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As a public sector organisation, it’s likely at some point you’ll be involved in a dispute; whether that’s bringing a claim or defending one.

Disputes of any kind give rise to a risk of liability, exposure to damages and costs, plus they  take up valuable time and resources. You therefore need an expert team by your side to help mitigate these risks and guide you to a successful resolution.

Top-ranked in the legal directories and two time winner of the Legal 500 dispute resolution firm of the year (outside London) award, our disputes team is one of the largest and strongest in the North of England.

We are known for the breadth of our expertise, our commitment to our clients, astute and pragmatic advice, and our ability to think outside the box.

Whether you face a contractual or procurement dispute, a Judicial Review application, or whatever form of issue gives rise to your dispute, you can rest assured that we have the  experience and sector knowledge that you need.

Going to court is hopefully the last resort and our team has a wealth of experience of  mediation and other more cost-effective and timely ways of resolving disputes However, if your case does reach court, you can be assured of our proven trial experience and successful track record.

We are here and ready to help.

Our services
  • Contractual disputes
  • Fraud
  • Intellectual Property matters
  • IT disputes
  • Judicial Review applications
  • Misfeasance
  • Professional negligence
  • Public procurement disputes and challenges

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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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Nichola Evans

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3335

+44 (0) 773 330 6502

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

    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
  • "It is a strong, hard-working team that puts the client first."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Very professional, knowledgeable and honest’ team ‘is one of the big players in the Newcastle and North East commercial disputes market’ and stands out for its ‘good communication skills, well-prepared advice and careful analysis’.

    Legal 500
  • Good mix of technical academic talent and good lawyers who understand clients.

    Chambers & Partners

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