contract disputes, business sale disputes, restrictive covenants, property litigation, professional negligence claims and insolvency matters.

The team is praised for being “quick to respond and having a strong commercial understanding” in acting for local and national companies in a range of employment matters, as well as for senior employees. 

Overall, the Legal 500 recognises five key areas of Bridge McFarland’s work and 14 of its specialist lawyers – up from 11 a year ago.

Bridge McFarland’s Grimsby-based clinical negligence and personal injury team has secured a number of high-profile successes for claimants during the past year. 

The Legal 500 guide said Hull was benefiting from its move to become a national centre for renewable energy and the success of the 2017 City of Culture.

It said Yorkshire's legal sector was continuing to benefit from a "buoyant market and active transactional workload", helping it to weather "the storm of the looming presence of Brexit", while the region was attracting a steady stream of investment through property developments, substantial construction work and infrastructure projects. 

Yorkshire is also expected to benefit from the Northern Powerhouse initiative.