In the business world, generally, business owners are able to be pragmatic and resolve differences between themselves. Why, because this is how business wheels keep on turning. If, as a business owner, you didn’t adopt such an approach then frankly, you may never get change to run your business and so, in the main, we anticipate that 7 out of every 10 potential disputes stay just that – potential because they are dealt with in the course of business. So what happens with the other 3? Well, most of the time, you go and speak with a lawyer because being involved in a dispute is bad for business [from a business management and financial impact perspective] but not half as bad as pursuing something that should never have been pursued!
Consequently, it is important to find the right adviser that understands the impact of litigation and importantly, can identify the crux of the dispute and knows what it is that you want as a result. We believe that we have that here at Southall Hathaway & Co. Sometimes just instructing lawyers to offer a different perspective on the dispute can assist in getting your resolution either over the line or pretty close to it. This enables you to get back doing what you do best – running and developing your business!
Consequently, when we are instructed, so that we can assist you to the maximum of our abilities, we ask you what we believe to be the key question when you are involved in a dispute. Knowing the answer to this question helps us do all we can to assist you in resolving this matter because we are able to implement a strategy, the law and common sense and we believe that this approach assists us in assisting you.
We don’t use fancy legal speak because we know that you know we know the law. We believe in simplicity and being concise. Added to this, we just get things done.
Whilst we love dealing with disputes and we do as much as we can for you (including advocacy at interim hearings and trials), sometimes the nature of a dispute means that we need to add, for your benefit, a couple of “match winners”. These are primarily specialist advocates from leading sets of Chambers who assist us in presenting your dispute to the Court as efficiently and effectively as possible. Litigation by its very nature is risky and by being involved in any dispute, you accept that element of risk. One of our jobs, as lawyers, is to help you minimise that risk as much and as proactively as we can.
The lawyer assigned to your matter is the lawyer you will deal with. Whilst it will always be your case, it becomes our case as well.
The Commercial Litigation team undertakes a full wealth of Commercial & Chancery work in all Courts across England and Wales including (but not being limited to):
- Contractual Disputes;
- Intellectual Property;
- Insolvency (both personal and Company);
- Shareholder / Director Disputes;
- Professional Negligence;
- Agency disputes (pursuant to the Commercial Agent Regulations);
- Sports Law;
- International disputes;