Jeremy Laws

Commercial Litigation Solicitor Jeremy Laws

Partner, Commercial Litigation Services

Jeremy studied for his Bachelor’s degree at the London School of Economics before reading law in Newcastle. He trained at one of the South East’s leading firms and joined Gaby Hardwicke at the beginning of 2007 from a commercial law firm in Kent, where he was Head of Dispute Resolution.

Jeremy’s practice covers all aspects of business litigation and dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on company and partnership disputes, substantial debt claims, insolvency, sale of goods, landlord and tenant and intellectual property claims.

Examples of his work include acting for a premiership football club in claims against the FA and its shirt sponsor, acting for the successful claimant, Manolete Partners plc, in ground-breaking litigation under the Building Act 1984 relating to Hastings Pier, advising leading insolvency practitioners on claims and procedures in corporate insolvencies, acting in one of the first reported cases concerning derivative claims and directors’ duties under the Companies Act 2006 and representing a contractor in a successful adjudication relating to work carried out at the Olympic Park in London.

Jeremy’s specialisms include:

  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Disputes between partners and shareholders
  • Insolvency
  • Landlord and tenant and real property disputes
  • Corporate litigation
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution


Tel: 01323 435 900

Fax: 01323 435 901


What his clients say

QuoteI am extremely grateful to you for all the work you have put in 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

QuoteMany, many thanks for your excellent and prompt dealing with protecting my interests. If I am ever in need of legal assistance in the future I will not hesitate to call on your services. I will also be recommending you personally to any friends or acquaintances who may be able to call on your assistance in the future.

Clive Miles

QuoteThank you for all your help and advice. I think we got a better result than we could ever have expected.

Jon Ffinch-Mitchell, HMV Fleet Services

QuoteThank you so much for all your help. I feel as though I have my life back now and can look forward. Once again, many, many thanks.

Linda Constanti


Notable cases

Manolete Partners plc v Hastings Borough Council [2016] UKSC 50 (and at [2014] EWCA Civ 562 and [2013] EWHC 842 (TCC))

Jeremy acted successfully for the claimant in this ground-breaking litigation in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The case concerns landlord and tenant law, as well as provisions of the Building Act 1984 not previously considered by the courts.

National Landlords Association v Stimpson [2008] EWHC 2340 (QB)

One of the very first reported cases on the new shareholder action provisions in the Companies Act 2006. Jeremy successfully represented the company directors.

Entico Corporation Ltd v United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Association (UNESCO) [2008] EWHC 531 (Comm)

Jeremy represented Entico in a commercial claim against UNESCO. The case considered whether the human rights of the company had been infringed as well as the immunity from suit afforded to international organisations (leading to the UK Government intervening).

Siggery & Anor v Bell & Ors [2007] EWHC 2167 (Ch)

Jeremy and his team successfully applied to the High Court for an injunction to prevent interference with a right of way.

Essar Steel Ltd v The Argo Fund Ltd [2006] EWCA Civ 241

Jeremy was part of the team representing Essar Steel in a multi-million pound dispute involving the interpretation of Loan Market Association standard documentation (including whether a hedge fund specialising in emerging market debt could be considered a 'financial institution').

Bathurst v Scarborow [2004] EWCA Civ 411

A Court of Appeal case relating to partnership law and in particular the ownership of land by partners and how it should pass on one partner’s death.

Vernon-Kell v Clinch & Anor [2003] EWCA Civ 1196

Jeremy acted for the defendant scientist in the main High Court action, where the claimant’s £1m+ claim was reduced by more than 85 per cent. The case looked at the concept of quantum meruit in commercial transactions.

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