There are a range of alternatives designed to enable aggrieved parties to seek suitable redress in a dispute situation, but if litigation cannot be avoided then it should be pursued as rigorously as possible.
Keystone's pragmatic team has the expertise and resourcefulness to resolve disputes as quickly and painlessly as possible. Whether we're working with companies or individuals on the prosecution or defence of contentious actions, we will focus on resolving it in the most straight-forward and cost-effective fashion possible - preferably without having recourse to litigation. If litigation is inevitable, our advice will ensure you have the most effective representation possible.
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Disputes between agents and their principals can often arise under the Commercial Agents Regulations. Our recognised team understands the importance of these regulations and actively seeks to resolve disputes that involve these or the breach of any other agency or distributor agreements. If alternative forms of dispute resolution fail to reach an agreement between the parties our team is well averse to carrying out successful litigation in the courts.
Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution and we have a team of experts in this field that works hand in hand with clients to ensure disputes are resolved without the need to go through the courts. Our arbitration team has specific experience in the shipping and shipbuilding sectors and also regularly advise on ad-hoc arbitrations in other sectors when required.
High value commercial disputes require specialist knowledge and acumen. Our team of litigators are experienced in a number of business sectors and on hand to deal with any client disputes.
Disputes in the construction sector require specialist legal construction knowledge. Our team of expert litigators in this area regularly interpret construction related contracts including those produced by the Joint Contract Tribunal (JCT) and other standard sector contract forms. The team has also a wealth of experience carrying out a number of adjudications including under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.
We understand the frustrations that can be caused to a business and to creditors when they are owed debt and the stresses put on debtors to pay this back. We work flexibly and sensitively with clients to ensure that the process of recovering outstanding monies is done appropriately and in accordance with the stipulations of regulators when required.
Defamation disputes have become a news hot topic over the recent years, the access to social media has certainly helped this happen. Whether a client believes that they have been slandered (defamed by the spoken word) or been victim to libel (published writings) we have a team of experts on hand to help. We understand that no type of dispute is an easy process but in the case of defamation and the personal nature of such a dispute we understand emotional distress caused to our clients and act as sensitively as possible in guiding them through the process.
A company director is bound by statutory obligations and the risk that they face are becoming more onerous by the day. We understand these challenges and have a team of experts who can advise on the full range of duties faced whether as a non-executive director or executive director.
Our teams of family and probate experienced lawyers have considerable expertise in guiding clients sensitively through either alternative dispute resolution or, failing any agreements reached through ADR, litigation in the courts. The teams understand the sometimes very personal and emotional nature of such claims and advise clients with the upmost sensitivity required.
Our team of litigators has vast experience advising both franchisors and franchisees when a dispute occurs. Whether the dispute is over a commercial agreement or regarding the exploitation of trade secrets and intellectual property, we have a team dedicated to the enforcement of any legally binding contracts.
We represent individuals who have been accused of carrying out fraud or breaching their fiduciary duties. We have vast experience in advising clients in respect to matters in the Magistrates Courts as well as in the Crown Courts and work closely with selected barristers to ensure our clients receive a seamless defence service to enable them to promptly and strongly respond to any allegations made which is crucially important in cases such as these.
We understand that the effects of workplace incidents and accidents can be detrimental to a business. The risks involved can be significant, and can be both financial and reputational. Our disputes experts can advise on all workplace health and safety-related issues and spring in to action to protect your business when things go wrong. Additionally, we have proven expertise in advising businesses on product liability issues, from steps to minimise and manage risk through to creating effective product-recall programmes and managing reputational damage.
Our disputes team understands the importance of insurance and insurance related security to any business. We are on hand to assist with any matters subject of a disagreement including the breach of contracts such as undertakings, covenants, direct agreements, brokerage, underwriting and all other insurance-related matters. We are also available to advise on any compliance related issues.
Intellectual property is one of the key assets to any organisation and the theft or misuse of such can have devastating consequences. We have a team of contentious IP experts who regularly advise clients who are facing the prospect of such a dispute against either a competitor, an employee or other third party. Our expertise include dispute correspondence, internet take down procedures, settlement agreements, and international litigation proceedings.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that requires specialist training and knowledge and today forms a central part in the UK’s dispute resolution landscape. We are well positioned to guide our clients through the mediation process as a number of our advisors are accredited and experienced in this field. Our experts work tirelessly to ensure that the best possible representation in any alternative dispute resolution is on offer for their clients.
