Dispute Resolution

​Disputes are a fact of modern life. Understanding and dealing with a dispute in a professional and commercial way has never been more important. Our Dispute Resolution lawyers act for a broad spectrum of individual and commercial clients in a wide range of complex disputes.

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"commercial, knowledgeable and responsive lawyers that adapt to the types of disputes that they are dealing with"

Chambers and Partners, 2022

"Kingsley Napley has a real ability ahead of many rivals in being able to service cross-disciplinary work involving commercial litigation, regulatory and criminal work"

Chambers and Partners, Global-wide Litigation Support, 2021

Our Dispute Resolution Lawyers act for a broad spectrum of individual and commercial clients in a wide range of complex disputes. Our specialist team of litigators have particular expertise in the following areas:

Disputes are a fact of modern life. Understanding and dealing with a dispute in a professional and commercial way has never been more important. Being involved in a dispute can be a stressful, time consuming and expensive experience, and we work with our clients to take on the strain.

Our Dispute Resolution team is recognised for its expertise in the legal directories. We have a proven track record of acting successfully in high profile, high value and complex litigation, particularly in times of crisis for our clients. We are experienced in taking proactive steps on an urgent basis, such as by dealing with injunctions, and renowned for acting in cases involving serious allegations of wrongdoing and fraud. 

Often our clients are keen to preserve a commercial or personal relationship and/or avoid the adverse publicity that may accompany a dispute. In these circumstances we are able to work with our clients to avoid the courtroom and instead explore other practical and cost effective avenues to resolve disputes, including mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).  

Our media and reputation team is also available to manage any matters that may attract unwanted attention, seeking to ensure that private matters are kept private.

We understand that our clients are often concerned about the cost of being involved in a dispute. We will explain your funding options and the likely costs involved in managing a case at each stage. You can read more about litigation funding options here. 

We provide litigation expertise and strategic advice to our clients. Our colleagues from other practice areas have expertise in many related areas which we regularly call on, including private client, corporate, employment, criminal and regulatory issues.

What clients and directories have said

Kingsley Napley is one of the go-to names for difficult private wealth litigation, including where  fraud issues are concerned...very down to earth, great with clients and effective negotiators."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Strength in depth, with very good collaboration between departments in cases which straddle different legal disciplines."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

They have an impressive approach to litigation which focuses on the client’s business."

The Legal 500, 2021

The team benefits from being able to draw on lawyers from a number of specialisms to put together teams which are particularly suited to individual disputes, whether they arise out of sporting and media contracts or international tax fraud. They are a lively bunch of people who are also extremely good lawyers."

The Legal 500, 2021

Very approachable litigators who are efficient and organised. They take the time to know the case and to know the client."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

good team with all-round experience."

Chambers and Partners, 2017

excellent-quality practice

Legal 500 UK 

...sensible, realistic view of cases - seizing only the points worth arguing...

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession

 

 

Fantastic cross-over experience between commercial, civil fraud and criminal/regulatory work gives the firm a real depth of expertise in big-ticket work, which increasingly requires specialisms across commercial/regulatory and criminal boundaries."

The Legal 500, 2022

You always know you will get a good service from them and everything will be well prepared."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Real breadth and depth of experience in civil fraud with many of them being recognised for doing this work. They are also growing the team, further increasing the high-level quality of their work."

The Legal 500 2022

A compact and tight-knit team that has excellent knowledge of the banking sector and real specialism in civil fraud matters. Very strong client handling and management skills."

The Legal 500 2022

Latest blogs & news

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2022

Case updates quarterly round-up (1st quarter 2022)

The English Court: A Fraudster’s Crypto-nite

The English High Court, in Mr Dollar Bill Limited v Persons Unknown and Others [2021] EWHC 2718 (Ch), has once again come to the rescue for victims of fraud – this time armed with a Norwich Pharmacal Order to be served outside the jurisdiction.

The top 3 types of fraud and what victims can do

I have been compiling quarterly round ups of fraud-related cases since 2016. One of the insights this gives me is an idea of trends in the types of fraud that end up before the Courts of England and Wales. In addition to this, my business is often contacted by victims of fraud seeking redress, which provides a closer understanding of what fraudsters are up to and the impact of those actions.

Funerals and feuding families – What happens if there is a dispute over arrangements for a loved one’s body?

The death of a loved one is an incredibly sad and difficult time for any family, and in the vast majority of cases those closest to the deceased are able to arrange an appropriate “send-off” which gives everyone the opportunity to pay their respects and say goodbye. Unfortunately however, there may be situations where the relevant parties cannot agree on the funeral arrangements, or what should happen to the deceased’s body. This blog considers who is legally responsible for deciding what happens to the body and how the Court has approached disputes in recent cases.

Privacy vs Transparency – The media are coming to a family court near you!

As family lawyers we help clients through challenging times when they may struggle to manage the overwhelming emotional impact of divorce. Until recently, they could be entitled to assume that any court proceedings would be heard in private and it would be highly unlikely for them to be reported in the media or for any documents to be available for any third party to inspect.

Proving Will Fraud or Forgery: Is There Evidence?

