Commercial Litigation

Contract Disputes

At EMG Solicitors we have a dedicated team who deal with a wide range of disputes for businesses and company directors. Our contract disputes solicitors in Durham & Gosforth have handled a wide range of contract disputes and have a proven track record. As solicitors and also qualified mediators we have experience in resolving disputes relating to all types of commercial contracts.

Contracts form a major part of business relationships. Not only do they set out the terms & conditions but they also outline agreements made and should ensure that businesses are protected and that proper redress is available in the event that conditions aren’t met. It is essential to get the right advice when entering into commercial contracts and even more important to see legal advice if things go wrong.

Contract disputes can be stressful not to mention costly and falling out with business partners can lead to a breakdown in trust making it extremely difficult for those involved to continue working together. Our lawyers focus on solutions and support businesses in making agreements which helping to resolve differences where possible but are also experienced in dealing with matters taken to the Court.

When a breach of contract occurs, it is important that you know your rights and the options available. At EMG, our solicitors take the time to understand your situation and provide clear, practical legal advice to support you in moving forward.

Types of Contractual Dispute we can help you with:

  • Contracts for products/services
  • Property contracts
  • Credit hire agreements
  • Personal guarantees
  • Retention of title clauses
  • Loan agreements
  • Warranty claims

We have considerable expertise in mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and once we have discussed your circumstances with you it could be we advise ADR or indeed litigation. Whatever the outcome we will always aim to resolve your dispute quickly and cost-effectively. We are happy to offer a free initial consultation to discuss any contractual issue you may have.

Shareholders and quasi-partnership disputes

Our Disputes & Litigation team members have acted for various businesses when disputes have arisen. In businesses, there are occasions where there is a breakdown in the relationship between shareholders and/or directors and these can often to prove challenging and stressful without the right legal advice.

Our shareholder disputes solicitors in Durham & Gosforth have handled a range of disputes and have a proven track record as well as a wealth of knowledge to support businesses sensitively when things are difficult between directors and/or shareholders. We have a pragmatic and robust approach and also offer flexible fee arrangements for budgeting.

Professional Negligence

In a variety of business areas there are unfortunately occasions where a professional fails to perform their responsibilities to the required standard or breaches a duty of care, leading to financial loss, and a professional negligence claim results.

Our team have experience in pursuing claims against solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, engineers and their professional bodies and will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome. We have a pragmatic and robust approach and also offer flexible fee arrangements for clients wishing to make a claim against a professional.

Commercial property

We liaise closely with the head of the Commercial Property department, Gwen Jones, to provide commercial and focussed solutions in property disputes including commercial landlord and tenant, option agreements, breaches of covenant, licences, and issues relating to development such as rights of light. For further information please click here.

Employment

Our employment specialist Graham Shannon is highly experienced in advising directors, for example in relation to the enforceability of restrictive covenants in service contracts. For further details on our specialist employment team please click here.

Agriculture

Ursula Collie has many years’ experience dealing with agricultural disputes for clients ranging from agriculture businesses to family farms. These disputes often cross over into other disciplines such as disputed probate or insolvency, and have a particular focus which is unique to the sector. Our team have experience of dealing with these often difficult disputes and work to quickly agree resolutions.

Data Protection

Matthew Sigsworth deals with the increasingly vital field of Data Protection, in particular Employer vicarious liability for data breaches committed deliberately or accidentally by employees; and defending claims for misuse of private information and claims in Data Protection law (the GDPR & Data Protection Act 2018) brought under CPR Part 53.

Non-incorporated associations

Ursula Collie deals with all matters relating to clubs, societies and other unincorporated bodies, including disputes relating to the body’s Constitution, to its Trusteeships, and issues relating to the ownership or operation of premises.