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Amanda is a Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

Amanda advises on a wide range of commercial disputes and has over 20 years of experience acting for and assisting companies, partnerships and high net worth individuals. She has expertise in all types of contractual disputes and particular expertise in professional negligence, finance and property issues, construction and engineering, software licensing and insurance disputes.

Amanda is also assisting the Media team with the large scale NGN phone hacking litigation where Hamlins are Lead Solicitor, and the MGN phone hacking litigation. She has experience in all dispute resolution processes including litigation, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and settlement negotiations.

Amanda has dealt with professional negligence claims acting for and against solicitors and law firms, accountants, IFAs and construction consultants including surveyors. She also has experience in dealing with financial disputes, particularly in relation to property investment portfolios and disputes or investigations of a regulatory nature. In addition she has also represented clients in disputes where insolvency issues arise.

Her construction experience includes providing advice to employers and contractors on issues such as delay, loss and expense, liquidated damages, payment notices, variations and defects. She has particular expertise in dealing with technically complex engineering claims.

Amanda has dealt with several large complex software licensing disputes and is familiar with the issues facing companies in this area. She also has many years of experience dealing with insurance coverage disputes under all major types of insurance including PI, PL, CAR and E&O policies.

Amanda is listed in Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in commercial litigation and is recommended in the areas of professional negligence and construction.

 

 

Case Study

Software Dispute for overseas conglomerate

Acting for a well-known overseas conglomerate regarding a multi-million pound software implementation build. Our client employed a leading supplier of digital solutions to complete the implementation, who ultimately claimed a significant costs overrun in excess of USD10 million. The supplier …

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Case Study

Acting for the houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach in various ongoing disputes against Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company

The dispute resolution team, led by Amanda Burge, are acting for 60 houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach in various inter-linked and ongoing disputes with Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company (the moorings operator) and the Port of London Authority. One issue …

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Recommendations

“I credit Amanda with being the chief instrument in us constantly having the upper hand, and importantly for our management feeling confident and in control of the situation throughout.  I was highly impressed by her astuteness, speed and depth of analysis, and lightning-fast response time.  She has the rare gift of conceptualizing and organizing a very complex, disordered and unwieldy set of facts and circumstances in ways that made a very difficult and potentially nerve-racking dispute feel very easy to manage…

We always felt like we were in very safe hands.  Her legal and intellectual prowess are strongly bolstered by pragmatism and savviness about what it takes to get results for the client in the midst of constantly changing circumstances. I would rank Amanda’s style of engaging with her clients as a benchmark in terms of delivering the ideal “customer experience” for a law firm, making her clients feel incredibly at ease through the many challenges of a vexatious legal dispute – thanks to her rare combination of skill and style.”

MD of international company

“Hamlins LLP is ‘big enough to offer breadth of experience, yet offers a very personal touch that makes even small clients feel valued and important’. It has particular disputes expertise in IT, construction, engineering, insurance, professional negligence, and travel and timeshares, along with IP, defamation, sports, partnership and shareholder disputes and financial matters.”

Legal 500 2020 - Commercial Litigation

‘Amanda Burge is excellent, enormously experienced and respected in the market, especially in relation to construction and insurance related matters.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Amanda Burge has a sharp focused mind, great tenacity and an ability to negotiate forcefully and effectively.’

Legal 500 2020 - Professional Negligence - Testimonial

“Hamlins LLP’s contentious practice provides a ‘first rate service’, acting for developers, investors, funders and contractors. The team is headed up by the ‘extremely experienced and respected’ Amanda Burge. The firm has experience of disputes relating to the financing behind projects, claims for delay, loss and expense and claims for negligent design as well as a particular expertise in IT and software issues. ‘Efficient’ senior associate Laura Daly has experience acting for private and public companies in a variety of disputes.”

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious

‘Amanda Burge has the gravitas, experience and know-how to get the job done.’

Legal 500 2020 - Professional Negligence - Testimonial

‘Amanda has an excellent understanding of the processes and legal routes to resolve matters.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Hamlins offer a first rate service, particularly to niche developer clients.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Amanda Burge and Laura Daly give the impression that you are their only client.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Amanda Burge is a particularly tenacious litigator who is exceptionally proactive at driving cases forward.’

Legal 500 2020 - Professional Negligence - Testimonial

“Hamlins LLP largely acts for claimants in complex professional negligence disputes against solicitors, accountants, financial advisors, trustees and construction professionals. The team ‘understands the position from an insurer’s perspective, which gives a different insight that not all firms can offer’ and it ‘always delivers on agreed time frames and is always readily available to answer any queries’. In an example of its experience in handling cases against solicitors, the team advised on a significant claim against a leading London law firm, which examined the drafting of an estate management deed.”

