Business Dispute Resolution Solicitors

Our dedicated team can work with you on all areas of dispute resolution from small to multi million pound claims.



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Forbes Solicitors' business dispute resolution solicitors offer expert legal advice on resolving commercial disputes. Our commercial dispute resolution solicitors have a wealth of experience in this area of law and can assist you with all aspects of dispute resolution, from business mediation to litigation. We work with a wide range of clients, from small businesses to multinational corporations, and we provide bespoke solutions to meet their individual needs.

What is the definition of a business dispute?

A business dispute is a disagreement or potential claim between businesses, such as companies, SMEs, sole traders, charities, trust and partnerships that relates to legal obligations. Business disputes include contractual issues, disputed debts, director and shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, professional negligence, insolvency, injunctions, property disputes or issues around intellectual property but can be in relation to any problem between businesses.

Business disputes ranging from an unpaid invoice, to a complex multi-million-pound breach of contract claim or the consequences of receiving negligent advice from a professional, can cause disruption to trade, unwanted distraction for business owners and cash flow issues. Either way, you need the right team behind you to find a solution, which is where specialist business dispute solicitors can make all the difference to the outcome.

What Business Dispute Resolution Services do we offer?

The Forbes Business Dispute Resolution team will first assess the facts of the dispute and its complexity to provide the right level of legal support to represent you appropriately. The advice given by our business dispute resolution solicitors will consider your overall business objectives for your organisation, your desired outcome, the legal and procedural options open to you, as well as the merits of the case.

Our business dispute lawyers have expertise in a broad range of different types of business disputes, but particularly involving companies, charities, public authorities and other public bodies, partnerships and trusts in connection with disputes involving, contracts and commercial issues, professional services and advice, the ownership and management of companies, land and property, as well as construction and intellectual property. We regularly litigate successfully in all forums, including the County Court, the High Court and represent clients in settlement meetings, ADR and mediation.

Our business dispute lawyers have considerable experience in proactively fighting cases in which court proceedings become necessary; however, we do strive to resolve disputes on commercially advantageous terms for clients out of court to minimise costs.

We also ensure that we explore the right funding option available to suit your case and circumstances, be it fixed fees, conditional or deferred fees and time spent basis or insurance backed.

Why choose our business dispute resolution solicitors?

At Forbes Solicitors our business dispute resolution lawyers have extensive experience in resolving complex commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. We provide practical and cost-effective solutions tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that your business interests are protected. Our team is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for you, and we pride ourselves on our excellent client service and communication. Choose us for expert advice and representation in all types of business disputes.Who do our business dispute resolution solicitors help?Our business dispute resolution solicitors help businesses and individuals who are involved in commercial disputes, including breach of contract, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, and debt recovery.

How can our business dispute resolution lawyers help?

If you need the help of business dispute resolution lawyers, Forbes Solicitors can help by providing expert advice and representation in resolving disputes between businesses or individuals. We have extensive experience in negotiating settlements, mediating disputes, and representing clients in court or arbitration proceedings. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients while minimising the time, cost, and disruption associated with commercial disputes. We can assist with a wide range of disputes, including breach of contract, partnership disputes, intellectual property disputes, and more.

Our team at Forbes Solicitors possesses extensive expertise in providing legal assistance to clients dealing with Business Dispute Resolution cases throughout the country. Don't hesitate to contact us today to discuss your needs with our professionals.

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What is a business dispute?

Business disputes are wide-ranging and can include any kind of legal disagreements between businesses; from unpaid invoices to complex issues concerning company structures and management, corporate transactions, around intellectual property law or one party failing to meet their responsibilities in an area of an agreement between the two businesses.

What is business dispute resolution law?

Business dispute resolution law refers to the legal process of resolving conflicts or disagreements between businesses or individuals involved in business transactions. This can include mediation, arbitration, or litigation in court. there are various laws and regulations that govern business dispute resolution, including the Civil Procedure Rules and the Arbitration Act 1996.

Do all business disputes end up in Court?

No, not all business disputes end up in court. Alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration are often used to resolve disputes outside of court. However, if a resolution cannot be reached through these methods, then the dispute may proceed to court. This is based on UK law.

If Court proceedings are commenced, do I have to go all the way?

Not necessarily. Settlement discussions at the Courts actively encourage mediation and other forms of ADR. However, it is important to be prepared (mentally and financially) to see a claim through to a trial once started. If not, then you weaken your position.

Even if a settlement is not achieved before trial, you can still discontinue a claim (if you have instigated it) but, if you do, you will normally have to pay the other side's legal costs up to the point that you withdraw.

How long will a business dispute take to get to court?

The length of time it takes for a business dispute to get to court can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the court's availability. It can take several months to a year or more for a case to reach trial.

What are my chances of winning a business dispute?

The chance of winning a business dispute depends on various factors such as the strength of evidence, legal representation, and the judge's decision. It is best to consult with a lawyer for a more accurate assessment of your chances of winning.

What is mediation and ADR?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) where a neutral third party helps parties in a dispute to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. ADR refers to any method of resolving disputes outside of the traditional court system, including mediation, arbitration, and negotiation. ADR is encouraged by the courts and can be used to resolve a wide range of disputes, including commercial, employment, and family disputes.

What will bringing or defending a business legal dispute cost?

Our aim is to provide cost effective advice and to go about dealing with the case to ensure the best value representation for you. It is impossible to say at the outset what the total final cost is likely to be, as all cases differ and we will not know the stage at which matters will be resolved. For certain types of case fixed fees might be available.

