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About CSK Legal


About CSK Legal


We are specialist dispute resolution solicitors based in Birmingham City Centre.  


What is it about CSK Legal that makes us different?  We specialise at helping resolve disputes for our clients.  We don’t do everything like some law firms – we have a niche focus and are leaders in our field.  Our solicitors have all worked in large city firms and been involved in some of the largest and most complex pieces of litigation in Birmingham.  We are able to assist both commercial clients and private individuals in a wide variety of matters and are driven by the desire to help and resolve your case favourably, at trial if necessary.



Meet Our Team


Craig Kelly


Craig is a commercial litigator and conducted his training at a heavyweight national firm.  Having become a partner of a regional practice, he established CSK Legal to develop a niche litigation and dispute resolution practice with a focus upon client’s needs and quality of service.

Craig has been involved with some of the largest litigation matters in Birmingham and the regions over recent years.  He has considerable advocacy experience before the courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal.  Craig has been involved in a number of international disputes, including reported cases, dealing with difficult issues such as challenges to jurisdiction and interplay between legal systems.

Some of the types of work that Craig has assisted clients with includes: shareholder and partnership disputes, directors disputes and corporate governance matters, franchises and franchising, contract disputes, property and boundary issues and inheritance act claims.  Craig acts for a number of substantial national and international clients on a range of matters.

Chambers and Partners has recognised Craig’s expertise and has commented that he is a well known figure in the litigation market.


Sunil Abbi


Sunil is a litigation solicitor with substantial experience in insolvency matters.  Sunil trained in a London City law firm and moved to a regional practice in Birmingham.  Recognised in the Legal 500 for the last two consecutive years, Sunil is a well known and respected litigator.  Sunil acts for a number of insolvency practitioners throughout Birmingham and further afield and is well known for his sensible, pragmatic approach to litigation and in achieving the best outcome for his clients.

The work which Sunil undertakes includes: advising companies in distress, directors duties, director disqualification proceedings, bankruptcy annulments, challenging statutory demands, retention of title claims and voluntary arrangements.


David Hetherington


David defends companies and directors against Local Authority and Central Government enforcement regarding food safety, food labelling, trading standards, environmental pollution, product safety, goods vehicle licensing, and health & safety matters.

David continues to act for a number of high profile clients in major cases and works tirelessly to achieve the very best results for his clients.  He is one of the country’s very few true leading experts in food law matters and is a member of the  Food Law Group, the Trading Standards Institute Business Members Group and the Society of Food Hygiene & Technology.

David has published widely and in consultation with some of the country’s leading scientists on food law matters. Examples of David’s publications are: The Successes & Failures of Food Law Enforcement (MBL Annual Food Law Conference 2014) Successfully Defending Potential Enforcement Action (SoFHT 2013) The Impact of Policy on the Enforcement of Food Law (MBL 2013) Use by Dates: A Solicitor’s Perspective (SoFHT Focus 2013) PACE Interviews – A Fair Fight? (TSI Annual Conference with Bryan Lewin 2009) Intelligence-led Test Purchasing & Entrapment (TSI 2006) Successfully Defending Food Prosecutions (SoFHT Technical Manual with Dr Dinsdale 2002) Due Diligence Practical Litigation Support (Law Labs 2001).

Samantha Pountney


Samantha is a Trainee Solicitor and assists on a number of matters for our clients an undertakes works on a variety of cases, including debt collection,  small claims work and preparation of franchise documentation.