Court cases and disputes are at the heart of our practice. Few law firms of any size can match the depth of our experience across a range of business types and in the highest appeal courts in the land.
This is a small selection of the cases we have been involved in. Whatever type of dispute you have one of our lawyers has probably dealt with it before.
Representing a national steel stockholder in its multi-million pound claims against two Banks for breach of bank mandate.
Representing a defendant in a claim by a merchant bank calling in a bank guarantee and involving negligence by the bank's professional advisors.
Acting for a claimant in a claim against defendants involving fraud, breach of contract and negligence in respect of their professional services.
Acting for a claimant in a substantial claim for professional negligence against a leading firm of London solicitors involving difficult issues of time and quantification- judgments in the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.
Acting as advisor and advocate for a care home provider in emergency proceedings brought by the Director of Social Service to cancel the business's registration.
Acting for an East Midlands based boat manufacturer in a partnership dispute involving fraud and subsequent enforcement proceedings to force the sale of a property following the Defendant's refusal to comply with court orders.
Engineering Manufacturing and Construction
Acting for the pipe manufacturer in various pipeline disputes.
Representing suppliers in disputes about high value, high risk engineering projects.
Advising contractors and sub-contractors in numerous construction dispute.
Advising architects on the RIBA's helpline on numerous disputes.
Shareholder and Directorship Issues
Acting for a former director of a company in liquidation and resisting an application for director disqualification for 8 years, preparing detailed evidence in response and submissions, resulting in the withdrawal of the disqualification proceedings.
Representing the claimant in a joint venture dispute relating to a business specialising in luxury house development for the West London market.
Acting for one of the lead Defendants in one of the largest class action to come before the English courts.
Bringing a class action against a local authority on behalf of 70 traders.
Defending multiple asset recovery claims for a major chain of furniture retailers.
Representing a Swedish supplier of white goods in an unjust enrichment claim against an English factor.
Acting in a tracing claim in a number of jurisdictions for a well-known Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer.
Acting for an overseas-resident defendant in multi-million pound claims involving difficult issues of jurisdiction, service of proceedings and time limits. Led to appeals that helped define the law in these areas that are vital to businesses doing business in other countries. Further details below.
Recovering car parts from an insolvent customer for a large German manufacturer in the automotive sector.
Enforcing an arbitration award made by the International Chamber of Commerce for a Spanish client.
Helping an English client bring proceedings in India to wind up an Indian company.
Regulatory and Employment
Acting for partners of leading businesses, on a number of occasions, when exiting to join rival firms and challenging the enforceability of restraint of trade clauses.
Successfully defended a senior teacher who faced serious allegations before the General Teaching Council.
Acting for appointed representatives of two life companies in defeating serious allegations of "churning" when selling financial products. Continuing to represent the clients in the Court of Appeal and the House of Law that defined the law on settlements between tortfeasors, and the compromise of actions.
Acting for an overseas-resident defendant in multi-million pound claims involving difficult issues of forum non conveniens, service out of the jurisdiction and limitation - judgments in the High Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and cited in the White Book (which gives guidance on the Civil Procedure Court Rules) on service overseas.
Acting for a claimant in a substantial claim for professional negligence against a leading firm of London solicitors involving difficult issues of time and quantification on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
Acting for a defendant in a leading case in determining whether HM Inspector of Taxes was entitled to make a discovery assessment under the Taxes Management Act 1970 section 29 - judgments in the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.
Acting for the manufacturer of agricultural equipment in successfully obtaining relief for breach of copyright. This is the first reported decision of a case concerning unregistered design rights.
Finance, Tax and Asset Distribution
Representing Executors in high value contested estates including estates involving business property.
Advising and acting for the beneficiaries in a complex and high value probate in a case which involved no will, assets overseas, an investigation by HMRC about the value of estate on death and defending an Inheritance Act claim by the deceased's partner who challenged the distribution of the estate under the intestacy rules.
Acting for a defendant expert in a substantial claim to set aside an expert report dividing a large family property portfolio - allegations of bias, collusion, deceit and material departure from instructions - claims dismissed after 3 week trial in the High Court of Justice.
Acting for a defendant in a leading case in determining whether HM Inspector of Taxes was entitled to make a discovery assessment under the Taxes Management Act 1970 section 29 – judgments in the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.
Advising a tenant on repair obligations under a commercial lease in response to dilapidations claim valued by the landlord at over five times the eventual negotiated settlement.
Acting for a claimant in a commercial property dispute with a co-owner to exit from partnership arrangement and for the sale of jointly-owned properties and subsequent enforcement action to force the sale of properties when the co-owner refused to comply with court orders.