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Commercial Disputes

Success, and occasionally survival, can be down to your choice of lawyers.  We are a strong, relentlessly innovative team who will demystify the legal process and help you manage, avoid and resolve disputes.

The process of litigation can be uncertain and costly.  We strive to achieve our clients’ commercial aims and objectives whether this involves doing our utmost to resolve matters before they go to court, or fighting for or defending our clients once proceedings have commenced.   We encourage our clients to seek the resolution of their disputes by the use of alternative dispute resolution procedures when this is appropriate whether this is by communicating with the other party or their solicitors,  arranging an around the table meeting, or the use of mediation services

We give careful consideration to the commerciality of pursuing a particular matter having regard to the cost, the available evidence, the prospects of securing further evidence and your aims and objectives to equip you with the best advice on which to make decisions concerning your dispute.

Our approachable and straightforward team gets to the nub of the problem, take the time to understand what you are trying to achieve, and apply creative thinking to formulate the strategy and tactics to put you in the best position to get to a solution.  We are here to provide answers, advice and recommendations.

In those  situations where urgent action is required to protect your interests, we will advise you about obtaining an injunction to freeze the assets of a third party, to restrain a third party from taking some step, or compel them to take some step.  We have wide experience of seeking, and the resources to seek, emergency relief from the courts.

If we can be of assistance with a current dispute you may be involved in, or the strategy for handling a potential dispute which may be in the offing, get in touch, and put us to the test.

 

 

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Meet the Team

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Robin Watson

Partner — Employment and Immigration

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“Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

Robin is a specialist employment solicitor. He advises employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

Robin regularly advises on TUPE when clients are buying or selling a business or in relation to tenders. Robin also represents clients during Employment Tribunal proceedings. Robin’s clients range from small local start-ups to large national businesses. Robin advises on immigration for employers and individuals too.

In addition, Robin is a litigator and advises clients when a dispute arises. Robin’s particular interest is in advocacy and he has gained Higher Rights of Audience as a Solicitor-Advocate that permits him to appear in all civil courts and tribunals for clients.

Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

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Rob Kelly

Associate — Dispute Resolution

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  • “A first choice for truly contentious Litigation in Automotive and Asset Finance and Leasing. His pure skill in tricky work wins through time and again and adds real value compared with the so called 'top tier' litigators. Truly capable, amenable and commercially minded business partners, the 'master chessmen' of their specialty.”

    Paul Maxted, previously the In house Legal Adviser and Company Secretary nearly 20 years, all Financial Services related companies in UK for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz

  • “I have had the pleasure of working with several members of the team at Laceys regularly over a period of years. I found Rob Kelly in particular, who worked on a successful litigation case for me over a period of several years to be outstanding in all aspects of the work he undertook, and the manner in which he did it. I now consider him a friend. I would not - and have not - hesitated to recommend Laceys to my family and friends, and continue to use them for all legal matters.”

    Dan Collins

  • “ I just wanted to thank you for your great work on the professional negligence case and other cases you have represented Indian Ocean and Tiien through the last few years.”

    Mehdi Vahdati, Director and Proprietor - Indian Ocean (Bournemouth) Limited

  • “I've worked with a fair few lawyers over the years and Rob Kelly is the most on the ball and efficient lawyers I've ever come across. I'm looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

    Roger Woodall, CEO - Diamond Sporting Group

Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, insurance and claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of their insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence and contentious probate issues.

Rob’s style is a mix of listening, asking (tough) questions, diplomacy and reality testing. He’s interested, flexible, and pragmatic. He offers a common sense, realistic approach to assist his clients in searching for solutions to their disputes and brings straight talking and integrity to his work.

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Mark Timberlake

Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

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“The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

Mark is managing partner of Laceys and also heads the Dispute Resolution department. Mark specialises in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

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Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

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“Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

When he is not knee deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

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