Contract Disputes

On a daily basis people and businesses enter into contracts, be that the purchase of lunch or a train ticket, the fulfilment of a contract of employment or buying goods/services on a commercial basis. It is inevitable that, in some cases, questions will arise about the meaning and the effect of an agreement after it has been entered, even if it was in writing.

We can offer you swift, practical advice on the terms of your contract to help you gain a tactical advantage in any contractual dispute and minimise the effect on your personal life or business.

We have acted for a broad range of individuals and organisations in all aspects of commercial and contract dispute resolution in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal as well as outside court proceedings.

The types of contractual disputes we frequently help our clients with include:

  • Breach of the terms of a partnership agreement;
  • Breach of restrictive covenant ‘non-compete’ agreements;
  • Warranty & indemnity claims;
  • Agency, distribution & franchise agreements;
  • Misrepresentation claims;
  • Breaches of trust & breaches of fiduciary duties;
  • Unjust enrichment;
  • Sale and supply of goods & services.

Some of our recent work

  • Assisting a major high street bank in defending employment claims issued in the county court;
  • Settling a number of claims for two American multi-national companies involving high value breach of contract claims and agency disputes with their UK and European based agents;
  • Successfully acted in a high value breach of contract dispute in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

What initial steps should I take before contacting you?

Think about what you want, not just what went wrong.

If the terms of the contract are recorded in a written document, it is essential that you obtain a copy of it and provide it to us.  Parties are generally free to agree whatever they want, so asking a solicitor questions about whether a contract is legal, without the contract, will rarely enable them to provide you with proper advice.

If the terms of the contract were not written down, write down what you think was agreed, when and between whom.

Gather and place into chronological order any and all relevant documents (including emails) concerning the nature of the claim. Of course, we are just at the end of a phone or email if you have any queries.

If you would like to discuss your contract dispute or find out more information, please speak to a member of our team.