Our Commercial Dispute Resolution teams work extensively with the in-house legal teams for a range of clients across a variety of sectors. 

This includes clients in real estate, housebuilding, manufacturing, retail, education, shipping and financial services. We offer a full range of services for clients, not just once disputes arise, as we support our clients managing risks and seeking to avoid potential issues. We seek to achieve the commercial objectives of in-house lawyers, and assist in managing the reputations of their businesses, within any applicable regulatory context.

Learn more from Andrew Johnson, Partner & Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution:

The services we offer include advising on:

  • Arbitration, adjudication & mediation 
  • Business ownership disputes
  • Commercial litigation
  • Construction disputes
  • Financial services disputes
  • Fraud & financial investigations
  • IP disputes
  • IT disputes
  • Insolvency litigation
  • Insurance disputes 
  • Offshore litigation 
  • Pensions disputes 
  • Private wealth disputes
  • Professional negligence 
  • Real estate dispute resolution
  • Reputation management 
  • Shipping disputes 

How we work with in-house teams

All of our clients have a designated Relationship Managers, who manages the relationship, co-ordinates the services provided (including for other legal disciplines), monitors the quality and value of our services and acts as a central point of contact for in-house teams. The Relationship Manager will also work closely with key stakeholders within the in-house team to understand how we can bring the most value to the relationship, whether that be through providing know-how on an ad-hoc basis on topics of particular interest, developing bespoke training programmes or ensuring that teams and individuals can be plugged into our extensive network for referral and other business development purposes.

Many of our clients with in-house legal teams also benefit from a dedicated Panel Manager to oversee reporting requirements and ensure that our other panel commitments are not only met but exceeded. 

A large number of our team have undertaken client secondments at a variety of levels and are therefore well-placed to understand and help to respond to the unique pressures and challenges of working in-house. Where possible, we encourage team members to spend time on a client secondment to develop this valuable experience.

On any given matter, we will work closely with in-house lawyers to ensure that their requirements and preferences are fulfilled. We will act as an extension of the in-house team, keeping them fully in the loop and updated throughout, but also acting at all times within agreed instructions, ensuring that we are not taking up any valuable in-house time and resource unnecessarily. We act as a trusted advisor, making our clients’ problems our problems and seeking to achieve swift, and cost effective, resolutions aligned with commercial objectives.

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