Commercial Law

Business Disputes


Effective management of commercial disputes is critical to the success of your business. We know the aggravation, time and potential cost they can cause. At Everys, we provide pragmatic commercial advice with an absolute focus on resolving disputes without delay.

Our specialist lawyers are experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation in the courts, arbitration, mediation, without prejudice negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Our approach to dispute resolution means that your commercial objectives are kept in sharp focus throughout the process.

As well as advising on live disputes, our experts are also regularly used by businesses in the UK and Middle East to provide strategic commercial advice on legal issues with a view to avoiding disputes. Where appropriate, we work closely with our commercial team to provide our clients with practical commercial advice.

Areas which we cover include:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Land, farming and agricultural disputes
  • Corporate breach of warranty claims
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Defamation
  • Debt recovery
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Sale of goods / supply of services disputes
  • Construction disputes
  • Professional negligence

Relevant experience includes:

  • £46m defending an off-shore company against a claim by an international investment bank for losses arising from stock market trading;
  • A £13m professional negligence action against a firm of lawyers for loss caused by a breach of the duty of confidentiality;
  • Acting for a large firm of architects in pursuing a large debt and defending allegations of professional negligence arising out of the same facts;
  • Professional negligence action against a firm of lawyers arising out of a failure to advise on the extent and effect of restrictive covenants affecting land;
  • Proprietary estoppel case for farming client to prevent sale of farming business and for appropriate declarations of ownership in respect of farm and farming business;
  • Misrepresentation and breach of warranty claim against the vendor of a business arising out of inaccurate financial statements and accounts which induced the sale and purchase of business;
  • Acting for a franchisee against a national franchisor in respect of a breach of contract following termination of franchise;
  • Acting for a franchisor against a third party for passing off and trade mark infringement;
  • Acting for a partner of a professional practice in dispute with co-partners to bring about a successful termination of the business partnership relationship on fair terms and at fair value;

Acting for franchisee against an international retail brand for misrepresentation and breach of warranty inducing the franchisee to enter into a franchise agreement.


Private Client Lawyer – East Devon

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Changes to the Witnessing of Wills

The Government has recently announced that there will be a relaxation of the rules relating to the execution of wills. Jane Flaherty, Associate Solicitor at Everys and a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, advises of the changes in the law relating to the witnessing of wills.

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