I feel privileged to be a partner in Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s commercial law team. The firm has an impressive pedigree, having served the needs of clients across Teesside for over 175 years, but it is modern, well-resourced, and forward-thinking. We invest substantially in technology, facilities, and knowledge management, but in common with the very best professional services businesses, it is our people that make the difference.

The commercial law team is based at Wynyard Business Park, an ideal situation from which to provide a seamless service to our business clients across the North of England and beyond.  It’s a perfect location for clients, and the partners and staff love its calm, professional atmosphere as well as its easy accessibility. Being a daily commuter from my home in West Yorkshire, I can testify to this.

TILLY BAILEY & IRVINE: TRUSTED ADVISORS IN COMMERCIAL LAWIt’s great to work with a talented team of commercial lawyers, many of whom, like me, come from a “big firm” background, but who prefer the more personal, client-focussed attitude you find at Tilly Bailey & Irvine. Most law firms will tell you, quite rightly, that they are technically competent, and that they will do all they can to look after their clients’ interests. But at Tilly Bailey & Irvine we look deeper than that. We work very hard to build longstanding relationships with clients and professional contacts as “trusted advisors”.

It’s no accident that many of those relationships go back decades. My specialism is in resolving commercial disputes, including all sorts of contract disputes, post-M&A claims, professional negligence claims, franchise issues, partnership disputes, employment-related disputes, and corporate governance issues (shareholder disputes and claims by and against directors). You might think that the market for repeat litigation business is relatively limited, and you’d be right. Most people tend to encounter business-threatening disputes only occasionally, though they are a fact of business life and can be devastating if not handled with skill and, often, with tact. It has been my experience that clients are best placed to deal with such situations if they have professional advisors who have taken the trouble to learn about the client’s business, to understand it and its owners and managers, their aspirations, limitations, fears, and so on. Indeed, a lawyer who invests time and energy in building such a relationship with their business client will play a part in reducing the likelihood of disputes arising in the first place. This is a philosophy which underpins my approach to my clients, and it is shared by my colleagues in Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s commercial law team.

As well as dealing with a wide range of disputes between or relating to businesses, Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s commercial law team deals with all aspects of property work, banking and finance, securitisation, M&A, commercial contracts, franchises, employment law (both contentious and non-contentious), intellectual property, and insolvency/restructuring.

Sometimes the owners and managers of businesses assume that they have to default to law firms in the big cities of Leeds, Newcastle and London, but, and many are the product of longstanding professional relationships. We act for business owners and managers across a broad range of industries and professions.

If you would like to find out more about our dispute management services, or any of our other legal services for businesses and private clients, or if you would like to explore career opportunities in our commercial law team, then please contact me in complete confidence at: nbroadbent@tbilaw.co.uk or 01740 646007.

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