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        Commercial Litigation & Dispute Management

        Litigation and arbitration experts providing the practical solutions for you, designed to reduce litigation risk, cost and time.

        We have one of the strongest litigation teams in the UK with over 270 dedicated professionals helping clients resolve difficult situations at any time.  

        When disputes arise, we will fight for you with tenacity to achieve the optimum outcome.  When you need urgent assistance we will act decisively and with speed.  Where a more strategic approach or lighter touch is required, we will devise pragmatic and thoughtful solutions.

        We will actively look to share the risk of litigation and work on contingent fee arrangements including conditional fee (CFAs) and damages based agreements (DBAs).    

        Our capability spans all aspects of business life.   We can handle all kinds of issues from the largest and most critical to the more modest. We frequently advise on risk management and dispute avoidance strategies.  Working in conjunction with our colleagues in our overseas offices (Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, the Middle East and Singapore) and best friends in other jurisdictions we are also able to deal with issues which have an international element.

        We are known for our expertise and practical approach.  Whatever the engagement, our focus is always to understand our client's objectives, give clear advice, work to budgets and achieve the best commercial outcome. We do this by:

        • Giving clear early advice as to strategic options, timescales, costs and likely outcomes 
        • Working with our in-house forensic accounting team to assess quantum issues 
        • Maintaining close relationships with litigation funders and insurers to enable us to share risk and provide innovative funding arrangements
        • Working with external advisors such as PR consultants

        Whatever the issues you face, our approach will always be commercial and practical.  We pride ourselves on understanding your needs so that we can provide innovative solutions in an energetic and decisive manner.  

        "They have always been very responsive and understanding of our position"
        "A very solid, reliable team"
        "The team actively guided us through a completely new process and its advice was extremely conscientious and detailed" 
        Chambers & Partners

        "Highly practical and commercial"
        "Good response times and clear advice"
        "Take the time to get to know the client’s business"
        Legal 500


        Joel Heap

        • Partner // National Head of Commercial Litigation

        Andrew Leach

        • Partner // Partner (Head of CIS Desk)

        Andrew Whalley

        • Partner // Head of Commercial Litigation (Liverpool)

        Ed Meikle

        • Partner // Head of Retail Group

        Euan McSherry

        • Partner // Head of Litigation (Scotland)

        Steve Morris

        • Partner // Head of Water
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