Dispute Resolution (Business)

Resolving business disputes

At some point in our lives many of us will end up in a hard-to-resolve dispute with someone – whether it is an employee, a neighbour, a tenant or someone we are doing business with. Our Dispute Resolution team will help you to resolve that dispute either by negotiation or, if necessary, court action. We can help with the following:

Commercial Disputes

We can advise you on how to deal with corporate disputes whether they be commercial or contractual disputes or shareholder/partnership disputes.

Professional Negligence

We can advise you if you feel that a professional you have employed has been negligent or if you are a professional yourself against whom an allegation of negligence has been made.

Property Litigation

We can act for you in matters concerning business lease renewals, possession proceedings, dilapidation claims, agricultural tenancy matters and boundary disputes.

Debt Recovery & Insolvency

To provide you with the accurate and relevant pricing information to help you make a considered decision when choosing and purchasing legal services from our Debt Recovery team please visit our Legal fees for Debt Recovery or contact us.


We can help to seek financial recovery in fraud cases or to defend you if you are the subject of freezing or disclosure orders.

The Dispute Resolution Process

The process that you go through to resolve a dispute can be daunting and stressful to navigate. A dispute by its very nature involves disagreement and conflict. Our team are able to offer a tailored, tactical and personal service using their specialist expertise and knowledge to ensure that your dispute settles with the best outcome. The map below illustrates the possible route you might take.

Disclaimer: this graphic has been prepared for general information purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on as such and does not give rise to a solicitor/client relationship. Each claim is different and will have its own path dependent on the particular facts and circumstances of the matter. Specialist legal advice should be taken in relation to your claim.

Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRCs)

Sets the maximum amount of legal costs that a winning party can claim from a losing party in a civil litigation case.

Our FRC flow chart illustrates what happens when a claim is issued at court and what the allocation of a claim means for recovery of legal costs.

Complexity Bands are influencing factors which include value, nature of remedy, complexity of facts/ law/ evidence and number of parties.

For non-money claims or claims involving non-monetary relief, the ‘non-money’ element will be assigned a value to calculate fixed costs.

Flow diagram showing the Fixed Recoverable Costs pathways for fast and intermediate track dispute cases


Note 1: Where the trial is expected to last no longer than 1 day. Oral expert evidence likely to be 1 expert per party per field. Expert evidence likely to be limited to 2 fields.

Note 2: Trial not likely to exceed three days. Oral expert evidence likely to be 2 experts per party. Claim is 1 by claimant vs up to 2 Defendants / 2 Claimants v 1 Defendant.

Download our Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRCs) Flow Diagram PDF here.

Download our Fixed Cost Schedule A – Fast Track PDF here.

Download our Fixed Cost Schedule B – Intermediate Track PDF here.

Dispute Resolution (Business) Lawyers

Helen Townsend LLB (Hons)

Partner - Team Leader Dispute Resolution

Naina Tilney LLB (Hons)

Partner, Mediator and Commercial Team Leader


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"Expertise on property law particularly with regard to private lettings which is not generally available in many provincial practices. Excellent and prompt service delivery."

"Helen Townsend showed insight and knowledge in this area and was good to work with to achieve a settlement. She is very empathetic with her clients and their needs."

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Partner - Team Leader Dispute Resolution

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