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Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Whether you have a personal or commercial dispute our experts have the experience to tackle your issues head on.  Arguments in business can quickly spiral into complex and costly confrontations. Our Dispute Resolution & Litigation team includes five experienced partners, who have a breadth of expertise that covers even the most complicated commercial disputes.

  • Commercial Property Disputes
    Problems with commercial property are disruptive to any business, whether you are a landlord or a tenant. We can advise on all types of issues - including dilapidations, rent and service charge recovery, forfeiture, relief from forfeiture, lease renewals and planning disputes.
  • Distribution & Agency Agreements
    Many businesses buy and sell goods globally, across national and international boundaries - often appointing commercial agents and distributors to promote and sell products. Whether you are a manufacturer, an agent or a distributor, we can use our expertise to advise you on dealing with any disputes that arise relating to the obligations of each party - both at home and abroad.
  • Debt Collection
    Nobody likes it when they are not paid for doing a job, or for goods that have been delivered - but when it happens in business it can be potentially very serious for your company. Chasing payment is a time consuming business, so we take the stress out of collecting what is rightfully yours - helping you to restore your cashflow quickly, with minimum cost or fuss. We can help you with a range of different options – including our unique computerised debt collection service, if you have high a volume of debts to collect.
  • Director, Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
    When the people who jointly own or run a business disagree, the effect can be extremely detrimental to the company. We are experienced in dealing with all manner of company and partnership disputes. We also understand that acting quickly and decisively is often the key to protecting your interests and safeguarding the business for the future - whether that be through mediation, negotiation, litigation or a mixture of all three.
  • Sometimes when a dispute arises it is necessary to take immediate action. This could be to protect the business or the subject matter of the dispute - or it could be to prevent the destruction of evidence, or to preserve the assets of a party to the dispute. We are highly experienced in obtaining injunctions from the court.

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  • If your business gets into financial difficulty, you want a legal firm you can trust, in order to achieve the best outcome for you and your company. We can provide a full range of services for anyone who is involved in or affected by insolvency issues, including advice on effective recovery and formal insolvency procedures. We can also advise on avoiding formal insolvency arrangements through a variety of means, including restructuring and turnaround advice.

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  • International Trade
    Should you find yourself involved in a dispute anywhere in Europe, or any country worldwide, our experts can advise you on what steps to take to best protect your business interests. We have expertise in dealing with claims in courts and tribunals globally, and we are able to call on our contacts abroad, and at the Legal Counsel International, to ask for specific advice on the laws and regulations of other countries.
  • IT & Ecommerce
    If your business gets into a dispute over an ecommerce or IT agreement, or has any issues with software licensing, intellectual property or data protection - we can help. We have the experience you need and can give you the best possible advice, to ensure that you achieve the result you were looking for.
  • If you have lost out financially after being given bad advice from a professional, you may be entitled to make a claim against them. This could include accountants, independent financial advisors, architects, surveyors, engineers or solicitors - or any other professional consultant who you have paid for their services. We are experienced in pursuing cases of negligence against a wide range of professionals.

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  • Protecting trademarks, patents, design rights & copyright
    For any type of business, it is vital to protect your ideas and your products. We have experience in advising you on how best to safeguard your intellectual property, and how to contest claims made against it – including all of the following situations patent or trademark infringement, disputes over branding, design rights or copyright, breach of trade secrets, protection against the unauthorised sale of goods, at home or abroad.
  • Staff contracts often include restrictive covenants, to protect confidential information and customer relationships which are vital to your business and its continued success. So if a key employee announces their intention to leave the company, you will often need fast and accurate advice on how best to protect your interests.

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  • Sale & Supply of goods and services
    The buying and selling of goods and services is very often the most important part of any business. We understand that supply contracts are vital to protecting your interests, and we specialise in helping to enforce such contracts when they have been breached – protecting your interests and defending any unfounded claims.

THE Dispute Resolution & Litigation team

  • Ken Stangoe Partner
    Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689307
    Ken is Head of the Department.  He has over 20 years' experience as a commercial litigator, with a heavy focus on property disputes, including forfeiture actions and applications for relief, right of way disputes, rent recovery for commercial landlords, trusts of land, dilapidations claims, boundary disputes, rent and service charge recovery and lease renewal applications.

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  • Trevor Coward Partner
    Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689311
    Trevor specialises in the closely connected fields of commercial litigation, partner/director disputes, insolvency, property litigation, and professional negligence. His background is one of broad experience across a wide range of commercial litigation. He is a member of Legal Counsel International, an alliance of lawyers in 17 countries.

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  • Guy Brooks Partner
    Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689304
    Guy has more than 30 years’ experience in the legal profession and headed up the Commercial Litigation department of local firm Fennemores, before joining Geoffrey Leaver as joint head of the Dispute Resolution department in 2006. The Dispute Resolution department have been recognised by Legal 500 UK.

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  • Richard Millard Managing Partner
    Construction & Development 01908 689382
    Richard has over 20 years’ experience acting for clients in the construction industry,  providing pragmatic advice to developers, contractors, sub-contractors, design and construction professionals, housing associations, smaller builders and homeowners.

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  • Mairead McErlean Partner
    Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689333
    Over 14 years in practice Mairead has gained experience in a diverse range of disputed matters. She has particular expertise in insolvency matters, shareholder and partnership problems, breach of contract claims and building/property disputes. In addition Mairead deals with contentious and non-contentious enfranchisements.

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  • Danielle Austin Trainee Solicitor
    Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689373
    Danielle Austin is a Trainee Solicitor who has experience dealing with Company and Commercial matters as well as Dispute Resolution and Litigation matters.

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