Commercial Disputes

UK

As commercial disputes become more complex, you need to be confident that the advice you receive is commercial, pragmatic and tailored to your specific needs. Our commercial disputes solicitors have extensive experience in handling a wide range of domestic and international disputes.

We have experience at all levels and divisions in the UK Courts and in arbitrations governed by the rules of numerous arbitral bodies. We regularly advise on a broad range of commercial litigation matters including share purchase agreements (SPAs), contract terminations and warranty, shareholder and general contract disputes. With many distinct areas built into our commercial dispute resolution offering, you can be sure we are prepared to advise you at the most difficult of times.

Commercial disputes legal services

Client work

Exceptional case management, flexibility and proactiveness.The Legal 500

We handle a broad range of domestic and international work seeing all kinds of commercial disputes. Some of our recent or current cases have included: 

  • Trusts litigation

    Defending claims against two corporate trustees, which arose out of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, bringing to an end 11 years of litigation with an $860 million global settlement.

  • Contractual claims

    Acting for Indian investors in defending a contractual claim for over US$51 million from Formula One World Championship Limited arising out of the hosting of the Indian Grand Prix.

  • Shareholder action

    Acting for the majority shareholder of a national lighting and technology company in respect of a s995 minority shareholder action in the Companies Court.

  • Fraudulent Ponzi scheme

    Advising the joint liquidators of Stanford International Bank following the collapse of a fraudulent Ponzi scheme empire. This included assisting with a dispute between the liquidators and the US Department of Justice in connection with the bank's UK assets.

  • Fraudulent misrepresentation

    Successfully defending Chris and Nick Candy in the long-running dispute with Mark Holyoake and his corporate co-claimant Hotblack Holdings. Claims included fraudulent misrepresentation, unlawful means conspiracy, duress, blackmail and intimidation.

  • Group litigation order

    Advising Amec Foster Wheeler plc and other Amec group companies in multiple sets of proceedings subject to a group litigation order. The disputes related to an organisation known as 'The Consulting Association', which was alleged to have blackmailed thousands of construction workers between 1970 and 2009.

Awards and accolades

Great communicators, proactive, passionate, an extension of our in house team.The Legal 500

Recognised by a host of legal directories and awards, our commercial disputes team is a well-known name in the market. The team was ranked by The Legal 500 in tier one for 'Commercial Litigation: Birmingham' in 2020. Chambers and Partners have also recognised the team for its litigation work in the Midlands, placing it in band two, highlighting the "accuracy and clarity of the firm's work".

In London, our commercial disputes team is ranked in tier two for 'Commercial Litigation: mid-market' by The Legal 500.

The team was shortlisted for 'Commercial Litigation Team of the Year' at the Legal Business Awards in 2019 and 'Dispute Resolution - Firm of the Year (outside London)' at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019.

Meet the team

For strategic advice and guidance in commercial disputes and litigation, get in touch with a key contact from our team.

James Sidwell
Partner

Andrew Witts
Partner

Catherine Naylor
Partner

Emma Carr
Partner