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Healys’ Commercial Litigation Group are experts in dispute resolution. We resolve disputes on behalf of our clients by understanding the best means of achieving our clients’ aims. In the vast majority of cases, this will be to conclude matters as quickly and as cost effectively as possible. However, there may be other commercial considerations affecting strategy.

Our Commercial Litigation Group is a professional unit providing an excellent service. All of the Fee Earners in the Group have a high degree of technical ability which enables each of them to create commercial and pragmatic solutions.

Both the Dispute Resolution Team and Partner, Robert Johnson, have been recognised with a number of awards in the past 12 months to include:

  • Commercial Litigation Solicitor of the Year 2017 – Finance Monthly
  • Commercial Litigation Solicitor of The Year 2017 – Lawyers Monthly (shortlisted)
  • Commercial Litigation (London) team of the year – Acquisition International
  • Commercial Litigation Law Firm of The Year – Lawyers Monthly (shortlisted)

We aim to resolve disputes on behalf of our clients as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. We always seek to provide value for money. We litigate of course but we also engage in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and particularly mediation.

We offer a variety of different types of retainer, many of which involve us sharing with you the risk of the dispute, such as conditional and contingency fee agreements. We also offer fixed fees, capped fees and discounted fees to assist you in the management of the cost of litigation and to provide as much certainty as possible in respect of those costs.

We provide regular costs updates and work within budgets. We aim to keep our clients updated at all times and work within deadlines. We focus on and specialise in acting for small to medium sized commercial clients who require advice on complex and high-value litigation matters.

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Call our London office on 020 7822 4000 or our Brighton office on 01273 685 888. You can also contact us online.
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Dispute Resolution capabilities
Dispute Resolution experiences
  • A claim for fraud arising out of the dishonest diversion of business, clients and income by the Managing Director and others. The Defendants had dishonestly diverting payments and used the client’s news feed to provide services to other customers. After obtaining a Freezing Injunction against the Defendants and having settled the claim there will be a near total recovery: £3,000,000
  • Defending a claim pursuant to a personal guarantee and legal mortgage on the basis that the underlying contract was illegal: $350,000
  • Acting for a bank in a claim under a personal guarantee. The guarantor has alleged that the company was not indebted to the bank because fraudulent and/or unauthorised payments were made by it to the company’s suppliers: £150,000
  • Defending a claim by two investors in the company who had failed to complete an arrangement to pay £2.8m for the purchase of plant and machinery and then claimed title to the plant and machinery and its delivery up. The shareholders then commenced proceedings in Court in Kaliningrad, Russia and we liaised with our client’s Russian lawyers on issues of company law and title to goods. Our client was successful and we are now advising on potential claims against the two investors for losses arising from their failure to complete the arrangement: £2,800,000
  • Shareholder dispute where a principal shareholder refused to participate in the company where a shareholder agreement in effect prevented any decision regarding the running of the company to be made without the consent of the two principal shareholders, which had created deadlock. Advising on s459 and on just and equitable winding up: £6 million
  • Shareholder dispute arising from the ownership of a company by one shareholder which the other claimed should be a subsidiary: £10,000,000
  • A claim against the seller of a company for failure to disclose material information regarding the use of land and reports as part of the due diligence exercise: £5,000,000
  • Shareholder dispute regarding liability for payments to the group pension scheme and who should bear the shortfall under sections 75 and 75A of the Pensions Action 1995: £1,000,000 per year
  • Defending a claim regarding the contamination of land (phthalate and DOP contamination) that had leaked from the client’s site onto a neighbour’s land and liaising with the Environmental Agency given the presence of hazardous substances and hydrocarbons entering a local river.
  • A claim by a property agent for unpaid introductory commission arising from the purchase of a plot of land for £13,000,000: £195,000
  • Acting for a charity hospital in claims for increased patient fees from placing Care Commissioning Groups. This claim involves 12 CCG’s and a total claim in excess of £1,000,000.
  • Advising a hospital in relation to an attempt by the responsible CCG that the hospital should be responsible for collecting payment of future costs of prescriptions of £1,200,00 per year.
  • Claim against a company for breach of copyright and fraud by using our client’s test results to obtain a licence granted by a local authority (A9 approval) and against the local authority for incorrectly granting the approval.
  • A claim against former directors arising out of the dishonest diversion of income by selling products at cost to a separate company owned by them and then on selling the product whilst under-cutting the client on price: £750,000
  • A claim for the recovery of a loan made by an on-line lender fraudulently obtained by impersonation, involving pursuing the receiving bank for failure to follow anti-money laundering proceedings, resulting in a full recovery: £80,000
  • Acted for two shareholders against a majority shareholder, trading company and parent company in a claim to recover the shares/their value which had been acquired by the Defendants through misrepresentation, duress, undue influence and/or breach of fiduciary duties. Multi-million pound settlement achieved on the first day of trial
  • Acted for claimants (many on some sort of no-win no-fee basis) in professional negligence claims against solicitors, architects, surveyors, accountants and tax advisors of which 8 settled (without trial) this year in an aggregate amount of damages of about £2 million
  • Acted for energy supplier company in defence of claim by a competitor for the economic torts of conspiracy, inducement to breach, tortious interference and misuse of confidential information
  • Acted for 4 of 18 individuals/companies in defence of claims alleging fraud, misrepresentation and conspiracy in respect of multi-million pound London property developments
  • Acted for in excess of 100 individuals against Cypriot banks, developers and lawyers in relation to the mis-selling of property in Cyprus
  • Acted for 18 shipping companies in relation to disputes regarding various asset finance related agreements, guarantees and mortgage documents involving proceedings in England, South Africa, New York and Cyprus
  • Acted for 1 of 18 Defendants in claims for damages for conspiracy to injure by unlawful means/deceit for misrepresentations involving many jurisdictions, application contesting jurisdiction and anti suit injunction
  • Acted for a client in a multi-party breach of contract and competition law claim for a sum in excess of £5 million arising out of an agreement to provide advertising on the London Underground
  • Acted for property developers in regards to a multi-party dispute arising out of the failure on the part of a number of leaseholders to complete purchases on two blocks of flats after the “credit crunch”, involving claims for sums in excess of £2 million
Dispute Resolution insights
  • Pension Trustees Take Note

