Business Disputes

Service overview: Business dispute solicitors

  • Our business dispute lawyers work across a wide range of corporate disputes, from contractual disputes, public procurement challenges and intellectual property, to employment law and commercial property.
  • We have general business dispute solicitors as well as specialists in each field and they work together to provide your business with the most successful resolution.
  • You’ll also benefit from our help at the earliest stages negotiating of your agreements and contracts, helping to avoid commercial disputes arising: our commercial solicitors can help with this too.
  • We use a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation to maintain your business relationships and resolve disagreements out of court. However our commercial litigation team can also defend and protect your best interests in court proceedings, too.
  • Don’t forget to read our free useful advice on business dispute law in the business disputes section of our Advice Centre.

What we do: Business dispute solicitors

Our dispute resolution solicitors have many years of experience in resolving disputes for businesses and can advise you on the appropriate and cost-effective method for dealing with your conflict.

We can help you across a broad range of commercial, financial and professional disputes varying from smaller claims to much more complex and high-value claims, in particular:

Our commercial dispute lawyers can also help you resolve disputes, or pursue successful commercial litigation, in cases such as:

  • Consumer credit claims and other consumer trading problems
  • Debt recovery and enforcement
  • Financial services claims
  • Fraud, bribery and corruption
  • Insolvency
  • Judicial reviews
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Sports litigation
  • Urgent interim court applications, such as injunctions
  • Warranty claims

Warranty claims can be costly. Watch our video explaining why they arise and how to prevent them:

We can also advise you on whether your dispute should be resolved through court proceedings, or through methods of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.

Who we help: Businesses and entrepreneurs needing dispute resolution legal services

All kinds and sizes of business come to us for effective dispute resolution, from start-ups and university spinouts to plcs and large multinational corporations. As a full-service law firm, we work with clients across all industries, with a particular specialism in innovative, disruptive sectors like technology, energy and finance.

We work with companies in so many locations too – not just around our offices. We are flexible and our innovative model with remote-working solicitors means that we can help you wherever you are in the UK, and we can always compete on price with our fee packages.

Why choose our business dispute solicitors?

Our expert dispute resolution lawyers all have many years’ experience of providing practical and commercial advice on company disputes.

We’ll first evaluate your case, before providing realistic and pragmatic advice to get the best result for you, achieving your objectives in a timely manner.

Watch our business dispute solicitors explaining the benefits of mediation and arbitration below:

Our dispute resolution solicitors always prefer to settle disputes without the need for litigation proceedings, but will do so where necessary and provide you with the best possible representation in court.

Watch our video explaining the process of going to court to resolve your business dispute:

Find out more about our business dispute resolution solicitors here:

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.

Enterprise

Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.

On-Demand

Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

What our clients say

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Court Claims

These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate if more extensive work is needed.

Debt value Court fee Hourly rates (ex VAT) Estimated hours to complete Average costs (ex VAT)
City plan Enterprise plan On-Demand plan City plan Enterprise plan On-Demand plan
Up to £5000 £35 – £205 depending on the value of claim £250 £125 £150 – £195* 6 hours £1500 £750 £1170*
£5001 – £50,000 5% value of the claim £250 £125 £150 – £195* 6 hours £1500 £750 £1170*

*On-Demand rates vary depending on the annual hours package purchased. Average costs shown use the highest hourly rate of £195.

Anyone wishing to proceed with a claim should note that:

  • The VAT element of our fee cannot be reclaimed from your debtor.
  • Interest and compensation may take the debt into a higher banding, with a higher cost.
  • The costs quoted above are not for matters where enforcement action, such as the bailiff, is needed to collect your debt.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and reviewing documentation
  • Undertaking appropriate searches
  • Sending a letter before action
  • Receiving payment and sending onto you, or if the debt is not paid, drafting and issuing claim
  • Where no Acknowledgment of Service or Defence is received, applying to the court to enter Judgement in default
  • When Judgement in default in received, write to the other side to request payment
  • If payment is not received, providing you with advice on next steps and likely costs

Matters usually take 4-6 weeks from receipt of instructions from you to receipt of payment from the other side, depending on whether or not it is necessary to issue a claim. This is on the basis that the other side pays promptly on receipt of Judgement in default. If enforcement action is needed, the matter will take longer to resolve.

Our senior dispute resolution partner, Ian Carson, leads our business dispute team and has over 28 years’ experience leading some of our most high-profile cases to a successful conclusion. Regardless of which member of our business dispute team works on your matter, they will be supervised by Ian.

Our solicitors have experience in all aspects of business disputes and we dedicate ourselves to ensuring our knowledge stays up to date, in order to give you the best service possible. They each have more than 15 years of experience in the area. We always make sure that all our solicitors and members of staff are supported and supervised appropriately so that the quality of advice is not affected, regardless of who is working on your case.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

Floor 2, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
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