Legal 500 2020 - Professional Negligence

‘Amanda Burge is very commercial and will always put her client’s needs first.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Amanda Burge is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and leads team well.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Good leadership, the team is efficient and productive’.

Legal 500 2020 - Commercial Litigation

‘Amanda Burge is concise and user friendly whilst commercial and incisive.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Commercial in their advice.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘Amanda Burge is very approachable and likes to help if at all possible; she is always contactable and willing to go the extra mile’.

Legal 500 2020 - Commercial litigation - Testimonial

‘The team work well together.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

‘First rate advice.’

Legal 500 2020 - Construction: contentious - Testimonial

Amanda is listed as a Leading Individual in Commercial Litigation in Legal 500 2019. She is described as follows ‘Flexible in her approach and easy to work with’, Amanda Burge ‘makes sure that all details are nailed down’.

Amanda is also Recommended in Professional Negligence in Legal 500 2019: “Litigation head Amanda Burge is an ‘extremely tenacious litigator who treats every case as being her top priority and provides common sense and commercial advice in a short time frame’.

Legal 500 2019

“The team is ‘very well organised and attentive to client needs; and the team provides good advice on the strength of legal positions’.”

Legal 500 2019

“Hamlins worked with me over a period of three years and they were always communicative, thorough and swift in response to all matters. I would never imagine a legal process could be as streamlined and smooth as my experience was with the Hamlins team. I am grateful for the hard work that was put into my case, the help and clarity that was provided to me with kindness, the ease of the overall experience and not least, the successful results.”

Client (confidential)

Amanda is recognised for her expertise in commercial litigation in Legal 500 2017 where she is described as ‘a top-class litigator who is unfailingly calm and has a can-do attitude’.

Legal 500 2017 - Commercial litigation

“Hamlins LLP’s ‘quick and efficient’ team predominantly handles claims against law firms, accountants, financial advisers, trustees, and construction professionals, including surveyors and civil engineers.”

Legal 500 2017 - Professional Negligence

“Hamlins LLP’s ‘overall level of service delights clients’.”

Legal 500 2017 - Commercial Litigation

Work Highlights

    • Acting for a large private overseas company in dealing with a large and complex licensing dispute with a high profile software company.
    • Acting for syndicate investors in disputes relating to loan facilities for property investment and development projects.
    • Acting for 60 houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach in various inter-linked and ongoing disputes against Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company relating to the practice of charging licence fees in addition to mooring fees and maintenance fees and in respect of purported termination notices that have been served on some houseboat owners.
    • Acting for numerous claimants in the phone-hacking litigation against The Sun, News of the World and Mirror Group in claims for unlawful information gathering and voicemail interception.
    • Acting for a large contractor dealing with complex insurance coverage issues with respect to a large £170M construction claim (Accolade Wines Limited v GJ3 and GJ4 Limited, Volkerfitzpatrick Limited, Twintec Limited and Keller Limited (2013)).
    • Acting for a property development company in relation to a contractual dispute for the recovery of substantial service charges. The case has involved highly complicated and protracted litigation and proceedings in the High Court and Property Chamber.
    • Acting on behalf of a football club in a claim against a firm of contractors for the substandard design and installation of a FIFA 2* football pitch. The substandard pitch led to serious drainage and levelling issues which resulted in the cancellation of match fixtures.
    • Acting for a trust in a large surveyors’ professional negligence claim.
    • Advising an investment management company in respect of a professional negligence claim against their legal advisors (re the inadequate drafting of a Share Purchase Agreement).
    • Acting for a contractor in a complex delay and loss and expense claim regarding the construction of a luxury residential property.
    • Acting for insurers and the original equipment manufacturers in a high value claim arising out of the catastrophic failure of a turbine blade in a power station (Eskom Holdings Limited v Alstom Power Services (2008)).

    Notable cases include:

    • Simon Howard & Others v (1) Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company Limited (2) The Port of London Authority [2018] EWHC 1118 (Ch))
    • Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Limited (HC – 2000 – 000004)
    • Chantelle Houghton v MGN Limited (HC – 2016 – 003236)
    • Capita Alternative Fund Services Limited & Matrix Securities Limited v. Drivers Jonas (a firm) [2012] EWCA Civ 1417
    • Squibb Group Limited v. Vertase F.L.I Limited [2012] EWHC 1958 (TCC)
    • Walter Lilly & Company Limited v. DMW Developments 2008 EWHC (TCC) 3047
    • HIH Casualty & General Insurance v. Axa Corporate Solutions Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [2003] Lloyd’s Rep I.R 1

     

     

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