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Welcome to Commercial disputes

Disputes are a fact of life.

Whether you have fallen out with a business partner, are on the receiving end of a claim against your company or firm or whether you are involved in a personal claim, disputes are fraught with stress and time pressure.

When it comes to resolving such disputes, it pays to have the best people on your side.

With a specialist litigation team across offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, Ward Hadaway is recognised as having one of the strongest litigation teams in the North.

Whether you are a FTSE 100 company looking for City quality work without the City rates, or a local business or individual looking for top quality advice, we are able to help you.

The basics are a given. We have an extensive line-up of top quality lawyers who are able to give specialist advice and guide you through your dispute.

We listen carefully to our clients’ objectives and are recognised for our commercial approach and for giving clear, pragmatic advice. We pride ourselves on thinking outside of the box and do not fit the image of a stereotypical litigation team.

We recognise that for most clients, the question of costs and cost control is paramount when it comes to dealing with disputes.

That’s why we will be very open with you at the outset as to how much your dispute is likely to cost and talk to you about whether there are any alternative funding options which will work for you, depending upon the nature and strength of your case.

We always take a commercial approach and recognise the importance of keeping you up to date on costs.

Our team of specialists handles disputes ranging from applications for emergency injunctions, to more straightforward contractual disputes.

We will help you to resolve your dispute whether by negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or, if necessary, Court proceedings.

Our services include advice on:

For more information on how we can help fight your corner, please get in touch.

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Independent verdict

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

    Legal 500
  • "First-class service, excellent attention to detail and robust yet commercial approach."

    Legal 500
  • "Ward Hadaway fields ‘an outstanding team that is strong across the board."

    Legal 500
  • "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
  • "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
  • “Ward Hadaway sits at the top of the table, thanks to its superb team of commercial litigation specialists.”

    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
  • “A first-rate team… providing a wide range of funding options”

    Legal 500
  • "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
  • “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
  • "The 'impressive' team at Ward Hadaway is 'extremely professional to deal with'."

    Legal 500

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