Overview

Our 70-strong team of specialist lawyers is a substantial and flexible litigation resource for businesses and public sector bodies facing complex challenges. Our work extends beyond simply pursuing and defending legal rights at court. We also help clients deal with business critical investigations, regulatory problems and strategic risk situations.

Our dispute resolution lawyers combine specialist expertise in litigation and in-depth knowledge of the sectors in which our clients operate. So we provide high quality litigation shaped to suit our clients' industries. Our approach to costs enables our clients to manage their expenditure predictably and delivers strong value for money.    

The standing of our team is reflected in the quality of our clients and the complexity of the work we undertake. As a result we represent some of most significant players in their sectors in the most challenging of situations.

Areas of focus

Our dispute resolution and litigation expertise includes the following:

  • Complex disputes requiring specialist advice – helping clients with clear, practical analysis in the most complex cases. 
  • Multi-jurisdictional situations – working with our international partner firms to deliver cases involving multiple jurisdictions.
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) – although experienced trial lawyers, we look to resolve disputes cost effectively via mediation, adjudication and other forms of ADR.   
  • Arbitration and specialist tribunals – our cases cross many different tribunals including a growing number of cases being referred to arbitration.
  • Reputation critical investigations and inquires – extensive specialist expertise in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations which present critical challenges to our clients' businesses.
  • Strategic situations and risk resolution – assisting clients to devise strategies to navigate developing situations and manage risk before they reach open dispute.  
  • Urgent and emergency situations – our substantial resource allows us to field teams of lawyers to meet the most challenging of time constraints.
  • Project management – working with our in-house project managers and our bespoke litigation management tool to enhance efficiencies, delivery and communication in our cases. 
Experience

Defending the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency against a £120 million+ damages claim arising from the procurement of a £7 billion contract for the decommissioning of 12 nuclear power stations. The procurement was one of the most significant public sector contracts to be awarded in 2014. It includes an appeal reference to the Supreme Court on issues of public importance regarding the remedies available under EU and domestic procurement. EnergySolutions v Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.

Advising the representative of the 30,000 members of the Fund regarding the Fund trustee’s proposed new contribution regime for recovery of a technical provisions deficit of £362 million. The judgment made new pensions and trusts law on whether trustees must act in the best interests of members/beneficiaries. The case also considers the important pensions law issue of whether enhanced revaluation of deferred benefits amounts to accrual for the purposes of pensions legislation on employer debts. Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustee Ltd v Stena Line & Others.

Defending the National Crime Agency against compensation claims worth over £220 million under section 283 Proceeds of Crime Act. Our team was engaged to defend all aspects of the claims which are significant as being the first challenge under section 283. Mr I Perry and Others v National Crime Agency.

Acting for Victoria’s Secret UK Limited to appeal the High Court decision of Justice Birss in a trade mark challenge concerning the use of its PINK brand. Thomas Pink Limited v Victoria’s Secret UK Limited.

Representing a major European multi-national in successfully defending two claims for £225 million and Euro 450 million brought by way of arbitration references concerning international contracting arrangements. These claims also involved satellite litigation in other European countries and the USA.

Representing the Co-operative Bank in a claim concerning the valuation of a portfolio of 91 bank branches which stood as security for a £125 million loan facility advanced by a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank. This was one of the largest professional negligence claims of the last few years, raising some new and important points of law, including the application of some long-standing principles to a portfolio valuation.

Acting for Airbus seeking the recovery of secret commissions earned by a former employee (and a supplier). The judgement, following a six week trial, is now a leading authority on the fiduciary duties owed by employees and the consequences of their breach. Airbus Operations Ltd v Withey & Others.

Advising FirstGroup plc on the highly publicised test case for disability rights and equality law concerning access to wheelchair spaces on buses. FirstGroup seeks practical and legal clarity on the extent of reasonable adjustments it has to make to afford access to wheelchair spaces. Our specialist transport litigation team successfully appealed the first instance decision on behalf of FirstGroup and in July 2015 the Supreme Court gave permission to appeal due to public policy importance of the case. Paulley v FirstGroup plc.

Advising Celtic Energy in resolving numerous complex matters arising from the failed SFO prosecution concerning four coal mines in South Wales. This involved complex and novel issues relating to contract, property and planning law relevant to coal mining.

Meet the team
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
Richard Bedford

Richard Bedford Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Justin Briggs

Justin Briggs Partner

  • Pensions Disputes
  • Trustees and Trust Companies
  • Professional Negligence
Andrew Burnette

Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Food and Farming
  • Food and Drink
  • Estates and Land
William Gard

William Gard Partner

  • Construction and Engineering
  • Infrastructure
  • Arbitration
Paul Haggett

Paul Haggett Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Financial Services Disputes
Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy Partner

  • Agricultural Disputes
  • Trust and Probate Disputes
  • Estates and Land
Kari McCormick

Kari McCormick Partner

  • Head of Financial Services 
  • Insurance
  • Dispute Resolution
Ann Metherall

Ann Metherall Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Health and Safety
  • Transport
Peter Morris

Peter Morris Managing Partner

  • Managing Partner
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
James Sutherland

James Sutherland Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Environment
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Water
Ian Tucker

Ian Tucker Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Transport
  • Procurement and State Aid
Michael Ward

Michael Ward Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services Disputes and Enforcement
  • Arbitration
Thomas Webb

Thomas Webb Legal Director

  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
  • Banking Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
Brian Wong

Brian Wong Legal Director

  • Rail
  • Highways and Road Transport
  • Judicial Review and Public Law

What others say...

They've been very responsive and really positive. They've done everything we've asked and then some.

Chambers UK 2016

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