Litigation & Arbitration

Service overview: Litigation and arbitration solicitors

Our senior litigation and arbitration solicitors have worked at top 100 law firms. They bring a wealth of expertise and a realistic approach to the commercial disputes they take on. Sometimes a negotiated settlement is impossible and ADR is inappropriate. When you have no option but to go to court or engage an arbitrator we’ll work hard to get the best outcome for your business.

  • Our specialist litigators handle wide-ranging commercial disputes, from complex contractual disagreements and public procurement challenges to employment disputes and commercial property disputes.
  • Our clients range from small and medium-sized businesses to larger organisations. Whether your business needs advice on a relatively straightforward monetary case or an in-depth analysis of the merits of a complex high-value claim, every client benefits from our affordable and transparent pricing structure.
  • We are experienced litigators but our goal is to help clients stay out of court where possible and avoid the expense and risk of litigation or arbitration.
  • Business disputes disrupt day-to-day operations. If there is a swift way to resolve matters through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), we’ll find it. But if ADR is inappropriate, we’ll advise you on the risks and benefits of going to trial or proceeding to arbitration and guide you through the process.
  • Find out more about business disputes in our Advice Centre.

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:

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.

Our clients typically work in traditional sectors such as manufacturing and engineering as well as evolving sectors such as energy and technology.

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:

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:


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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