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Personal and professional disputes can be distressing, costly and disruptive. It is important to choose the right course of action to resolve your dispute effectively, guided by specialists. We offer industry-leading expertise in dispute resolution and litigation, with a team that includes ADR-trained litigators, accredited mediators, lawyers with Higher Rights of Audience and in-house counsel.

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David Patterson

David Patterson

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Meeting your dispute needs

We have specialists for a wide range of disputes, including corporate, agricultural, food industry, construction, engineering, property, insolvency and family/personal matters.

Recognising that each case is different, our approach is to understand your situation and your objectives at the outset. We then proactively look at the best strategy for resolving your dispute at an early stage, in a cost-effective way and in line with your objectives; we regularly use alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or adjudication, to achieve this. However if it is not possible to achieve an early resolution and the dispute proceeds to court, arbitration or another tribunal, our litigators are experienced, robust and have an excellent track record of achieving favourable outcomes. Throughout the process, we strive to provide clear communication and advice, as well as clarity on fees, risks and potential outcomes, so you remain in control.

The lawyers met and managed what were, at times, very short deadlines and I was very impressed.

Chambers and Partners 2017

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What is alternative dispute resolution?

We hear a lot in the papers about big litigation cases and acrimonious disputes that play out in court, but we don’t hear much about alternative dispute resolution (ADR). In fact, some people may not know that ADR exists – or how important it is in avoiding court proceedings,...

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Blogs

Health & Safety on the farm: 7 unbelievable examples of negligence

Since 2008, the agricultural industry has experienced 269 work-related deaths. In 2016/17, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) labelled the construction industry the most dangerous for workers. However, the agriculture industry was almost as risky, with 27 workers and three members of the public suffering fatal injuries during that...

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News 23 March 2017

The revival of the tort of malicious prosecution

If a claimant maliciously initiates civil proceedings without reasonable or probable cause, the courts can order the claimant to pay the defendant’s costs. But in many instances, this does not go far enough and often leaves the defendant out of pocket.

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News 15 March 2017

Animal charities win disputed will case in the Supreme Court

Today marks the long-awaited conclusion to a decade-long legal dispute between an estranged daughter and three national charities in respect of provision under a will, with the Supreme Court...

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Brexit 20 September 2016

Data protection in a post-Brexit UK

With Brexit plans still up in the air and the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in 2018, companies are left wondering how the UK’s departure...

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News 2 June 2016

Off the leash: what the law says about dog attacks on livestock

While most owners ensure dogs under their control are adequately supervised and kept on a lead when in the vicinity of livestock, a small minority unfortunately remain either unaware...

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