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Commercial Contract Disputes

During these tough economic times, a dispute with a customer, client, supplier or any other party could be particularly disruptive to the success of your business. At Glanvilles, a key part of our commercial litigation service is to help businesses resolve contract disputes efficiently whilst preserving and nurturing strong professional relationships wherever possible.

We can offer you clear, practical advice tailored to suit your unique business needs. As well as our broad range of legal knowledge and contract law experience, our commercial law solicitors possess an in-depth understanding of the commercial pressures, risks and opportunities facing businesses across a variety of sectors.

Our clients range from sole traders, small to medium enterprises and start-ups, to large regional and national companies. As well as our commercial contract dispute resolution expertise, we offer an end-to-end corporate and commercial law service to assist you with every aspect of your business, from reviewing terms and conditions, to employment law advice, to commercial debt recovery. We’re proud to work closely in partnership with our clients, many of whom have been using us as their go-to commercial lawyers for years.

For help resolving a commercial contract dispute, speak to our expert commercial litigation solicitors in Chichester, Fareham or Havant or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

Our commercial contracts disputes expertise

We serve individuals and businesses across West Sussex and the wider South East England area. We regularly provide advice to individuals and businesses who have suffered loss because of a contract dispute as well as people who are facing legal action for alleged breach of contract. Whatever the situation, we will set out your options in plain, practical terms so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. With our commercial lawyers by your side, you have the best possible chance of achieving a positive outcome for your business.

Our commercial contract dispute expertise includes:

  • Terms and conditions
  • Sale and supply of goods and services
  • Contracts of hire
  • Consumer complaints and claims
  • Warranties and indemnities
  • Breach of covenant
  • Misrepresentation
  • Shareholders agreements
  • Partnership agreements
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Professional negligence
  • Force majeure
  • Civil fraud in contracts

There are many reasons someone may breach a contract, such as:

  • Defective performance – they do not fulfil their part of the contract to the required standard
  • Non-performance – the party does not take any steps to fulfil their contractual obligations or they are prevented from performing the contract for some reason
  • Delayed performance – they do not fulfil their contractual obligations within the timeframes set out within the contract

We can provide advice on whether you may have a claim for breach of contract. Depending on the circumstances of your dispute, we can help you seek a range of solutions and remedies, including:

  • Damages – compensation to cover losses caused by a breach of contract
  • Specific performance – to compel the other contracting party to fulfil their obligations
  • Injunction – to prevent any further breaches
  • Rescission of the contract – to release you from your contractual obligations

Alternative dispute resolution

Wherever possible, we aim to encourage parties to come to an amicable resolution out of court. Not only do out-of-court settlements tend to be cheaper, faster and less disruptive than court proceedings, cooperation and negotiation is far more conducive to preserving important professional relationships so you can continue to do business in the future.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) could:

  • Save your business money
  • Help you resolve the dispute quickly
  • Keep the dispute private, lowering the risk of negative publicity
  • Reduce conflict
  • Preserve vital business relationships

The following are some of the ADR techniques we use:

Without prejudice correspondence and meetings – many contract disputes can be resolved purely through firm communication and discussion. In our experience, receiving a letter from a solicitor is often all it takes to convince someone to engage. ‘Without prejudice’ means that the other party cannot use your correspondence in their claim or defence if the matter later goes to court. This means you can negotiate freely – either through written correspondence or in in-person meetings – without any risk to your legal position.

Negotiation – with years of experience to back up our skills, our commercial contract solicitors can deploy strategic negotiation techniques to try to find a resolution as efficiently as possible. We take a firm but cordial approach to persuade the other party to cooperate and preferably settle on your terms.

Settlement agreements – if you are able to reach an out-of-court agreement we will always ensure that the other party signs a legally binding contract so if they fail to stick to the agreement, you can present a strong court claim in your favour.

Commercial mediation – if written correspondence and negotiation does not work, our commercial mediators can step in to help guide your discussions. Mediation involves you and the other party attending a meeting or series of meetings to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. The mediator is a neutral third party whose purpose is to keep the negotiations on track, minimise conflict and ultimately help you avoid the dispute escalating to court.

Our other corporate and commercial services

We offer an end-to-end commercial law service, providing you with consistency and reliability at all times. Our commercial lawyers can assist you from the formation of your business to the resolution of corporate and commercial law disputes. As well as our commercial contract dispute resolution advice, we can offer you:

Get in touch with our commercial contract dispute solicitors

For help resolving a commercial contract dispute, speak to our expert commercial litigations solicitors in Chichester, Fareham or Havant or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.