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Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation

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Joanne Davies
Partner – Solicitor – Head of Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Department Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation

Joanne Davies is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in litigation matters. Having trained and qualified in 1994 at Wragge & Co, she also spent several years at Martineau Johnson, as well as having experience of working as in-house Counsel in the finance leasing industry. Joanne headed up the dispute resolution and litigation team at her previous firm before joining Keelys LLP in January 2018. Joanne has extensive experience of all nature of commercial and contractual disputes, having handled minority shareholders’ disputes, professional negligence claims and overdrawn directors loan account claims. In addition she also handles landlord and tennant cases (both commercial and residential) and trust and contested probate claims. Joanne prides herself on taking a hands on approach to cases and will always take in to consideration the commercial issues that arise in any dispute.

Joanne studied Law with French at the University of Birmingham, before completing her training contract. Joanne speaks fluent French and also studied Russian at A Level. When not in the office, Joanne enjoys walking the family dog, reading, history and travel (and if they can all be combined then so much the better).

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Michael Phillips
Partner – Solicitor Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation

Michael is the head of the Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation practice at Keelys. He qualified as a solicitor in 1986, and joined Keelys in 1999, having been a partner at Eversheds before then. He gained a first class degree in law at Cambridge. He spent many years with Freshfields, some in Hong Kong. In a legal career spanning over 35 years, he has handled some large and high profile commercial disputes, including large scale banking fraud and cross-border disputes, and has dealt with major public and private institutions. He handles all types of commercial disputes, ranging from debt recovery to more complex contract disputes, employee restrictive covenant and confidentiality disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, warranty disputes under share sale agreements, property disputes and professional negligence claims against solicitors, valuers and accountants. More recently at Keelys, he has successfully managed two cases which have gone to the Court of Appeal involing major commercial enterprises.