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Commercial Dispute Management

The result you want: faster, better, cheaper

What is involved?

In business, commercial disputes are a fact of life. The key is to take control and drive any dispute to a solution that meets your commercial objectives.

Our message is simple: we have deep expertise and insight, and will have “been there before”. With a national team of 54 commercial dispute management partners and lawyers, we have both the strength in depth and experience to manage your disputes quickly and cost effectively. We will work with you closely to understand quickly what the challenges are that you face and to devise a strategy to ensure the best commercial outcomes for you as a business.

Why choose Freeths?

We have experience of every aspect of commercial disputes, both in the UK and internationally, including all of the areas listed below.

  • Actions Against Directors
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation & Marine
  • Charity Disputes
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Competition Law & Antitrust Claims
  • Corporate and M&A Disputes
  • Dawn Raids
  • Data Theft & Protection
  • Debt Recovery for Businesses
  • Defamation
  • Employment Restrictive Covenant Disputes
  • Environmental Law
  • Injunctions, Emergency Court Relief & Search Orders
  • International Litigation, Mediation & ADR
  • Mediation & ADR
  • Mining & Minerals
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence Claims
  • Shareholder Disputes
Meet the team

Commercial Dispute Management Lawyers


Farheen Ahmad
Associate

0845 073 8581

Emma Anderson
Director

0845 272 5712

Neil Armitage
Solicitor

0845 077 9572

Harriet Atkin
Solicitor

0845 634 2569

Simon Baigent
Partner

0845 274 6903

Clare Bellis
Director

0186 578 1058

Commercial Dispute Management

Guy Berwick
Partner & National Head of Dispute Management

0845 050 3661

Richard Beverley
Managing Partner - Birmingham

0845 634 2577

Adam Boyd
Associate

0845 271 6773

Paul Brown
Associate

0186 578 1020

Mark Brown
Partner

0845 271 6764

Jill Carey
Director

0845 634 2548

Mark Christie
Solicitor

0845 274 6840

Henry Clappison
Senior Associate

0845 634 2571

Christopher Clayton
Solicitor

0845 166 6308

Lindsey Clegg
Partner

0845 030 5793

Richard Coates
Partner

0845 128 7972

Duncan Crine
Partner

01865 781 054

Charles Darby
Partner

0116 248 1114

Andrew Dashwood-Begg
Senior Associate

0186 578 1021

Lauren Davies
Solicitor

0845 634 1743

Ciaran Dearden
Associate

0845 263 9438

Philippa Dempster
Managing Partner - London

0845 050 3203

James Driver
Partner

0792 013 5552

Tristan Duncan
Senior Associate

0845 166 6301

Mark Emery
Partner

0186 578 1079

Nichola Faith
Associate

0845 404 1756

Richard Fitzmaurice
Solicitor

0845 274 6892

Aimee Fleet
Solicitor

0186 578 1014

Jade Flint
Associate

0845 050 3698

Matt Fraser
Associate

0845 634 2563

Adam Gibb
Solicitor - Advocate

0845 077 9636

Mike Gilmour
Partner

0845 274 6944

James Gorman
Associate

0845 050 3291

Graham Greenfield
Partner

0845 274 6904

Lisa Greenstreet
Associate

0845 128 7994

Mark Gudgeon
Senior Associate

0845 166 6305

Stephen Hadley
Partner

0845 077 9609

Joseph Hale
Partner

0845 030 5759

James Hartley
Partner

0845 077 9581

Dean Hill
Senior Associate

0845 404 1740

Robert Hill
Senior Associate

0845 274 6924

Simon Hobbs
Partner

0190 835 0200

Tom Holden
Solicitor

0845 271 6772

Carl Holmes
Senior Associate

0845 274 6910

Jonathan Jefferies
Partner

0845 272 5670

Beth Jenkins
Associate

0845 077 9657

Jennie Jones
Senior Associate

0845 030 5734

Victoria Jones
Associate

0845 272 5721

Raymond Joyce
Consultant

0845 634 2578

John Kelly
Senior Associate

0845 050 3687

Lloyd Lane
Solicitor

0845 404 1730

Stephen Lewis
Director

0845 077 9576

Li Yen Lim
Associate

0845 050 3668

Pandora Lougheed
Senior Associate

0845 166 6349

Amy Morley
Partner

0845 050 3669

Robert Nieri
Director

0845 274 6902

Chloe Oram
Solicitor

0845 030 5801

Mukesh Patel
Managing Partner - Leicester

0845 272 5710

Charles Powell
Head of Risk & Compliance

0845 274 6921

Imogen Randall
Senior Associate

0845 077 9582

Mona Schroedel
Senior Associate

0186 578 1057

Rosalyn Shephard
Associate

01865 781 023

Ben Stevens
Solicitor

0845 128 6991

Victoria Teece
Solicitor

0845 272 5732

Zalena Vandrewala
Associate

0845 077 9613

Vickie Williams
Senior Associate

0845 274 6841

Louise Wilson
Partner

0845 073 8583

Rachael Yates
Partner

0845 077 9578

Testimonials

"Once again, thank you. You [Simon Hobbs] and Farheen have been a huge support throughout this wretched matter. I am exceedingly grateful for your calm, professional and wise counsel from the outset and to the finality of last night. On balance, I got pretty much what I had hoped for so as far as I am concerned, we have achieved success."

