Dispute Resolution

Geldards’ expert lawyers in our commercial disputes team protect and advance our clients’ interests in a wide range of commercial disputes and litigation, including contract disputes, property, construction & planning disputes, investigations and statutory challenges.

We are renowned for our work with public sector organisations including local authorities and central government. Our private sector experience ranges from individuals to FTSE 100 and international companies. We have particular expertise in the manufacturing, automotive, sport, healthcare and life sciences, retail and food sectors.

We understand the pressures associated with business disputes, so we aim to resolve them quickly and effectively. We seek to align ourselves with your objectives and work closely with you to execute an agreed strategy which delivers the best results. We are particularly experienced in understanding and managing disputes and litigation and the political sensitivities these frequently involve.

Our highly skilled team uses negotiation, mediation, adjudication, expert determination, arbitration and litigation to resolve disputes. We are tenacious, thorough, pragmatic and fair. Most disputes settle out of court, but if litigation is unavoidable or is in your interests, we have a proven track record of obtaining results.

Our team is responsive, easy to work with and cost-conscious. Should you need help covering the costs of a dispute, we will discuss with you various funding options including third party funding, insurance, risk-sharing fee agreements and fixed fees.

We deal with disputes of all sizes and profiles, from lower-value claims through to complex, high-value litigation with multiple parties and multi-jurisdictional aspects.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Civil fraud and asset recovery
  • Claims arising from the acquisition or disposal of businesses
  • Competition litigation and dawn raids
  • Construction, infrastructure and engineering disputes
  • Contract and supply chain disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Defamation and reputation management
  • Employee non-compete and confidentiality disputes
  • Injunctions
  • Insolvency and corporate recovery litigation
  • Insurance claims and disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • International disputes
  • Judicial review, procurement challenges and other public sector disputes
  • Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  • Pensions disputes
  • Privacy and data breach litigation
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence disputes
  • Regulatory prosecutions and defences
  • Technology disputes

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What clients say

"The quality of the firm’s clients reflects the stand-out service offered by the team. Substantial cases are not over-lawyered, but dealt with by appropriate teams with hands-on partner leadership."

Commercial Litigation, Nottingham & Derby, Legal 500 2022

"The firm has strong experience working for the Welsh government on high-profile litigation in the competition and pharmaceutical sectors. "

Commercial Litigation (Wales), Legal 500 2021

"The team has a good knowledge and understanding of the factors and constraints of public sector work. "

Public Sector, East Midlands, Legal 500 2021

"Geldards is efficient, responds promptly to matters raised, and adopts a proactive and pragmatic approach to finding solutions to potential obstacles. "

Local Government, UK Wide, Chambers & Partners 2021

"The firm is friendly, agreeable and responsive. They're commercial in their approach to disputes. "

Local Government, UK Wide, Chambers & Partners 2021

"I would like to thank Paul, Michael and Rhys for all your great work throughout the years. Geldards’ legal assistance throughout was exceptional, from the initial steps (timely submission of the notice of a breach under the SPA) until the last ones (negotiating and finalizing the settlement agreement). Thank you!"

Ariela Stoffer – Associate General Counsel at JBT Corporation , 2021

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