Commercial and Contract Disputes

"They have an impressive approach to litigation which focuses on the client’s business." The Legal 500 UK, 2021

"More than similar teams in other firms, they are tough, resilient and determined to fight hard for the clients' interests"

Legal 500, 2020

Navigating your way through any dispute can be stressful, disruptive and damaging - and corporate disputes are no exception. We provide tactical and strategic advice to businesses and the individuals within them, protecting your rights, interests and reputations.

Commercial disputes are increasingly commonplace in today's climate of economic uncertainty. It is essential that you seek the right tactical advice as early as possible to minimise the impact to you and your business. Our experience in bringing and defending a wide variety of disputes for many different types and sizes of business means that we understand what it at stake and what it takes to get the best outcome for our clients.

Our experienced team of dispute resolution lawyers will work closely with you to fully understand the issues you are facing and explore the best approached to meet your commercial objectives. Our lawyers recognise that every dispute and every business is different and each will need its own tailored solution to suit your needs.

We draw on our considerable experience in dealing with a wide range of disputes arising out of all types of commercial activity. This includes:

  • Sale and supply of goods and services
  • Agency, distribution and franchise agreements
  • Warranty and indemnity claims 
  • Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • Retention of title
  • Trade finance
  • Exclusion and limitation clauses
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Breach of confidence
  • Professional negligence
  • Misrepresentation claims
  • Civil fraud
  • Breaches of trust and  breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Unjust enrichment, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance
  • Economic torts, including procuring breaches of contract, causing loss by 'unlawful means conspiracy'


We recognise that disputes are not all about the courtroom, particularly where our clients are keen to preserve a commercial relationship and/or avoid adverse PR. We therefore encourage our clients, where appropriate, to explore other quick, practical and cost effective avenues to resolve their disputes, including mediation or other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and we shall guide you carefully through that process.

For more information, read our frequently asked questions on commercial and contract disputes.


What clients and directories have said

user-friendly, capable practice"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

best known for acting for entrepreneurs and business individuals, but is increasingly instructed by corporate clients to handle complex litigation"

Legal 500, 2017

Real expertise across all levels, well led and offering practical advice with no histrionics or game playing."

Chambers UK, 2017

The country's premier niche white-collar firm. They're very savvy and understand how the corporate world works."

Chambers UK, 2017

Kingsley Napley LLP is highlighted for its experience in cases involving failed investments, mis-selling, fraud, insolvency and directors' duties"

Legal 500, 2016




The KN 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

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

The Legal 500 UK, 2021


The team have a really varied practice, dealing with anything from construction and development disputes and property disputes to “one-off” pieces of unusual litigation. The broad ranges of skills and experience adds value in all areas. In my experience, the litigation team is partner-led, but provides the associates beneath the partner(s) with considerable autonomy.

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

They are focussed. They all work very well together. They put a team together on a case and that is the team – there are very few, if any, changes for the duration of the case. There is always heavy partner involvement both in strategy and overseeing the team. They are unique in the market because they are not large but they have a very big kick."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

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

Chambers UK

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