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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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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.

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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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  • 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.

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  • High-profile commercial litigators

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  • Robert Glassford: an experienced and tactical litigator. Sound strategic approach backed up with robust legal analysis

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  • Great technical knowledge while also commercially aware. Fantastic support for the counsel team and excellent client handling.

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  • Russell Ward – very commercial, hardworking and an excellent communicator.

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