A safe pair of hands for commercial dispute resolution and litigation, offering all the expertise of our experienced national team.
Disputes are an inevitable fact of business life. From time to time, even the best-run businesses will find that issues arise with customers, suppliers, partners, distributors, agents or competitors.
There are too many different scenarios to count where a dispute can suddenly materialise: payments due under a contract, the interpretation of a particular term of an agreement or rights of termination are just a few areas where commercial disputes commonly spring up.
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 – where possible, without damaging your ongoing relationship with the customer or supplier concerned.
First, we'll always aim to resolve a dispute peaceably through pragmatic and commercially focused advice and guidance, exploring all the options to try to find a solution quickly and early. Using an appropriate method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation or expert determination can dramatically reduce or avoid the costs of litigation in many situations.
At this stage, we'll provide an estimate of the likely costs and discuss any appropriate funding options that might be available, such as conditional fee agreements, (CFAs), 'after the event' (ATE) insurance cover and/or third-party funding.
When litigation can't be avoided, 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.
Guiding you through the litigation process from beginning to end, we'll give you our honest opinion of the merits of a case and can recommend first steps on a fixed-fee basis for your peace of mind.