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Dispute Resolution

Whether your business is facing a conflict, a financial mis-selling claim, a shareholder dispute, a partnership dispute, a professional negligence claim, or perhaps a claim for defamation, our commercial litigation team can assist.

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We work closely with colleagues across the firm when required, to ensure that you receive a clear direction on how to proceed. As well as our extensive litigation experience, we also advise on alternative forms of dispute resolution (ADR) such as arbitration and mediation. In many cases it can be a more cost effective approach to your dispute and is particularly advantageous where confidentiality or preserving business relations are key considerations.

In today’s business environment, commercial disputes are often multi-jurisdictional and we are experienced at dealing with disputes with an international element. Where necessary we can call upon our strong network of international legal contacts to guarantee you the best overseas representation. We work closely with our international partner firms to ensure that the output is well co-ordinated and that you have a single point of contact.

We regularly work with or on behalf of our clients’ insurers. We aim to be flexible on our fee arrangements and are willing in certain cases to offer a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement. We can also arrange litigation costs insurance.

We can advise on:

  • Banking and finance
  • Company and partnership
  • Contract disputes and tort
  • Corporate recovery and bankruptcy
  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Professional negligence
  • Regulatory and health and safety
  • Trusts
  • 1 Property Disputes
    Complications often arise in property. Resolving these disputes requires a quick response with specialists who understand the risks associated and give you clear, practical advice.

    We always seek to guide our clients on the most appropriate options available when facing a dispute. Our experienced team covers all levels of court work right up to the Supreme Court, and are skilled at dealing with disputes in other dispute resolution forums such as the property tribunals, arbitration and mediation.

    In addition we uniquely offer advice in the high-end residential property market and in leasehold enfranchisement disputes, particularly in prime central London. We are also strong in the field of compulsory purchase, whether acting for acquiring authorities or landowners.

    Working with a wide range of clients we help them to protect and develop their property interests.

    Clients include:

    The team’s expertise covers a range of real estate disputes relating to commercial, residential and mixed-use properties including:

    • Boundary disputes
    • Claims for compensation under the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965
    • Disputed easements
    • Disputes over contracts for the sale of land
    • Insolvency
    • Misrepresentation claims
    • Noise and other nuisance claims
    • Options and rights of preemption
    • Party wall disputes
    • Property and insolvency issues, and
    • Property-related professional negligence claims
    • Restrictive covenants
    • Rights of light claims
    • Trespass/squatters/adverse possession

    We also deal with all types of landlord and tenant disputes including:

    • Breaches of covenant
    • Business lease renewal claims
    • Dilapidations and repairs
    • Disputed rent reviews
    • Disputes regarding consent to assign or underlet
    • Possession and forfeiture
    • Rent arrears
    • Service charge disputes

  • 2 Privy Council
    We adopt a flexible approach to suit the needs of overseas law firms and are committed to providing a seamless service to the underlying client

    BDB is one of the few firms with experience acting as Privy Council Agents on behalf of law firms from offshore Commonwealth jurisdictions in appeals before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

    Our specialist team has experience representing both appellants and respondents, and we have acted in appeals involving companies and individuals.

    With offices in Westminster in close proximity to the Registry, we are ideally located to handle the procedural aspects of the appeal for overseas law firms and their clients.

    Our knowledge and experience of the rules and special practices governing appeals to the Privy Council enable us to progress appeals efficiently and cost-effectively and recover as much of the costs as possible.

    Our strong working relationship with the Registry and close links to barristers experienced at appearing before the Board assists with the smooth running of appeals.

    Recent Experience

    • (1) Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA (2) Vimaletor Holdings Ltd v (1) ITG Ltd (2) Bayeux Ltd – JCPC 2017/0070
      • Application for permission to appeal against an order of the Court of Appeal of Guernsey.
      • The Appeal Panel refused permission to appeal against an order granting summary judgment to the respondents (in their capacity as trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust) in a contractual claim.
    • The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited v (1) Super Industrial Services Limited (2) Rain Forest Resorts Limited – [2018] UKPC 17
      • Appeal from the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.
      • The Privy Council dismissed the appeal and found that a claim by the National Gas Company had been automatically struck out under a provision of the Civil Proceedings Rules as a result of its failure to apply for a date to be fixed for a case management conference within the time period specified in that provision.
    • Gany Holdings (PTC) SA and Asif Rangoonwala v Zorin Khan and others – JCPC 2017/0005-6
      • Appeals from the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).
    • O’Connor (Senior) and others v The Proprietors, Strata Plan No 51 [2017] UKPC 45
      • Appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
      • The Privy Council dismissed an appeal by the registered owners of a residential condominium apartment and confirmed that the relevant by-laws prohibit the letting of units for any period less than one month.
    • Attorney General v Dumas [2017] UKPC 12
      • Appeal from the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.
      • The Privy Council dismissed an appeal by the Attorney General and confirmed that the court had jurisdiction to hear a citizen’s claim for a declaration that the appointments of two members to the Police Service Commission were unconstitutional.
    • Sir James Mitchell v Ephraim Georges [2014] UKPC 43
      • Appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal.
      • The Board allowed the appeal of the former prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines and upheld his claim of apparent bias against the commissioner of an inquiry into a collapsed government project.
    • Maharaj Bookstore Limited v Beacon Insurance Company Limited [2014] UKPC 21
      • Appeal against a decision of the Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago.
      • The Privy Council overturned the Court of Appeal’s judgment that the respondent insurer had been entitled to repudiate liability under a policy of insurance.

  • 3 Financial Product Mis-Selling
    Our banking litigation practice advises trustees, SMEs and individuals on possible claims arising from the mis-selling of banking products.

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