Jonathan T.R Silverman

I am a commercial lawyer who solves problems for business clients. Whether working for start-ups or quoted businesses, my collegiate approach in structuring deals or resolving disputes before they become too contentious, drives more successful outcomes. Common sense and many years of experience has resulted in being retained as a long-term advisor to a wide portfolio of clients.

One particular area of specialism is advising clients on alternative Investments including real estate fractional ownership, the art market or in the classic car sector, both in the UK and overseas.

For many years I have also handled press and media issues for my clients and am regularly requested to provide commentary for the BBC, Sky TV and National Press on legal issues.

I am a Freeman of the City of London, having spent most of my academic time and professional career in or close to the Square Mile.

In 1981 I became the founding partner of the City Law Firm Silverman Sherliker. The firms’ focus, vision and commercial approach was central to the firm growing, to become a well respected mid-size city practice.

My ethos is to add value to my client’s business and therefore take the time to go to meet them, to get a better understanding of the issue(s) at hand.

Stephanie Hunter

I joined the Firm in September 2019 having completed my law degree in Chester. I then became a member of CILEX and took further exams to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive, I passed my final exam in March 2019 and I am now undertaking my qualifying employment. Prior to joining OGR Stock Denton I worked at a regional firm for 5 years.

I am a focused and committed Lawyer specialising in Dispute Resolution matters, including, possession proceedings, personal injury, commercial disputes, debt recovery, contentious probable matters and all general litigation matters.

I am friendly and approachable which enables me to build good relationships with clients. I strive to achieve the best outcomes of my client having their best interests at the forefront.

I believe in trying to resolve issues without resorting to protracted and costly litigation but am more than happy to help litigate if it is in the best interests of my clients.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading and travelling, and spend my spare time my next trip away!

Winston Kan

I am a litigation lawyer with experience in a wide range of dispute resolution matters.

I have experience of dealing with a variety of cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court, County Court, Residential Property Tribunal, Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and proceedings before the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Civil/Commercial litigation
  • Property dispute resolution
  • Landlord and Tenant dispute resolution
  • Personal injury (accidents at work/road traffic accidents/slips and trips)
  • Professional negligence

I take pride in being approachable and responsive and working to understanding a client’s needs and achieving the best possible outcome.

Education/background

I studied at the College of Law, London, qualified as a solicitor in February 2007 and joined the firm in July 2009. I previously gained experience in conveyancing before concentrating on civil and commercial litigation.

Client testimonials

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Recent notable cases
  • Represented a client in a dispute with his business partner, helping to separate assets between them.
  • Acted for various clients in obtaining orders for sale in a property dispute.
  • Successfully defended a claim made against a company in a commercial property dispute.
  • Represented a freehold company in enforcing covenants in a lease against a tenant.
  • I regularly represent clients injured at work, in road traffic accidents or who have suffered slips and trips.
  • Recently acted in a professional negligence case, in which a client had made a claim against their previous solicitor.
  • Acted for a client to obtain a substantial payout under an income protection policy.
Memberships
  • Law Society Civil Litigation Section
  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)
Additional languages

Cantonese

Out of the Office

I am a keen golfer and a member of Hendon Golf Club. I also enjoy watching football, tennis, international cricket and many other sports. My other interests include watching films, going to museums and travelling.

Stephen Silverman

As a litigation solicitor with over 30 years of experience I help people sleep easier by taking the stress out of their disputes.

Typically, I advise clients across a diverse range of sectors and industries and strive to obtain the right solution best suited to their individual needs.

Over the years, I have built up a particularly strong practice specialising in civil and personal injury litigation and have extensive experience acting for accident victims of all types, including those injured in the Paddington and Potters Bar rail crashes.

My practice covers commercial disputes of all kinds including those relating to partnerships, companies, property, contested probate, employer’s and public liability, and the sale and supply of goods. I also act for clients who have suffered loss as a result of clinical negligence and professional negligence.

I regularly act in claims against large corporations, financial institutions and public bodies for clients who were initially daunted about seeking redress from powerful defendants but whom, with my guidance and expertise, achieved results they had not thought possible.

When dealing with personal injury cases I work passionately to recover the damages that clients deserve. I appreciate the trauma experienced by accident victims and the distress their injuries often cause them. I do my best to achieve early interim payments from insurers to pay for rehabilitation treatment so that my clients can get back on their feet as soon as possible and continue with their busy lives.

I pride myself on giving clear advice and being easily contactable so clients can discuss any concerns they have as and when they arise. To ensure clients receive legal support when most in need I am happy to arrange meetings early or late in the day to accommodate work commitments and home visits, if needed.

Education/background

I studied in Bristol before coming to London in 1981. I joined OGR Stock Denton in 1986, becoming a Partner shortly thereafter.

Client testimonials

“I would like to thank you for the effort you made on my behalf in reaching this settlement. You acted both professionally and in a friendly manner throughout. I am full of admiration as to how you tackled my case from beginning to end and of course I was delighted with the final outcome.”

“I would like to thank Stephen for his very professional outlook and advice on the successful course of action to take.”

