A new partner appointment at Shoosmiths has added commercial litigation expertise to its Manchester office.
Kath Livingston, who has more than 19 years' experience advising clients involved in a broad range of business disputes, joins from Eversheds.
She has particular knowledge of online defamation and reputation management, especially in social media, but also in print.
It has seen her advise clients on reputation/brand protection strategies, their dealings with the media, trade libel, internet defamation, and website shutdowns.
Shoosmiths partner and national head of commercial litigation Alex Bishop said: "We're seeing a growing need among clients for authoritative commercial litigation advice, and bringing in Kath means we're now able to offer that in the North West.
"Her arrival adds regional market knowledge and experience that I believe will quickly be seen as invaluable."
Livingston advises a diverse range of clients, from large global businesses and public limited companies, to SMEs and entrepreneurs.
Her core practice areas include contract disputes; shareholder, joint venture and agency disputes; negligence claims against professionals; commercial fraud; and disputes arising out of corporate deals, including warranty claims.
She has many years' experience pursuing claims through the courts and via arbitration, and of resolving disputes using negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.
Shoosmiths has built a strong national reputation in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, delivering excellent client service with a commercial approach aimed at getting clients the results they deserve.