Commercial Disputes

Our commercial litigation lawyers have the skills and resources to help you resolve your commercial disputes quickly and cost-effectively.

Our clients’ businesses depend upon their contracts, which enshrine and safeguard their relationships with key clients and suppliers. When issues arise with those contracts, our commercial litigation lawyers provide the pragmatic, timely and practical advice our clients need.

In keeping with the wider Burges Salmon dispute resolution team, our commercial disputes lawyers have an in-depth understanding of your business risks, which they combine with their dispute resolution skills to ensure the best outcome possible. Understanding that you simply want your dispute resolved with minimum impact, we bring sector-specific knowledge together with a focus on practical solutions to achieve efficient and cost-effective outcomes.

Giving you continued access to our senior people and the specialists they lead, we put a wealth of knowledge and resources at your disposal, providing dispute resolution tailored to your specific requirements. 

Although commercial contract law can be intricate, we have an enviable track record in handling the most complex contractual disputes, both in the High Court and before all of the major arbitrations bodies, including on international matters.

Depending on your needs, we can deploy large or small teams, with dedicated project managers where necessary. Our commercial contracts dispute resolution team includes a number of solicitor-advocates (who can appear in court on your behalf) and lawyers with non-legal qualifications and industry expertise which often adds that extra dimension in the resolution of your dispute.

We treat your issue as if it were our own, and whether you are in receipt of a claim or need to enforce a contract, our commercial disputes lawyers will help you arrive at the right solution through the most appropriate means.

Areas of focus

Our commercial disputes lawyers have particular expertise in the following areas:

  • High Court claims and arbitration
  • Industry-bespoke tribunals and dispute resolution processes
  • Mediation and negotiation
  • Acting quickly to obtain injunctions
  • Search and seizure interventions
  • Multiple-party and cross-border disputes
  • Contract interpretation
  • Debt enforcement and winding up petitions.

Acting for a book wholesaler to obtain an urgent injunction to prevent a refusal to trade (in breach of contract) by its main supplier.

Advising a beauty product manufacturer in connection with the early termination of an over-priced warehousing and distribution contract.

Acting for an investment company on a substantial breach of contract claim against the overseas vendor of a radiator manufacturing business.

Advising a major power company on the interpretation and enforcement of a joint venture contract against a defaulting party.

Successfully defending a claim brought by a utilities company against the owners of an industrial plant in relation to significant charges which were invoiced in breach of contract.

A claim against a major German engineering company for supplying bespoke products in breach of implied contractual terms as to quality and fitness for purpose.

Acting for parties on both sides of the argument in relation to the reasonableness (or otherwise) of exclusions and limitations of a contracting party’s liability.

On behalf of a manufacturing client, obtaining an injunction to restrain advertisement of a winding up petition which had been presented by a supplier in circumstances where there was a valid counterclaim.

Meet the team

Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations

Commercial Contract Disputes

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