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If key people in your business fall out, the consequences are serious for all concerned. Not only may business relationships be in danger, but the future shape and survival of your business could be at stake.

Such situations call for strong strategic and commercial thinking from professionals who have experience of handling high stakes company and partnership disputes.

Our disputes and commercial team has a wealth of this expertise. Resolution outside a court is always the preferred strategy and we’ll help assess and find a potential solution to the issues arising. This includes, given these disputes are often bitterly contested, devising innovative strategies utilising expert determination, mediation and other alternatives, designed to achieve a favourable result where possible.

Should litigation be required, our experienced team can take the strain, offering straightforward, expert advice, fighting you corner at every step.

Our experience
  • Acting in a dispute between shareholders claiming in excess of £1million. The case was resolved by settlement, achieving a significant financial payment to the client together with his costs
  • Acting in a partnership dispute between solicitors, resulting in a contested trial at which the client was successful
  • Acting for a group of business partners who successfully excluded a member of the partnership based upon performance even though the partnership agreement was inadequate to deal with the issue
  • Acting for a minority shareholder who was sacked as an employee and eventually agreed a settlement some three times the size of the original offer made
  • Acting for the minority shareholder in a shareholder dispute who eventually took control of the company without the need for litigation
  • Acting in a multi-million pound partnership/LLP dispute which resulted in the partnership being dissolved and the LLP being placed into administration and its assets realised
  • Successfully acting for the directors and shareholders of a Football League club in relation to a hostile takeover bid by a minority shareholder

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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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Nichola Evans

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3335

+44 (0) 773 330 6502

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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

  • 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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