Commercial Dispute Resolution Solicitors

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Disputes in your personal life or business are stressful and time consuming. Our team of experienced solicitors find workable and practical solutions to minimise the impact on you or your business so that you achieve the outcome that suits you.

Our knowledgeable team will identify your objectives, assess the merits and risks, and provide advice and options in plain language.

There are many ways to solve a dispute, and court proceedings should only be considered as a last resort. Where possible, we will help you negotiate in an attempt to resolve the dispute without the worry and cost of going to court. Sometimes court cannot be avoided and in these circumstances we will confidently fight on your behalf to protect your best interests and ensure the dispute is resolved to your satisfaction.

We are able to represent you in litigation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and informal negotiations.

Our commercial dispute resolution specialisms include:

Our Dispute Resolution team have a breadth of experience with a particular focus on business disputes, property litigation, inheritance claims and insolvency matters.

Our highly skilled team is based across our West Sussex offices and our lawyers will be able to meet with you at any of our offices, or at a location convenient to you, to quickly understand the facts of your matter.

Your lawyer will be able to advise you on the merits of your case as well as the options available to you for resolution. Our lawyers are aware of the cost of litigation and will ensure that from the outset you are appraised of the likely costs involved and the alternative ways of resolving the case.

Through their years of experience our lawyers are able to quickly identify the issues in dispute and to offer pragmatic advice aimed at resolving your case either by way of settlement of litigation. In all cases our lawyers remains conscious of costs and work to ensure that the costs of your matter do not become disproportionate to the dispute.

If you would like further information about our team the service we offer please use the links on this page to our lawyers and specialist areas.


This terminology allows the parties in a dispute to compromise and not have any admissions held against them when a judge makes a decision on the merits of the case. Statements, whether verbal or written, should be expressed to be made on a ‘without prejudice’ basis and they must be a genuine attempt to settle the dispute.

Mediation can be used when both parties want to find a solution to their dispute. This is usually a solution you can live with, which may not be an outright win but more importantly you leave the mediation having not lost.

This depends on the value and complexity of your claim. A proportion of your costs can usually be recovered from your opponent if you are successful.

If your claim is for a sum less than £10,000 then it will be allocated to the Small Claims Court. In such circumstances, you can normally only recover your Court fee, fixed costs and certain out-of-pocket expenses.

Matters are usually invoiced on a ‘time spent’ basis at an hourly rate based on the experience of the solicitor used. We will provide you with a cost estimate and update you at various stages throughout the process.

Some instructions are undertaken on a ‘Fixed Fee’ basis which can provide certainty with regards to costs. Please enquire for more details.

Due to the broad range of matters which can be litigated it is difficult at the early stages to calculate precisely how long a matter may take.

A simple dispute might be resolved by agreement in a matter of weeks. A claim which ends in court proceedings might take anywhere from 3 months to over 12 months depending on the complexity of the case and the approach taken by other parties.

Nonetheless at Wannops LLP your matter will be dealt with promptly and professionally.

We recommend seeking legal advice as soon as it becomes apparent that there is a dispute.

The earlier advice is sought, the sooner you will be advised of your legal rights and position. You will then be able to take an informed decision based upon this advice and the options open to you.  If advice is taken early, the more options there may be and it is often possible to head off disputes altogether.

It is usually easier to resolve issues before any significant loss or costs have been sustained by either party, or before the parties’ positions have become entrenched.

Litigation is the formal process of bringing a court to enforce a particular right. It is one of a number of methods of dispute resolution and it culminates in the obtaining of a Court Judgment in the favour of one side in the dispute.

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