    31st October 2018

    Pension transfer scams are commonplace and cause a great deal of hardship for those who put their trust in the scammer and thereby lose all or part of their pension fund. Continue reading »

  • De-branded Goods Still Protected By Trade Mark Law

    24th October 2018

    Products sell for widely differing prices in different national markets and that creates the opportunity for goods to be transferred from a low-price market to a higher-price one – a practice known as ‘grey importing’. This can undermine the profitability of the higher-priced market, especially where its marketing and distribution carry much higher costs. Continue reading »

  • Resolving Disputes In The Boardroom

    17th October 2018

    Boardroom conflict can often mean directors falling into opposing camps, with deadlock the result. As a High Court decision shows, taking legal advice is often the only means of achieving a resolution. Continue reading »

  • When Is Professional Advice Not Professional Advice?

    11th October 2018

    People take professional advice all the time, and rely on it. A professional who gives advice will normally not only have the appropriate qualifications but will also be covered by the firm’s professional indemnity policy, so that if their advice turns out to be negligent, the client can be compensated. Continue reading »

Dispute Resolution awards
  • Robert Johnson has been shortlisted for the Lawyers Monthly Legal Awards Commercial Litigation Solicitor of The Year 2017
  • Finance Monthly - Robert Johnson Commercial Litigation Solicitor of the Year 2017
  • Acquisition International Excellence Awards Best for Commercial Litigation 2017 – London
  • Shortlisted for the Lawyers Monthly Legal Awards Commercial Litigation Law Firm of The Year
Dispute Resolution news
  • The Government Considers Radical Cycling Awareness Campaign

    23rd November 2018

    A radical proposal for cycling awareness has been unveiled by the government. The plans include a series of measures to improve safety for vulnerable road users, and to encourage and support cycling. The aim is to reduce the significant number of serious and fatal accidents suffered by cyclists. Continue reading »

  • Two Healys Lawyers Ranked As Leaders In Their Fields

    5th November 2018

    Healys is proud to announce that, for the third year running, the legal directory Chambers & Partners has ranked Head of Professional Negligence, Robert Johnson, as a “Leader in the Field”. Newly appointed Corporate partner, Karen Lord, has also been recommended. Continue reading »

  • Healys Autumn Drinks 2018

    After another great year, Healys LLP, a leading law firm, with offices in London and Brighton held an informal Autumn drinks reception to thank many of their long standing clients and supporters. Continue reading »