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Commercial & Regulatory Disputes

Our highly talented team of specialist litigation, arbitration and regulatory lawyers provide expert advice on the management of business disputes across a wide range of industries.  We are consistently praised for the quality of our advice, our tactical thinking and our tenacity.

Our experience includes complex, high value disputes involving a variety of jurisdictions to those closer to home. Whatever the challenge, we work with our clients to meet their objectives in a straightforward, pragmatic and cost effective way.

We work collaboratively with our clients from the outset: we listen to your objectives and use practical, innovative strategies to achieve them. 

Our clients range from multi-national corporations and household names (such as the Met Office, Truprint, Haynes, Veolia, Gro Group, TOMY and Brittany Ferries) to SMEs across a variety of industry sectors. We also act for numerous public bodies (including the Metropolitan Police Service and the Legal Aid Agency), large charities and grant funding organisations. We use the depth and breadth of our experience to our clients' advantage. Whatever the problem might be, we are praised for our ability to grasp the issues quickly, and for our approach, which centres around the goals our clients want to achieve. 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

In addition to our extensive Court and arbitration experience, we regularly use alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve disputes, such as negotiation, mediation and expert determination. In light of recent reforms, there are now many more options for funding commercial disputes and we work closely with insurers and third party funders.

International Capability

In an increasingly global market, we often represent clients working internationally, and we have a network of tried and tested contacts at overseas firms who assist us with this work and provide our clients with valuable local knowledge.

At home, our New Street Square presence ensures that, if the need arises, we are minutes away from the London Courts.

Read further information on our litigation funding options.

The teams advice is really clear and straightforward, sending you on the right path to get the result you need.
Chambers and Partners
They were always one step ahead in anticipating the case and had prepared a response. I always felt that our case was their most important priority and that they worked with us, not for us."
Chambers and Partners 2020
Responsiveness, attention to detail, commercial awareness, longstanding relationship and an understanding of our business and how we work.
Legal 500 2020
Highly efficient team delivers effective outcomes.
Legal 500 2017
Top-class. Always focused on getting a sound commercial outcome without unnecessary compromises
Legal 500 2017
Michelmores is going from strength to strength.
Chambers 2017
The lawyers I have worked with have cross-knowledge of different areas of law, ensuring a stable flow of work and recovery.
Chambers 2017


Recent experience

  • Advising and representing Ticketus LLP, an advance purchaser of match tickets, in connection with a variety of matters arising out of the collapse of Glasgow Rangers FC, including bringing proceedings against the former owner of Glasgow Rangers FC pursuant to a personal guarantee, and obtaining a substantial summary judgment against him (reported in 2013 EWHC 4069 (Ch)).

    (1) Ticketus LLP (2) Ticketus2 LLP v (1) Craig Thomas Whyte (2) Rangers FC Group Ltd (3) Liberty Capital Ltd (2014)

  • Advising a household name client on the termination of a problematic overseas distributor without incurring exposure to compensation. The matter concluded speedily without protracted litigation and resulted in the appointment of a new distributor with resulting significant savings for our client.
  • Defending a claim brought against a large business for alleged misuse of a competitor's confidential information. The case has involved instructing a forensic IT expert and a consideration of complex disclosure issues. 
  • Advising and representing claimants in a substantial breach of trust claim over the sale of a holding in a family company resulting in a significantly improved return to the beneficiaries following a mediation.
  • Successfully negotiating a very large settlement in a complex claim for breach of contract against a major bank.  
  • Advising numerous well-known brands on brand protection issues, including pursuing claims for copyright and design infringement.  
  • Defending a group of independent financial advisers being pursued by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in relation to the distribution of Keydata investment products (an overseas provider, which collapsed during the credit crunch as a result of fraud and illiquidity).  We conducted litigation in the High Court, advised on professional indemnity insurance coverage and negotiated settlements.
  • Pursuing a US$multi-million contractual claim against a major Nigerian television station. The claim has involved working with a law firm in Nigeria to initiate winding up proceedings locally and take other cross border enforcement measures, and resulted in a substantial recovery for our client.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust defending a highly sensitive, high value contractual claim by a care home owner relating to the commissioning of care for vulnerable adults. The case involved contractual, safeguarding adults and Mental Capacity Act issues and was successfully defended at trial.
  • Successfully concluding an international arbitration in Dubai against a UAE company in accordance with the rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and which was subject to English law.
  • Acting for a leading multi-national satellite communications company. Our current caseload includes claims against companies based in France, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania, Ukraine, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Bolivia, and Nepal.
  • Representing an Israeli company in a multi-jurisdictional commercial contractual dispute with a US group.
  • Pursuing a contractual claim against a satellite telecommunications company based in Uganda and part-owned by a Libyan entity. This involved a consideration of complex issues relating to the UN sanctions position both in England and Wales and Uganda. The claim has settled successfully.