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Business Disputes Solicitors in Peterborough

We recognise that commercial disputes can be damaging to your business’s reputation and operations if they are not swiftly and appropriately resolved. They can be very time-consuming, expensive and have an overall negative impact on the business.

Roythornes business disputes lawyers in Peterborough have decades of combined experience in commercial disputes. A solicitor who understands your needs and has dealt with similar types of issues on a regular basis can give you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome, and that is precisely what our team can do for your business.

We aim to resolve the vast majority of disputes outside of court. We are experts in alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation, arbitration and adjudication. We find these less formal resolutions can help to maintain relationships, protect reputations, reduce stress and minimise expenditure whilst offering a swifter result.

Where it is not possible to resolve a business dispute out of court, we have a high rate of success in court proceedings. Our solicitors will assist in building your case, ensuring necessary documentation and arguments are prepared and providing top-quality representation.

To talk directly to our team regarding your concerns, please contact our Peterborough office.

Our commercial dispute resolution solicitors in Peterborough can assist with matters including:

  • Advice on dispute avoidance
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Partnership, director and shareholder disputes
  • Employee disputes
  • Supplier and local authority disputes
  • Customer disputes and product liability
  • Contractual disputes
  • Contentious property and land matters
  • Injunctions
  • Inheritance disputes
  • Insolvency, debt recovery and finance litigation
  • Agricultural disputes and Agricultural Tribunal applications
  • Planning disputes
  • International claims and disputes

A tailored approach to commercial dispute resolution to match your priorities

Early intervention to avoid business disputes

Where a business dispute has not yet occurred, but there are concerns that it might, our early intervention advice can help you sidestep conflict. We will take the necessary steps to clarify your position and rights regarding the issues, whilst determining the next appropriate actions to prevent the problem from escalating into formal legal proceedings if possible.

Pre-action commercial dispute resolution

There are instances when a business dispute can be quickly resolved with strategic help from our Peterborough team. Our assistance can include helping with letters before actions setting out your position, the outcome you are aiming for and private negotiations in order to avoid litigation and instead find an amicable solution.

Commercial mediation

Mediation is a common resolution method used in many aspects of law, including commercial disputes as an alternative to litigation – it is even encouraged by the courts.

In our team, we have two members who are qualified for mediation resolutions. Our Partner Peter Cusick is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and Partner Tim Russ is accredited as a mediator by ADR Group, CEDR and the Law Society Civil and Commercial mediation panel.


For those that are looking to avoid court proceedings but are unable to find an amicable solution, arbitration is a better option. Both parties’ arguments will be reviewed by an arbitrator, who will then make a binding decision based on the presented arguments.

Our commercial disputes lawyers in Peterborough include our Partner Tim Russ, who is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. We are one of the few firms in the surrounding areas that offer arbitration for commercial disputes, which our team have found to be a very successful method for our clients.


For disputes involving construction and engineering, there is normally a contractual obligation to use adjudication. It will involve an independent adjudicator reviewing the facts and arguments provided and making a binding decision.

Our Senior Associate at Roythornes, Alex Forster, is experienced in using adjudication for construction and engineering disputes.

Commercial litigation

When your case needs to go to court or tribunal, there is a lot of necessary preparation needed, including proper evidence and efficiently planning your argument. It is essential to have a solicitor to support you and help to ensure you receive the outcome you need.

Our solicitors have considerable experience in court or tribunal environments for commercial business disputes, having helped many former clients to secure their desired outcome.

Our commercial dispute resolution fees

We understand that commercial dispute resolution can not only be a stressful experience but costly too. Our team will ensure that you are clearly advised on the likely expenses involved with a commercial dispute at the outset.

Where possible, we can offer clients our services on a fixed fee basis so that prior to committing, you know the exact costs you can expect. We will discuss and set out these costs before undertaking any work so that you can remain in complete control of your expenditure.

If you would like more information on our services and the type of fees, please contact us, and we will be happy to discuss this with you further.

Why choose Roythornes’ business disputes solicitors in Peterborough?

We have a team of highly proficient commercial dispute solicitors ready to assist in both alternative dispute resolution and court litigation. We will aim to find a resolution that closely matches your situation and needs, whilst delivering quality advice to secure the best possible outcome for your business in a quick and cost-effective way.  

Our Commercial Dispute Resolution team is led by Partner Phil Cookson, who has dealt with many cases in all manner of disputes. Phil is supported by Partners Peter Cusick, Hannah Leese, Tim Russ and Sarah Whitehurst, who have expertise in many aspects of commercial disputes.

If you are not able to attend our Peterborough office, we can offer an alternative way to communicate with our team, such as via telephone, email, video software, or for your convenience, we can arrange an appointment to meet in your business premises.

If you would prefer to discuss your needs face to face outside of your business premises, we also have offices in Alconbury, Nottingham and Spalding.

Get in touch with our Peterborough business dispute resolution solicitors

If you require assistance resolving a business dispute in the Peterborough or surrounding areas, please contact our Peterborough office.