Dispute Resolution

Disputes are increasingly technical, nuanced and multi-jurisdictional in nature. Our technical excellence, international experience and in depth knowledge of business and industry means we can successfully resolve the most complex and technically-demanding disputes. We provide strategic and pragmatic advice to pre-empt potentially contentious issues, as well as guiding clients through the challenges of litigation or arbitration. Our response is swift and effective to contain disputes, minimise reputational damage and achieve the best commercial outcomes for our clients.

Overview

Our first-class team specialises in handling complex domestic and international commercial disputes.

We represent corporates from a range of industries including financial services, energy, technology, telecoms and health sectors, as well as government departments, public bodies and high net worth individuals.

 

Our practice covers a broad array of disputes including contractual issues, fraud, corporate mismanagement, shareholder claims, contested share purchase agreements, technology and intellectual property disputes, partnership disputes, professional negligence and reputation management. We are also experts in obtaining time-critical remedies to trace, preserve and recover assets including search orders, freezing injunctions, and requests for information and disclosure orders.

 

We partner with our clients to achieve their best commercial outcome, tailoring our dispute resolution strategy from the outset. We vigorously pursue claims on our clients' behalf and robustly defend their position when claims are made against them. In appropriate cases, we explore mediation and/or negotiated settlement, with a track record of success. Our international reach means we can swiftly assemble experts in multiple jurisdictions, providing a coordinated response to international and cross-border financial disputes.

 

We work closely with other practice areas within the firm to draw on their knowledge and expertise, as required. We also advise on emerging risks including crypto, ESG-related claims, climate change litigation and allegations of greenwashing, cybercrime and data theft.

Featured experience

  • Acting for certain Defendants (including the former Bulgarian Minister of Finance) in their defence of a £330m claim by LIC Telecommunications SARL and Empreno Ventures Limited alleging sale at undervalue of part of the Bulgarian telecoms network.
  • Appointed to the panel for commercial litigation work for The Railways Pension Scheme, one of the UK’s largest and longest established pension funds for employees of the UK’s Railways (the manager of £35bn of assets on behalf of the railway pensions schemes).
  • Acting on all litigation matters for CMC Markets Plc, a leading global provider of online financial services, and its subsidiaries, including claims arising from the provision of online spread betting services; a tracing claim to recover facilitation payments; a claim by a Chilean entity regarding an alleged wrongful termination of a Master Broking Agreement; and a restrictive covenant claim arising in Singapore.
  • Acting for a defendant in a £1.2billion claim by the Danish tax authority alleging global conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in connection with applications for refunds of withholding tax arising from a complex trading structure (the SKAT litigation).
  • Acting in litigation to defend the proposal to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
  • Acting for a FTSE 100 fast moving consumer goods company in a £70m + contractual dispute relating to the classification of manufacturing waste.
  • Acting for French based multi-national, Sanofi Aventis, in the high profile air cargo cartel damages claim against British Airways (and numerous other airlines).
  • Acting for Royal Mail Group Limited in relation to its claim for £10m + losses against the Communication Workers Union arising from threatened strike action in late 2019.
  • Securing injunction restraining alleged breaches of non-disclosure agreement relating to strategic land development opportunities (claim value £100m).

What our clients say

  • Great personal service.

    Legal 500 2022, Commercial Litigation, London

  • A strong international arbitration team that builds on its strength in commercial litigation.

    Legal 500 2022, International Arbitration, London

  • The commercial approach and strategic management of our case was handled particularly well and fundamentally allowed us to make quick decisions through the process.

    Legal 500 2022, Commercial Litigation, Manchester.

  • They are exceptionally user-friendly, client-focused and diligent – as well as providing fantastic value for money. They are expert litigators with great instincts for hunting down weaknesses in even the strongest of cases and identifying pressure points for settlement. Superb outfit.

    Legal 500 2022, Commercial Litigation, Bristol.

  • The team has a wealth of experience, and is well placed to advise across the dispute resolution and litigation space generally.

    Legal 500 2022, Commercial Litigation, Leeds.

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.