Commercial litigation and disputes

Unless handled correctly, business disputes can be a serious drain on management time and resources; so it’s vital that you hire a commercial litigation lawyer with a high level of skill and experience. At Gaby Hardwicke we aim to resolve your commercial dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, and will follow a course of action that provides the best possible outcome for your business.

Our commercial litigation solicitors will always explore alternatives to litigation, such as finding a resolution through negotiation, mediation or arbitration to save you time and money. However, when litigation is necessary, our specialists will represent you with tenacity and vigour, providing you with strategic advice every step of the way.

The areas of litigation and commercial dispute resolution our experts cover include:

  • Contract disputes
  • Director disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Landlord and tenant and possession proceedings
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Business partnership disputes
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Debt recovery
  • Disputes with customers
  • Warranty claims
  • Company and employee fraud
  • Health and safety prosecutions

Call us now on 01323 435 900 or email specialist Commercial Litigation Lawyer Jeremy Laws to discuss how we can help you.


What our clients say

QuoteI am extremely grateful to you for all the work you have put in [Jeremy Laws] and am delighted with the service you and Gaby Hardwicke have given us... If anything has come from this we have found a great legal resource that has an understanding of our business, [which] is hard to come by. Should we have any other legal issues in the future I feel very reassured that we have someone to call on.

Alexandra Dessauvages, ARA Productions Limited

QuoteYou have been an absolute star through this [Cathy Allen] and I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done.

Tim Swain

QuoteAfter I retired from my legal practice a good number of cases had to be completed by other firms of solicitors. So since I retired I have seen and compared how different firms have handled different cases.

Two of those cases were difficult and the outcome achieved in each was first class, as was Gaby Hardwicke's handling of their client relationship with me. Daniela Catuara, under the overview of Jeremy Laws, handled a commercial litigation claim very well indeed while Antony Caulfield has a safe and extremely competent pair of hands. I shall use him for my own work when the need arises. I recommend the firm most highly.

[Name withheld for reasons of commercial sensitivity]

QuoteMany, many, many thanks for your help [Daniela Catuara]! Please pass my thanks on to Jeremy [Laws, Commercial Litigation Partner] as well and thank you both for dealing with it [my matter] at speed. Thank you!

Paul Stace


Recent cases

Supreme Court success in Hastings Pier litigation

Our commercial litigation team has been acting for the successful claimant, Manolete Partners plc, in its claim against Hastings Borough Council for compensation relating to the closure of Hastings Pier back in 2006. The claim succeeded in the High Court in 2013, and in 2014 the team helped Manolete successfully oppose the local authority’s challenge in the Court of Appeal. Hastings Borough Council then appealed to the Supreme Court and again we secured victory for our client. The case relates to previously untested public safety legislation in the Building Act 1984.

Large recovery for Olympic Park landscaping contractor

Jeremy Laws acted for a leading Hastings-based landscaping contractor, East Sussex Landscapes Limited (ESL), in recovering significant sums of money due for work carried out at the Olympic Park in East London, before the Summer Olympics in 2012. ESL completed its work in good time before the games, but then faced a pay squeeze from the main contractor, Skanska. Jeremy initially advised in the background to secure a series of agreed payments, and then acted for the company in a formal Construction Act adjudication. The adjudicator found for ESL, resulting in a substantial final payment and ultimately a conclusion to the litigation.

Out of court settlement for property developer

Daniela Catuara acted for a client property developer in a dispute concerning a leaseholder who alleged that our client had breached its landlord obligations. This was a complicated matter which involved a number of issues such as nuisance, derogation from grant, easements etc. Daniela negotiated a settlement before any proceedings were issued against our client.



Based in East Sussex but serving a much wider area, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors has offices in Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

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Important Decision for Landlords on Deposits

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Recovering a Trade Debt

Passing Off

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Alternative Dispute Resolution - the main options

Landlord's Introduction to Service Charges

Compromising Claims, Offers of Settlement and Part 36

First Fines for Data Protection Breaches

Consumer Protection Basics for Business

Guide to the Stages of a Commercial Claim

Guide to Litigation in the County Court

Costs in Litigation

Debt Collection - Alternative Procedures



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