We have a team of experts dedicated to advising clients in relation to disputes arising from all matter of partnership disagreements and disputes. We regularly advise clients affected from standard partnerships under the Partnership Act 1896 and affected through a limited liability partnership (LLP) and have successfully resolved these types of disputes through alternative resolution, including arbitration, and through litigation in the courts.
Professional negligence cases are complex and require specialist knowledge in order to resolve these cases successfully. We have a team of experts on hand to guide clients through the legalities and procedures, and who can recommend accounting professionals able to quantify the claim.
Our team of real estate lawyers has a long history of successfully resolving disputes that concern real estate. They regularly advise clients on all related matters including high value commercial property disputes between companies and those between commercial landlords and their tenants.
We have a number of sports law specialists who are available to guide clients through any matter of dispute relating to the sports related sector. Our experience advising clients in a number of sporting fields, including football and equestrian, ranges from resolving disputes in the courts to finding alternative routes. Our experts always seek to resolve matters as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Today’s political climate has led HMRC to be under more pressure than ever to be seen to be clamping down on organisations and individuals suspected of improperly handling their tax affairs and those advising them to do so. We regularly help our clients resolve disputes related to tax in relation to COP9 investigations, and both criminal investigations and prosecutions. We have also successfully advised clients on statutory tax appeals within the Tax Tribunal.
A consultant in the Media team, Lawrence is one of the leading litigators in the media industries in the UK, advising on both media and commercial disputes.
Gavin has a wide range of experience in resolving commercial, corporate and property disputes. He has acted for many highly regarded clients such as the trustees of a city bank pension fund, a large UK institution, a large UK developer, licensed insolvency practitioners, professional footballers, employees of a large city bank and high-net-worth private clients.
Rachel’s expertise is in commercial litigation working primarily, but not exclusively, for owner managed businesses. She works mainly on contract disputes, including shareholder disputes and Commercial Agency claims.
David is a skilled health and safety lawyer who advises clients in the oil and gas, utilities, transport, construction, shipping, and financial services sectors on a full spectrum of health and safety matters. In particular, David is well placed to assist on work-related accidents, corporate manslaughter, product recalls, defence against enforcement action under consumer and food safety laws, complex litigation arising out of contractual disputes, high-value debt recovery, and environmental pollution matters.
Jill is a commercial litigator with significant experience acting on commercial property matters. She was previously a Partner and head of litigation at Fraser Brown, and has handled a wide range of disputes for individuals, as well as companies of all sizes.
Jeremy is an experienced lawyer advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, primarily in the aviation, rail and shipping industries.
Rachel is an advocate in the Isle of Man team with specialist focus on employment and dispute resolution. She has assisted with the employment aspects of a number of acquisitions and reorganisations in the Isle of Man, carrying out reviews of employment contracts and advising prospective purchasers of their obligations towards the employees.
Alison is a commercial litigator with over 11 years’ post qualification experience of a broad range of domestic and international/cross-jurisdictional High Court litigation. She provides commercial, risk and strategic advice as well as legal and Dispute Resolution advice, and acts for high-net-worth individuals, financial institutions and companies.
Jacqueline is a general commercial litigator with particular experience in sport (including equestrian sports and football) and entertainment (in particular, the music industry).
Gillian is an experienced Manx Advocate and qualified Notary Public advising both domestic and international clients on corporate and commercial litigation, and employment matters. Her practice also focuses on a variety of enforcement and insolvency proceedings, professional negligence and trust disputes before the courts and in public inquiries.
Jon is a Construction and Engineering specialist, handling both contentious and non-contentious legal work. His practice focuses, largely, on acting for employers and their design teams, as well as contractors and engineers.
Antony is a highly experienced commercial and product liability specialist, handling primarily disputes that arise from international trade. His practice focuses on acting for insurers and manufacturers in product liability claims.
Steven is an insurance litigation lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience of general insurance work, with particular expertise in defending local authorities, public authorities and insurers against the whole range of civil claims brought against them.
