Disputes | Commercial & Corporate

Our disputes lawyers advise businesses and individuals on a wide array of contentious commercial and corporate issues, and project-manage disputes to a resolution across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

We provide practical, decisive and robust advice to assist our clients to realise value and defuse threats to all aspects of their businesses.


We have particular expertise in advising on contentious issues in relation to:

  • commercial contracts, joint ventures and warranty claims

  • competition law

  • insolvency

  • partnership and shareholder disputes

  • professional negligence

  • supply chain, distributorship and agency arrangements and their termination

We manage our approach on a bespoke basis, from balanced aggression to something more subtly persuasive, to best meet our clients’ objectives and needs.

Agency & Distribution

We have substantial experience in acting for and advising principals, agents and distributors in relation to:

  • the suitability or otherwise of particular structures

  • the preparation and negotiation of terms of agreements

  • competition law issues

  • trade marks and other intellectual property rights

  • tax issues

  • termination of agency and distributorship agreements

  • cross-border issues which can arise in managing and terminating agency and distribution arrangements

  • claims and disputes including:

  • enforcing an obligation to supply

  • failure to give contracted notice to terminate

  • non-payment

  • claims arising on termination

  • other breaches of contract

  • claims based on competition law

  • the insolvency of one or more of the parties

We have particular expertise in advising on commercial agency agreements.

Banking & Financial Services

We can deal with disputes arising from a variety of financial products and contracts with financial services institutions, including:

  • accounting issues

  • asset/equipment finance

  • insurance

  • trusts

  • insolvency/restructuring

  • loan agreements

  • guarantees

  • secured lending

  • data protection

  • trade finance

We have in-depth experience of advising on the international tracing, preservation and recovery of assets consequent upon fraud, and we have experience of substantial claims against fiduciaries (including breach of trust, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance). We also have experience of disputes arising out of cheques and other instruments, and we are skilled in dealing with the implications of electronic systems.

Many of the disputes we deal with are international in nature.

We can assist clients to make complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service.


Examples of work include:

  • acting for Swiss clients of a collapsed Scottish broker bringing claims for dishonest assistance against an English CFD provider

  • acting for a Danish bank in a claim against an individual resident in England

  • acting for an individual resident offshore in claims concerning certain high-risk investments against a UK financial institution