Lancashire law firm Vincents Solictors has appointed solicitor Stephen Topping as commercial litigator in its commercial and property legal team.
Topping joins from Dickson Haslam and will be based at the firm's head office in Preston. He will also advise clients at the firm's other regional offices in Lytham, Garstang, Colne, Longridge, Knott End and Penwortham.
He specialises in land, property, intellectual property and contract disputes, including debt recovery, disagreements between landlords and tenants, and conflict regarding trespass and eviction.
Topping said: "The improving economy is leading to an increasing appetite among firms to recover unpaid debts and seek resolution to long running disputes, and we're certainly seeing an increase in this type of instruction. While it is better for all parties for disputes to be resolved early, a lack of cooperation and open communication can often result in court proceedings, where help from an experienced litigator is vital.
"I will be supporting Vincents' existing customers in this field and seeking to grow commercial litigation business."
Phillip Gilmore, managing partner at Vincents, said: "Stephen is a welcome addition to the Vincents commercial department and will significantly extend the services we provide to clients within this sector."