Leading North West law firm Napthens has welcomed Senior Associate Solicitor James Stephenson to its Liverpool office, as part of its commercial litigation team.

Having qualified in 2010, James brings more than ten years’ experience in handling high value and complex litigation to the firm, having dealt with proceedings in all Courts, including the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Acting for individuals and businesses in a wide range of industry sectors, James has spent his career working at major national and international law firms, gathering significant expertise and regularly advising on contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, shareholder disputes, commercial debt recovery and insolvency proceedings – relating to both bankruptcy and winding-up orders.

James has been recognised in the prestigious Legal 500 and has previously been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ for both commercial litigation and debt recovery and listed as a next generation lawyer.

Speaking on his appointment, James said:

“Napthens is a leading name in the North West legal sector and has truly established itself as a key player in Liverpool over the past few years. There’s a real ambition within the team to make a mark not just in the North West, but across the UK, so I’m excited to play a part in that over the coming years. The firm has a reputation for building strong, lasting relationships with its clients through quality service and that provides a solid foundation for the future.”

In 2018 Napthens opened an office in The Plaza, Old Hall Street, to develop its presence in the city region and complement its existing locations across the North West, in Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

Gareth McIntegart, Head of Napthens’ Liverpool office, said:

“Liverpool City Region is a key part of Napthens’ future growth plans and James is another exciting addition to the growing team. Honing his craft here for the past 10 years, James knows Liverpool inside out and is exactly the kind of talent we are looking to attract. We have no doubt he’ll build excellent relationships with our clients and his expertise will further enhance the skillset of our market-leading commercial litigation team.

“Scaling our Liverpool office presence is firmly on the agenda at Napthens, and with James being our third significant appointment during lockdown, we are planning a number of further exciting announcements over the coming months that will benefit our internal teams and clients alike.”

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