McCormicks promotes commercial litigation expert

McCormicks promotes commercial litigation expert

McCormicks Solicitors has promoted commercial litigation expert Will Bates to senior associate.

Bates (pictured), who joined the Harrogate-based firm in 2017, has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, including disputes in sport, property, contract, intellectual property and construction.

He also has experience in debt recovery, professional negligence claims, contentious probate, harassment, defamation and insolvency (individual and corporate).

Bates has been regularly involved in a wide variety of football disputes, acting for clubs and both for and against football leagues and county football associations.

Stephen Hopwood, managing partner at McCormicks, said: “Will’s promotion reflects his hard work and contribution over the last several years and, in particular, the last year.”

Bates assists the head of commercial litigation, Philip Edmondson, in acting for a broad range of clients, including insurers, national and international corporates, entrepreneurs, large family estates, insolvency practitioners (and those facing claims by them), charities, the Premier League, Leeds United FC, Harrogate Town FC, the Ryman League, and a number of other sporting bodies and clubs.

His advice always includes consideration of whether alternative dispute resolution is suitable, and he has experience of assisting clients through mediation.

Bates also acts for the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, advising on recovery cases involving solicitors’ negligence claims.

He graduated from Durham University with an honours degree in Law in 2014 before obtaining a distinction—and the top overall mark in his intake—in the legal practice course at Hertfordshire University. He trained at a regional firm in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire before joining McCormicks.

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