Commercial Disputes

Commercial disputes can be complex and costly, especially if the parties involved have juxtaposing views.

Attwells Solicitors regards litigation as a last resort recommending mediation where possible. However, if legal action is unavoidable we will advance you through the legal process and offer you practical steps to resolve your dispute.

Essentially every business enters into contracts regardless of whether you are a sole trader, SME or CEO. These contracts can involve purchases and services provided or acquired. They could also be shareholder, business or director agreements.

If the terms of the agreement are not fulfilled you may have good cause to take legal action. A good cause maybe an outstanding payment or a lack of service after a payment or deposit has been made. Likewise, you may find yourself having to defend you position or service. Resolving your commercial dispute quickly and effectively will reduce any damage to your company.

How can I resolve my commercial dispute without going to court?

As mentioned above Attwells will always attempt mediation first. Mediation is highly successful. An experienced mediator can find a beneficial solution for both parties. This allows both sides to come together and discuss the issue with an impartial third party. As commercial solicitors we will always act in the best interest of our client and therefore we would invite the other party to also seek legal advice. Our disputes specialist Edward Powell can arrange mediation for you prior to a case review.

What happens if my commercial dispute has to go to court?

If mediation fails Attwells Solicitors will advise you of the best next step, this may include court action. If you go to court you will incur court fees and will require legal representation. Our litigation team will put together the best possible case for you and will include minutes from the mediation attempt. Attending mediation first will prove intent to resolve the dispute amicably.

How much will it cost?

Where possible we agree fixed fees, "no win–no fee" agreements and even reduced hourly rates. Attwells Solicitors have particular expertise in relation to construction disputes, licensing, injunctions, professional negligence, contractual disputes, employment and property disputes.

Business Dispute: Case Assessment & Letter of Advice

Price: £350.00 plus VAT

What is included in the price:

  • Initial telephone conversation
  • Review of documentation in advance of drafting letter of advice (subject to reasonable number of documents)
  • Letter of advice setting the the legal position, our advice and an assessment of prospects of success for any potential claims
  • Answering any brief questions subsequent to letter of advice

What is excluded from the price:

  • Meeting at your local office with a lawyer (can be arranged at additional cost)
  • This service is subject to a fair user policy and will not, for example, be available in the context of complex litigation cases. We will notify you if you matter is not suitable for this service as soon the position becomes apparent and no charges will be rendered. We will recommend alternative pricing structures and services as appropriate.
  • Legal advice outside of the service requested


Copy documents will be obtained as necessary at cost price from the land registry.

How long will it take?

The letter of advice will be produced within 10 working days from the date of instruction.

When will I pay?

Attwells Solicitors will ask you for money on account in advance of the reviewing your documents and drafting the advice letter so that work can get underway on your matter immediately.

How to instruct Attwells Solicitors?

Instructing us is simple. You can either click on the instruct button below to register your interest or you can call your local office. We have offices in Ipswich, Colchester and London. When instructing us please inform us of the office you would like to use.

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If you would like to arrange an appointment with Edward you can call his Colchester office number on 01206 239755 or email

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