case studies Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Injunction to prevent distribution of defamatory information
Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors successfully applied for an injunction to prevent the publication and distribution of defamatory information online, as well as personal harassment helping a client settle a traumatic personal vendetta being waged against him by a former franchisee. The case was eventually settled on confidential terms.
Professional Negligence on behalf of a minority shareholder
We have acted in a professional negligence claim in the High Court which has been brought on behalf of the minority shareholders in a livestock business.
The firm is taking legal action against the chairman and agent of the company for negligence and breach of fiduciary duties after the alleged sale of land at an undervalued price.
The value of the claim is potentially over £3m.
Breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence
We recovered a substantial sum of money for two individuals who made a loan to a builder without being told by the solicitor who was acting for them at the time that the money was to be used to pay back a previous loan owed by the builder to that solicitor and other clients of his firm. When the builder was made bankrupt we claimed that the solicitor had acted in breach of his fiduciary duty and an accountant, who was in communication with the solicitor regarding the loan, was negligent by failing to carry out appropriate due diligence. The claim was settled at mediation.
We acted for a sub-contractor in adjudication proceedings regarding the valuation of the final account, which resulted in the main contractor being found liable to pay an additional £140,000 over that which it had previously valued the works as being.
A main contractor commenced adjudication proceedings against a brickwork sub-contractor claiming £140,000 for liquidated damages and contra charges. We represented the sub-contractor and we were able to significantly reduce the eventual liability to only £14,000.
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The Dispute Resolution & Litigation Team
Ken Stangoe Partner
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689307Ken 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.
Richard Millard Managing Partner
Construction & Development 01908 689382 | 07985 069920Richard 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.
Guy Brooks Partner
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689304Guy 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.
Trevor Coward Partner
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 01908 689311Trevor 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.