Entering into contracts with suppliers, employees and customers is a common occurrence for businesses and these types of agreements often provide the basis of most commercial relationships.
But unfortunately some disputes can be inevitable and if you believe an agreement or contract has been breached it can be difficult to assess the best way to resolve it and the options available to you. Incorrectly handling a commercial dispute can end up costing your business both time and money, so it's important you focus on an effective way forward while being aware of all your legal options.
We understand it can be difficult to find out your legal options without it costing the earth and so we provide a fixed fee advice service which will give you access to a lawyer to evaluate your situation along with a letter of advice with the merits and options of your case.
Contract Dispute Advice
Our fixed price legal advice gives you access to a lawyer at an affordable cost
For a fixed fee we will:
Review your dispute and supporting documentation
Establish the prospects, risks and merits of any legal case
Provide you with a detailed advice letter with a suggested course of action
Telephone call with your lawyer for any clarification
If required, provide an estimate of costs for any further legal action you may wish to pursue
This service is suitable for most business legal disputes under £10,000 in value and incurred in England and Wales.
If the contractual dispute you have is greater than £10,000 or has a high volume of documentation that needs to be reviewed please contact us with details.
If you're a consumer and not a business we can still assist with your dispute. Please visit our Consumer Disputes page for the options available including how you can obtain fixed fee professional advice from a solicitor and resolving a dispute via the small claim court.
Options for resolving a contract dispute .
When you become aware of a potential contractual problem a first step is to get familiar with what dispute resolution options are available. Legal action over a breach of contract my be your first instinct but this can come in many different forms.
Gaining legal advice from the outset can help inform you of the next steps. A contract law lawyer will be able to advise if your agreement is enforceable, the success prospects of any court action and what legal action may cost.
Once you are aware of your legal options you are in a much stronger position to open a dialogue to resolve your dispute. Simply writing to the other party outlining the issue, how you would like it resolving and informing you've taken legal advice on next steps can be sufficient to achieve a result.
If negotiation fails then legal proceedings may be a likely next step. This is where business dispute solicitors become involved to attempt to settle your dispute and recover your losses through the courts. A solicitor sending a 'letter before action' can be all that is required to settle a case, however company litigation can take a long time but may still be the best approach in resolving a company disagreement.
Mediation and Arbitration
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can be an effective alternative to court action to resolve certain kinds of disputes. Depending on the relationship or trade of the other party there may be an approved ADR body who can assist in mediation.
'No Win No Fee' subject to entering into an agreement with a suitable insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.