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Andrew Koffman

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Partner

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

Andrew studied law at University College, Oxford and The College of Law, Guildford, before qualifying as a Solicitor in 1987.

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.


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 years of experience in the recoveries arena and 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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Chartered Legal Executive

Pat is a qualified Chartered Legal Executive and joined Bermans in 1997.

She works in our Litigation department and 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.


Email: pat.haver@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0507


 

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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 over 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, and member of the firms management board also heads up the Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Collections teams.

Nick has a degree in law and qualified as a solicitor in 1997.

He is 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 construction, insurance and tax litigation. Professional negligence claims is also an area in which he is highly regarded.

As co-founder of the multi-award winning dispute resolution product, Escalate, Nicks innovative, solution driven and price sensitive approach is well recognised by his clients.

Alive to the changing climate, Nick has embraced ADR and has conducted many successful negotiated settlements through mediation.


Email: nick.harvey@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0552

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Michael Smeaton

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Senior Associate

Michael is a Senior Associate who joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008.

Following his degree in law and qualification in September 2010, he joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.

Michael’s focus is commercial litigation and he provides specialist advice to clients in relation to a wide range of disputes, including shareholder and partnership matters, warranty and covenant claims, property litigation and complex, high-value contractual disputes.

Michael prides himself on his approachable and positive attitude, and clients appreciate his ability to explain complex legal issues in simple, understandable terms. Always keen to keep matters firmly in a commercial focus, Michael works with clients to resolve disputes and meet objectives in the most cost-effective way possible.


Email: michael.smeaton@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0513

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Jonathan Berkson

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Partner

Jonathan is an award winning, experienced dispute resolver. He works with clients to resolve complex disputes in the most cost effective and commercial way.

He qualified a solicitor in 1990 following his degree in law.

Jonathan’s commercial recovery work for asset based lenders has added to the firms niche in this area of practice.

Jonathan has been recognised as a top lawyer by the Times as their “Lawyer of the Week” in September 2011, and Legal Business Magazine who highly commended him for “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012. Jonathan was the Liverpool Law Society’s “Solicitor of the Year” in 2013.


Email: jonathan.berkson@bermans.co.uk

Tel: 0151 224 0523

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