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Commercial Disputes

Our Commercial Dispute Resolution team is widely recognised as a leading litigation team, and well known for its technical expertise and robust commercial approach. 

The Legal 500 (2024) recognises Stephens Scown as a Tier One firm, while Chambers and Partners (2024) describes our Dispute Resolution team as “very knowledgeable and provides an excellent standard of service.”

As one of the largest and most specialised teams in the region, together with our national reach, our wide-ranging skills mean our lawyers can focus on achieving your business objectives quickly.

Pragmatic, expert advice for commercial disputes 

Our lawyers are experienced in ensuring that, wherever possible, commercial disputes don’t reach litigation. We also have trained mediators within the team, making us well placed to advise on alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and arbitration.

If proceedings are issued, we have a proven track record in obtaining freezing and other injunctions, and in achieving exceptional results in complex, high-value litigation matters. We’re frequently praised for our practical attitude, tactical thinking and client focus.

Clarity regarding costs

We are always transparent and up-front when it comes to the costs involved in resolving commercial disputes. We can often offer alternative funding arrangements, such as conditional fee agreements, and many of our services are available for a fixed cost.

Wide-ranging sector experience

Collectively, we have proven expertise in several sectors, including:

Some recent examples of our successes in commercial disputes include:

  • resolving complex high-value director and minority shareholder disputes
  • pursuing a multi-million pound professional negligence claim on behalf of a business client against its legal advisor
  • advising business clients on termination of distribution agreements with overseas businesses
  • assisting clients in pursuing and defending defamation claims including prejudicial postings on social media
  • acting on behalf of business clients in relation to breach of contract/warranty claims arising from the sale of a business
  • pursuing fraud claims, obtaining injunctions and enforcement
  • providing legal advice and support to a retail business, defending and pre-empting consumer complaints and claims
  • challenging decisions made by Ofgem under the Renewable Heat Incentive Regulations
  • advising a client on a maximum award from the Financial Ombudsman
  • supporting a business partnership on termination and dissolution.

We always aim to resolve disputes in a constructive and cost-effective way, and  recommend seeking advice at the earliest possible stage of a dispute to avoid matters – and costs – escalating unnecessarily.


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