What we do: litigation and arbitration solicitors
The litigation and arbitration team works across the full spectrum of commercial disputes – from modest claims in lower courts to high value cases before the High Court, the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal.
In cases where the parties agree to arbitrate we have an in-depth understanding of the rules of all the principal arbitral bodies, including the LCIA, ICC, SCC, DIAC and UNCITRAL. We also regularly advise clients who wish to avoid institutional arbitration and pursue ad hoc arbitration instead.
Our litigation and arbitration solicitors regularly work in the areas of:
- IT/outsourcing disputes
- Contractual disputes
- Public procurement challenges
- Partnership disputes
- Professional negligence claims
- Banking and finance disputes
- Intellectual property disputes (such as copyright, trademark and design infringement)
If ADR is unsuccessful or impossible to explore, we play a crucial role in helping you decide whether arbitration or litigation is appropriate for your case.
You may be keen to take advantage of the flexibility and control arbitration gives the parties. Alternatively the wider array of sanctions available to the courts and the greater power of judges (compared to arbitrators) to force parties to comply with directions may be more important. Always bear in mind that your room for manoeuvre may be limited by the terms of the relevant contract. It may require you to engage in arbitration ahead of litigation.
We discuss the differences between litigation and arbitration in more detail in our Advice Centre. The information there is designed to help your business consider which process might be most appropriate for the dispute you are facing.
Who we help: businesses across the UK
Our clients include businesses across the UK and range from start-ups and university spin-off enterprises to large, multinational corporations.
Why use our litigation and arbitration solicitors?
At Harper James we never lose sight of your business objectives. We will assess your legal position and provide clear, commercially aware advice that you can act on.
We are supportive and responsive because we understand that when a commercial dispute gets out of control it can cause lasting damage to a business. And because legal costs often determine the route a business will go down when dealing with a dispute, we go to great lengths to ensure our charges are cost effective and completely transparent.
Our team includes solicitors who are accredited mediators. We also have members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on board – one partner alone has dozens of arbitration awards to his credit. As a result our clients benefit from valuable perspectives on the factors at play when arbitrators reach their final decisions.
Find out more about our arbitration and litigation solicitors here:
Commercial and Operations Director
Ashley is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator who joined Harper James from DLA Piper where he spent 28 years, 22 as a partner. He is now the Commercial and Operations Director at Harper James.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
Ian joined our dispute resolution team in 2016 and has over 20 years of experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes.View profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
A former partner in a leading north-west law firm, Michael is one of our business disputes partners specialising in alternative dispute resolution & litigation for complex claims.View profile
Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Mark previously worked at Freeths LLP and Nabarro (which became CMS) prior to joining Harper James. His areas of expertise include complex contractual disputes, public procurement challenges, IT/Outsourcing & reputational managementView profile
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