Recent notable cases
  • Acted for an employee of a well-known bank who suffered RSI as a result of a poor work station and excessive use of a computer without adequate breaks. Recovered substantial damages including loss of earnings.
  • Acted against an NHS trust in relation to a claim for clinical negligence arising from the incorrect administration of an injection.
  • Represented a client in a council dispute relating to a loss of property.
  • Acted for a retailer in a copyright claim brought by a designer, involving international jurisdictions.
  • Acted for a client who suffered a work related upper limb disorder ("RSI") as a result of having to use her wrists repetitively whilst packing boxes on an assembly line and having to lift the boxes above head height. My client recovered substantial damages against her employers, who were in breach of statutory duty and negligent for having failed to properly risk assess the work my client was required to undertake and take action when she complained of pain.
  • Acted for a client who was the victim of negligent treatment whilst in hospital when a procedure was incorrectly performed. This left her severely disabled and, despite breach of duty of care being denied on the part of the NHS Trust, I was able to achieve a settlement by producing expert evidence to establish that the procedure had not been performed correctly and directly resulted in the injury my client suffered.
  • Acted for a victim of the Potters Bar rail crash who was in a carriage that caught fire and thought he was going to die. The client suffered physical injuries as well as psychological trauma. The client had to be dealt with particularly sensitively in view of the horrific circumstances of the accident. I was able to obtain an early interim payment to cover the cost of much needed counselling treatment to help my client to cope with everyday life.
  • Acted for a company who had a major dispute with one of their shareholders which threatened the viability of the company. I was able to achieve a settlement which included the return of the shares to the company and allowed it to continue to operate successfully.
  • Acted for a client whose former solicitors were negligent, when acting for her in the purchase of a residential property, in failing to advise her that there had been no building regulation consent obtained when an extension had been added. The extension turned out to have been built defectively and had to be pulled down and rebuilt. There was a valuation dispute and this resulted in a trial at which experts were called to deal with the value of the loss suffered by my client. The client successfully established that the loss exceeded the defendant's valuation.
  • Acted for a client in a contested probate action when a dispute arose as to her late husband's estate as his will was deemed to have been revoked on his marriage to her which meant that he was treated as having died intestate. A claim against the estate was made by another member of the family. A Without Prejudice meeting was arranged which resulted in a negotiated settlement and a substantial saving of legal costs and preservation of estate assets.
Memberships
  • Law Society Personal Injury Panel
  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • BNI (Business Network International)
  • The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
Speaking Engagements

I regularly lecture on the law relating to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and have previously addressed the RSI conference and Dutch RSI association.

Publications

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Leisure interests

I am married with two children.  Outside of work I enjoy going to the theatre, reading and watching my son play football. I am also involved in helping to run community activities.

Ian Pearl

I advise businesses and high-net-worth individuals on a broad range of disputes and I am devoted to delivering sound commercial advice in a cost effective manner.

My advice is based upon seeing the “big picture”. I will not exchange correspondence to score points against another lawyer, only to progress the case for my clients.

Throughout many years as a commercial litigator, I have built up a solid track record advising clients on shareholder disputes, property disputes (including ownership rights, enforcement of covenants and insolvency issues) and acting for both commercial landlords and tenants. From the outset I focus on understanding what outcomes are achievable and then implement a strategy accordingly.

I also regularly advise insolvency practitioners, debtors and their parties seeking to protect or recover assets subject to insolvency / bankruptcy proceedings.

My work in property and insolvency, which often involves issues of intention, capacity and trust law, means that I am also able to offer specialist advice in contentious probate disputes including issues surrounding capacity to make a Will, undue influence and claims against executors for breach of trust. In addition I advise clients in claims where a Will fails to make proper financial provision for a family member.

I have built a reputation of offering sound commercial advice on a cost effective basis, instructing counsel from the top tier of commercial chambers where appropriate.

Education/background

I qualified as a solicitor in 2003, having previously worked on a marine syndicate at Lloyds of London. I practiced at Freemans in the West End before moving to OGR Stock Denton in 2008.

Client testimonials

“When disputes arise Ian gives concise legal and commercial advice to enable me to make the best decision for the company” --- David Burr, Oakfield Foods Limited.

Recent notable cases
  • Successfully claiming that a claimant’s shares were unlawfully converted and that the damages should not simply be assessed at the date that the conversion was found to have taken place, which would have prejudiced the claimant. Miah –v- Islam & Ali. 2IR62019 (2015)
  • Successfully obtaining an ex-parte worldwide freezing order against two individuals who had property which was a relative’s home and had failed to purchase a new home for the relative in breach of a verbal agreement. The case settled very shortly after the emergency order was served. (2015)
  • Claiming that a client’s former solicitors were not entitled to fees due under a “no win, no fee” agreement on the grounds that the retainer was unlawful. The case settled on terms favourable to the client (2016).
  • Acting for two charities and an individual to uphold the validity of a death bed against a former partner who was seeking to rely upon an earlier will. The case settled on highly favourable terms for the clients. (2014).
  • Successfully setting aside worldwide freezing order. McKew v Moore [2012] EWHC 1287 (QB) (cited in Zuckerman on Civil Procedure)
  • A claim to enforce an overseas declaratory judgment which held that the claimant had a beneficial interest in a property in the jurisdiction Shami v Shami [2012] EWHC 664 (Ch) (cited in Dicey & Morris); also [2013] EWCA Civ 227 (CA).
  • Successfully resisting a claim for unfair prejudice relief and the setting aside of a share transaction in a three week hearing and in the Court of Appeal - Re Mister Dee International & Shah –v- Shah [2011] EWHC 1902 (Ch) and [2010] EWCA Civ 1408.
Memberships

Property Litigation Association

Publications

“The Effectiveness of the Corporate Form as a Regulatory Tool in European Sport: Real or Illusory” published in Professional Sport in the EU,  Caiger A & Gardiner S eds, Asser Press, The Hague 2001.

The Battle to rid Sport of Tobacco, Sports Law Bulletin, January 2001.

Leisure interests

I enjoy sailing (proud holder of RYA day skipper certificate) and hope to return to the water once my children are older. I am also a keen cook and trustee of the charity Jnetics.