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Resolving and Avoiding Disputes
Disagreements in one form or another are a fact of life in modern business. How you deal with them is crucial and can affect your profit margin, your commercial relationships and your reputation.
All businesses face issues on a day-to-day basis - whatever their size or turnover. Our Commercial Team can help ensure those issues don't grow into expensive problems – and keep your business running smoothly.
The challenges of running a business can sometimes seem endless. You might, for example, be:
- chasing long-overdue debts and dealing with cash flow problems
- entering into new trade contracts
- updating your terms and conditions
- responding to complaints and claims about your goods and services (or making claims about others')
- protecting the design in a new product
- managing your employees
- responding to an employment tribunal claim
- expanding into new premises
- negotiating rent reviews on your office lease
Or you might simply be planning the next steps for your business in the context of the impending Brexit.
How can we help?
Our Commercial Team includes lawyers experienced in resolving a wide range of commercial disputes. Examples include disputes relating to:
- contracts or trading terms and conditions
- commercial and private property (including landlord and tenant disputes)
- copyright issues
- debt recovery
- defective goods or services
- partnership or director rights and obligations
- professional negligence
- reputation damage
Our lawyers will advise you on the strength of your claim or defence and advise you on the best way of resolving the issue – whether that be by negotiated settlement discussions, alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as mediation or expert determination) or in court or arbitration.
When a dispute arises, the sooner you obtain legal advice, the more chance there is of negotiating a palatable settlement and avoiding litigation (with its resultant costs).
Get in touch and find out how we can help. (Click "Contacts" below.)
Helping You to Avoid Disputes
Resolving disputes can be a costly exercise and one that can cost you customers as well as money. We provide dispute avoidance advice specifically for your business. This might involve a review of your contracts, your trading terms and conditions (T&Cs), your business practices (such as your recruitment practices including employment contracts) or your workplace policies. A review like this could make your business more efficient and save substantial costs in the long run.
If you've been involved in a dispute – especially one that involved going to court or paying out a significant sum in compensation or damages – you will be keen to avoid a similar scenario.
Working side-by-side with colleagues in our Commercial Team, our dispute resolution lawyers will advise you on how to avoid a repeat of the issues that caused the dispute in the first place.
For example, if your T&Cs did not specify the required quality of goods, our commercial lawyers can review the T&Cs to ensure they are up to date and appropriate for your business. Or, if an ex-employee has poached clients, we will advise on your employment contracts to ensure they include appropriate restrictive covenants.
Transparency When it Comes to Fees
You can expect us to be transparent in our approach to costs throughout our work with you. In most cases, we will provide you with an estimate of what you can expect to pay by way of fees and disbursements.
For more on how to manage your legal costs, click here: "Managing your Legal Costs".
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