Disputes & litigation

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Disputes frequently arise in business and, unless handled efficiently, can become a major drain on management time and resources.

Our disputes & litigation team, headed up by Richard Cook, has a wealth of experience that can be applied to your advantage.

We take a pragmatic and robust approach in protecting your interests and will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome in line with your commercial objectives.

As Richard says; "Seeking advice at an early stage is key. We are often able to negotiate a good settlement or submit an early settlement offer to help minimise our clients' costs. Our practical approach means we are able to highlight possible problem areas and we will work with you to form and agree a strategy to overcome them."

We represent organisations of all sizes and across all types of commercial litigation. We also use the full range of alternative dispute resolution methods at our disposal to resolve our clients' disputes, this includes arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Richard concludes; "In short, we aim to provide a quality legal service working in partnership with you to help achieve your commercial aims. We provide regular reports on progress and costs to help ensure that your matter progresses in accordance with the expected timescale and remains within budget."

The team is recommended in Chambers (2017), with clients saying we are "... excellent, very client-focused and very commercial." and "... very thorough and practical.".  Richard Cook also receives a special mention in Chambers for his wealth of experience in commercial litigation.

Legal 500 (2016) praise Richard noting he 'has a strong instinct' and Ian Singleton is recommended for his work in property litigation. Jon Kelly is also recommended in Legal 500 (2015) as being 'considerably experienced' and 'able to think of his feet and pre-empt potential obstacles.'

Meet the team

Andrew Carswell
Partner & Head of Commercial Litigation Team Poole
Commercial Litigation
Poole
01202 339044
0779 381 6845
Commercial Litigation
Richard Cook
Partner & Head of Commercial Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0525
07876 213 885
Commercial Litigation
Jon Kelly
Partner
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0467
07900 913 277
Commercial Litigation
Ian Singleton
Partner
Commercial Litigation
Salisbury
01722 426929
07881 343 965
Commercial Litigation
Jennifer Bowes
Associate
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0512
Commercial Litigation
William Sclater
Senior Associate
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0463
07917 446 575
Commercial Litigation
Emma Clark
Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Salisbury
01722 426971
Commercial Litigation
Verne Lake
Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Poole
01202 673071
Commercial Litigation
Sue Usher
Chartered Legal Executive
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0473
Commercial Litigation
Nadine Lally
Paralegal
Commercial Litigation
Salisbury
01722 426906
Commercial Litigation
Samuel Salter-Galbraith
Trainee Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0510
Commercial Litigation
Janet Ferguson
Legal Secretary
Commercial Litigation
Poole
01202 339012
Commercial Litigation
Marrianne Ford
Legal Secretary
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0456
Commercial Litigation
Kelly Lowe
Legal Secretary
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0529
Commercial Litigation

First person - Disputes & Litigation

Richard Cook