Commercial Disputes

Disputes frequently arise in business and, unless handled efficiently, can become a major drain on management time and resources.  Our disputes and 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 (2018), with clients saying we are “… exactly the kind of firm that I like working for. They are a good, solid and dependable firm with a strong client focus.” Another adds: “They are competent, knowledgeable, realistic and reliable.” Richard Cook also receives a special mention in Chambers for his “excellent offering; a good mix of technical knowledge and practicality.” 

Legal 500 (2017) praises Richard  for his ‘expertise in professional negligence and IP disputes.  He is assisted by banking and insolvency expert Jon Kelly and property specialist Ian Singleton.’

Meet the team

Karl Cameron

Partner
Southampton

Richard Cook

Partner
Southampton

Andrew Carswell

Partner
Poole

Ian Singleton

Partner
Salisbury

Jennifer Bowes

Senior Associate
Southampton

Emma Cross

Solicitor
Salisbury

Verne Lake

Solicitor
Poole

Linden Talbot

Solicitor
Southampton