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Commercial disputes

Disputes are an inevitable fact of business life. Even the best run businesses will from time to time find that issues arise with customers, suppliers, partners, distributors, agents or competitors.

There are innumerable different scenarios where a dispute may materialise. It might relate to payments due under a contract, the interpretation of a particular term of an agreement or concern rights of termination. These are just a few of the areas where commercial disputes commonly arise.

When a dispute occurs, the key commercial imperatives are to resolve it as quickly and cost-effectively as possible with minimum disruption to other day to day business activities and, where possible, without damaging your on-going relationship with the customer or supplier in question.

Our national commercial dispute resolution team is able to provide pragmatic and commercially focused advice and guidance to help resolve disputes with these factors in mind. We will explore the options available to try to find a solution at an early stage and advise upon any methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation and expert determination which may be appropriate and which can dramatically reduce or avoid the costs of litigation. 

We will provide an estimate of the costs likely to be involved and will also discuss any appropriate funding options that might be available, e.g. conditional fee agreements, (CFAs), 'after the event' (ATE) insurance cover and/or third party funding.  We are also happy to provide an initial assessment of the merits of a case and recommend preliminary action on a fixed fee basis in order to provide certainty of cost.

If litigation cannot be avoided then our team is highly experienced in prosecuting and defending cases in the courts, including the specialist Mercantile and Commercial Courts and Court of Appeal, as well as in other legal forums such as the London Court of International Arbitration.

We are happy to provide you with an initial assessment and recommend preliminary action on a fixed fee basis in order to provide you with certainty of cost.

Key contacts

Birmingham

Mark Surguy
Partner
T: +44 (0)121 616 6587
Email Mark

Leeds

Ben Mackenzie
Partner
T: +44 (0)113 213 4133
Email Ben
Nick Collins
Partner
T: +44 (0)113 213 4062
Email Nick
Peter McWilliams
Partner
T: +44 (0)113 213 4085
Email Peter

Liverpool

Andrew Roberts
Partner
T: +44 (0)151 243 9840
Email Andrew
Craig Blakemore
Partner
T: +44 (0)151 243 9505
Email Craig
Sarah Conroy
Partner
T: +44 (0)151 242 6818
Email Sarah

London

Michael Green
Partner
T: +44 (0)20 7822 1982
Email Michael

Manchester

Carole Spiller
Partner
T: +44 (0)161 233 7360
Email Carole
Richard Corran
Partner
T: +44 (0)161 214 0509
Email Richard
Robert Jones
Partner
T: +44 (0)161 233 7358
Email Robert
Robert Jones
Robert Jones

Direct dial: +44 (0)161 233 7358
Email me
Meet the team