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In business, as in life, there are occasions when disputes simply can’t be avoided.

Disputes of any kind give rise to a risk of liability, an 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 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, plus our ability to think outside the box.

Whether you’re a FTSE 100 company looking for City quality work without the City rates, or a local business or individual we’ve got you covered.

We also understand that dispute resolution has the potential to be a large financial undertaking. We have a wealth of experience putting in place innovative funding solutions to enable clients to both manage that risk and litigate from a position of strength.

Finally, we have strong relationships with leading foreign law firms enabling us to provide top quality expertise, through one law firm, when dealing with cases with an international element.

We are here and ready to help.

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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

  • 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
  • Ward Hadaway sits at the top of the table, thanks to its superb team of commercial litigation specialists.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Outstanding practice offering capabilities in all areas of commercial litigation and acting for both claimants and defendants. Offers particular expertise in professional negligence, director and shareholder, financial and insurance-related disputes. Popular with both companies and individuals in the transport, insurance and healthcare sectors.

    Chambers & Partners
  • An outstanding firm with a practice encompassing all areas of commercial litigation. Areas of expertise include shareholder disputes, professional negligence cases, insurance disputes and financial services litigation.

    Chambers & Partners
  • "One of the best commercial litigation firms in the area."

    Legal 500
  • "It is a strong, hard-working team that puts the client first."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

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