There are a great number of reasons as to why businesses become involved in commercial disputes. Often, what begins as a simple debt recovery operation can quickly spiral into a complex court action, causing you concern, time and expense. Our lawyers here at Three Graces Legal offer a pragmatic approach to commercial litigation and dispute resolution. We know that bringing an end to a dispute whilst protecting your best interests is vital to the running of your operation, so we provide expert legal advice with commercial focus and efficiency.
We can work with you to fully understand the outcome that will work for your organisation, laying out all of your options clearly and concisely. We also understand that disputes can cause financial difficulty for your business and offer a number of flexible fee options to allow you to work with us without concern about costs. To discuss your specific concerns with us today, call now on 0151 659 1070 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away. We look forward to helping you move on from your business dispute with confidence and clarity.
Commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers in Liverpool, Wirral, Merseyside and across England & Wales
Our lawyers routinely assist clients with all types of commercial disputes including:
- Commercial contract disputes
- Insurance disputes
- Breach of Directors’ duties, shareholder and partnership disputes
- Commercial fraud claims, freezing orders, injunctions and asset recovery
- Product liability claims
- Professional negligence claims
Often, there can often be a lot of tension between the parties to a dispute, but we are on hand to take away the stress of dealing in what can become an adversarial environment. We take a view and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the case and offer pragmatic advice to ensure we meet your objectives. Our solicitors can provide advice on resolving your dispute through negotiation or mediation, litigation, and if necessary, enforcement. The cost of pursuing or defending a claim can be an obstacle when facing the prospect of litigation. However, we offer a number of different funding options available including hourly rate, fixed-fee, capped costs, damages-based agreements and conditional fee arrangements, including ‘no-win, reduced-fee'.
If there has been a dispute that cannot be resolved, whether in correspondence or by formal mediation, then often court intervention is the only solution. This is usually the case where there is a disagreement between the parties and only a court can determine the outcome. You can find out more about how court proceedings work here.
Here are some examples of how we have helped our clients settle disputes using all legal methods at our disposal.
A spa treatment franchise at a large international airport had fallen behind with their rent arrears and evicted from the premises. When they contacted us, the arrears included late payment interest, penalty fees for breach of contract and additional expenses such as the cost of removing store fixtures and fittings. We were able to engage with the Claimant airport and negotiate a reduction of our client's outlay to half what was originally claimed. We were also able to negotiate a mutually-satisfactory payment plan and avoid the need for formal court proceedings to be issued. As a result, the franchise was able to pay the outstanding arrears and press ahead with opening a franchise at another airport.
Claim for breach of contract
Court proceedings were issued by our client owing to a disputed debt claim. The facts of the claim centred around an implied contract (i.e. an agreement that was not in writing but had been formed either orally or by performance). There followed some complex legal arguments however eventually, we were able to succeed at Trial and obtained judgment for our client.
The Defendant took steps to avoid payment, by entering into a payment plan with our client, which was done to buy themselves more time while steps were taken to declare the company insolvent.
We reviewed the Defendant company's accounts which showed there had been assets over the previous trading years, and so it appeared the monies had been moved to the Director's other company, known as an intra-company transfer.
We were able to recommend robust Insolvency Practitioners to our client who performed further investigations including forensic accounting reviews, and they established there had been misfeasance by the Director, making him personally liable as the ‘corporate veil' - which is there to protect Directors from the failings of a company – had been lifted.
Defending a winding-up petition
Our client, a commercial property developer, had entered into a contract of insurance for coverage at a large apartment block.
The insurance broker attempted to auto-renew the policy however coverage was questioned, and our client took steps to cancel the policy.
The insurance broker sought to claim for the full annual premium by instructing, first a debt collection agency and then a large national law firm, who issued a winding-up petition against our client. We were able to argue that the petition was misguided as it was a disputed debt and that the proper process had not been followed.
Contact our commercial dispute and litigation lawyers
Being involved in a commercial dispute can be challenging for a business of any size, so you need a specialist team of expert lawyers that can put your mind at ease. Three Graces Legal strive to take at least some of the difficulty out of your situation and obtain the best outcome for you and your business. To speak to a solicitor that can help, call us now on 0151 659 1070 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you right away. We look forward to getting you the advice and assistance you need.