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Our disputes team has extensive experience of a wide range of IT disputes in both the public and private sectors, including document-intensive and technically complex project disputes.

We also handle data breaches, including advising on the initial response and containment, notification and third party claims.

Our experienced team prides itself on its commercial approach and utilise all forms of dispute resolution, including adjudication, mediation, expert determination and litigation.

And working with our full-service firm, you will also benefit from support from our commercial experts, helping you assess risk and devise strategies to get projects back on track, transition or exit a contract.

Our experience
  • Acting for a Dutch-based IT service provider on claims arising following a pilot study prior to a company-wide roll-out by a multi-national food producer.
  • Advising a major provider of outsourcing services regarding termination and step-in rights in connection with a major government agency.
  • Acting for a NHS Trust in assessing the cause of delay and a major cost overrun on a key patient administration system and implementing an exit strategy.
  • Acting for an IT service provider in defending claims following a major data breach and resulting ICO investigation.
  • Acting for a software supplier in a claim for copyright infringement arising from the alteration of file structures to assist data migration from a legacy system.
  • Acting for a supplier of website services in defending claims by an on-line retailer following termination of a project to build a new site.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to alleged breach of Licence claims and threatened termination of key IT services.
  • Acting for an IT service provider to a London law firm and defending claims following a hack and a resulting claim by a property client to recover a significant loss.

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Tim Toomey

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3317

+44 (0)773 802 8207

Email Tim Toomey

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Nichola Evans

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3335

+44 (0) 773 330 6502

Email Nichola Evans

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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