Is your business involved in a dispute over a contract, a property or professional advice you have received? Do you have landlord and tenant problems? Or perhaps you’re engaged in debt recovery?

Taking legal advice in the early stages of a dispute can often prevent expensive and time-consuming litigation.

From our offices in Wimbledon Village and Epsom, our dispute resolution solicitors provide sound, practical legal advice in relation to disputes. We have a wealth of experience acting for sole proprietors, SMEs, large corporates and professional firms on anything from small disagreements to large-scale, complex litigation.

We will always advise you on a commercial basis, identifying all the options available (including alternative means of resolving your dispute such as mediation). We will provide you with information on cost and your prospects of success to enable you to decide how to proceed.

If you decide to bring a court claim, we will endeavour to achieve the outcome you desire as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Our track record in helping people across the UK resolve their disputes satisfactorily and in a timely and cost-effective manner is exceptional.

Disputes over commercial contracts can distract you from running your business. Obtaining the right advice at an early stage is essential in order to put you in the strongest possible position.

We act for businesses of all sizes, helping them resolve their commercial disputes. We recognise that not every dispute needs to lead to court proceedings, especially where a business relationship needs to be maintained. Early advice as to whether a contract is properly incorporated or enforceable can be invaluable. Sometimes there is a more practical, cost-effective approach and we will try to adopt this where possible. We promote mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the hope litigation can be avoided or shortened. If a matter proceeds to litigation, our solicitors will focus all their efforts on achieving success on your behalf.

The types of dispute we act on include:

  • Breach of contract relating to the sale of goods and services
  • Retention of title claims
  • Warranty and indemnity claims
  • Disputes relating to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Breaches of agency, distribution and franchise agreements

The number of claims against lawyers, surveyors, accountants and other professionals has increased markedly over the past few years. Businesses rely more and more on professional guidance and are entitled to recourse where their professional advisors fall short of the required standards.

If you feel you have not received advice to the level and skill expected, we can advise on your prospects of success and the next steps to take.

The relationship between a landlord and a tenant can give rise to any number of disputes. We act for both landlords (including property companies and investors) and tenants in relation to both commercial leases.

Disputes between landlords and tenants most commonly involve one or more of the following:

  • Business lease renewals using the procedure in the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
  • The non-payment of rent or disputes over how much rent is owed
  • Services charges
  • Issues relating to the termination of leases including forfeiture and the exercise of break options
  • The state of repair and condition of premises (dilapidations) either during or at the end of the lease
  • The return of a rent deposit

If you are either a landlord or a tenant and have an issue relating to your leasehold premises, please contact us for expert advice.

Debt recovery

Business debt recovery can be time consuming and expensive. You need to consider how to approach the debt at an early stage, including whether to use insolvency procedures, court proceedings or alternative means of trying to resolve matters. We can work alongside your business to collect your debts efficiently and with the minimum of fuss.

Whether you have a high volume of matters to deal with or a one-off claim, we can assist you. We deal with straightforward claims as well as more complex matters and will endeavour to achieve a successful outcome on your behalf as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Taking legal advice in the early stages of a dispute can often prevent expensive and time-consuming litigation. From our offices in Wimbledon Village and Epsom, we provide practical debt collection advice.

Business insolvency

A business or company is insolvent if it is unable to pay its debts as and when they fall due or if its liabilities exceed its assets. Insolvency law sets out how the assets of the business or company are dealt with in relation to the competing claims of its creditors. It also deals with the duties and responsibilities of the partners or directors of the insolvent business.

We act for businesses, companies, partners, directors and other individuals affected by insolvency (or potential insolvency) as well as insolvency practitioners.

Issues we deal with in relation to insolvency include advice on:

  • The steps to take to avoid insolvency, if possible, and the importance of avoiding wrongful or fraudulent trading
  • The options available to insolvent companies or businesses, including restructuring, bankruptcy, administration, liquidation and company voluntary arrangements
  • Claims against debtors including letters before action, statutory demands and winding up petitions
  • Directors’ personal liabilities and responsibilities including fiduciary duties to the company, its shareholders and creditors
  • The liability of directors or other individuals under personal guarantees
  • Retention of title issues

We also work with insolvency practitioners both pre and post their appointment and advise them in relation to a number of issues including debt collection, retention of title, and creditor priority issues.

If you require advice in relation to a potential or actual dispute, please get in touch.