Commercial disputes made clear
Disputes can be an unwelcome distraction to running a business. Our team are used to working for businesses to minimise the disruption that disputes cause. Whether your business is large or small, and whatever sector you’re in, our disputes team are experienced, commercial negotiators. We focus on what’s important to you and try to avoid confusing things with an overly legalistic approach. Importantly, we strive for practical, business-focused solutions whether that means going through formal court and arbitration proceedings or employing alternative dispute resolution techniques.
What happens if we can’t resolve it?
If court action is necessary we put together the best team for your individual case. This means drawing on a wide variety of specialist experts, as well as barristers. Going to Court raises the stakes, since losing at trial can mean you pay the other side’s legal costs. As holders of the Law Society’s Lexcel quality mark, however, you can rest assured that we will prepare your case thoroughly and professionally to maximise your chances of success.
Funding your dispute
Litigation can be an expensive business, particularly if you require specialist evidence. There are various ways in which your claim can be funded and part of our first meeting will be to discuss all the options with you. Whether paying privately or through legal expenses insurance we’ll provide a realistic estimate at the outset and pay close attention to the costs – we can even stage payments. The most important thing is that the costs don’t outweigh the benefits to you.
How long will it take?
Cases with a value of up to £5,000 normally take between three to six months. Cases with a value of between £5,000 and £25,000 can take between a year to eighteen months to settle. Cases with a value above £25,000 can take longer depending on the complexity of the case.
Can we resolve your dispute?
Wherever possible we work to try to resolve your case as quickly as possible and we often use a formal mediation process to help us do this. This is actively encouraged by the court. We can offer a specialised mediation service with our qualified and accredited specialists.
Will we have to go to court?
Litigation and going to court should never be entered into lightly. If you are considering it then it’s important to call us to seek advice. We’ll be able to discuss your individual case and advise you on whether it’s the best option, taking everything into account. It may be that other options, such as ADR (alternative dispute resolution) will be more practical.