Being in business can be very rewarding particularly when you’re creating great new products and services, working with good people, and seeing your business grow. Unfortunately, things don’t always go perfectly.
If something does go wrong, it’s important that you protect yourself and your business by getting the best legal help on your side.
Our experienced litigators are here to point you in the right direction. Whether it’s a simple, unopposed debt recovery or a heated dispute with a difficult customer, we can provide a solution.
Equally, if you find yourself on the wrong end of a dispute and you’re the one getting sued, please do not hesitate in getting the best legal advice. Otherwise, things might get a lot worse, very quickly.
In all these situations, there’s no need to lose sleep. Let us do the worrying and plan a route to success for you.
However, don’t feel that taking legal advice means paying city centre rates. Warrington is a fantastic location with ready access to the whole of the North West.
Being out of the city centre makes us easily accessible and means our charging rates can be lower, but our skills and experience aren’t.
Our team is led by Chris Rudd who has 25 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer. And, our ethos is to provide a quality solution at an affordable price, so we offer:
- Low fixed fees for uncontested debt
- No win no fee, or no win lower fee in appropriate circumstances
- Damages based agreements (we get paid as a percentage of damages recovered)
To discuss how we can help with commercial disputes please call us on 01925 351 350. Or, to find out more about pricing option, please see our pricing page.
What Commercial Disputes Do We Cover?
Commercial disputes can cover a range of cases. We can help with most situations, so if something isn’t listed here please give us a call.
The types of disputes we can help with are:
- Commercial debt recovery
- Commercial contract disputes
- Professional negligence claims
- Commercial property disputes
- Commercial lease disputes
- Insurance disputes
- Breach of directors’ duties and partnership disputes
- Shareholder disputes
- Commercial fraud claims, freezing orders, injunctions, and asset recovery
- Product liability claims
Below, we discuss some of the main areas we cover. But, if you are concerned about something that isn’t mentioned here, please give us a call on 01925 351 350. We might still be able to help you.
Commercial Debt Recovery
Getting paid what you’re owed from outstanding invoices can become more and more difficult as time goes on. Sometimes, it seems as though it isn’t worth the time or effort to chase a long-outstanding payment, even if it’s holding up your business. But getting legal help can make sure that debts owed to your business are paid.
We offer commercial debt recovery to take the pressure of your business. Rather than spending your valuable time and money, we can offer a free letter of claim for undisputed debt.
You will not be charged if the debt goes unpaid, and if it is you are only charged a fraction of what is recovered.
If we are satisfied the debt is not contested, the letter of claim we send will demand payment of the whole debt, plus any contractual charges or interest due, within 14 days.
You can read more about our costs for commercial debt recovery on our pricing page.
Commercial Contract Disputes
Whenever you conduct business, you want to make sure your contracts are sound and reliable. That way, you can avoid disputes and be sure you’re getting the service you expect.
However, that may not always prevent a contract dispute for several reasons:
- Misrepresentation in a commercial contract
- Contracted goods or services being of sub-standard quality
- Non-payment of goods or services
To learn more about commercial contract disputes, and how we can help you, please get in touch.
When you do business with a professional, you expect a high-quality, professional service.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Bad advice might be given, or a poor service provided.
If you or your business have been let down by a professional, you might be able to make a professional negligence claim. This could get you compensation and get things put right, for example:
- Have the job redone to an acceptable standard
- Get a price rebate or reduction
- Receive compensation for financial loss caused by the dispute
Call us on 01925 351 350 if you believe your business has suffered from professional negligence.
How We Work
When You’re Getting Sued
We can soon put you in a much stronger position if you’re the Defendant and someone is bringing a claim against you. Arguments can be raised about the validity of outstanding charges, or breach of contract by the company claiming payment from you.
We will take detailed instructions from you and in appropriate cases we can:
- Negotiate a resolution of the claim on terms acceptable to yourself, or
- We can enter a detailed defence or counterclaim against the other party
- Obtain evidence, witness statements, and maybe expert’s reports to prove your defence or counterclaim
Most cases settle without the need for court proceedings, but not all the time. Before court proceedings are issued, we will advise you fully and take instructions on what you want to do.
We have published an infographic on what court proceedings involve, if you’d like to learn more.
Employ Us on A Long-Term Retainer
We are always happy to agree to be your long-term legal advisers to be on hand to advise you whenever a tricky legal issue arises.
We can agree a monthly retainer giving you access to a set number of hours of advice. Also, you will get preferential rates for our services if we ever need to issue court proceedings for you. And can also adopt the same approach if you instruct us to deal with several disputes at the same time.
Please call us on 01925 351 350 for more details if you are interested.
Time Scales – How Long Does A Commercial Dispute Take?
If you ask how long a commercial dispute will take, the answer will often be akin to “how long is a piece of string?”
The time scale can depend on several factors, such as how determined the other party is to resist settling. It could be done in a week, or much longer if it goes all the way to trial.
However, having expert legal advice throughout your claim will give you the best chance of success, quickly.
Without someone who has exceptional legal knowledge, business disputes can become drawn out and messy. We can help prevent that from happening.
While these disputes can be quick or lengthy, we can give you some guidelines for time scales:
- Settlement can take place anytime, and a sensible settlement of a complex dispute, will save time, money and stress
- Small claims trials should usually take place 3 – 6 months after the claim is issued
- Fast-track claims are likely to be 8 – 12 months after issue
- Multi-track claims are likely to be 10 – 18 months from date
However, this can all depend on the other party, and how busy or efficient the court is.
Contact Our Commercial Dispute & Litigation Lawyers
If you need help with business disputes or commercial debt recovery, please get in touch now. You can call us on 01925 351 350 or fill out the form below.
We can offer you:
- Clear and simple pricing with easy ways to make payments
- A specialist team of experienced advisors
- 15 minutes free advice with no obligation
Contact Chris Rudd Solicitors now to get help with your business and commercial matters.