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In business, as in life, there are occasions when disputes simply can’t be avoided.

Disputes of any kind give rise to a risk of liability, an exposure to damages and costs, plus they  take up valuable time and resources. You therefore need an expert team by your side to help mitigate these risks and guide you to a successful resolution.

Top-ranked in legal directories and two time winner of the Legal 500 dispute resolution firm of the year (outside London) award, our disputes team is one of the largest and strongest in the North of England.

We are known for the breadth of our expertise, our commitment to our clients, astute and pragmatic advice, plus our ability to think outside the box.

Whether you’re a FTSE 100 company looking for City quality work without the City rates, or a local business or individual we’ve got you covered.

We also understand that dispute resolution has the potential to be a large financial undertaking. We have a wealth of experience putting in place innovative funding solutions to enable clients to both manage that risk and litigate from a position of strength.

Finally, we have strong relationships with leading foreign law firms enabling us to provide top quality expertise, through one law firm, when dealing with cases with an international element.

We are here and ready to help.

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Peter Hornsey

Partner | Head of Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3314

+44 (0)792 149 8908

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Robert Glassford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3313

+44 (0)752 522 4545

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Ian McCombie

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3316

+44 (0)7720 295 270

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What people say

  • Melissa Munday is able to do difficult work under considerable pressure. Nichola Evans can marshal a lot of material and gives good advice.

    Legal 500
  • The team fields a number of strong performers and has the capability of picking up difficult cases at very short notice.

    Legal 500
  • Nichola Evans is hugely experienced in her relevant sector. Able to grasp and communicate complex issues. Her sure-footed and patient guidance through unfamiliar Court processes and proceedings inspires confidence. Complete professional

    Legal 500
  • The Ward Hadaway LLP team comprises specialist partners in a broad range of sector disciplines. Partners are supported by efficient, professional support teams. Client communication at all levels and via all media forms is exceptional. Impressive IT support, especially client collaborative hubs

    Legal 500
  • Connor Simpson-Key has shown openness to our ideas and knowledge of how defendants are likely to respond, where this may not be what the firm are used to dealing with. There seems to be a
    fair amount of oversight and consideration from more than one individual at the firm, for significant decisions. We like this collaborative approach.

    Legal 500
  • My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.

    Legal 500
  • Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business

    Legal 500
  • Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.

    Legal 500
  • High-profile commercial litigators

    Legal 500

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