Disputes and Litigation
Our Disputes and Litigation Team is recognised for its expertise, depth of resources and practical commercial approach, and can help you find the most effective resolution to your dispute or issue. As well as Court proceedings, we are actively involved in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and have considerable experience of mediation.
We aim to provide you with the most efficient solutions, tailored to your needs. Our ADR accredited team is experienced in bringing disputes of various kinds to settlement before court hearings, saving you time and expense. We are able to offer mediation rooms and facilities at all of our offices.Read more
Tip of the week
The European Court has ruled that websites can contain links to freely available content on another site without the permission of the copyright holder. This follows a dispute in Sweden between journalists (Nils Svensson and others) and a web company (Retriever Sverige) that had posted links on its site to online news articles. The position would be different if a link led users to material that had purposely been restricted from being freely available - for example, if the material had been posted on a site that operates a paywall.Read more
Points for Potential Claimants
The greatest potential benefit in taking your opponent to court is of course if you win at trial or achieve a satisfactory settlement. However, win or lose, there are various factors that you should consider carefully before commencing Court proceedings.Read more
Points for Potential Defendants
The greatest potential benefit in defending a claim is of course if you are successful at trial or achieve a satisfactory settlement.Read more
We work with you to find solutions to disputes that arise in relation to a Will or the management of a trust or estate. Our team understand that such disputes can be distressing for those involved, and where possible use mediation and other forms of ADR to avoid litigation.Read more
Guide to Unfair Prejudice Against Shareholders
This Guide explains Unfair Prejudice and Shareholder Disputes under English Law in general terms. The intention of the Guide is not, however, to advise you on whether or not to petition for unfair prejudice (which will depend on the facts of your case). The subject of unfair prejudice is a complex area and no guide can ever set out all the factors relating to a particular case. This Guide is not therefore a substitute for detailed advice on your case. If you would like further explanation of any points in this guide, please contact us.Read more
Intellectual Property Disputes
Our specialist intellectual property dispute resolution solicitors are experienced in acting for clients in a range of disputes, including copyright, design, patent and trade mark infringements. Our solicitors look to settle disputes in a manner that best suits the client, be it in or outside of court.Read more
Crew Dismissal Enquiries on the Rise
Rachel Addinall contributes to an article on dismissal and the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 for The Crew ReportRead more
Client Information Guide to Part 36 Offers
The Court rules relating to Part 36 Offers have changed with effect from 1 April 2013, as part of the recommendations made by Lord Justice Jackson. This Guide takes into account those changes.Read more
Can duties of fair dealing and good faith be implied into commercial contracts?
In the recent case of Yam Seng PTE Ltd v International Trade Corporation Limited  EWHC 111 (QBD) it was decided that a duty of good faith could be implied in some, but not all, commercial contracts on the basis of the presumed intentions of the parties and the relevant background against which the contract was made.Read more
For litigation to be worthwhile it has to be cost effective to the business. There is a need to be as certain as possible in an outcome, and that can be difficult when you consider the inherent unpredictability of litigation in general. That's where experience can pay dividends.