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commercial dispute resolution


Commercial disputes can occur at any time and are often more prevalent following an economic downturn. Effective resolution can require significant investment and management time. From the moment we are instructed, we will help you build an effective strategy which will take into account your resources, your approach to risk and the potential impact on your brand.

We provide a full range of services to clients both nationally and cross-border including:

Commercial disputes

Insolvency (contentious/ non-contentious)

Corporate insured cases

  • commercial contract disputes
  • warranty claims
  • director/ partnership/ shareholder claims
  • contested debt recovery claims
  • IT disputes
  • procurement challenges
  • breach of covenant claims (SPA, employment, partnership)
  • pre-contract risk avoidance
  • wrongful interference with goods/ conversion
  • employment contract claims in the High Court/ county court 
  • freezing orders
  • advice to all stakeholders (shareholders, directors, lenders, suppliers etc) of companies and individuals in financial difficulties
  • formal insolvency processes e.g. administration, liquidation, voluntary arrangement, bankruptcy
  • advice to office holders on appointments, duties & responsibilities, antecedent & misfeasance claims
  • business sales including pre-packs
  • cross-border insolvencies
  • acting for insurers/ corporate insureds/ loss adjusters in commercial insurance matters
  • disputes involving co-operation clauses
  • coverage disputes e.g. material non-disclosure, aggregation, under-insurance
  • business interruption clauses (especially quantum aspects
  • non-motor recovery claims (both in relation to insured and uninsured loss)

what we do...

  • Diverse and talented litigators – the size  and talent of our team means that we can deal practically and effectively with a broad range of disputes from clients across many sectors including: education, energy, finance, healthcare, insurance, IT/tech, manufacturing, public bodies, retail, sport and utilities.

  • Understanding our clients needs - we work effectively with all clients from large multi-national PLCs and more local private/owner-managed businesses through to public bodies - we understand the issues and commercial pressures that face all of our clients when dealing with disputes.

  • Results driven - we provide commercial, practical advice - even where that means challenging the thinking of our clients to get the best result for them.

  • Exceptional client service - our values mean we are client focused, dependable, responsive, innovative, professional and reflective.

  • Products – we have developed a costs management application to allow for full and proper monitoring of budgets including how the ongoing cost compares with the budget approved by the court -  an excellent tool for keeping our clients up to date on the next most important factor after prospects of success.

  • Externally recognised experts - we are consistently ranked as a Tier 1 Commercial Litigation team in both Chambers and Legal 500. 

related resources

Legal updates

Faraday Development Ltd v West Berkshire Council: the Court of Appeal hands down important public procurement decision

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the case of Faraday Development Ltd (Faraday) v West Berkshire Council (the Council) [2018], holding that a development agreement was a ‘public works contract’ and as a result, was captured by the public procurement regime requirements.


Legal updates

English Court refuses stay in Panama Canal dispute

In a recent judgment on 5 September 2017, the Commercial Court considered whether English court proceedings should be stayed under section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (‘the Act’) in favour of an arbitration already commenced in Miami.


The practical implications of The Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016

The long awaited Insolvency Rules 2016 came into force on 6 April 2017 and are the biggest change in insolvency law for the last 30 years. They reflect much more modern ways of working that will have an impact on creditors and, in particular, the insolvency profession on a day-to-day basis. Hear from commercial litigation and insolvency specialist, Chloe Poskitt on the subject.


Legal updates

Security of costs: are you already secured?

The Commercial Court has refused to order security for the defendant’s costs on the basis that the defendant would be over-secured should an order be made.


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