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Commercial Disputes

We have a wealth of experience handling commercial disputes across a broad spectrum.

We litigate high value and complex claims at all levels before the English Courts and we work with lawyers internationally to resolve cross-border disputes.  We also handle major domestic and international arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, specialist tribunals and ad hoc) and make effective use of all forms of ADR.  As a team we have the capacity and experience to handle heavy claims and we consistently punch above our weight by achieving excellent results against significantly larger firms.  In Chambers Europe (2016) we are described as doing “fantastic litigation work” and in the Legal 500 (2016) as providing “a City-service at non-City rates”.

Areas of work include:

  • arbitration
  • banking disputes
  • civil fraud
  • commercial contract disputes
  • commercial judicial review
  • competition disputes
  • construction disputes
  • director & shareholder disputes
  • financial services disputes
  • injunctive remedies
  • insolvency
  • insurance disputes
  • international litigation including jurisdictional disputes
  • joint venture disputes

  • natural resources & utilities, including energy
  • partnership and LLPs
  • post –transaction claims, including warranty and indemnity claims
  • professional negligence
  • real estate litigation
  • restitution claims
  • shipping & international trade
  • technology
  • trust litigation

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15 August 2017

If you are involved in a dispute you need to know: what options there are for resolving the dispute; what litigation involves; the steps from the start of proceedings to trial; what parties to proceedings have to do; the fundamentals of court procedure; how to use legal advisers efficiently and cost effectively; and what happens after judgment.

A milestone for R&D agreements?

06 July 2017

R&D agreements can often cover commercially significant and highly technical subject areas. In Astex Therapeutics Limited v AstraZeneca AB [2017] EWHC 1442 (Ch) the court has had to decide on the interpretation of an R&D agreement and whether certain “collaboration compounds” were within the scope of the agreement, triggering milestone payments or not.

Validly serving a Statutory Demand is a prerequisite for presenting a Bankruptcy Petition

22 June 2017

The court has stressed the importance of validly serving a Statutory Demand before presenting a Bankruptcy Petition. The creditor must do all that is reasonably required to bring the service of the Statutory Demand to the attention of the debtor. Without effectively serving a Statutory Demand on the debtor, presenting a valid Bankruptcy Petition is impossible.

Putting a squeeze on patent licences

20 June 2017

The recent case of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd v UCB Pharma SA & Celltech R&D Ltd [2017] EWHC 216 (Pat)

Mediation

14 June 2017

Mediation is a common method of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’). It is a consensual process, with any settlement having to be agreed by both parties.

Budget discussion report deemed an abuse of the cost budgeting process

09 June 2017

A Defendant’s budget discussion report (Precedent R) was disregarded by the court due to the “lack of reality” of the offered costs.

Disclosure: avoiding the pitfalls

22 May 2017

This guide provides you with a general introduction to the obligations of disclosure in Court proceedings. The rules governing disclosure are found in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 31 and the surrounding case law. This guide will highlight the main points you need to know, consider the problems often encountered and offer some practical tips.

The English Court Process: A guide for parties from outside the jurisdiction

22 May 2017

The English courts are regularly chosen as the forum for the resolution of disputes, even between parties who do not have any other link to the jurisdiction. English judges are used to dealing with cases where one or both parties are not located within the jurisdiction and regularly deal with cases where initial applications concern a dispute over jurisdiction.

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