Commercial Dispute

The variety of commercial transactions you can be involved in is equal to the possibility of commercial disputes you might find yourself in the middle of. The reason is that contracts and deals may have not been explained well at the outset, or they can just be plainly vague. Sometimes, loopholes are even deliberately put in the fine print.

Or, you and the other party may have not clearly expressed your intentions when the terms of your business together were drawn. Whatever the commercial dispute may be, find yourself protected by our expert team of commercial dispute solicitors who have a wealth of experience in the field of commercial negotiation and litigation.

Commercial Dispute

A commercial dispute arises when there are disagreements or misunderstandings in a defined commercial or business transaction. To sort out the differences, the disputing parties may undergo alternative processes, initially. They can negotiate, or go through mediation, or
arbitration. Litigation is the last, if not the least advised avenue for a commercial dispute resolution because it can be costly and time consuming. If you are backed, however, by lawyers who know their way in and around commercial disputes, a court decision in your favour can more permanently settle your woes

Some commercial disputes that our competent solicitors can assist you with:
  • Asset recovery
  • Business disputes between the management and shareholders
  • Claims for breach of warranty
  • Commercial fraud
  • Contractual disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Financial services disputes
  • Insolvency disputes
  • IP and IT disputes
  • Joint venture and partnership disputes;
  • Professional negligence
  • Real estate litigation


Even before pursuing any standard alternative dispute resolution, a seasoned commercial dispute solicitor will recommend that amicable talks be initiated. There is a good chance that he can facilitate smoothing out issues by communicating effectively the position that would serve your purpose, and even that of the other party’s. Your lawyer will only recommend to take the option to go to court if there is no probability that you and the other party will ever see eye to eye, or at least agree on a just compromise.

The Process

If pre-litigation moves do not work, your commercial dispute solicitor will prepare for your day in court, in order to secure for you a fair judgment.

  • Valid Claim – First, it is necessary to establish that there is a claim before a formal complaint can be filed in court.
  • Effort to settle – Next, there must also be ample evidence that all efforts had beenexerted and exhausted in order to arrive to a resolution, but failing in each one, an action in court becomes the remaining recourse.
  • Fill-out a form and submit – When it is determined that the claim is legitimate, in a simple case, a claim form can be filled-out and submitted to the proper court.

The Three Track System

This may be applied for more serious claims. Your commercial dispute lawyer will figure out for you the appropriate track among the three options where you can tender your claim.

  • Small Claims – Claims with below £10,000 value
  • Fast Track – Claims with £10,000 to £25,000 value
  • Multi Track – Claims which are complex and involve several issues, with £25,000 or more value
Direction Order – A Direction Order or Order for Directions lays down the process for carrying out how the case will be conducted. This is issued by the chosen court to guide the parties on the documents to be prepared and presented, the schedule of the trial, and other specifics. The order is a pre-requisite to the formal listing of a case in court. If you hire a good commercial dispute lawyer, he shall be able to timely comply with
requirements of the order, and avoid getting your case dismissed due to mere technicalities.

Duration of Litigation

Litigation of Small claims lasts around three to six months. Fast Track claims take around 9 months to 1 year. The duration of litigating Multi-Track Claims, due to the complexity of issues, cannot be estimated but they certainly take longer than Fast Tack claims.

The energy demanded by commercial disputes is no joke, not to mention the time and expenses that come with it, whatever track your claim may be. Put yourself at ease, and let our efficient commercial dispute solicitors do the legwork. With your full cooperation and their expertise, your commercial dispute can end with the best resolution on the table.

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