Daniel is an experienced insurance litigator specialising in marine insurance claims in the yacht and superyacht industry, acting in collision and salvage claims (including claims arising from both professional and amateur racing incidents), theft and fraudulent claims, and defending marine professionals (such as surveyors, engineers and naval architects) and marinas.
Ben deals predominantly with construction law but also advises on commercial, property and dispute matters. He has many years’ experience in the construction industry, both within his own building business and advising subcontractors, contractors, developers and employers who operate in a variety of different construction sectors in a legal capacity. He also advises freeholders, leaseholders, landlords and tenants across a wide range of property law matters.
A specialist in insurance claims work, Marie-Claire advises in relation to claims ranging from professional negligence to complex insurance coverage disputes.
Paul is an experienced commercial lawyer. Paul has extensive experience in Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Sports and Entertainment. Paul has regularly advised blue chip PLC’s, SME’s, family businesses and individuals.
Ashton is primarily a litigator specialising in construction and property matters, property development issues including resolution of party wall disputes, and enfranchisement.
Alex has a diverse litigation practice derived from his practical underwriting experience in the City and commercial background in retail prior to qualifying as a solicitor. His practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes.
Andrew is a consultant in Keystone’s employment team and has over 30 years’ experience in acting for employers in the SME sector as well as senior employees and executives in both contentious and non-contentious employment areas. He has undertaken both High Court and Employment Tribunal work and has considerable mediation experience.
Nigel is a skilled commercial litigator with an impressive career spanning three decades. He works across a variety of sectors but focuses his practice on the construction industry, with a client base largely consisting of major plant hire, and scaffolding and crane companies.
Peter has over 30 years of experience helping clients pursue complex commercial disputes. During the past 15 years he has developed a specialist practice resolving disputes within partnerships, LLPs and private limited companies.
Laurence is a skilled property litigator. He has expertise in all areas of property litigation including rights of way and other easements, both commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, adverse possession claims, removal of squatters/trespassers, modification of restrictive covenants, boundary disputes and residential possession claims.
Jonathan is a specialist in professional regulatory and disciplinary matters affecting solicitors and their practices, as well as other legal professionals. He provides advice, support and representation for clients dealing with allegations of professional misconduct and for individuals who are otherwise the subject of regulatory scrutiny.
Leigh is an experienced international lawyer. Having spent many years as a leader and partner in leading international law firms, as well as in-house, his client portfolio comprises governments, companies and high-net-worth individuals on matters involving international development and project finance, production supply ventures, and commercial and compliance issues.
Robert is a consultant in the Dispute Resolution team with over 15 years' experience running large-scale commercial litigation and white-collar criminal investigations for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and companies, including companies in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250.
Naomi is a skilled personal injury and dispute resolution lawyer who has represented corporate and public bodies for over thirteen years, defending employer, public and property damage claims. She also advises clients in the holiday and travel industry on claims involving foreign and multi-jurisdictional issues.
Andrew is a commercial litigator with a wealth of experience in several areas of contentious law. His career has seen him act in numerous types of disputes and an array of high-profile cases. His practice currently focuses on company, partnership and shareholder disputes, civil fraud and professional negligence.
Simon is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer who advises clients across a wide range of industries.
Jason is a consultant in the Litigation team specialising in construction, product liability, and property litigation. He has acted for blue chip construction and property companies, insurance companies, high-net-worth individuals, retailers and estate managers.
Robert is a consultant barrister in the Dispute Resolution team. An experienced litigator, Robert's work involves a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes.
City-trained Louise is a consultant in Keystone’s Dispute Resolution team and advises on a range of contentious trust and probate matters including Inheritance Act claims and trust litigation.
Andrew is a commercial litigator who over the past two decades has carved out a reputation for his work within the construction industry. His practice consists largely of legal work for major plant hire, scaffolding and crane companies.
Joanna is a general commercial and civil litigator in the firm's dispute resolution team who deals with a variety of disputes ranging from debt recovery to professional negligence claims to breach of contract claims.
Jonny is a Trainee Solicitor who works alongside the Northern Ireland team on a range of duties relating to commercial property, corporate, finance and licensing law. He attends meetings with clients, assists in drafting various deeds and documents, and helps to prepare complex certificates of title for large commercial properties situated in Northern Ireland. Jonny’s experience has also seen him carry out in-depth investigative work in anticipation of litigation action.
