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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"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 UK, 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.

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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

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

Latest blogs & news

A nervous disposition

Daniel Staunton explores the inherent conflict between the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts and the family courts and asks which jurisdiction trumps the other? This article focusses on the authorities in relation to section 284 and when family court orders might be liable to be set aside as void dispositions

On the rebound: How to clawback from a divorce

Mary Young explores how divorce settlements between spouses may be caught later down the line in bankruptcy proceedings as potential TUVs where there are dishonest motives.

Convergent Divergence: When bankruptcy and the family courts collide

What often happens when the insolvency courts and family courts collide; the potential effect a bankruptcy order of one spouse can have on a financial order made in favour of the non-bankrupt spouse and the different tests of each court.

Looking out for financial abuse of the vulnerable

 Financial abuse of older and vulnerable adults is sadly becoming more prevalent

Reputation and Media Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2021

This quarterly media and reputation management update provides a summary of a cross-section of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period January to March 2021.

You gotta’ have faith…in ADR

My previous blog examined whether Kenny Goss, the ex-partner of George Michael, may be entitled to a provision from the late singer’s estate, notwithstanding the fact that their relationship had broken down in 2009 (seven years prior to Mr Michael’s death). It was reported at the time that Mr Goss was seeking an award of £15,000 per month on the basis that Mr Michael had been financially maintaining Mr Goss at the time of his death. Pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, Mr Goss made an application for reasonable financial provision from Mr Michael’s estate because he had not been left anything in the singer’s will.

The Court confirms the Legal Costs Principle in Shareholder Disputes

In the case of KOZA LTD and HAMDI IPEK –v- KOZA ALTIN IŞLETMELERI AS [2021] EWHC 786 (Ch), Mr Justice Trower awarded an injunction restraining Mr Ipek, Koza Ltd (“KL”)’s sole director, from causing KL to use its funds to pay legal costs in the litigation, which was in reality a shareholder dispute between Mr Ipek and Koza Altin Işletmeleri AS (“KAI”).  The decision upholds the ‘legal costs principle’ in company disputes, which provides that a company’s money should not be spent on disputes between shareholders.

Ignorance is bliss? Not for directors!

In the recent case of TMG Brokers Ltd (In Liquidation) (also known as: Baker v Staines) the High Court held a director of a company to be jointly and severally liable for payments made by his co-director out of the company’s bank account which were made without proper authority and amounted to  disguised distributions of capital. The fact that he had placed trust in the other director for the company's financial affairs did not excuse him from performing his duties.

Inheritance claims by adult children

In recent years the courts have seen a significant number of claims under the 1975 Act bought by adult children. This week it has been widely reported that the two adult daughters of Tony Shearer, a high profile banker and finance governor of a well-known public school, have failed in their attempt to bring a claim against their late father’s £2.2 million estate. Mr Shearer made no provision in his estate for his daughters leaving the majority of his wealth to his second wife.

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q1 2021

A Civil Fraud quarterly round-up (1st quarter 2021)

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

Examining the impact of Sofer v Swiss Independent Trustees SA on practitioners in England and Wales. 

This article was first published by STEP, December 2020: Katherine Pymont, 'Moments of Truth', Trust Quarterly Review (Vol18 Iss4), pp.36-41

Current trends in fraud: Crypto scams

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 was an incredible year for crypto assets.  Largely driven by the increased demand from institutional investors, Bitcoin shattered its previous price records. However, its pseudonymous nature and the ease with which it allows users to instantly send funds anywhere in the world makes crypto assets appealing to criminals.

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

What happens when a director commits fraud by misappropriating company assets?  Or what of the director who continues trading knowing that the company has no realistic prospect of paying its debts as and when they fall due? To whom does a director owe duties at that point and what recourse is there against that director? This article explores these questions.

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

We have previously examined how the Government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes (the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)(together the “Schemes”) work. A report issued by the Public Accounts Committee on 10 December 2020 highlights the darker side of the Schemes and what it is costing the UK taxpayer. 

