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Adam Patel


Trainee Solicitor

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Adam graduated from the University of Huddersfield in July, having completed the Masters of Law and Practice, having received a First Class Law degree and a Distinction in his LPC.

Adam is currently working in Bermans Insolvency and Litigation departments, working on the resolution of commercial disputes and cases involving breach of contract.

Prior to working at Bermans, Adam worked in conveyancing at a Stockport based law firm.

In his final year at University, Adam was a student advisor, at the Huddersfield Legal Advice Clinic, giving members of the public pro-bono advice for cases they may not have been able to pursue.

During the Winter Adam goes snowboarding in the Czech Republic, as he is half Czech and his family have a cabin in the mountains to the north where there’s a lot of Winter sports activity.


Email: adam.patel@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0161 827 4608

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30 Years a Solicitor

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Article by Andrew Koffman, Litigation Partner

1 October 1987, a typical grey autumn day in Manchester, a far cry from the hurricane-strength winds that buffeted Britain exactly 2 weeks later. But a big day for me; after 6 years of study and training, I was finally admitted as a solicitor. I had a moderately exciting morning serving a search order on a defendant although the location (a block of multi-storey flats) was about as unglamorous as it could get!

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Mediation – a less costly way of resolving civil disputes

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The Law Gazette recently shared this article titled ‘Low-cost Manchester mediation pilot aims to ‘fill a gap’ which discusses a new initiative involving the launch of new a pilot scheme encouraging mediation as a less costly way of resolving civil disputes.

Nick Harvey Partner and Head of Litigation, comments on this recent article, whilst discussing Bermans new dispute resolution product – Escalate.

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Andrew Koffman

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Andrew joined Bermans in January 2017 as a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Manchester.

Andrew studied at University College, Oxford and The College of Law, Guildford, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1987 at Brooke North Solicitors, going on to hold positions at Halliwells and Salehs Solicitors.

Andrew advises for owner-managed businesses, professional practices, insolvency practitioners, property developers, secured lenders and individuals.

He specialises in property litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes; litigation for secured lenders; contract disputes; professional negligence and insolvency.

Outside of work,Andrew enjoys football (both playing 5-a-side and watching Manchester City); running; walking/climbing; music and learning to play the piano. Plus he is a member of the Manchester Law Society.

Visit Andrew’s LinkedIn page here or see contact details below to discuss your legal matter with Andrew.

Email: andrew.koffman@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0161 827 4604

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Anita Jackson


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Senior Litigation Executive

Anita joined Bermans in 1987 and has over 25 year experience in the recoveries arena has a deep understanding of finance and asset based recoveries procedures.

In addition to producing and managing court process for a variety of commercial clients Anita has her own caseload of undefended and defended small claims litigation primarily for the asset based lending industry.


Email: anita.jackson@bermans.co.uk

Tel:0161 827 4602

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Pat Haver


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Pat joined Bermans in 1997 and works in our Litigation department.

She deals with a wide range of contract disputes and also property litigation matters (particularly Landlord and Tenant possession actions and Landlord’s claims for rent arrears).

She has developed real litigation nous and is respected by clients’ in their own right, as adept lawyers in their fields.


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Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson

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Senior Associate

Andrew is at Senior Associate who joined Bermans in 1985 to assist Ian Munford following the opening of our Manchester office.

He has 30 years experience in Asset finance litigation dealing with matters such as fraud, freezing orders, title claims, delivery up claims, guarantee/indemnity claims, shortfalls and general debt recovery for a wide range of asset based lenders including members of the Finance & Leasing Association and Asset Based Finance Association.

He is a strong litigator but equally at home negotiating towards an amicable settlement, where costs, commercial or other reasons for advising settlement dictate. His calm and approachable manner is much appreciated by clients.

Though his football playing days are long gone he retains a keen interest in sport. Andrew is a season ticket holder at Manchester United and also follows the fortunes of his home town Rugby League club Salford Red Devils.


Email: andrew.henderson@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0161 827 4607

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Nick Harvey


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Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Nick, a partner since 2001, heads up the Litigation & Dispute Resolution as well as the Collections and Recoveries teams and also serves on Bermans board.

A highly respected commercial litigator and cited by the Legal 500 as one of the top lawyers in the North West. He has expertise in heavy weight contractual disputes ranging from shareholder, partnership and franchisor issues to complex property, insurance and licensed leisure litigation. Professional negligence claims is also an area in which he is highly regarded.

Alive to the changing climate, Nick has embraced ADR and has conducted many successful negotiated settlements through mediation. Nick’s positive approach and “can do” attitude is well recognised by his clients.


Email: nick.harvey@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0552

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