Dispute Resolution

We understand that disputes can be stressful, time consuming and an unwelcome distraction for businesses. We work tirelessly to understand your business issues and to develop a clear strategy to resolve your cases as swiftly and effectively as possible.

Straight-talking, commercial and good at problem-solving, we aim to achieve successful outcomes in a cost-neutral and low risk way.

Known for handling high value, complex litigation, we take incisive action, resolving international, national and local disputes, through the courts, through arbitration or by Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Our broad range of dispute resolution services includes commercial cases of all kinds, including:

  • Arbitration, both domestic and international
  • Banking and Finance disputes
  • Commercial contracts, their interpretation and termination
  • Commercial Agents claims
  • Construction and Engineering disputes
  • Corporate and Shareholder disputes including Unfair Prejudice
  • Distribution, Agency and Franchising disputes
  • Fraud
  • IT contracts and software licensing disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Insurance disputes
  • Media, Reputation and Data Privacy cases
  • Procurement Challenges
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Property disputes including landlord and tenant issues
  • Regulatory Investigations and Prosecutions
  • Trusts and contested Wills
  • Urgent applications for injunctive relief


We handle a range of disputes on behalf of international companies, large businesses, private companies and individuals across a wide variety of sectors.

Case studies

We have recovered substantial sums in an international arbitration on behalf of a company supplying the aerospace industry.

We have advised on the termination of a major outsourcing agreement for a national infrastructure company and a claim for substantial damages.

We recently obtained an injunction to prevent a third party taking control of shares in our client and prepared the case for an expedited trial in 9 weeks which was successfully settled allowing our client to keep control of its shares.

We have acted on a claim for damages in relation to the termination of a publicly procured data hosting agreement

Tim Clark - Pitmans Law Head of Dispute Resolution

Tim Clark

Head of Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)118 957 0264
M +44 (0)797 970 3183
E tclark@pitmans.com

Suzanne Brooker

Suzanne Brooker

Head of Restructuring and Recovery, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)118 957 0516
M +44 (0)770 289 4063
E sbrooker@pitmans.com

David Archer - Pitmans Law Dispute Resolution Partner

David Archer

Senior Partner, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)207 634 4651
M +44 (0)776 768 5134
E darcher@pitmans.com

David Gwillim Pitmans Law Dispute Resolution Partner

David Gwillim

Partner, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)118 957 0841
M +44 (0)777 194 6896
E dgwillim@pitmans.com

Phil Smith - Pitmans Law Dispute Resolution Partner

Phil Smith

Partner, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)118 957 0462
M +44 (0)788 195 2148
E psmith@pitmans.com

Rick Munro - Pitmans Law Insurance Partner

Rick Munro

Partner, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)238 083 7755
M +44 (0)778 710 4638
E rmunro@pitmans.com

Stacey Jones, Pitmans Law Restructuring & Insolvency Partner

Stacey Jones

Partner, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)118 957 0235
M +44 (0)782 582 7382
E staceyjones@pitmans.com

Donna Goldsworthy, Pitmans Law

Donna Goldsworthy

Partner, Dispute Resolution

D +44 (0)207 634 4616
M +44 (0)784 104 2493
E dgoldsworthy@pitmans.com

Added Value

To maximise value for our clients, we offer a number of complementary services, including:

  • Ad hoc support for in-house counsel
  • Training and technical updates
  • E-disclosure capability and expertise
  • Document management, workflow, storage and archiving facilities
  • E-newsletters and topical updates

“I’ve been incredibly impressed – I wasn’t just getting routine work but also guidance and assistance.”

Chambers & Partners

“The team is commercial, flexible and diligent.”

Chambers & Partners

“Responsive, commercially savvy and client-friendly.”

Legal 500

“They are diligent and very thorough. They go beyond the call of duty.”

Chambers & Partners

“They understand your needs and are always very realistic in their advice and approach.”

Chambers & Partners

“Pitmans have always been thoroughly professional and timely to react. Quite simply they offer the best commercial and dispute resolution services in the South of England and I have very happily and with absolute confidence recommended them to a number of my clients who have equally been delighted.”

Director, Sheppard & Co

“Pitmans adopts an innovative approach to resolving disputes. It has the skills and experience of a City firm.”

Legal 500

“They are an excellent team that works well together. They provide pragmatic advice and clear action. The manner in which they work alongside other sector specialists ensures that the advice is seamless across the board.”

Chambers & Partners

“They are knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to work with.”

Chambers & Partners