Disputes

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Huw Wallis

Huw Wallis

Director

020 3691 2088

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Howard Crossman

Howard Crossman

Director

020 3691 2099

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Caroline Gumbrell

Caroline Gumbrell

Associate Director

01733 887745

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Disputes

Nearly every business finds itself in a dispute at some point.

With a team that is widely recognised in the legal directories as a regional leader, backed by excellent client feedback, our Disputes team operates across the region as well as internationally.

We understand that whether you are a potential claimant or defendant, a dispute is an unwanted drain on time and money, which should be avoided if at all possible.  But, if you do need to talk to a lawyer, you need a tailored management of risk from someone who can provide a realistic appraisal of the merits of your case, a clear practical case plan based on your commercial objectives, and an open and honest costs discussion. 

These are the foundations of our service to clients. Our clients include multinational companies and PLCs seeking a high quality individual service at regional rates, as well as local businesses and private individuals. The wide experience of our well-structured team includes complex multi-million pound disputes, as well as those for a few thousand pounds.  We are regularly referred clients by larger London firms where a dispute requires a more personal, tailored approach.

How to choose your disputes lawyer

Our expertise

We deal with claims involving injunctions of all kinds, breach of contract, fraud, professional negligence, partnership and company disputes, insolvency and warranty claims and property and construction disputes.

Over recent years we have also developed a specialism dealing with financial services claims including claims against lenders, fund managers and advisers. 

The Disputes team also includes long-standing specialist sub-teams in Construction and Property Disputes: for more details of those sub-teams, please use the left hand links. We can advise on High Court and County Court claims, with expertise in mediation and arbitration (nationally and internationally), as well as adjudication and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

How do we deal with your dispute?

We start with a clear written assessment of the prospects of success (not forgetting first understanding what you regard as “success”). With that comes an honest, realistic analysis of the options open to you: court proceedings, mediation, litigation, negotiation, insolvency proceedings and any other possibilities.

Our personal approach is led by one of three individuals in our partner-level team, giving you direct access to their experience at all times. They will pull together a team of lawyers on a case-by-case basis according to the issues at play, the complexity of your dispute and costs constraints.  Your input in that process is key. 

Our lawyers are supported by a carefully selected group of external service providers.  This includes specialist counsel where required (though we are also able to carry out some advocacy in-house), as well as IT support services. We are in our element when handling complex, document-heavy disputes, when we use market-leading IT software support to ensure costs are reduced and efficiencies maximised.

Costs

Our approach is centred on an open and frank assessment of costs. The litigation costs management landscape has changed radically over recent years and there is little point in agreeing a commercial strategy for your dispute without a clear understanding of how it can be financed. We carry out a full cost-benefit analysis from the start, making sure that our strategy is rooted in your budget.

Our experience allows us to offer various pricing alternatives. You may prefer standard hourly pricing. If so, our cost-effective team structure allows us to offer very competitive hourly rates, which vary depending upon the complexity of your case.  Or, if deferred funding is the best option, we are familiar with third party funding alternatives and CFAs.  We were one of the first firms to successfully use Damages Based Agreements. 

In our experience many clients find hourly rates confusing and they often do not enable efficient costs planning. So, we also offer innovative fixed costs per stage pricing wherever possible. In other words, we will guarantee that our costs for each stage of the litigation process will not exceed a particular sum, allowing you to plan with certainty. All we ask in return is that you provide payment for that stage in advance. 

Recent experience

Our experience includes:

You can find examples of the recent work of our specialist Construction and Property Disputes by clicking on the links to the left.

We are always happy to arrange a no-obligation call.  For commercial disputes queries please call Huw Wallis on 01733 887730, for construction, Howard Crossman on 020 3691 2099 and for property disputes, Caroline Gumbrell on 01733 887745.


What do others say about us?

Our lawyers are recognised as experts in their fields by both Chambers and Legal 500 guides.  The same goes for our specialist sub-teams.

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsThe Legal 500 rates us as a first tier firm for our Commercial Litigation advice in East Anglia:

“‘Always quick to respond with excellent, unbiased advice’. Huw Wallis is ‘very commercial and gets straight to the heart of the matter’.” (2016)

“Greenwoods Solicitors LLP’s ‘professional and approachable’ team provides ‘excellent advice in a timely manner’.” (2016)

“‘Standards are high’ at Greenwoods Solicitors LLP, which ‘punches above its weight’.  ‘I would use him myself’, says a leading London barrister of Huw Wallis.”  (2015)

“‘The standard is the same quality as an upper-middle-tier City firm’.” (2015)

Chambers & Partners commends us for our Litigation advice:

“‘They are very knowledgeable, very proactive and innovative. Their response and turnaround time is fast. They are also nice people to work with.’” (2017)

“Huw Wallis ‘is a highly skilled commercial litigator, and is always focused on getting the best results for his clients in a cost-effective way,’ according to observers. He is known for his expertise in financial services and contractual disputes.” (2017)

“‘The support the team gave to us really could not be faulted’...‘It was the service that we needed and the team more than exceeded our expectations.’” (2016)

“‘I rate the firm very highly. Greenwoods acts and reacts fast. It’s definitely value for money.’” (2014)

“‘They do top-quality work. With Greenwoods, you are getting City-trained lawyers at Cambridge rates.’” (2014)