Overview

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 disputes lawyers provide the pragmatic, timely and practical advice our clients need.

Our commercial disputes lawyers have an in-depth understanding of our clients’ business risks which they combine with their dispute resolution skills to ensure the best result possible. We bring sector specific knowledge together with a focus on practical solutions to achieve efficient and cost-effective outcomes. We have a wealth of knowledge and resources to provide dispute resolution tailored to our commercial clients’ needs. 

We are experienced in handling the most complex contractual disputes both in the High Court and before all of the major arbitrations bodies, including on international matters. We are able to 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.

Whether you are in receipt of a claim or need to enforce a contract, our commercial disputes lawyers are best placed to help.

Areas of focus

Our commercial contract 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.
Experience

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

Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes
Paul Haggett

Paul Haggett Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Financial Services Disputes
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Food and Farming
  • Food and Drink
  • Estates and Land

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