When a family member or loved one dies, sometimes the terms of their will, if they made one during their lifetime, can come as a surprise to those who survive them. For example the will might include unexpected beneficiaries, or certain beneficiaries might receive a greater or lesser share of the estate than others. Under the laws of England and Wales, a person has the freedom to leave their estate to whoever they choose and there is no legal obligation to provide for any particular family member or other individual. Therefore, whilst family members or individuals might regard the terms of the will as unfair or unexpected, the law will generally uphold the wishes of a testator set out in their will, if it has been validly made.

COVID-19 and its impact on charity fraud

It is now two years since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, and the virus still continues to have a devastating impact around the world. As history shows us all too well, such times of crisis and economic downturn provide fertile ground for fraudsters and criminal opportunists. The current pandemic is no exception. From bogus COVID-19 cures to phishing emails and phony websites, scammers are taking advantage of peoples' fears as the pandemic persists. Unfortunately, the past few months have also seen a stark increase in instances of fraud against charities.

Latest ONS data shows 42% jump in Investment Fraud - Mary Young comments

Data released by the Office of National Statistics 17 January 2022 show that Fraud offences reported in England & Wales grew substantially in the year to September 2021.

Novak needs a Cost Expert: Costs in Appeal Hearings Explored

Being an avid tennis fan, in the small hours of 16th January 2022, I checked my phone to see if Novak Djokovic was going to be able to compete for his 21st Grand Slam title (surpassing Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal as the most decorated male tennis player in Grand Slam history) or whether his appeal would in fact be rejected leading to his deportation.

Is the pandemic the perfect storm for will challenges?

A will can be contested on the basis that it is invalid by relying on various grounds. It is fast becoming apparent that sadly the pandemic may have given rise to the perfect storm for will challenges on one or more of these grounds.

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2021

A Civil Fraud quarterly round-up (4th quarter 2021)

What a relief (from sanctions)! Court grants application made 5 years out of time

In the recent case of Apollo Ventures Co Ltd v Manchanda [2021] EWHC 3210 (Comm) an extension of time of almost five years was granted in the Defendant’s application for a stay under Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”) Part 11 – disputing the Court’s jurisdiction.

Costs not recoverable on ‘the nod’ - A warning for private prosecutors R (on the application of T M Eye Ltd) v Southampton Crown Court [2021] EWHC 2624 (Admin)

Last month, the High Court handed down judgement in R (on the application of T M Eye Ltd) v Southampton Crown Court reinforcing the correct approach to applications for an award from central funds for the costs of a private prosecution. Despite clear ‘Jurisdictional error’ on the part of the Crown Court, the appellant court took the opportunity to warn private prosecutors; applications will not be approved ‘on the nod’.

Lloyd v Google: Stepping back from the brink

The Supreme Court has closed the door to ‘opt out’ style class action claims for breaches of data protection legislation, in a unanimous judgment that rejected an attempt to make Google liable for ‘loss of control’ over users’ personal data without having to prove any loss.

Supreme Court Rules Against Crown Prosecution Service In Proceeds Of Crime Case

The Supreme Court of England & Wales has this morning unanimously decided against the CPS in the Aquila case. The ruling confirms that a company’s property rights are not trumped by a criminal confiscation order.

Claimants given costs boost in inheritance disputes – Hirachand v Hirachand

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down its judgment in the case of Hirachand v Hirachand, concerning an appeal against an order made in May 2020 in proceedings brought by Sheila Hirachand for provision from the estate of Navinchandra Hirachand, her late father, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”).

World Menopause Day - time to break the taboo!

World Menopause Day was held on 18 October 2021. It is an opportunity to break the stigma and taboo that still exists around menopause and to encourage open dialogue about what is a natural and very significant transition in a woman’s life.

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2021

A Civil Fraud quarterly round-up (3rd quarter 2021)

“Lights. Camera. Action!” – Re Motion Picture Capital and standing for minority shareholders to bring unfair prejudice petitions

In the recent case of Re Motion Picture Capital Limited [2021] EWHC 2504 (Ch), the Court greenlit an unfair prejudice petition presented by a minority shareholder who no longer held shares in the relevant company at the time his petition was heard. The petitioner’s position was "Show me the money!", requesting an order that the company purchase his shares at a price reflecting the company’s value, even though his shares had already been transferred into the names of the company’s nominees.

Actor Terry Jones’ children challenge his Will - but does suffering from dementia mean you can’t make a valid Will?

Several stories have recently been published about the ‘legal battle’ commenced in the High Court relating to the estate of actor Terry Jones, who was well known and loved for his role in Monty Python and who died in January 2020. His adult children from his first marriage have reportedly commenced proceedings against their father’s estate and his second wife Anna Söderström (who is thought to be the main beneficiary of the estate), claiming that the Will their father made in 2016 is invalid because he lacked capacity when he made it. As a matter of law, a Will made by someone who lacks the required mental capacity at the time they made the Will is not valid. 
 

 

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International and Cross-Border Disputes

When disputes involve individuals or organisations in different countries, those involved often face an array of complex issues in various jurisdictions.

