Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Solicitors

Disputes are an inevitable factor of being part of or owning a business. They can be time-consuming and prevent you from running your business effectively. Our commercial dispute solicitors can help you, whether you’re a business or an individual, if you’re unable to resolve a dispute.

At Barcan+Kirby, our commercial dispute solicitors make it our priority to resolve your dispute quickly, whilst always protecting your best interests. Our expert business law team support clients across the UK from our offices in Bedminster, Bishopston, Bristol city centre, Kingswood and Thornbury.

For straightforward and practical help and advice, call our commercial dispute lawyers in Bristol on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

What is commercial litigation and dispute resolution?

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution are the legal processes and mechanisms used to resolve conflicts within businesses and commerce.

It encompasses a wide range of legal disputes that may arise between businesses, individuals, or a combination of both, with the aim of obtaining a positive outcome through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or, if necessary, litigation in court.

In commercial litigation, disputes can arise from various sources, including breach of contract, partnership disputes, shareholder disagreements, debt recovery, and competition law violations, among others.

When disputes occur, parties involved typically try to resolve their differences through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation or arbitration. These processes often provide a more efficient and cost-effective way to resolve conflicts without resorting to court proceedings.

However, when negotiation or alternative methods fail to achieve a satisfactory resolution, parties may turn to commercial litigation. In such cases, the dispute is brought before the courts, and a judge or jury will evaluate the evidence and legal arguments presented by the parties involved. The court will then issue a judgment or decision based on the applicable laws and legal principles.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution require expertise in various areas of law, including contract law, tort law, company law, and commercial regulations. Businesses often seek the assistance of experienced solicitors or barristers who specialise in commercial litigation to navigate the complexities of the legal system and protect their interests.

Looking for more information? Please take a look at our commercial litigation and dispute resolution FAQs or get in touch to discuss your case with a member of our team.

Why choose Barcan+Kirby for help with commercial litigation and dispute resolution?

Barcan+Kirby’s expert lawyers provide comprehensive support and advice to individuals and businesses across the UK.

Common types of disputes that we deal with include shareholder disputes, disputes with directors, commercial contract disputes and debt recovery. Our commercial litigation solicitors talk you through your options and work with you to find practical, cost-effective solutions at an early stage.

Our Commercial Disputes team has a wealth of experience and offers a full range of commercial services, including:

Our solicitors take the time to understand your business and its objectives. By seeking expert legal advice as soon as possible, we can help resolve matters before anything escalates. If you find yourself in a situation where you need help with litigation, our specialist team can support you throughout.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution FAQs

The main difference between litigation and dispute resolution lies in the processes used to resolve conflicts.

Litigation refers to the formal legal process of resolving disputes through the court system. It involves presenting the case before a judge, who makes a binding decision based on the evidence and applicable laws.

On the other hand, commercial dispute resolution law encompasses alternative methods such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration, which aim to settle conflicts outside of the courtroom.

These methods provide a more flexible and collaborative approach, allowing the parties to actively participate in finding a mutually agreeable resolution. Dispute resolution methods are often faster, more cost-effective, and provide greater control over the outcome compared to corporate litigation.

Commercial litigation is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it provides a formal legal avenue to resolve complex disputes between businesses. By taking conflicts to court, parties can seek legal remedies and enforce their rights under contractual agreements.

Commercial litigation ensures fairness and upholds the rule of law in the business environment, promoting transparency and accountability. It serves as a deterrent against unethical practices and encourages compliance with contractual obligations.

Commercial litigation also helps interpret and develop commercial law, setting precedents for future cases. It is a crucial mechanism for protecting business interests, resolving conflicts, and maintaining a fair commercial industry.

An example of a commercial dispute could be a breach of contract between a supplier and a retailer.

If a supplier fails to deliver the agreed-upon quantity of products within a specified timeframe, this could result in a retailer facing inventory shortages and potential loss of sales.

The retailer might seek compensation for the damages incurred, such as lost profits and additional expenses to secure alternative supply.

This dispute could be resolved through commercial litigation, where the court would assess the contractual obligations, evidence of the breach, and applicable legal principles to determine liability and the appropriate remedy.

Common types of commercial disputes in the UK encompass a broad range of issues.

  • Contractual disputes, such as breaches of contract, non-payment, or disagreements over terms and conditions, are prevalent
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes arise from conflicts within business relationships, ownership, or decision-making
  • Professional negligence claims can arise when professionals fail to meet the expected standard of care
  • Commercial property disputes involve issues like lease agreements, rent, repairs, or evictions
  • Debt recovery and insolvency disputes may also arise when businesses face financial difficulties

Commercial disputes can be resolved through various methods:

  • Firstly, negotiation between the parties involved can be attempted to reach a mutually acceptable settlement. This approach allows for direct communication and can often lead to a resolution without the need for further intervention.
  • Alternatively, mediation can be employed where a neutral third party facilitates discussions and helps the parties find common ground.
  • Another option is arbitration, where an arbitrator or a panel of experts is appointed to make a binding decision based on the evidence and arguments presented.
  • Lastly, if necessary, commercial litigation can be pursued through the court system, where a judge will hear the case and deliver a judgment.

The choice of resolution method depends on the nature of the dispute and the preferences of the parties involved.

In the UK, there are four main types of commercial dispute resolution methods commonly used:

  1. Negotiation: where parties engage in direct discussions to reach a mutually acceptable resolution without involving a third party
  2. Mediation: a voluntary process where a neutral mediator facilitates discussions between parties to help them find a mutually agreeable solution
  3. Arbitration: where an arbitrator or panel makes a binding decision based on the evidence and arguments presented by the parties
  4. Litigation: this involves resolving disputes through the court system, where a judge makes a binding decision after hearing the case

These four methods offer different approaches to resolving conflicts, providing parties with flexibility and options to seek resolution.

Pursuing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods offers several advantages:

  • Firstly, ADR processes, such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration, tend to be faster and more cost-effective than traditional litigation, saving time and money
  • ADR also provides greater control and flexibility, allowing parties to actively participate in finding mutually agreeable solutions and preserving relationships
  • Privacy and confidentiality are often maintained in ADR, avoiding potential damage to a company’s reputation
  • Additionally, ADR can be less adversarial, promoting cooperative problem-solving and creative resolutions

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution solicitors are legal professionals who specialise in handling business-related conflicts and disputes.

We provide guidance and representation to our clients involved in commercial disputes, whether through litigation or alternative dispute resolution methods.

Our commercial litigators prepare and present cases before the courts, drafting legal documents, conducting research, and representing clients in hearings.

Our dispute resolution solicitors, on the other hand, assist clients in exploring negotiation, mediation, or arbitration to reach settlements outside of court.

We offer legal advice, facilitate negotiations, draft settlement agreements, and advocate for our clients’ interests.

Our business dispute lawyers play a crucial role in navigating the complexities of business conflicts, protecting clients’ rights, and seeking optimal resolutions.

Speak to our commercial dispute solicitors

Our commercial dispute solicitors make it our priority to resolve your dispute quickly, whilst always protecting your best interests.

For straightforward and practical help and advice, call our commercial dispute lawyers in Bristol on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.


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