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Elizabeth currently leads the commercial litigation team at our Worcester office and the firm’s in-house counsel services. She trained with Shoosmiths, a top 40 law firm, and qualified in 2002 into their commercial litigation department where she worked for nine years before joining Harrison Clark Rickerbys in 2011.
With extensive experience of disputes in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, Elizabeth advises businesses, in-house lawyers and individuals in all areas of civil and commercial disputes, including:
- Applications for injunctions
- Breach of confidence claims
- Commercial contract disputes
- Contentious probate, wills, trusts and inheritance disputes
- Defective goods and services
- Director and shareholder disputes
- Enforcement of restrictive covenants
- Information technology disputes
- International disputes
- Partnership disputes
- Product Liability
- Professional negligence
- Unlawful termination claims
- Warranty claims
Elizabeth leads the firm’s In-House Lawyer Services, a resource tailored to the specific needs of in–house practitioners, which offers a range of services from company administration, intellectual property audits, secondments to virtual trainees.
Elizabeth provides realistic, commercial, no-nonsense assessments of disputes and the available options. She will also advise on the likely costs and timescales for each stage of a dispute to ensure that her clients are able to make informed decisions, and surprises are kept to a minimum in what can be an uncertain process.
Elizabeth was appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the Midland Circuit in 2015.
She also has a wealth of experience of alternative dispute resolution as well as advising on complex dispute resolution escalation procedures in commercial contracts.
Where appropriate, Elizabeth will look for low cost, pragmatic solutions, but is also able to adopt a more aggressive stance through to trial or arbitration. Either way, her clients will receive dedicated support at every stage to ensure their case is presented as compellingly as possible, and that they fully understand the risks and benefits of litigation or alternative dispute resolution.
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Elizabeth Beatty (Band 2 – Litigation – Midlands) has significant experience of handling a variety of commercial disputes, including director and shareholder conflicts, misrepresentation and breaches of contract. “Elizabeth provides concise, pragmatic, no-nonsense advice. She is extremely friendly and approachable; however, at the same time, she has steel,” a source reports.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys’s ‘reliable, honest, customer-focused and commercially aware’ team is led by Elizabeth Beatty who both draws on her expertise as a deputy district judge. Beatty is ‘not afraid of a fight’ and advised on a number of high-value claims, including acting for Allteko regarding termination of a contract to supply (and delivery up of) tubes for use in Kazakhstan gas fields.
We have worked with Elizabeth Beatty for many years. We have built an excellent working relationship. Elizabeth has taken the trouble and time to understand our business. Always providing us with excellent advice to minimise our costs.
Wayne Thomas, CEO Gemco Equipment Ltd
We have worked with Elizabeth Beatty for over 15 years. During this time she has provided excellent legal support and is always easy to contact and quick to respond to any of our legal requirements. Her focus has been on getting to know us and our business and providing legal advice within this commercial context.
She always provides frank advice and manages our expectations from the outset on the achievable objectives and costs. A very professional and approachable person.
Vim Savani, Finance Director & Company Secretary, Gemco Equipment Ltd
Our relationship with Elizabeth commenced in 2011 when she joined the practice. From the outset, we were impressed with her straight talking, no nonsense approach.
Elizabeth has a strong understanding of the business environment – skilfully combining her commercial awareness with her legal expertise.
Approachable and friendly – She is not afraid of a fight !
We have total confidence in the advice Elizabeth provides and would have no hesitation in recommending her.
Wendy White, Human Resources & Legal Manager, Amada United Kingdom Limited
In practice head Richard Morgan and the ‘technically very strong’ Elizabeth Beatty, Harrison Clark Rickerbys draws on the expertise of two deputy district judges. As well as handling significant disputes in sectors such as manufacturing, distribution and construction, the team is also known for its work in more niche areas, such as equine litigation and litigation in the defence, security and military sector.
Elizabeth Beatty heads the Worcester commercial litigation team and acts in a wide range of contractual, director, shareholder, breach of warranty and employment disputes. She is praised by clients as “very accurate, knowledgeable and deliberate” as well as “really hard working when things are unfolding quite suddenly.”
The ‘outstanding’ and ‘dedicated’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, post merger, is one of the largest outside Birmingham, with a number of core specialisms. Cheltenham-based Adam Finch specialises in finance litigation; Andrew Cave heads a large property litigation team; and senior associate Robert Cobley handles IP disputes. The firm now offers a dedicated 24-hour service, headed by the ‘excellent’ and ‘committed’ Elizabeth Beatty. Richard Morgan heads the practice.
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The ‘outstanding’ and ‘dedicated’ team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, post merger, is one of the largest outside Birmingham, with a number of core specialisms. Cheltenham-based Adam Finch specialises in finance litigation; Andrew Cave heads a large property litigation team. The firm now offers a dedicated 24-hour service, headed by the ‘excellent’ and ‘committed’ Elizabeth Beatty. Richard Morgan heads the practice.
We have worked with Elizabeth for over 10 years and she has always acted in our best interests. We have always been impressed with her quality, speed, professionalism and commercial advice.
Wayne Thomas (Managing Director) and Vim Savani (Finance Director) – Gemco Equipment Limited