Commercial disputes

Commercial disputes are a fact of business life and come in many shapes and sizes.

Sometimes, you might feel you need to claim against another business for breach of contract. Or, you might employ a professional adviser, then it turns out their advice has been negligent. Possibly even worse, you suddenly find the reputation of your business is under threat as a result of untrue comments. So what’s the best way to resolve a commercial dispute, and where do you start?

We see your point

At Stephens Scown, we’re genuinely passionate about business and have a team of specialists dedicated to successfully resolving disputes. Seeing things from your point of view, we can quickly get to grips with the issues involved and find practical solutions based on our long experience in these matters.

We’re approachable and commercially-minded, so we can talk your language and appreciate the impact these challenges can have on your business. With our advice and guidance, you can find a cost-effective way to secure the outcome you need.

Business advice from a business leader

The legal industry bible Chambers describes us as a ‘dominant force’ in the marketplace, we feature in The Lawyer magazine’s prestigious Top 200 rankings, and Legal 500 (2020) has ranked us Tier One. So rest assured, we understand how business works and we’re ideally qualified to address any disputes that pose a risk to your success.

Our recent experience and activities include:

  • professional negligence claim against client’s solicitor and accountant for failure to provide appropriate tax advice.
  • reviewing and advising a UK supplier on the terms and enforceability of an exclusive distribution agreement
  • acting for a sole trader in a substantial claim for unpaid invoices
  • professional negligence claim arising out of advice given by financial advisers on transferring pensions out of the NHS scheme into a SIPP.
  • advising business owner seeking the removal of defamatory material from the internet.
  • advising on the enforceability of a developer’s exclusivity agreement relating to a property.
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    Stephens Scown engages exceptionally well with its clients and other professionals.

    Chambers (2020)

    The dispute resolution team has a breadth and depth of experience that is unrivalled. The key strength of the team is their commercial sense and absolute focus on the best interests of their clients

    Legal 500 (2020)

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