The Queen’s Gambit: Crown Preference

This article will focus on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom’s (HMRC’s) “gambit” to gain an advantage over other creditors through the return of the “crown preference” from 1 December 2020. This article explores what HMRC’s status as a secondary preferential creditor means and its implications for insolvency practitioners and others going forward.

Reputation and Media Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2020

This quarterly media and reputation management update provides a summary of a cross-section of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period October to December 2020.

Whoever thought Will forgery would be easy?

Two recent decisions relating to forged wills have highlighted what evidence will be sufficient for a court to make a finding of forgery.

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

When an individual instructs a solicitor, they may research and make various enquiries to establish which solicitor is best suited to their matter, seeking to find an expert in that field. Solicitors frequently instruct barristers (counsel) as part of their client’s legal team to provide advocacy and additional expertise. Solicitors often rely on advice from counsel when advising clients. Whilst a solicitor is entitled to rely on counsel’s advice, and the more specialist the nature of the advice the more reasonable reliance will be, in doing so they need to properly consider that advice rather than simply accepting the advice without further scrutiny.

Professional Negligence and Implied Retainers

Usually, the scope of duty of care between a solicitor and a client will be set out in writing in an engagement letter, but there are some circumstances in which a solicitor may assume duties to someone other than their client, which can create problems if that party is to suffer a loss. In those circumstances, a key question is whether a solicitor owes the third party a duty of care.

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up: Q4 2020

This quarterly contentious trust and probate litigation update provides a summary of a cross-section of reported decisions handed down in the courts of England and Wales in the period October 2020 - December 2020.

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Shareholder and Boardroom Disputes

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Commercial and Contract Disputes

Corporate disputes can be stressful, disruptive and damaging. We provide tactical and strategic advice to businesses and individuals.

Professional Negligence

Our experienced team of litigators act for claimants in bringing claims against professionals when they get it wrong.

Civil Fraud and Investigations

The international nature of commerce and growing reliance on electronic communications mean that the number and value of fraud claims is rising.

Financial Services Disputes

We represent individuals and businesses in high value and complex claims against banks and financial institutions.

Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes

Bringing or defending disputes over wills, trusts and estates is especially demanding. Seeking expert legal advice at an early stage is crucial.

Farms and Estates Disputes

Family farms and landed estates often fall front and centre in inheritance disputes and we have considerable expertise in representing clients in these types of matters.

Insolvency Litigation

Our dispute resolution lawyers represent individuals, companies and insolvency practitioners on insolvency matters.

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.

Reputation and Media

Protecting our clients’ reputation and maintaining control when they are the subject of media scrutiny is what we do.

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

Funding litigation can be expensive and cause concern. We hope to alleviate these concerns by offering our clients a bespoke funding package.

Dispute Resolution Insights

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News

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

Kingsley Napley team are contributing editors to Lexology Getting the Deal Through - Asset Recovery 2020

"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

Case In Point - Kingsley Napley’s Real Estate Litigation Quarterly Update

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

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)

Fraud and opportunism during COVID-19

Insolvency and furlough fraud – directors beware!

The driving force fallacy

Keeping it in the family

From Russia with L...egal advice privilege

Did George Michael have the freedom to exclude his ex-partner from his will?

Reputation and Media Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2020

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q3 2020

Highly publicised matters arising in relation to the administration of the late Steve Bing’s estate in the US give rise to some interesting legal issues

Preventing, detecting and responding to fraud within charities

Think twice: might the estate be insolvent?

The Rhinoceros in the room: are company voluntary arrangements contracts enforceable by third parties?

Court makes Search Order in COVID times

Glover v Barker – Cost Orders against Litigation Friends

When settlement advice goes wrong

How to challenge a will

Insolvency interviews in the context of suspected criminal or regulatory misconduct

Simply Alarming: when might an unfair prejudice petition fail?

Professional Negligence: the importance of the written word

Stretching the limits of Directors’ personal liability for torts?

Contentious Trust and Probate Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2020

Civil Fraud Quarterly Round-Up: Q2 2020

Solicitors’ Delay in preparing a Will – When is it Negligent?

Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence – When does a Professional Negligence Claim arise?

Discounted CFAs – how do they work and are they too good to be true?

Could litigation funding be available for my claim?

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