Litigation & Dispute Resolution

A team of strategic thinkers that deliver great results.

By its very nature, dispute resolution is subject to chance and uncertainty, particularly in today’s highly regulated and competitive business climate. That’s why we are sensitive to this constantly changing landscape, and are on hand to offer clear, pragmatic and prompt advice from the very outset to reflect the most recent changes and resolve disputes in the most cost-effective and appropriate manner.

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Our Unique Offer

Our experienced Litigation Team is one of the biggest of its kind in the country. We combine tailored advice with expert knowledge of all aspects of dispute resolution and adopt a highly strategic approach in order to identify any relevant issues at the earliest possible stage. This means that we can act swiftly and save our clients time and money.

Our litigators are well experienced in acting for clients across a range of industry sectors, particularly on fraud, cross-border investigations, regulation and housing. The range of issues upon which we can advise is broad and multi-faceted, from judicial review to PFI disputes, contract disputes, debt recovery, factoring and invoice discounting litigation, tax, construction litigation, financial and banking litigation, regulatory litigation (we are the only firm in the UK that sits on all three panels of our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority), general litigation, IT disputes and urgent injunction work. The fact that all our staff are based in a single London office, and can share and pool resources and information, means that all of this expertise can be tapped into by each and every one of our clients.

We provide advice on avoiding disputes, allied with strategic guidance on the implementation of policies and procedures, meaning clients can identify and minimise their risks and cost liability from the outset. When disputes are unavoidable, our extensive and robust expertise across the board helps to place clients in the most advantageous position, maximising the chance of negotiating the desired outcome.

About Us 

Our litigation team is led by Philip Barden, who is recognised by the definitive legal directory Chambers UK, as “pragmatic” and “suitably subtle and robust.” Clients will be reassured to know that the firm as a whole receives similar recognition, with Devonshires Solicitors litigation department being ranked by Chambers UK and recommended for its expertise in the Legal 500 directory.

Our commercial insight, technical know-how and experience of dispute resolution strategies in every tier of the English court system, from the County Court and High Court to the Supreme Court (previously House of Lords) and Privy Council, have led to many successful outcomes for our clients. We regularly act for:

  • Governments (UK and overseas).
  • Regulators.
  • Large public sector organisations.
  • Companies (international and national).
  • Insolvency Practitioners.
  • Partnerships.
  • Professionals.
  • Insurers.
  • High Net Worth individuals.
  • Private developers.
  • Arms-Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) and Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs).
  • Private organisations.

We have expertise in all types of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including successfully expanding mediation into previously untried areas and multinational arbitrations. We never lose sight of the fact that the means of resolving issues can be as diverse as the issues themselves.

What We Offer

As the largest department at Devonshires Solicitors, we have a reputation for being assertive, and responsive to our clients’ needs. Our team is partner-led and we work with our clients to provide and agree creative and pragmatic strategies at an early stage to overcome obstacles and meet tight deadlines, a philosophy which means we can often attract work that might challenge larger firms.

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Adjudication • Arbitration • Banking & Financial Litigation • Commercial Litigation • Commercial Recoveries • Confiscation Proceedings • Contentious Insolvency • Coroners Inquests • Crisis Management • Cross-Border/Jurisdictional Disputes • Data Protection • Debt Recovery • Director Disqualification Proceedings • Director/Shareholder Disputes • Factoring & Invoice Discounting Litigation • Fraud & Asset Tracing • Injunction proceedings • Insurance Litigation • Intellectual Property • Intra-Group Funding & Investments • Investigations • Judicial Review • Mediation • Money Laundering • Projects, Private Finance Initiatives & Public Private Partnerships Disputes • Property Litigation • Public Inquiries • Reputational Management and PR • Trust Litigation • White Collar Crime (including Extradition)

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