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Commercial dispute resolution

If you find you have become involved in a commercial dispute as a business owner or a sole trader, our dispute resolution service can provide you with practical advice to resolve the issue.

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A commercial dispute, if it isn’t handled effectively, can end up occupying a substantial amount of your time and resources and causing you a lot of stress. Even a minor dispute could escalate if left, which could have serious effects on your business, damaging your company’s reputation and other relationships you might have and potentially threatening the survival of the business.


As Dispute Resolution Solicitors, here at Canter Levin & Berg we aim to understand the needs of your business when it comes to resolving a commercial dispute. Our solicitors will work to resolve any commercial dispute quickly, cost-effectively and with the minimum of disruption to the rest of your operation.


For an initial 10 minute no-obligation telephone consultation with one of our solicitors to outline your commercial dispute and the legal options available to you to resolve it, call 0151 239 1000 today. Alternatively you can use our website to submit your enquiry and one of our solicitors will call you back.


What is a commercial dispute?


Simply put, a commercial dispute is a dispute between two entities that are in a commercial relationship. Whilst most commercial disputes occur between two, or more businesses, it is also possible for a commercial dispute to involve two individuals (for example self employed people or those working as sole traders) or one individual and a business. The key factor is that the relationship between the parties is of a commercial nature.


How might a commercial dispute occur?


Even most well managed, proactive business can become involved in a commercial dispute. Whether as a result of a breakdown in trust, poor communication or simply unreasonable behaviour on the part of one of the parties involved, commercial disputes are an almost inevitable fact of life when in business.


Having said that, the way in which you deal with any commercial dispute if and when it occurs will determine the impact it has on you or your business. Getting independent, professional legal advice as soon as you become aware of a commercial dispute affecting your business can make all the difference to the scale of the dispute and the eventual outcome.


In the section below, we’ve listed some of the more common situations where a commercial dispute might occur. For an initial 10 minute discussion with our Disputes Solicitors about a particular commercial dispute that is affecting you or your business and to explore your legal options, you can call our Liverpool offices on 0151 239 1000.


After a merger or the acquisition of one company by another


Problems with a merger or acquisition of one company by another might lead to a dispute. For example, the company your business is acquiring or merging with might have undisclosed liabilities or they might be involved in a dispute with another business.


When a business fails to pay its debts


In the current economic climate cash flow is more important than ever. Ensuring that debts are collected efficiently and any disputes relating to the non-payment of debts are dealt with swiftly is vital to your business. Our Disputes Solicitors offer a dedicated debt recovery service.


When pursuing a joint venture with another company


Sometimes two or more businesses will enter into a joint venture in order to exploit an opportunity or to enter a new market. If the joint venture isn’t successful, or if one party perceives it is being unfairly treated by the others, then a dispute might occur.


If there are allegations of Professional Negligence


If you have employed a professional person or a company to provide you with a service and this service, for reasons under their control, failed to live up to your expectations then it may be possible to use our professional negligence solicitors to make a professional negligence claim.


If there are claims of prejudice or unfairness from shareholders


Disputes between shareholders and between shareholders and directors are notoriously involved, requiring immediate action if a suitable resolution. Read more about how our solicitors can help your business if it is facing a dispute between shareholders or directors.


How our solicitors can help if you’re involved in a commercial dispute


As specialists in the law regarding disputes, torts and negligence, the solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg have the experience and expertise necessary to deal with a wide range of commercial disputes. Our aim is to provide you as an individual (or your business) with the right legal advice and information about the options open to you to minimize the disruption caused by a dispute.


Resolving a commercial dispute through the courts can be an expensive and time-consuming process, which is why several other legal options are now available to businesses and individuals seeking to sort out their dispute. One of our roles, as solicitors, is to advise you which of the many methods of alternative dispute resolution are most appropriate in your particular situation.


Whether you decide to use mediation to resolve your dispute or to take your case to an arbitrator, our solicitors will be on hand to guide you through each step of the process. From a detailed examination of the cause of the dispute, through to preparing your supporting evidence and statements and providing advice on the day of the mediation session or the arbitration hearing, we’ll be there to help.


For legal advice about a commercial dispute call 0151 239 1000 today


If you find your business involved in a commercial dispute, it is vital to seek independent legal advice as quickly as possible, to limit any disruption to the rest of your business that might be caused by the dispute. At Canter Levin & Berg, our team of experienced Dispute Resolution Solicitors are committed to assisting you when it comes to resolving any type of commercial dispute.


We combine our legal expertise and experience of commercial litigation with practical and cost effective solutions to any legal problem. At each stage of the dispute resolution process, our solicitors will be pro-active in achieving your objectives whilst ensuring that the Court proceedings or the dispute resolution process are dealt with quickly and in a cost effective manner.


You can find out more about how we could help you with your dispute by calling our offices on 0151 239 1000 and speaking with one of our solicitors who will be able to give you up to 10 minutes free legal advice over the phone. For a longer face-to-face consultation with one of our solicitors, starting from £100 inclusive of VAT for 30 minutes, to allow you to explore your options for dealing with a commercial dispute, fill out the enquiry form here on our website and a member of our Disputes Resolution team will call you back to discuss how we can help.