Commercial Disputes

Our expert team cracks all kinds of commercial disputes

Our clients ask for our help with both commercial and public law claims, often with a multijurisdictional angle.

Ruthless when needed and pragmatic always, we’ve built an enviable track record for handling high value, complex disputes – in Court and by commercial means. We also advise clients on investigations, and crisis and reputation management.

Whether we’re acting for a high-profile organisation like a football club, or a significant corporation, our priority is to understand what drives our client, their opponent, and their wider stakeholder group, to identify and achieve the best possible outcome. This strategic approach often sees us collaborate with sector specialists from across our firm, and with external partners from across the world.

And because we believe that anyone should be able to pursue a fair outcome, irrespective of finance, we took things a step further on behalf of our clients. A few years ago, we became the UK’s first law firm to launch our own litigation fund – Capital Dispute Finance – to pay the cost of pursuing the right type of claim, so that our clients don’t have to.

Business Crime & Investigations

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Crisis & Reputation Management

Our commercial and regulatory litigators work with sector specialists from across our firm to handle all kinds of corporate crises. Whether you’re faced with bribery and corruption, a data breach or cyber security failure, we have the right person for you. We also have extensive experience in handling reputational problems arising from intense media scrutiny and online content.

Recent work:

  • Advising a logistics company on both immediate data protection implications and long-term potential financial and representational impacts of a ransomware/security hack
  • Acting for the British Medical Association in the high-profile junior doctors’ dispute with the Department of Health in England in 2016
  • Handling the issues arising from the plane crash that killed Emiliano Sala, for Cardiff City Football Club

Litigation

To help our clients’ resolve disputes, we approach their problems commercially, strategically and pragmatically. If resolution is not an option, you can trust us to fight your corner.

Our specialist areas:

  • Media
  • Tax
  • Sport
  • Trusts
  • Commercial contracts
  • International arbitration
  • Judicial reviews
  • Business crime (including fraud, financial crime)
  • Business ownership
  • IP
  • Real estate
  • Construction
  • Professional negligence

Some of our key clients:

  • Handling all of the British Medical Association’s judicial reviews
  • Handling all of Cardiff City FC’s disputes and investigations
  • Advising the Solicitors Regulation Authority on regulatory and public law issues
  • Advising the Gambling Commission on regulatory issues

Some of our landmark cases:

  • Representing the Employee Benefit Trust in its ongoing battle over Roadchef share options
  • Acting for liquidators Deloitte in a £82m professional negligence claim involving a fraudulent ‘Ponzi’ scheme
  • Acting for liquidators Deloitte in a £multi-million wrongful trading and directors’ misfeasance claim
  • Representing British Airways in a High Court action by the pilots’ trade union (BALPA)
  • Acting for the descendants of the donor in the High Court over the use of the £512m National Fund
  • Acting for Solaria Energy UK Ltd in its dispute with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Successfully appealing a High Court’s judgement in the professional negligence claim Davy v Pickering
  • Advising Hartley Pensions Ltd and trustees on a £6m breach of trust and negligence class action against Estera
  • Acting for Enterprise Insurance in a £multi-million High Court sponsorship dispute against Leeds United FC
  • Helping a private equity fund to remove two founder stakeholders
  • Representing Tidal Energy Ltd in the Supreme Court against the Bank of Scotland on the proper construction of a CHAPS Transfer Form
  • Recovering £4m from the Government on behalf of a training company in a claim we funded ourselves

Some of our international work:

  • Funding and running a £25m claim against a large US-based telecoms company
  • Pursuing a £5.6m fraudulent misrepresentation claim across multiple jurisdictions (BVI, Switzerland, UK, Jersey)
  • Advising a US tech company implicated in a data breach which led to thousands of customer’s card details being stolen worldwide
  • Acting in a £multi-million internal fraud case across multiple jurisdictions (UK, Hong Kong, Australia, the Isle of Man)

Excellent all round. Very fast response times, good advice, short pithy answers, a real appreciation of the demands of in-house lawyers. Capital have provided good value for money being both cheaper and with a better quality of advice than the central London law firms we used to use.

Gareth Williams
Senior Solicitor, British Medical Association