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 Law's formidable disputes 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.
Should litigation be inevitable our team is recognised, by Premonition, as having the highest court success rate in the UK and will ensure that 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.
For more complex matters, particularly where a cross-border element is involved, international arbitration is an increasingly common method used for resolving disputes. Our specialist international team has dealt with a vast range of arbitrations, across many jurisdictions, and is well-versed in conducting them under numerous procedural and substantive laws
and forums, including but not limitied to the ICC, LCIA, ad hoc and local courts. With the largest all-partner level disputes team in the UK, our practice has a highly established track record of success when it comes to handling high value, intricate cases.
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.
Patrick is a general commercial disputes lawyer and an international arbitration specialist, dually qualified in English and French law.
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.
Mark is a highly regarded commercial lawyer with considerable cross-border experience. He has been a judge; worked in-house; worked in private practice; built hedge funds; advised governments and run private- and public-sector organisations
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 consultant in the Dispute Resolution team with almost two decades of experience in commercial and financial services litigation acting for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), family offices and companies in a broad range of domestic and international/cross-jurisdictional High Court litigation and dispute resolution matters.
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.
Annabel is a very experienced litigator who handles dispute resolution cases across a wide range of areas. She acts predominantly for individuals in times of crisis and also small companies both in the UK and overseas. Annabel is an experienced collaborative practitioner and a trained mediator which provides an excellent skill set for successful resolution of disputes, particularly those involving partners, estates, families and neighbours.
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.
Simon is a commercial litigator who has for over 25 years specialised in the cost-effective resolution of complex, high-profile disputes which often incorporate an international element.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Louise is a consultant in the property and construction team. She is a knowledgeable and respected specialist adviser with over 20 years’ experience of contentious construction and engineering disputes acquired in the road and rail sectors, in PFI, on tunnelling and dredging projects, and in the residential, retail, hotel, education, and health and leisure sectors
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.
Lizzie is a paralegal at Keystone Law, and assists the Dispute Resolution team across a range of disputes
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.
Lucy is a consultant in the intellectual property team. She has extensive experience of advising on all intellectual property (IP) and related rights.
Jane is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who advises companies, board members and high-net-worth individuals on risk and the avoidance and resolution of disputes both domestic and international.
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.
Matthew is a commercial litigation lawyer with over 20 years’ experience and with specific expertise in commercial disputes and fraud, often with an international element.
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.
George is an international dispute resolution specialist who resolves high-value and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.
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.
Benjamin has over 15 years’ experience in yachting and luxury asset law, specialising in finance, construction and purchase, and operational matters including taxation, insurance and employment. He also advises in relation to private aviation and art.
Andrew advises and acts on a broad range of commercial and civil litigation and has a distinct specialism in complex trust and property disputes, as well as matters relating to fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty in respect of directors and trustees.
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.
Robert is a property litigation specialist and acts for both commercial and private clients in relation to all types of disputes relating to land, including property developments where there are issues concerning restrictive covenants or overage provisions.
Rachel is a specialist in dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation. She advises on a wide variety of complex multi-jurisdiction claims including contractual and insurance disputes.
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.
Dharmendra is a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation.
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.
Melissa is a disputes lawyer with specialist experience in emerging markets disputes involving the Middle East and Russia, and is dual-qualified in England and Australia. She is experienced in handling complex, often cross-border, commercial arbitration and litigation.
Stephen is a consultant in the firm’s litigation team with over 40 years’ experience as a commercial litigator.
Gagan is a commercial disputes lawyer with experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration (both institutional and ad hoc), and mediation. He acts for large multinational conglomerates and corporations, private clients, and SMEs, operating across a broad range of industry sectors. Gagan has also advised a number of the largest global law firms and barristers chambers on the legal issues that they face. The majority of Gagan’s work is international, with a particular focus on India and the Middle East.
Matthew is an experienced commercial litigator with specialist expertise in financial services and securities litigation. From 2012, Matthew was involved in the ground-breaking shareholder group litigation against RBS
Lara is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in resolving multi-million-pound disputes for high-net-worth individuals and companies across multiple jurisdictions.
Iain is a highly experienced litigator with over 30 years’ experience at a magic circle firm and is qualified as both a solicitor and barrister
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.
Akash is a barrister and has specialised in intellectual property litigation for nearly two decades. As well as providing advice to high-growth technology companies, he has acted for clients across a range of sectors including Research In Motion on patent litigation matters in the English High Court, BSkyB in a case involving the importation of foreign decoder cards, a major defence contractor in a trade secrets arbitration, and a major Chinese telecoms company in proceedings in Hong Kong and China.
Suzy is an intellectual property, technology and commercial contracts specialist who acts for clients across a range of industries including retail, finance, FMCG, technology, advertising, manufacturing, gaming and fashion. Suzy is also a disputes lawyer, and has represented clients in the English High Court, before trade mark registries and through alternative methods such as mediation. Suzy can advise on matters such as pre-litigation strategy, termination of contract options, and settlement terms.
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.
Manan is a barrister with 12 years’ experience of working with a number of international law firms in the City. His practice focuses on high-value, complex commercial and financial litigation and international arbitration, as well as matters of company law, civil fraud, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and insolvency law.
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.
Mark is a senior disputes lawyer who represents high-net-worth individuals and their businesses in commercial disputes and in litigation arising from divorce and probate. He has acted in some of the most complex recent cases in the Chancery and Family divisions of the High Court, involving multiple jurisdictions.
Philip specialises in technology disputes and cyber security incident response. His background as an insurance lawyer means that he also has extensive experience advising on policy coverage issues.
Nicola is an experienced media and intellectual property lawyer, who specialises in giving commercial advice to publishing clients on pre-publication issues.
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.
Elizabeth is an experienced litigator advising across an array of areas relating to commercial law, from sale of goods and services claims, to corporate and personal debts and insolvency.
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.
Nelson is a trainee solicitor who works with Jason Kallis on a range of legal duties related to construction, product liability, and property litigation. He has particular expertise in drafting litigation-related documents, as well as assisting on non-contentious matters in construction and real estate.
Jonathan specialises in resolving professional negligence claims and has done so for over 15 years. In that time, he has acted on claims against a wide variety of professionals including solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers, financial advisers, surveyors, structural engineers, project managers, estate agents, health & safety consultants, and IT consultants.