Dispute resolution with result-orientated solutions
When legal disputes arise, it can be distracting and time-consuming for your business and your key personnel. We understand how important it is to resolve issues as quickly as possible so that you can concentrate on achieving your goals.
Disputes can be resolved by alternative dispute resolution, such as negotiation, mediation or arbitration, or by litigation, which means bringing a case at court. It is usually advisable to attempt to resolve issues by agreement before commencing a court case.
Juris Fisher’s dispute resolution department handles litigation work for commercial clients and individuals on both the claimant and defendant sides. Disputes can include unfulfilled contract terms, unpaid invoices, problems between landlords and tenants, issues between shareholders, infringement of IP rights, construction claims, the liabilities of insurers, shipping cases, defective products and media and entertainment industry disputes.
Litigation is generally used as a last option where a dispute cannot be resolved by negotiation, mediation or arbitration.
If you are involved in a dispute, we will go through the details with you and give you our honest advice as to the strengths and weaknesses of your case. We will discuss your options with you and help you decide whether you wish to pursue or defend a claim.
We will collect and examine evidence and witness statements to support your position and develop case strategies.
If we are not able to resolve matters by way of negotiation or alternative dispute resolution, we will issue or defend court proceedings on your behalf.
We represent clients at pre-trial hearings and case management conferences and we hold higher rights of audience that allow us to represent clients in the senior civil courts throughout England and Wales.
Where the case requires, we attend conferences with barristers and brief them to conduct advocacy in hearings, trials and arbitrations.
Juris Fisher has extensive experience in dealing with disputes governed by arbitral and other rules where the parties involved have decided to use alternative dispute resolution.
In the case of arbitration, an arbitrator will decide the case and make an arbitration award. This is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts, unless all parties stipulate that the arbitration process and decision are non-binding.
A number of arbitration rules are universally applicable, being suitable for all types of arbitrable disputes. They offer a combination of the best features of the civil and common law systems, including maximum flexibility for parties and tribunals to agree on procedural matters. This can reduce delays and prevent delaying tactics from being used. Arbitrators have the power to order security for claims and for costs as well as a range of interim measures.
At Juris Fisher, we have conducted arbitrations in many jurisdictions and under all of the major international arbitration rules and are accustomed to addressing choice of law, choice of jurisdiction, comparative law, and cross-cultural issues. We are able to assemble experienced teams of talented professionals and dedicated support staff to help our clients to meet legal, linguistic, technical and any other requirements in accordance with the needs of the individual case.
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Facing insolvency or bankruptcy can be daunting, but it is important that you deal with this straight away, to prevent the situation from becoming more difficult or escalating.
Our insolvency and bankruptcy team have extensive experience of supporting clients through legal proceedings to ensure that their interests are protected and they have the support and guidance they need.
We will explain your options to you and identify the best course of action, depending on what you want from the situation. Where necessary, we will challenge a statutory demand or bankruptcy petition on your behalf. We can also advise you in respect of voluntary arrangements or rescue plans.
By addressing issues early on, you stand the best chance of taking control of the situation. If you fail to act, you may end up losing more than you would otherwise. We can step in quickly on your behalf to prevent further losses and work with you and other parties to find a viable solution.
If you own a business, we can discuss how creditor claims can be dealt with and whether it will be possible for you to continue trading. We have an in-depth understanding of insolvency law and strong commercial focus and we can work with you to assess your financial position and set out a plan to move forward. We can also defend you if you are facing claims against you or your company.
Business Protection & Trade Marks
Intellectual property, such as trademarks, designs, copyrights, patents and domain names are valuable business assets and it is important to ensure they are properly protected.
We can help you identify the full extent of your intellectual property and advise you as to risks and how to protect your business assets. As well as ensuring that your intellectual property is safeguarded against infringement, we will help you develop a strategy for taking commercial advantage of it, for example, by licensing your rights.
Where your intellectual property rights have been infringed, we can represent you in enforcing your rights and dealing robustly with those at fault. Our team are strong negotiators and we can generally resolve issues without the need for court proceedings, which is generally quicker and more cost-effective.
We know that the subject of intellectual property can seem complex, but our team will ensure that your options are explained clearly to you and that our advice is tailored to your needs and that of your business.