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A business dispute lawyer is a legal professional who specialises in handling legal conflicts or disagreements that arise in the business context. These disputes can occur between individuals, companies, or a combination of both. Business dispute lawyers may also be referred to as business litigation solicitors.

Their role involves representing clients in various legal proceedings related to business conflicts. Common types of business disputes that may require the services of a business dispute lawyer include commercial contract disputes, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, intellectual property disputes, employment disputes, and other conflicts that can arise in the course of commercial activities.

Commercial litigation and dispute solicitors help their clients navigate the legal process, provide advice on potential strategies, and advocate on their behalf in negotiations, alternative dispute resolution methods (such as mediation or arbitration), or in court if necessary. They may also assist clients in drafting contracts and other legal documents to minimise the risk of future disputes.

ARC Costs maintains an extensive legal network of expert commercial litigation solicitors with a track record of success on these types of cases, and we would be happy to pass on your details to assist in your case.

If you are experiencing a business dispute and you are in search of expert legal advice and representation, whether you are bringing or defending a claim, then please get in touch with us today to find out more about our network of specialist business dispute solicitors.

Common business disputes

Business disputes encompass a wide range of conflicts that may arise in the course of commercial activities. Common types of business disputes include:

  • Contract Disputes: Contract disputes occur when there is a disagreement or breach of terms outlined in a legally binding agreement between parties. Disputes can arise due to various reasons, such as failure to fulfil contractual obligations, disagreement over terms, ambiguity in contract language, or changes in circumstances.
  • Partnership Disputes: Partnership disputes involve conflicts among business partners, whether in a general partnership, limited partnership, or limited liability partnership (LLP). Conflicts can happen due to disagreements over decision-making, profit-sharing, contributions, management roles, or other aspects of the partnership agreement.
  • Debt Recovery:  Disagreements regarding overdue invoices or outstanding debts frequently emerge in business transactions or between a business and its clientele. The process of recovering debts may encompass discussions, alternative dispute resolution approaches, or resorting to legal measures through court proceedings.
  • Director/Shareholder Disputes: Conflicts among shareholders of a company often relate to issues such as corporate governance, voting rights, or dividend distribution. Shareholder disputes can arise due to differences in vision for the company, disputes over financial decisions, and disagreements about the appointment of executives or board members.
  • Intellectual Property Disputes: IP disputes can arise from the infringement, misappropriation, or unauthorised use of intellectual property rights such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets.
  • Construction Disputes: Conflicts may arise in construction projects due to delays, defects, or disagreements over contract terms. Construction disputes often go through alternative dispute resolution processes like adjudication, mediation, or arbitration. Legal action can be taken in the courts if necessary.
  • Insolvency Disputes: Disputes may occur during insolvency proceedings involving creditors, directors, or other stakeholders. Insolvency disputes are often addressed through insolvency proceedings, and the resolution may include negotiations, court-appointed administrators, or liquidation.
  • Employment Disputes: Conflicts between employers and employees, including issues related to wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, or breaches of employment contracts, can lead to a dispute.

Seeking legal advice early from an experienced commercial litigation team and having well-drafted contracts and partnership agreements can help prevent or minimise the impact of such disputes.

How can disputes be resolved?

Business disputes can be resolved through various methods, and the appropriate approach often depends on the nature of the conflict, the preferences of the parties involved, and the terms outlined in any existing contracts or agreements. In most cases, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods are trialled before resorting to formal court proceedings. The most common methods for resolving business disputes include:

  • Negotiation: Parties involved in a dispute engage in direct discussions to reach a mutually acceptable resolution without involving third parties. Negotiation is informal, flexible, and allows for direct communication between the parties, however it requires willingness to compromise, practical communication skills, and a reasonable effort from all parties.
  • Mediation: In which a neutral third party (mediator) facilitates discussions between the parties to help them reach a voluntary agreement. Mediation is typically non-adversarial and confidential and allows for creative solutions. Both parties must agree to participate, and the mediator has no authority to impose a decision. It is also a much more cost-effective option than traditional litigation. 
  • Arbitration: Parties submit their dispute to a neutral third party (arbitrator) who makes a binding decision after considering evidence and arguments. Arbitration is quicker and less formal than litigation; parties have some control over the process, and decisions are final and legally binding.
  • Litigation: If commercial dispute resolution fails, then parties may progress to formal legal proceedings in a court where a judge or jury decides the outcome based on appropriate laws and evidence. Litigation can be time-consuming and costly.
  • Expert Evaluation: This involves hiring a neutral expert to evaluate specific aspects of the dispute, such as financial matters or technical issues. Provides an independent and expert opinion, helping parties understand the strengths and weaknesses of their positions. The evaluation is not binding, and parties may choose to use the information for negotiation or mediation.

It’s essential for parties involved in a business dispute to consider the best approach based on their unique circumstances carefully. An expert legal team can provide guidance on the most suitable resolution method and assist in navigating the chosen process. ARC’s network of commercial business dispute lawyers can assist you in protecting your business and your interests. Please get in touch today to find out more. 

How can ARC assist?

Our team at ARC can introduce you to an experienced legal professional who is equipped to take legal action in your best interests. Our network of specialist commercial business dispute lawyers are highly knowledgeable and will provide you with the most appropriate legal advice.

In addition to introducing you to a dispute resolution lawyer, we can also assist in the recovery and negotiation of legal costs in commercial cases, whether you are the paying or receiving party.

ARC Costs are highly experienced in advising and assisting with costs issues and disputes in different areas of law. As Costs Draftsman and Costs Lawyers, we can assist you with your commercial litigation costs issues.

To find out more about how we can provide you with assistance, please get in touch with us at 012014 397302 or email one of our expert team at Alternatively, please use our free chat facility to speak to an expert directly.



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