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Commercial Litigation

Every business and organisation will occasionally find itself involved in disputes with suppliers and customers, or between shareholders and directors. We can help you achieve a swift, satisfactory and commercially sensible outcome to your dispute.

We deal with a wide range of disputes. Our approach is commercial as well as legal: we balance the potential recovery in a claim against the costs of pursuing it, and the cost and risks of defending a claim against the strength of the defence.

We have considerable experience of High Court and County Court claims, but are also proponents of mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, which provide a cheaper and more certain alternative to court action.

We can advise and represent you in the following areas. Click on each one for more information.

Company and partnership disputes

Debt recovery and enforcing judgments

Reputation management and negative social media

Brand protection, trademark and copyright disputes

Property disputes and recovering possession

    Breach of restrictive covenants and breach of confidence

    • Breach by current or former employees of non-competition and non-solicitation clauses
    • Former employees seeking to recruit current employees (in breach of non-dealing clauses)
    • Use of confidential information obtained during course of employment

    For more information, contact Michael Feakes here

    Michael Feakes

    Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution

    John Watkins

    Senior Solicitor

    Case Studies

    Unauthorised use of logo

    When a client noticed that its distinctive logo was being used (with very slight changes) by a competitor business on its website, it was concerned about the clear threat to its customer base and possible reputational damage. Its customers were buying services from the competitor thinking that it was the client. We sent a robust letter of claim demanding that the logo be changed and written confirmation given that it would not be used again. It was changed within 24 hours of the letter being sent. In light of the quick response, the client decided not to pursue a claim for damages.

    Damage to property

    A client owned a large, historic building open to the public which was damaged when vandals set off fire extinguishers: the clean-up costs amounted to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Although the vandals (local teenagers) were convicted of criminal damage, the client decided not to pursue a claim against them, not least because of their lack of funds. We investigated the nature of the fire extinguishers, and found that they were unsuitable for historic buildings because of the corrosive nature of the contents. We brought a claim against the suppliers, in which the client was successful at trial, with damages awarded on the basis that the damage to the building would not have been so great (or costly) if appropriate fire extinguishers had been supplied.


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