Commercial litigation

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.

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Michael Budd Associate
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Michael Budd Associate

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In a case watched closely by both the legal and corporate industries, mining group ENRC has won a legal victory against the Serious Fraud Office..

Mark Surguy
Mark Surguy Partner

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Mickaela Fox
Mickaela Fox Partner

New aviation expert helps clients find clear skies at Weightmans

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Andrew Krausz
Andrew Krausz Partner

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Late acceptance of a Part 36 Offer does not automatically give rise to indemnity costs

Claimants have long argued that where a defendant accepts a claimant’s Part 36 offer outside the 21 day period, indemnity costs should flow.

Peter Forshaw
Peter Forshaw Partner

Weightmans’ Scottish presence boosted with raft of new appointments

The news comes as Weightmans marks five years in its West George Street office in Glasgow,

Elaine McIlroy - Glasgow employment lawyer
Elaine McIlroy Partner

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