Dawn is a highly skilled insurance expert, dual-qualified as a Solicitor and Barrister. Specialising in professional risks, she has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with both claimant and defendant claims involving a wide range of professionals. Dawn is particularly skilled in areas involving solicitors and, across her career, has acted in a host of leading cases in the courts.
James is a lawyer with over 20 years' experience of successfully resolving international and domestic commercial disputes through negotiation, mediation, expert determination, arbitration and, when necessary, litigation including the application for or defending of injunction proceedings.
Martin Pearse is a consultant in the Dispute Resolution team. He advises clients on a wide range of disputes, having experienced most forms of commercial and civil litigation at all levels from County Court claims through to multi-million pound actions in the High Court.
Patrick is a highly experienced civil dispute resolution solicitor with a wide-ranging international litigation and arbitration practice.
Stephen is a consultant in the firm’s litigation team with over 40 years’ experience as a commercial litigator.
Matthew is a commercial litigator who specialises in advising on business-related and company disputes. His client base consists of private individuals, SMEs, offshore companies and medium-size to large corporations and financial institutions.
Laura is a consultant in the Commercial Property team. She specialises in property litigation, acting for landlords, tenants, developers, property companies, land owners and administrators.
As a specialist in personal injury litigation with over 20 years’ experience, Cordelia represents insurers and their insureds in a broad range of public and commercial sectors.
Sam is a dual-qualified lawyer and medical doctor with over 15 years’ experience of handling litigation and regulatory issues affecting the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. In particular, his expertise covers product liability litigation matters involving pharmaceutical medicines and medical devices.
Suzy is a technology lawyer specialising in intellectual property, commercial contracts, and dispute resolution.
Trevor has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of dispute resolution, travel and aviation, and insolvency.
Aman is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer with more than ten years’ experience working on high-profile corporate and personal insolvency cases that include multi-million pound bankruptcies and fraud investigations.
Ian is a Consultant Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team and his practice covers general commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration. He has considerable experience in the oil and gas, renewables, mining and infrastructure fields, as well as in international trade, maritime and shipping, commodities, construction and real estate development, shareholder disputes, finance, hospitality, media, trusts, insurance, and pharmaceuticals.
Patrick is a highly experienced dispute resolution solicitor. During his career he has advised numerous independent financial advisers and networks, shipowners, insurers and private individuals.
Nilam is a dual US- and UK-qualified insurance and reinsurance expert. Specialising in directors and officers, financial lines, and professional negligence, with an emphasis on those professionals advising on financial transactions, she is one of very few lawyers outside of the US with expertise in this area.
Claire is an accomplished anti-bribery and corruption specialist with over 25 years’ experience in advising on business crime, corporate fraud and corruption investigations. In particular, she has an in-depth knowledge of complex international cases, instigated against both corporates and individuals by Government agencies such as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and Department of Justice (DOJ) and by multilateral development banks, as well as urgent and extensive internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients.
Oliver has over 20 years’ experience settling disputes involving a wide range of commercial and intellectual property matters. He specialises in company and financial services disputes as well as trademark, copyright and libel claims.
Nicole is an experienced practitioner in the field of international arbitration and all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (including adjudication, expert determination and dispute board processes).
Matheu joined Keystone Law in 2008 from a niche litigation practice. Before that he worked for one of the world’s largest law firms, DLA Piper. His tax litigation practice covers direct and indirect taxes and also customs duties.
Mark is both a civil and criminal litigation specialist who conducts the majority of his work in the area of Financial Services, often against the State, in particular HMRC, the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Rebecca is an experienced lawyer who undertakes a wide range of commercial dispute resolution and litigation work primarily advising businesses in relation to contractual disputes, intellectual property disputes and also joint ventures.
Kelly is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation and arbitration in City of London firms. His practice has a distinct international focus and includes banking, shareholder disputes, professional negligence, fraud, and money laundering issues.
Garry is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team. He has a broad litigation practice, encompassing commercial, property, and finance disputes. Garry draws his clients from a wide range of businesses, whilst he enjoys particular experience in the property and banking/finance sectors, and in the publishing industry.