Directors, shareholders and partners often fall out. Commercial disputes over contracts, obligations, shares, rights, enforcement, NDAs are common. The aim is to achieve a result as quickly as possible – through skilful negotiation or litigation.
As a team of specialist litigators, we have over 100 years' combined experience of acting in all manner of contract and negligence disputes.
Recognised by the independent legal directory guides for our first class litigation capability, we have particular expertise in resolving disputes within media, entertainment and sports, involving high value matters and sensitive commercial and reputational issues.
From commercial contract issues to shareholder or partnership disputes and negligence cases, we can advise you on the best approach to any commercial issue which might require mediation, arbitration, an injunction, urgent litigation or plain and simple negotiation.
We’re on hand to advise you on the best course of action for your case, with clear focus on the result you want to achieve. We’re in your corner!
For an honest, credible appraisal of the merits of your dispute, contact us.
How do you assess if I have a case?
We will arrange an initial meeting with you to assess the merits of your case. We will give you an honest appraisal of your prospects of success at the outset and throughout any dispute.
If I win, will I recover all of my costs?
The winning party can expect to be awarded their costs, however, this is unlikely to be for the full amount. In most successful cases, costs are recovered on what is known as “the standard basis” which means recovery of between 50-75% of costs incurred. If the opponent acted unreasonably, the court can award costs on the indemnity basis…which is mis-nomer as it is not a 100% indemnity but involves recovery at around 80-90% of the costs you have incurred.
Do I have to make/accept an early offer?
The Civil Procedure Rules require parties to consider resolving disputes without the involvement of the court. This usually involves early offers being made to settle. We will guide you through the process to protect your best interests.
We will advise clients as part of our case strategy on making/accepting early offers. Our experience in mediating over 500 cases is invaluable in this context.
How long is the commercial litigation process?
The duration of a claim depends on a lot of factors, including the complexity of the issues, the sums involved, and which court will hear the matter.
On average, it can take 12-18 months for a case to be heard by a court if the case has not settled earlier.