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Dispute Resolution

Resolving high stakes, high profile, complex disputes

The answer to an increasingly competitive and regulated world, in which disputes have become a fact of business life, is one of the largest, most complete and experienced Dispute Resolution departments in London. It is the reason why half the firm’s lawyers are litigators and we have one of the largest groups of injunction specialists.

As today’s commercial environment becomes tougher and tougher, our clients are forced to deal with more and more difficult and contentious decisions. For example, do you commit to an existing obligation or follow a new venture? Should short-term needs outweigh longer-term plans? Are obligations to current business partners no longer the best way forwards? Invariably, these decisions give rise to disputes that must be resolved.

Of course, while we are equipped to litigate, going to court is never our default response. We start every dispute with a clear, dispassionate overview of your options, and be it personal or commercial, our approach is the same. Assimilate the facts and lay out the options because the means of resolution can be as diverse as the issue themselves. We are ready to be as measured and diplomatic or as aggressive as the situation demands.

Our intention is then not only to arrive at a bespoke solution but a value-based one too. We believe in delivering a return on investment and think that lawyers should not only provide excellent service but take a more pro-active approach to cost than ever before. It is why we have strong links to third party litigation funders who can help manage the risk involved in large-scale litigation.

In these ways we take ownership of your dispute, fight your corner and fiercely guard your interests.

Key Services

We are one of the largest litigation teams in London with almost 200 litigators. We act for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities with disputes which cross several jurisdictions. We are unusual for a firm of our size in that we remain largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes with financial institutions.

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Our competition practice advises claimants and defendants, individuals and institutions, on all aspects of competition law. Our low levels of conflict enable us to act for parties across all sectors. We are experts in managing investigations across a number of jurisdictions; choosing and dealing with overseas professionals on behalf of our clients.

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We understand that managing cyber security will develop and enable your business, protect your customers and build trust in your brand. Our in-house team comprises cyber security specialists, data theft lawyers, reputation management specialists and data protection experts. This multi-disciplinary approach combines business expertise with a deep understanding of cyber risks and how to protect against them.

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We are known for our low levels of conflict. We act for all sides of the industry, from banks and other financial institutions, to corporate borrowers and investors. We are able to draw on the expertise of specialists across banking and debt finance, investment funds, regulatory, and insolvency and recovery. Our matters are often high value and involve a number of international jurisdictions. Our particular strength is in the swift resolution of highly sensitive disputes.

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We have the largest group of dedicated international injunction specialists in the country. Wherever possible we seek pre-emptive relief to locate and freeze assets and preserve evidence. Our international network of fraud specialists The International Fraud Group, gives us a critical edge when securing piggyback injunctions in other countries. Our reputation for negotiating directly with both fraudsters and their lawyers enables us to resolve complex and sensitive cases in ways that protect our clients from endless litigation and mounting costs.

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Our Fraud Defence team are defence strategists who use their experience gained from working for claimants to anticipate and undermine the potential points of attack that the defendant may face. The team has vast experience in working for clients who face the parallel attack of a civil claim and criminal regulatory investigation both in Britain and abroad.

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Our ability to home in on the issues and our experience in restructuring and deal making enable us to offer simple and sound advice not just to those facing imminent insolvency but also to those wishing to take proactive measures to capitalise on opportunities.

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Our insurance litigation team acts predominantly for corporate policy holders on coverage issues across a wide range of industries and lines. Our experience covers the whole process, from advising on risk programmes, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial agreements to litigating on behalf of the policyholder in the event an insurer rejects their claim. Our focus on the policyholder enables us to remain almost conflict free.

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We deliver a complete range of services with experienced specialists in all aspects of IP helping our clients create, exploit and protect intellectual property throughout the whole life of a brand. Where we detect an infringement, we work swiftly and tenaciously to stop the breach and deliver a significant return on investment.

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Our commercial arbitration experience includes acting for governments, individuals and companies across sectors including energy, national resources, construction, fraud, finance, licensing, real estate and employment as well as general commercial, contractual and shareholder disputes. Our lawyers also have extensive experience in arbitration-related court proceedings, including investigatory and discovery efforts, garnishment, and enforcement of arbitral awards.

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The payment of tax affects every business and individual, but navigating HMRC and its processes can be complicated. Our team have direct experience of working within HMRC and can help you reach a satisfactory agreement for your business and HMRC as well as helping you to build a solid working relationship going forward.

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