Dispute Resolution

If a dispute arises, you need a dispute resolution lawyer by your side who is able to assess the merits and advise strategically in order to achieve a commercial outcome at the earliest stage. Bringing contentious matters to a resolution within the parameters of an appropriate costs budget is critical to litigation work in the modern era.

Our dispute resolution lawyers are proactive, commercially-minded and realistic, as well as technically proficient, with a forensic eye for detail in assessing the merits. They recommend strategies for the early resolution of disputes, including by means of negotiation, mediation and early neutral evaluation. Where it is not possible to resolve a dispute satisfactorily by agreement, our lawyers pursue the proceedings, whether before the courts, a tribunal or an arbitration panel, with efficiency and resolution.

We are experienced in all the major forms of dispute resolution, including the English courts (from County or High Court through to the Supreme Court), appeals from Commonwealth courts to the Privy Council, international arbitration, adjudication and the tribunal system.

We are well placed to assist in international arbitration, whether as legal counsel or an arbitrator. Our arbitration work includes ad hoc, CIMAR, ICC and LCIA.

We are experienced in the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards and we successfully obtain interim remedies such as freezing orders. Prevention is better than cure, and a key part of our work involves assisting our clients with minimising the possibility of a dispute arising in the first place. As dispute-resolution lawyers, we have a unique insight into what can cause commercial relationships to go wrong and where the stress points are in a contract, and how to deal with those effectively. We have considerable experience in advising clients with pre-contractual negotiations and with risk management at the contract-drafting stage, as well as with the conduct of issues arising during the lifetime of a commercial relationship in order to reduce the risk of matters deteriorating and to keep dealings with the other side harmonious and business-like.

Specialist teams

Our dispute resolution lawyers benefit also from the firm’s sector focus to bring specialists together who understand the commercial and legal landscape that applies to the sector. We have dispute resolution experts in the following sectors:

Our cybersecurity legal service capability is comprehensive in scope, extending beyond data privacy.

We are experienced in most types of commercial disputes. Particular specialisms include:

  • pre-contractual negotiations, pre-action engagement, and other behind-the-scenes advisory and risk-management work
  • employment-related disputes and restraint of trade/restrictive covenants
  • construction claims
  • professional negligence claims
  • insurance claims
  • supplier/contractor disputes
  • debt claims
  • general commercial contract claims
  • international trade disputes
  • shareholder, JV, earn-out and company/partnership/limited liability partnership disputes and director and officer liability disputes
  • procurement claims
  • procedural battles, including jurisdiction challenges, security for costs, other interim relief applications, disclosure disputes and taking of evidence/deposition/examination requests
  • landlord and tenant disputes
  • real estate disputes
  • professional football-related sports law
  • contested trust and probate claims
  • disputes between joint owners of property and ownership of property
  • freezing injunction orders
  • companies from a wide range of sectors, including technology, construction and engineering, financial services, international trade, media, leisure, insurance, biotech, fintech, digital health, healthcare & life sciences, property developers and investors, hotel owners and operators
  • government and quasi-government bodies
  • individuals and partnerships
  • entrepreneurs and business owners
  • foreign law firms
  • professional football-related clients

Property Disputes

Commercial and residential real estate and property frequently gives rise to disputes. It is important to have lawyers at your side who are experienced in the type of dispute and asset class and who advise on a strategy for an early resolution. For property disputes in particular, it is often in parties’ interests to resolve matters without going to Court, to avoid delay and cost.

Our Real Estate and Property dispute practitioners are highly experienced lawyers, who are familiar with a wide range of commercial and residential property disputes. Our lawyers work as a practice area in order to combine the strengths of the team, bringing together practitioners, who between them have dealt with all classes of property and a wide range of disputes.

Types of disputes includes:

  • landlord and tenant disputes, such as arising from non-payment of rent, breach of covenant, dilapidations, options and break clauses
  • contractual and conveyancing disputes, including those arising contracts for the disposal or acquisition of property
  • title issues, including claims between joint owners of property or someone who believes they have an interest in a property despite not being a registered proprietor
  • residential leasehold disputes, including claims for possession, service charge disputes and disrepair claims
  • leasehold enfranchisement
  • lease extensions
  • disputes in relation to development, including arising out of plans for infill development, ancillary rights, boundaries, party walls, basements and air space rights

Contact us



Jeremy Berg

Jeremy Berg

Partner - Dispute Resolution

Gurvir Birang

Gurvir Birang

Senior Consultant – Commercial & Insolvency Litigation

Justine Brazil

Justine Brazil

Partner – Construction & Engineering, Commercial and Company Secretarial

James Brenan

James Brenan

Partner – Real Estate

Paolo Caldato

Paolo Caldato

Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution

Jan Cant

Jan Cant

Partner – Corporate Law, M&A, Contracting, IT & Telecoms, PPP, GDPR, International Institutions, Construction and Real Estate

Nigel Croxford

Nigel Croxford

Chartered Construction Manager, Arbitrator, Dispute Resolution Expert, and Health & Safety Practitioner.

Kirsteen Durrant

Kirsteen Durrant

Partner - Property and Civil Dispute Resolution

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans

Partner – Construction, Engineering, Infrastructure and Energy Projects

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert

Partner – Dispute Resolution/Corporate and Commercial

Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert

Partner - Family, Contested Trust & Probate

Mark Gleeson

Mark Gleeson

Partner – Data Protection, Cyber Security and Information Law

Shan Greer

Shan Greer

Partner – Construction and Infrastructure Projects and Disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Nik Haria

Nik Haria

Partner – Construction

Jack Khurana

Jack Khurana

Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment Law

Jonathan Levinson

Jonathan Levinson

Partner – Sectors: Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Germana  Lo Iacono

Germana Lo Iacono

Partner - Banking and financial services litigation; clinical negligence litigation

Hanne Mällinen-Scott

Hanne Mällinen-Scott

Partner – Family Law

Duncan McNair

Duncan McNair

Partner – Commercial dispute resolution

Jonathan More

Jonathan More

Partner – Construction, Engineering, Energy and Infrastructure Disputes and ADR

Justin Murray

Justin Murray

Partner – City Disputes: Contentious Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

Partner – Commercial Litigation

David Rose

David Rose

Partner – Family, Litigation

Nicholas Soni

Nicholas Soni

Partner - IT, Data Protection & Cybersecurity, Disputes

Simeon Spencer

Simeon Spencer

Senior Partner – Co-Founder

Antoine West

Antoine West

Managing Partner - Co-founder

Robert  Whitehead

Robert Whitehead

Partner - Insurance, Commercial Dispute Resolution