(Ptarmigan Limited)

"Philippa is regarded as a Leader in the field of Dispute Resolution by Chambers and Business Experts. Sources say the ‘absolutely excellent’ Philippa Dempster provides an ‘amazing service for her clients’."

"Thank you for your efforts this week. In a world where law firms experience bad press and excellent customer service is rare, it is refreshing to see an organisation that is proactive and able to exceed expectations; you have clearly managed both."

(Managing Director/Owner of Winston Joinery Group)

"I have worked with Graham for many years in all aspects of insolvency work. His advice is always commercial and to the point."

(Philip Lyon (Partner), Mazars LLP)

"Simon Hobbs (Band 2 Thames Valley) maintains his reputation as a 'serious player' in the market. He is described by clients as 'technically very sound' and 'quick to grasp issues'. He focuses on shareholder, professional negligence, contract and IP-related litigation."

(Chambers & Partners, 2016)

"At Freeths, managing partner Mukesh Patel leads the commercial litigation practice, which continues to act for national and international clients in a wide range of mandates, including construction, insurance, and financial services disputes, as well as property litigation and insolvency litigation."

(The Legal 500)

"Having engaged the services of Richard Coates and his team over the past 30 months to support me with a number of commercial legacy issues I inherited I can highly recommend him. He is not only fiercely strategic and crucially proactive but also objective and pragmatic. He is without doubt the solicitor you should have on your team."

"James Driver of Freeths LLP is a construction litigator with experience of handling disputes on behalf of major developers, contractors and banks, among other clients. Sources attest to Driver's ‘excellent commercial awareness’."

(Chambers & Partners)

"Berwick's many admirers highlight his qualities as near unique: 'He has a way of getting to the nub of a problem that I find quite refreshing. He can turn problems over and debate the issues on a commercial basis in a way which is second to none.'"

"Charles Powell has a strong mediation practice which centres on partnership, professional negligence, banking and other commercial claims. One market source states: 'He is very professional, approachable and personable. He is hands-on and pushes in the right direction.' He is often instructed on particularly contentious matters where relations between parties are acrimonious."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

Notable Work
  • Successfully defended Eurobet UK Ltd in a claim in the High Court for £650k, made by an on-line Italian gambler. The large win by this gambler was the result of a software ‘bug’. The case, which was widely reported in both the national and international media, made The Telegraph’s Top 10 biggest computer failure cases that year.
  • Acting for Philips Electronics and Philips Pension Trustees in bringing £300 million claims against Aon Hewitt and AllianceBernstein, for the negligent design and implementation of the pension fund’s investment strategy in 2007. The claim follows on from an earlier claim for £100 million, which Louise acted on against Hewitt in relation to actuarial negligence, which settled successfully following a second mediation.
  • Defending a substantial claim issued in the High Court in London relating to the supply of defective fabric by a Turkish company. The case involved a complex paper trail and issues such as security for costs. We had to adopt a robust defence and pursue security for costs, because the claim was spurious and because of its impact on a family run business with many High Street retailers.
  • Acting for multiple claimants in a shareholders’ dispute involving a detailed analysis of director’s fiduciary duties in relation to 40% of the equity (with an estimated value of £80 million) in a maritime engineering and naval architecture company in the High Court’s Chancery Division. The case settled on very favourable terms to our clients.
  • Currently advising several hundred Sub-postmasters in a High Court Group Action against Post Office Ltd in relation to the Horizon accounting software.
  • Acted for Developer threatened with suspension and termination by Design & Build Contractor in works relating to the refurbishment of office premises to residential use. Contractor in delay, fire safety issues to be resolved. Contractor claimed over £2 million. Developer client could not afford to terminate Contractor, however strong the case, because of the longstop date exposure to funders. Dispute resolved by contract variation on “nuisance” terms within 26 days of instruction.
  • Mediated in a dispute concerning breach of fiduciary duty against the First Defendant; a debt claim against the Second Defendant and a Petition for relief under s.994 of the Companies Act 2006. The issues in the matter were complex but we were able to achieve a settlement on the day of the mediation.
  • Acting for a Nigerian oil corporation in ICC proceedings involving complex jurisdictional and res judicata issues. This involved successfully convincing the Tribunal to find that no jurisdiction existed for the Claimant to bring the claim, bringing the international and domestic arbitration actions issued against her client to an early conclusion.

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 12 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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