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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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Emma Digby

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3308

+44 (0) 774 040 5743

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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.

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.

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  • High-profile commercial litigators

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