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Business Disputes

We will fight your corner if your business faces a dispute

We understand the world of business and the commercial pressures under which business owners and managers operate.  Disputes, whether internal (for example between directors and shareholders), or external (such as with a supplier), cause distraction and potentially significant cost.

Longmores act for a wide range of businesses, some very large, some very small and many in between.  Clients include company directors and shareholders as well as business owners.  We help them to find speedy and cost-effective ways to resolve disputes that serve their commercial interests and minimise business disruption, saving management time and keeping cost under control.

We work with businesses on a range of issues including:

  • Business mediation and arbitration
  • Contract disputes
  • Partnership and Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Injunctions, freezing orders, and search orders
  • Property disputes
  • Land valuation arbitration

We have extensive experience of matters relating to the recruitment industry in particular including regulatory compliance issues and theft of confidential information such as databases.

Our approach is no-nonsense, intelligent and commercially astute. We take time to understand the background and underlying cause of any dispute so that we can offer clear, concise and objective advice as to your options and likelihood of success should you decide to litigate.  That means you can take an informed decision as to how best to proceed.

Where possible we encourage clients to opt for alternative approaches to resolution such as mediation, so long as this delivers the right outcome for you and serves to minimise business risk.   We routinely represent clients in a variety of forums, including the small claims track of the County Courts, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and all levels of the High Court.  In doing so, our approach is rigorous, robust and tenacious.


Meet the Head of Disputes – John Wiblin

John is the head of Longmores’ dispute resolution practice. As well as being a solicitor, John holds higher rights of audience, entitling him to appear at any level in the English court system just like a barrister. He is also an accredited mediator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

What does he like about working for Longmores?

“My team and I are passionate about our work, which we carry out to exacting standards. When clients decide to take a case forward, we fiercely advocate their interests.”


Examples of our work:

Defending a small manufacturer whose products were sold in £1 stores against an intellectual property infringement claim from a household name detergent manufacturer. 

Resolving a dispute between shareholders of a family business over the company’s dividend policy and the wages of its most senior employee.

Our team executed a search order on the premises of a recruitment business and competitor of our client and found our client’s database of thousands of candidates’ names and contact details, unlawfully taken from our client by an unscrupulous former employee.


Related Services:

Mediation and arbitration  Contract disputes  Partnership and LLP disputes  Intellectual property disputes  Debt recovery  Shareholder disputes Search orders and supervising solicitorsCommercial Property Disputes

John Wiblin

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

John Wagstaffe

Senior Solicitor specialising in Property Disputes

Lauren MacKenzie

Senior solicitor specialising in Dispute Resolution and Mediation

Hayley Grantham

Solicitor specialising in Property Disputes

Polja Atkins

Associate of CILEX

John's knowledge is superb. He also takes the time to explain the legal jargon so it is easy to understand what is happening and the consequences of action
  • Senior Buying Manager, food retailer
  • About: John Wiblin
John was engaged by my company on a contract law problem, which went to High Court and we won the day. I found John to be tremendously supportive throughout the process, gave very clear precise advice and organised extremely professional Counsel representation.
  • Managing Director, engineering equipment manufacturer
  • About: John Wiblin