However, in each case we will give you the best estimate we can based on our experience as to what the likely costs are, and discuss with you any alternative ways of resolving the dispute in the most cost effective manner.

Please also bear in mind that there is not only a direct financial cost to you, but that you will have to commit your own time to being involved in the process. This will all need to be taken into account when assessing the viability of the action.

How will I pay for a business legal dispute?

There are a variety of funding options available. If you have legal expenses cover then, as long as your claim is accepted by your insurer, they will pay your fees. If you do not have this cover you may be able to obtain it from an 'after the event' insurer, although this kind of cover can be expensive.

In certain circumstances we may also agree to represent you on a 'no win, no fee' agreement, where we only get paid if your claim is successful. There are also sometimes options to fund a claim through a third-party funder, who would eventually take a share of your recovered damages.

If you are funding the case privately, we will discuss our rates with you and normally send invoices on a monthly basis to allow you to spread the cost.

Will I get my legal costs back if I win my business dispute?

If the claim is worth over £10,000 then the normal rule is that the loser will be ordered to pay the winner's reasonable and proportionate costs. Usually, this means somewhere between 50% and 80& of the legal costs incurred. This is only a general guide and the Judge can depart from them if he /she thinks it is just to do so, so the outcome of costs recovery cannot be guaranteed.

Further, the loser is normally only ordered to pay 'assessed costs', which means the winner might receive less than they have paid their own lawyer, and the order is only of any use if the loser has the resources to pay.

There are ways of making it more likely that you will get indemnity costs (that is all of your costs) if you win by making offers to settle or to mediate, but we will discuss these with you.

You will be responsible for paying our fees whether or not you recover anything from the other side.

If the claim is worth less than £10,000 the normal rule is that you will pay your own legal costs whether you win or lose.

How do I get my money if I win a business dispute?

If you win the case how you get paid depends on the financial situation of the loser. We can help you enforce any unpaid judgment debt and this can include enforcement methods including bailiffs, High court Enforcement Officers, insolvency action, third party debt orders, charging orders and attachment of earnings orders.

The more information you can give us about their your opponent's financial situation and assets the better. This can also help inform you how far to take a commercial dispute.

However, if the loser has no money or other assets with which to pay then the only result might be their insolvency. We will normally discuss with you at the outset whether it is worth embarking on an action if the other side has no resources with which to pay.

What types of disputes can be resolved through dispute resolution?

Dispute resolution can be used to resolve a wide range of disputes, including commercial disputes, employment disputes, family disputes, property disputes, and personal injury claims. It can also be used to resolve disputes between individuals, businesses, and government bodies. The aim of dispute resolution is to find a mutually acceptable solution to the dispute, without the need for court proceedings.

How do I choose the right dispute resolution service for my business?

When choosing a dispute resolution service for your business, consider factors such as the type of dispute, the cost of the service, the reputation of the service provider, and the likelihood of success. common dispute resolution services include mediation, arbitration, and litigation. It is important to choose a service that is appropriate for your specific dispute and that complies with UK law. Seeking legal advice can also be helpful in making this decision.

What happens if the other party refuses to participate in dispute resolution?

If the other party refuses to participate in dispute resolution, the matter may need to be taken to court. The court may require the parties to attempt mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution before proceeding with a trial. However, if the other party still refuses to participate, the court may proceed with a trial and make a decision based on the evidence presented.

Can I still go to court if I use a dispute resolution service?

Yes, you can still go to court if you use a dispute resolution service. using a dispute resolution service is not a requirement before going to court, but it can be a helpful way to resolve disputes without the need for litigation. If the dispute cannot be resolved through the service, you can still pursue legal action in court.

What are the benefits of using a dispute resolution service?

Using a dispute resolution service can provide a quicker and more cost-effective way to resolve disputes compared to going to court. It can also help to maintain relationships between parties and provide a more flexible and tailored solution. there are various dispute resolution services available, including mediation, arbitration, and adjudication. These services are often encouraged by the courts and can be legally binding if agreed upon by the parties involved.

How can I avoid disputes in my business?

To avoid disputes in your business, it is important to have clear and detailed contracts and agreements in place with clients, suppliers, and employees. It is also important to communicate effectively and promptly with all parties involved and to address any issues or concerns as soon as they arise. Additionally, seeking legal advice and guidance can help prevent potential disputes and ensure compliance with UK laws and regulations.

What are the different types of dispute resolution?

The different types of dispute resolution in UK law include negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Negotiation involves parties discussing and reaching a settlement without the involvement of a third party. Mediation involves a neutral third party facilitating discussions and helping parties reach a resolution. Arbitration involves a neutral third party making a binding decision after hearing evidence from both parties. Litigation involves parties going to court and having a judge make a decision.

What is corporate dispute resolution?

Corporate dispute resolution refers to the process of resolving conflicts or disagreements between companies or their stakeholders, such as shareholders, directors, or employees. This can be done through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation, depending on the nature and severity of the dispute. corporate dispute resolution is governed by various laws and regulations, including the Companies Act 2006 and the Civil Procedure Rules.

What is a corporate dispute?

A corporate dispute is a disagreement or conflict between two or more parties within a company, such as shareholders, directors, or employees. This can involve issues such as breach of contract, employment disputes, or disagreements over company strategy. corporate disputes are typically resolved through negotiation, mediation, or litigation in the courts.

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