Commercial Dispute Resolution and Litigation

Resolving conflict and division

With an established and impressive reputation in this field, our commercial dispute resolution and litigation lawyers are highly skilled in managing and resolving all types of corporate and commercial disputes.

Operating across many sectors, our service is tailored and highly responsive to the needs of our clients as well as the nature of the dispute. 

We are as effective at dealing with complex and high-value disputes as we are at dealing with lower value routine matters. We scope and price our work accordingly so that all matters are run cost-effectively.

Whatever the nature of the dispute, throughout our focus is on achieving the practical outcomes agreed with you, and a real commercial advantage.

What they say

"…well-resourced, highly responsive and able to give practical advice with due sensitivity to the risk/reward considerations around potential action."

Legal 500 UK 2021

What our dispute resolution lawyers do

Our commercial litigation lawyers resolve disputes for a wide range of clients including international and domestic blue chip organisations, companies, owner-managed businesses, entrepreneurs, partnerships and public bodies including local authorities and a number of Ombudsmen.

We are experts in helping clients deal effectively with corporate and commercial disputes; fraud recovery; banking and finance disputes; defamation and reputation management; professional negligence claimsintellectual property disputes; and real estate disputes.

We also offer a leading service for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with a number of our partners being qualified mediators, and a specialist technology-driven service for uncontested commercial & leasehold debt recovery.

In addition to our leading commercial litigation lawyers, we have dedicated dispute resolution solicitors specialising in all core areas of law including banking, employment, intellectual property, real estate and planning.

How our dispute resolution lawyers work

With more than 40 lawyers in our commercial litigation and dispute resolution team, we have strong specialist experience and expertise across all major dispute types.

We work in partnership with colleagues from departments across the practice, drawing in specialist skills as required in areas such as banking, real estate, employment, corporate/commercial and intellectual property.

Our style is firm but proportionate, born of an understanding that avoiding rather than encouraging legal conflict usually delivers a better outcome for our clients.

As well as being experienced and successful litigators, we also embrace alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, arbitration and expert determination as ways of resolving disputes on pragmatic and commercial terms.

Our priority is always to advise our clients on the most appropriate forums for seeking to resolve their disputes.

However a case develops, we know that the pricing of legal services is often a key issue for our clients. We have responded to a demand for flexibility and innovation in this area through our relationships with key litigation funders and insurance brokers, and our commitment to delivering financial certainty every step of the way.  Having agreed the scope of work at the outset, we can then provide a cost for delivering each key stage.

We will always discuss with you the most appropriate funding methods for your case, agreeing fixed or capped fees, contingent arrangements or traditional hourly rates, or a combination.

From our investment in ADR to our commitments on pricing, our clients can be assured at all times of a proven and effective service which is as well-suited to resolving all manner of disputes, whether these are complex, have an international element, are of significant value or are more in the nature of routine day to day commercial disputes.

Key Contacts

Tim Ashdown
Jonathan Compton
Simon Elcock
Rhodri James
Clive Lee

Tim Ashdown

Senior litigation Partner specialising in commercial litigation, IP and technology-related disputes
Brighton & London

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Jonathan Compton

Specialist in domestic and international dispute related matters for private individuals and corporate organisations

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Simon Elcock

Head of Dispute Resolution and expert in resolving complex and high value corporate and commercial disputes with a focus on the financial sector

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Rhodri James

Head of Dispute Resolution, London. Specialises in major litigation and arbitration

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Clive Lee

Expert in Dispute Resolution for UK and Multi-national clients including Luxury Brands, Automotive, Manufacturing and Engineering

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