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Dispute Resolution


Are you looking for an experienced team of business dispute lawyers to react quickly to protect your best interests in the face of a looming business dispute?

Do you want to talk to experienced lawyers offering commercial litigation advice on business disputes? We look at all options for compromising a dispute before it becomes a formal process and we actually settle the bulk of our cases through negotiation. It is the strategy for resolution of commercial disputes that sets up the dialogue between the parties which is often the key to success.

If you are faced with a formal business dispute; in Godalming, Dorking, Cobham Surrey, elsewhere in the UK, or overseas, you can be assured that your dispute will be handled by experienced business dispute lawyers charged at a highly competitive hourly rate, lower than most firms based in London.

Our commercial disputes team has in-depth experience of the complete range of formal processes for resolving business disputes through the courts, including the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court, the Companies Court, other divisions of the High Court, the County Court, Leasehold Valuation Tribunals and VAT Tribunals, as well as through international and domestic arbitration. Our Commercial Dispute Team is also expert in advising on and implementing alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") procedures, including mediation, adjudication, mini-trials and expert fact-finding. ADR procedures, in particular mediation, are now involved in the settlement of many business dispute cases and we have a track record of success in this area.


At the outset of any business dispute, we investigate and establish the facts, set out the applicable law, comment on the legal issues and advise you on the merits of any commercial or business dispute. We then ascertain with you the commercial context, in order to identify and narrow the issues and risks involved in bringing/contesting a claim. We devise with our clients a strategy for the dispute, which will take into account the projected litigation costs involved, the time scale, the terms on which any resolution should be sought and a methodology for achieving this.


We are experienced in advising on the litigation funding options available to mitigate or neutralise the cost and risk of any commercial litigation, including "After The Event" insurance to cover the risk of having to pay the costs of the other side, and third party funding.

The types of business disputes and commercial litigation handled by our lawyers are broad-ranging and include the following:



Chris Millar


01306 502225
01306 880110


" Downs acted on our behalf with complete professionalism and obtained an excellent result for us, against an opponent company using a much larger and more expensive London law firm."


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