No matter what your dispute, we have a specialist who can help you resolve it
We handle increasingly complex, valuable and sizeable disputes for our clients. To this end, our Dispute Resolution group of 27 Partners and over 70 Associates is designed to be able to provide a sector-based specialist for every dispute.
We have a track record of delivering solutions through proactive risk management/claims avoidance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Increasingly, litigation is no longer seen as the only route to protecting or defending a commercial position and our group includes experts in both mediation and international arbitration.
We are also market leaders in defending multi-party litigation and are recognised as one of the leading defendant law firms in group litigation.
Whether a complex domestic claim, multi-jurisdictional litigation or international arbitration, a regulatory investigation - whatever the nature of your dispute - we have the experience and strength in depth across a broad range of industry sectors to succeed.
Our latest alerts, briefings & reports
Nabarro briefings and reports
Plebgate costs bombshell
Mr Mitchell, or more accurately his solicitors, have been denied the ability to recover costs, estimated in excess of £500,000, because they failed to file a costs budget on time. View full briefing
ISDA raises the profile of arbitration
On 9 September 2013 International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published guidance on arbitration in the context of disputes arising under its documentation and a set of model arbitration clauses. View full briefing
Preparing for and protecting against valuation claims
Judicial review: planning reform and the chamber of planning
On 6 September the Ministry of Justice announced a new consultation on further proposed reforms to the judicial review process.
Whilst the reforms apply to judicial review as a whole there are a number of planning-specific proposals which will be of interest to landowners, developers and public authorities. View full briefing
Supreme Court ruling: pension financial support directions rank as ordinary debts
The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the Lehman and Nortel pension appeal cases on 24 July 2013.
The decision is important in confirming where a statutory liability to provide financial support to a pension scheme pursuant to a Financial Support Direction (FSD) or a Contribution Notice (CN) will rank on that company’s insolvency.
Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision an FSD/CN liability that arose after an insolvency event could be treated as an “expense” of the insolvency (and therefore paid out in priority to the administrator’s own expenses and both floating charge and unsecured creditors).
The Supreme Court has now overruled that position and decided that the liability (even where the FSD was issued after the insolvency of the company) will rank alongside the company’s other unsecured general creditors.
Permissible margins and contributory negligence: valuers and lenders battle it out; Transforming bailiff action: a shake-up leaving landlords in distress; Civil litigation costs: dramatic reforms are on their way; Legal advice privilege and without prejudice: when can they be relied on?; Beware: pre-let agreements are not automatically enforceable against successors in title; Disclaimer: surety required to take new lease following disclaimer View full briefing
Quarter Day Issue 92
Opposed lease renewals: owner occupation and the five year rule; Enfranchisement and lease extensions: when is a building a "house"?; Squatters' rights? How to deal with unwanted occupiers; Misrepresentation has severe consequences for auction sellers ordered to buy back land; Settling dilapidations claims: clear drafting is essential. View full briefing
Quarter Day Issue 91
Mitigating empty rates liability: options for landlords; Permission to appeal an order appointing an arbitrator: the role of the court in the process; Applications for consent to assign: a cautionary tale; Modifying leasehold covenants: the tenant wanted the ability to sublet; Selling repossessed land: a lesson from the Court of Appeal on the interpretation of documents held by the Land Registry View full briefing
Quarter Day Issue 90
Rent does not rank as an expense if it falls due pre-administration; A painful break: how to avoid losing the right to break a lease; Business tenancies: what happens when a landlord wants to occupy the premises; Adverse possession: how to measure a squatter's reasonable belief in property ownership; Drafting endeavours obligations: clarity matters View full briefing
Quarter Day Issue 89
Rights of light injunctions: premature claims will be struck out; Playing fields may become more attractive for development; Port owner opposes grant of renewal lease but does not abuse a dominant position; Independent experts – do you want them to
have the final say? Disappointment as government consultation on pre-pack sales leads to no change View full briefing
Externally published articles
Eurozone crisis: The redenomination and enforceability of obligations under bonds
This article seeks to analyse the issues that an investor or
creditor may face when actually trying to enforce against a
defaulting party or issuer of a bond.
This article was first published in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (JIBFL). View full briefing