How to deal with a business dispute, including alternatives to going to court
There are many types of business dispute, ranging from contractual disputes through to internal business disputes. You will want to know the potential impact of any dispute and to understand your prospects and your options. There are several routes besides going to court, including negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, and if you have to go to court, there are ways to source funding and manage the risks. It’s good practice to ensure your business is prepared for a possible dispute.
Dealing with a dispute
When you’re facing a business dispute, there are critical questions you will want answered. What are my chances of success? How long will it go on for and what will it cost? Is it even worthwhile fighting? What other options do I have?
Although there are many types of business dispute, examples that occur frequently include:
- Contractual disputes.
- Disputes arising from the sale of businesses, such as warranty and earn-out claims.
- Internal business disputes such as shareholder disputes and partnership issues.
- Intellectual property disputes (copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, passing off and breach of confidence claims).
You can have complete confidence in our business dispute team. If going to court (litigation) is necessary, we will take a resolutely determined approach to securing the best possible outcome. We are very experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic, with a reassuringly strong record of success in settling disputes effectively.
We will always be honest and clear about your prospects. We can help you explore possible ways for you to fund your litigation, and if we think the financial and emotional costs of taking on your opponents are likely to be too high, we will say so.
Going to court or capitulating are not your only choices. We can advise and support you on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options available.
Helping you be prepared
While we hope you never have to deal with a business dispute, it makes sense to be prepared. We can give you advice and support on:
- Minimising the risk of a business dispute
- Managing the risk of a business dispute
- Resolving business disputes
- Funding business disputes
We’ll make sure you have all the answers and information you need to assess the risks and make the right decisions for your business.
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