Litigation and arbitration

Our market-leading commercial litigation and dispute resolution team (one of the largest in the UK) is recognised for providing commercial solutions to the disputes and problems faced by clients in the UK and around the world. Our national team of litigation lawyers operates across our key sectors internationally and nationally, and deals with disputes in all forums (including courts, international arbitration and adjudication). Our aim is to help you to achieve the best solution in a commercial and cost-effective way.

Upfront, focused and cost effective litigation advice

When facing significant and potentially critical problems, whether in the context of your business or your personal affairs, the key to successful dispute resolution is accurate assessment of the merits of your position, and then the implementation of an effective strategy based on a realistic budget.

We pride ourselves on always giving you the litigation advice you really need, delivered by expert commercial litigation lawyers. You will always have partner or principal associate input whenever you want or need it, but in general all our advice is delivered by the appropriate level of dispute resolution lawyer, supported by our innovative legal services team which carries out routine tasks, to keep your costs down. Cost effectiveness is also achieved by access to bespoke and cutting edge case management and budgeting software. We can also provide, where appropriate, early assessment using Insight, our innovative commercial case assessment product, and real-time financial information through our secure extranet.

We are all experienced in alternative dispute resolution and several of our lawyers are registered or accredited mediators, so you can be sure we are always mindful of the likely benefits of a negotiated settlement.  

Our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers 

Our commercial litigation and disputes team comprises 30 partners and 154 litigation lawyers in total. Details of team members can be found here.

Our dispute resolution and litigation lawyers are specialists in the following areas:

> Alternative dispute resolution 
> Charity disputes 
> Competition
> Construction disputes  
> Contract disputes 
> Cross border litigation 
> Education disputes 
> Fraud and investigatory work 
> Health sector disputes 
> Immigration 
> Information law 
> Injunctions
> Insurance disputes 

> International arbitration 
> Intellectual property disputes 
> Insolvency dispute resolution
> IT disputes 
> Procurement disputes 
> Product liability disputes 
> Real estate disputes 
> Regulatory matters 
> Reputation management 
> Restrictive covenants
> Shareholder/boardroom disputes
> Sports disputes 
> Transactional support   
> Trust and probate disputes

Our experience

  • Represented Jaguar Land Rover in its successful claim against Bombardier for infringement of its Defender trademark – Jaguar Land Rover v Bombardier Recreational Products Inc
  • Represented 1 of the 6 claimants chosen from 98 claims in a significant challenge against the decision of the Legal Aid Agency to award legal aid contracts. The case involved 98 separate claimants and ran in parallel with judicial review proceedings before the Divisional Court
  • Acting for a major wholesaler of pharmaceutical drugs facing a claim for £9 million from a pharmacy chain arising out of an alleged sale of patent infringing generic drugs
  • Representing a subsidiary of major worldwide food distribution group in a substantial Competition Act claim
  • Successfully defending a claim for a £90 million breach of warranty and fraud claim
  • Bringing the first case in the English courts testing the “automatic stay” provisions of the Public Contract Regulations
  • Acting as lead solicitors for a joint venture of four multinational energy companies in defending a £100 million claim relating to the design, fabrication and installation of an oil rig in the North Sea
  • Acting in a significant and interesting corporate derivative action, providing guidance on when claimants can expect costs indemnities from the company – Bhullar v Bhullar
  • Successfully defending a £12 million unfair prejudice petition served on majority shareholders
  • Acting in a significant Court of Appeal case concerning testamentary capacity – Burns v Burns

Our clients

We work with a wide range of clients, including:

  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Bidvest group
  • Sherwin-Williams group
  • Remondis
  • Interserve
  • Virgin Care
  • Benfica football club
  • University of Cambridge
  • Subaru (UK) Limited
  • Centrica PLC
  • Ryder Corporation 

Recognition and testimonials

  • “Market sources describe the team as ‘a force to be reckoned with’ and commend its ‘remarkably thorough’ handling of complex commercial disputes.” Chambers UK
  • “Sources say the team ‘deals with matters in a professional, proactive and proper manner’ and ‘gets to the heart of the issues quickly and fights its client’s position well.’” Chambers UK
  • "Highly regarded and dependable" Legal 500

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Dispute resolution and litigation
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