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Injunctions

If you need to prevent the loss of an asset, damage to reputation, or protect against personal harm, it may be necessary to apply for an injunction.

Litigation Funding Options

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News

Latest ONS data shows 42% jump in Investment Fraud - Mary Young comments

Jill Lorimer and Mary Young write for International Business Law Journal on Developments in the UK Crypto Asset Landscape

COVID-19 Fraud: An Emerging Risk For Companies - Will Hayes, Nicola Finnerty, Will Christopher & Eugenie Freeman write for PLC Magazine

Press release: New partner hires into Corporate & Commercial and Dispute Resolution

Three Kingsley Napley articles featured in ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE Magazine

Kingsley Napley commended in eight categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2021

Covid-19 forces farmers to consider their mortality and protect family - Laura Phillips quoted in Today's Wills & Probate

Should there be a right to banking? Mary Young and Rebecca Niblock write for The Law Society Gazette

Wedding Businesses & Coronavirus: William Christopher answers the key questions from wedding businesses

The Strange Case of the Oligarch and Putin's Banker - Ryan Mowat and Katherine Pymont write for International Investment

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2020

Potential scams cryptoasset investors are facing and how they can protect themselves - Mary Young quoted by LeapRate

"Contesting a will" vlog series features in Today's Wills & Probate

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2019

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Autumn/Winter 2019

Kingsley Napley recognised in six categories in The Times Best Law Firms 2020

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2019

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Spring 2019

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2019

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2019

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Winter 2018/2019

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2018

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Autumn 2018

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2018

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up Summer 2018

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2018

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: Bumper Edition Spring 2018

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2018

Richard Foss quoted in The Law Society Gazette

Does the decision in Bilta represent a more generous interpretation of litigation privilege?

Dishonesty test: Playing with a new deck - Stephen Parkinson quoted in CDR

Contentious Trusts and Probate Round-Up: January 2018

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Round-Up: November 2017

GIR 100 2017: Kingsley Napley a world leader in cross-border investigations

Ryan Mowat and Katherine Pymont have been published in the Law Society Gazette

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: August 2017

Kingsley Napley listed as a ‘Leading Firm’ in 2017's Who’s Who Legal for Asset Recovery

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: June 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: May 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: April 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: March 2017

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: January 2017

Wills and Probate Round-Up 2016

The risks of deleting history

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: Bumper Summer Vacation Edition 2016

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: May 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: April 2016

Contentious Trusts and Probate Monthly Round-Up: February 2016

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Blogs

COVID-19 and its impact on charity fraud

Novak needs a Cost Expert: Costs in Appeal Hearings Explored

Is the pandemic the perfect storm for will challenges?

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2021

What a relief (from sanctions)! Court grants application made 5 years out of time

Costs not recoverable on ‘the nod’ - A warning for private prosecutors R (on the application of T M Eye Ltd) v Southampton Crown Court [2021] EWHC 2624 (Admin)

Lloyd v Google: Stepping back from the brink

Claimants given costs boost in inheritance disputes – Hirachand v Hirachand

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2021

“Lights. Camera. Action!” – Re Motion Picture Capital and standing for minority shareholders to bring unfair prejudice petitions

Actor Terry Jones’ children challenge his Will - but does suffering from dementia mean you can’t make a valid Will?

The Tail Wagging the Dog - Hourly Rates Review 2021

Why the date of death matters for creditors of insolvent estates

Bankrupt beneficiaries and risks for personal representatives

Rising from the ashes

Clarity on costs for consumers of legal services: the guideline hourly rates

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2021

Two bites of the apple - limitation in professional negligence cases

When charities are under the media spotlight - how is reputation best protected?

Causing Loss by Unlawful Means - the Dealing Requirement

The distinction between “advice” and “information” negligence cases

Spotlight on dementia: can you challenge a will despite the views of medical experts?

When does the clock start ticking on trustees’ negligence?

A nervous disposition

On the rebound: How to clawback from a divorce

Convergent Divergence: When bankruptcy and the family courts collide

Looking out for financial abuse of the vulnerable

Reputation and Media Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2021

You gotta’ have faith…in ADR

The Court confirms the Legal Costs Principle in Shareholder Disputes

Ignorance is bliss? Not for directors!

Inheritance claims by adult children

What is required to show dishonesty in the case of a professional trustee?

Current trends in fraud: Crypto scams

One hand in the cookie jar: Fraud and directors’ duties in insolvency

£26 billion fraud: The other side of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes

The Queen’s Gambit: Crown Preference

Reputation and Media Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2020

Professional Negligence: to what extent can a solicitor rely on counsel’s advice?

Professional Negligence and Implied Retainers

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2020

Beneficiaries in the dark: what can you do to obtain the information you need?

Leaving a legacy to charity: avoiding a will construction claim

When can a Will be rectified? Barrett v Hammond (2020)

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2020

Money, money, money: what are directors’ duties in respect of the company’s bank account?

Professional Negligence: to advise or not to advise…

Can a De Facto Director be disqualified as a Director?

Is still 'subject to contract' binding?

Firms brace for negligence impact

Directors’ communications with their solicitors: perhaps not as privileged as you think (Part 2)

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