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Disputes in business may be fact of life. Dealing with them on your own doesn’t have to be.

We believe that a commercial dispute shouldn’t cause major problems for your business. We understand that an early resolution to a dispute can mean the difference between a minor problem and a major crisis.

Addressing these disputes promptly and effectively is essential for maintaining the reputation and operations of a business. It often involves negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, depending on the nature and severity of the dispute.

We can help you and your business with:

  • Professional negligence – We cover disputes and claims for breach of contract and/or negligence of professionals including, amongst others,  surveyors, architects, designers, financial advisors, solicitors and barristers.
  • Commercial property disputes – Issues may arise between landlords and tenants concerning rent increases, property maintenance, lease terms, or property damage.
  • Construction Disputes – Any disputes between a customer and contractor concerning,  construction and also any dispute between contractor and sub-contractor on all aspects of construction including advice on adjudication proceedings.
  • Contract disputes – These arise when there is a disagreement or breach of contract terms between parties, such as suppliers, vendors, clients, or employees. It could involve issues related to payment, delivery, quality, or performance.
  • Customer or client disputes – Businesses may encounter disputes with consumers regarding product or service quality, warranties, refunds, or misleading advertising. These disputes can lead to consumer complaints, regulatory actions, or lawsuits.
  • Debt collection – Businesses may face challenges in recovering outstanding debts from clients or suppliers, leading to disputes over payment terms or debt amounts.
  • Employee & HR matters – Businesses may face disputes with current or former employees over various issues, such as wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, or breaches of employment contracts.
  • Insurance Disputes: Businesses may have disputes with insurance companies over coverage, claim denials, or the interpretation of policy terms.
  • Shareholder & partnership disputes – When businesses are operated as partnerships or have multiple stakeholders, disputes can arise over decision-making, profit-sharing, ownership rights, or the direction of the business.
  • Supplier disputes – A business supplier dispute occurs when there’s a disagreement or conflict between a company and its supplier. This could be about quality, delivery, billing, contracts or a breakdown in communication

As one of the largest Commercial Litigation teams in Nottinghamshire, we are able to resolve your commercial dispute or litigation quickly, efficiently and at minimum cost to you via out of court civil mediation services.We work hard to get the right result and we’ve recovered millions of pounds on behalf of our clients over the years.

During your initial consultation, we will provide clear  fee prices for the work we agree to carry out and will tell you at the start of your case how much you can expect to pay, so that your business can budget accordingly.

Price Transparency

During your first consultation, prior to you instructing us, we will review your matter in detail and give you a full breakdown of any costs involved.


How does my busines collect overdue debts from clients or customers

Initially, you will need to send reminders yourself. Once it becomes apparent that further action is going to be necessary, then the two principal options are either to serve a Statutory Demand for payment or to issue a Claim for a Judgment in the County Court. Before a court claim is issued, it is necessary to send a formal letter of claim and instructing a solicitor to send such a letter is often sufficient warning for the Debtor to pay the outstanding sums.

Option 1: Statutory Demand
This is a formal demand, which must be made in a form compliant with the relevant insolvency rules, which gives the debt 21 days to be paid. If the debtor does not pay, then the creditor can apply to the court to make an individual debtor bankrupt or to wind up a company in the case of a company debtor.

Option 2: Claim via the County Court
This is a claim for the court to issue a Judgment confirming the debt is owed. It can be used where the debt is disputed, albeit the creditor will have to prove their claim to get judgment.

How can I resolve a business dispute without going to court?

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation, negotiation, or arbitration are often preferred. These methods can save time and money compared to litigation.

What steps should I take if a dispute arises with a supplier or customer?

Document the issue thoroughly, attempt to resolve it through direct communication, and consider involving a neutral third party if necessary. Review contracts for dispute resolution clauses.

When should I seek legal advice for a business dispute?

It’s advisable to seek legal advice as soon as a dispute arises or even beforehand to ensure contracts are clear and legally sound. Legal advice can help you understand your rights and obligations and guide you through dispute resolution processes.

What are the potential consequences of not addressing a business dispute promptly?

Ignoring a dispute can lead to damaged relationships, loss of business opportunities, financial losses, and even legal action. Addressing disputes promptly demonstrates professionalism and can help mitigate negative impacts on your business.

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  1. Carl Wright

    Carl Wright

    Director and Solicitor

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    Partner & Solicitor

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    Lewis Chapman

    Chartered Legal Executive

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