Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Any individual or business can find themselves involved in disputes whether they are customers, suppliers, advisers or with colleagues/staff within an organisation.  Dealing with those disputes can tie up valuable management time, damage reputation and commercial relationships as well as involving significant financial outlay.  Bell and Buxton’s key focus is to seek to resolve client disputes in a quick and cost effective manner with minimal risk.

We work with our clients to quickly understand the issues involved in the particular dispute and to assist you in devising a strategy that will meet your commercial objectives, as well as being both realistic and cost effective. 

We offer a clear and transparent approach on costs, as well as a range of funding options.  Our approach will not be limited simply to progressing the matter via the Court, quite the contrary.  The team at Bell and Buxton is able to offer assistance by way of direct negotiations between the parties, mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.  We very much see Court action as an option of last resort, given the time and financial commitment involved.  That said, Bell and Buxton’s Litigation Department will, if necessary, prosecute your case with all necessary prejudice.

In addition to dealing with disputes which have already arisen, we are also firmly committed to the premise that “prevention is better than cure”.  As a result, we are able to provide you with commercially aware advice, designed to reduce the risk of similar disputes occurring in the future.

Our dispute resolution services cover a broad spectrum of disputes and the team at Bell and Buxton is able to offer you the services of Solicitors with extensive experience both of the procedure and practice of litigation as well as property, corporate/commercial, intellectual property and employment matters.

The breadth of experience and specialism that the team at Bell and Buxton is able to offer to our clients means that we are able to assist with any and all of the following types of disputes:

  1. Contract disputes including supply of goods and service agreements, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, business sale and purchase agreements;
  2. Business disputes including shareholder disputes, warranty claims, franchise disputes, directors’ disputes and breach of duty claims;
  3. Professional negligence claims;
  4. Restrictive covenant litigation;
  5. Injunctions and emergency remedies;
  6. Property disputes;
  7. Libel, slander and defamation actions;
  8. Employment disputes;
  9. Agricultural law disputes;
  10. Intellectual property disputes

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, [email protected];

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected].

The Commercial Litigation and Dispute Litigation Team at Bell and Buxton can act for both commercial and private clients who wish to seek redress against professional service providers who have breached their duty of care to our clients.

We understand that for the vast majority of clients, it is the only resolution of the dispute on reasonable financial terms that is required rather than extensive and expensive litigation.  Given this, our advice to clients is clear and, where appropriate, commercially focused.  We also work with our clients to quickly identify the particular issues involved and to seek, where possible, swift resolution of those disputes whether by way of direct negotiation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution with Court proceedings as a final resort.

Bell and Buxton can assist our clients in respect of the following professional negligence matters:

  1. Businesses or individuals seeking to claim against accountants, solicitors, estate agents,  architects, insurance brokers, surveyors, valuers or barristers
  2. Challenging solicitors’ costs

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, e.digbybellbuxton.co.uk;

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected].

Optimising cash flow and avoiding bad debts are essential goals of any successful business and setting up a good credit control system is the cornerstone of achieving both.

Often, a simplistic view of credit control is adopted with it being seen as a method of identifying who owes your business combined with a methodology for recovering that money up to but not including legal assistance which, often for reasons of cost, is seen as a last resort.

The team at Bell & Buxton is able to offer a variety of services to our commercial clients that aim to prevent credit control and debt becoming a liability for your business. These services are, wherever possible, offered on a fixed fee basis to address client concerns over cost and to ensure that your credit control process becomes an asset to you business.

Our services cover the three principal areas of effective credit control:

  • Pre-contract credit control
  • Credit Control during a customer relationship
  • Post-contract: Recovery

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, [email protected];

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected].

The Dispute Resolution Team at Bell and Buxton has extensive experience in advising both companies and individuals on all aspects of contractual disputes. 

We are commercially aware and focused on providing the outcomes that are required by our clients, namely that we aim to resolve your contract dispute quickly and effectively once we have understood the issues involved and your goals in dealing with the dispute. 

We deal with disputes relating to all types of commercial contracts, whether those be in respect of provision of goods/services, payment, agency or other more complicated matters.

We advocate taking prompt and robust action at the outset of the matter, with a view to resolving disputes without, where possible, the need for action to be taken through the Courts.  In this regard, we are also able to offer extensive experience of party to party negotiations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, [email protected];

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected].

The team at Bell and Buxton aim to develop a close and understanding working relationship with our clients. This enables us to identify and manage risks in respect of property litigation, whether these arise regarding a single property or a portfolio property.

Where it is not possible to avoid a dispute, the team at Bell and Buxton will act quickly to understand the matter and then identify the best strategy for a particular client.  This will include providing proposals in respect of cost effective solutions to disputes to minimise their impact on any business or individual concerned.

We advise on the full range of property litigation issues including:

1. Land and property disputes
2. Residential landlord and tenant
3. Professional negligence claims against property advisers
4. Commercial landlord and tenant disputes
5. Development disputes

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, [email protected];

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected].

Our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team at Bell and Buxton is able to offer an extensive service to the agricultural sector. 

Our Dispute Resolution Team has a thorough knowledge of the law relating to property issues arising in agricultural contexts, as well as more commercially oriented disputes such as Contract and Compromise Agreements. 

We can provide advice in respect of the schemes arising under the Agricultural Holding Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 as well as more mundane property and agricultural business related matters.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, [email protected];

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected]

The team here at Bell and Buxton understand the practical and potential value of intellectual property.  We endeavour to understand the particular challenges facing our clients who look to protect and defend their intellectual property rights.

Intellectual property disputes often require a blend of knowledge of intellectual property, litigation skills and commercial strategies.  The Dispute Resolution Team at Bell and Buxton is able to offer those services to our clients in respect of any and all intellectual property disputes.

Our Dispute Resolution Team has experience of assisting clients in relation to disputes involving:

1. Infringement of copyright
2. Infringement of database rights
3. Infringement of registered and unregistered design rights
4. Domain name disputes
5. Infringement of trademarks and/or passing off and mischiefs or theft of confidential information

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact:

Emma Digby on 0114 220 2172, [email protected];

John Breeze on 0114 220 2188, [email protected].

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