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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 solicitor (LLB (Hons)), and conducted his training at a heavyweight national firm having qualified in 2003 and having conducted complex commercial litigation since that time.  Having been a partner of two major regional practices, Craig set up CSK Legal in 2014 to develop a niche litigation and dispute resolution practice with the focus of providing a more client focussed and innovative 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.

David Hetherington

David’s is a solicitor (LLB (Hons)) who qualified in 1978.  His principal expertise is defending 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 Solicitor (LLB, LLM) who qualified in November 2019.  Samantha has considerable experience undertaking contract litigation, in particular, in franchising disputes, and advises on contentious data protection issues.  Samantha has undertaken urgent interim injunctive applications on behalf of clients in the High Court, and assisted with freezing injunctions and search orders.  Samantha advises on contentious and non-contentious employment matters.