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Whether you’re buying or selling products or services, doing business often involves a contract and contractual disputes can have serious consequences. When this happens it is important to have a lawyer with the right expertise by your side.

Our specialist disputes team has huge experience across a range of sectors and understands how contracts work; the typical commercial issues at play; and most importantly how to devise a strategy to best achieve your objectives.

We seek to help in a timely and cost effective way, offering clear and straightforward advice. Rest assured you’re in safe hands.

Our experience
  • Acting for a group of local authorities in a dispute with a major waste recycling business regarding a proper interpretation of their respective obligations under a long term contract for the recycling of waste.
  • Acting for a food packaging company in a claim for losses arising out of a supply of defective goods. The claim was funded by after the event legal expenses insurance and settled on favourable terms.
  • Acting for a major drinks supplier in successfully defending attempts by its tied estate to break their beer tie.
  • Acting for commercial agents and their employers in claims arising out of breaches or terminations of agreements governed by the Commercial Agents Regulations.
  • Acting for a vehicle rental company in litigation by an international car manufacturer relating to alleged monies owing under a distributorship agreement, successfully resolved via mediation.
  • Representing a farming business on a breach of contract action arising out of a diseased herd of cows and the loss of a farm livelihood, resulting in a successful negotiated settlement.

Contact a specialist

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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Nichola Evans

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3335

+44 (0) 773 330 6502

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Emma Digby

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3308

+44 (0) 774 040 5743

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What people say

  • They offer unparalleled legal knowledge and advice to clients at critical moments during disputes providing practical effective solutions including unparalleled litigation expertise.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The Manchester team are dynamic. They have excellent client management whilst, at the same time, maintaining great relationships with counsel and experts to ensure that the litigation team are joined up throughout. The team are affable and down-to-earth with a broad and growing practice.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have top-to-bottom talent. Their client care, especially over the past 12 months, has been great. I have been really impressed with the way in which cases have been kept on track and there has been continuous client engagement. The expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive. Additionally, there is real focus on achieving the clients’ objectives and an eye on strategy.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Their expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway are absolutely first rate - they are an excellent firm for litigation, regionally, nationally and, increasingly, internationally.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This team earns strong market endorsement for its deft handling of a wide range of commercial litigation matters including director and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IT claims.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This is ‘a go-to team for clients with big commercial claims’… the team's lawyers ‘combine legal aptitude with common sense’.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • An exceptional and wide-ranging presence in high-value commercial litigation in the North East and Northern England. Enviable bench strength with the capacity to handle matters including shareholder disputes, professional negligence, insurance disputes and fraud.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Highly sought-after to handle complex litigation, including contractual claims, shareholder disputes and debt recovery. Regularly called upon to act for public sector bodies in addition to its local and national corporate client base.

    Chambers & Partners

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