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Dispute Resolution

Even the best run businesses can find themselves involved in a dispute from time to time. Working with businesses across Cheshire, Manchester, and throughout the North West, the Commercial Disputes Team at Butcher & Barlow are here to prevent disputes from turning into a significant crisis.

Being involved in a dispute is never a pleasant experience. It is a complex procedure which can be extremely stressful for all involved and can generate significant financial costs for both parties.

At Butcher & Barlow, we have a team of commercial dispute resolution specialists who have the extensive and specialist knowledge to ensure that the effects of the dispute are minimised and that the process is as stress-free as possible.

Each commercial dispute is different and we take the time to listen and learn about your business. We will always provide a tailored approach and offer expert personal advice to work towards the resolution of each dispute.

We are committed to exploring alternatives to court proceedings wherever possible, and the team has extensive experience in using forms of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, negotiation and arbitration.  Nonetheless, when court proceedings are necessary, our team has a reputation for providing a meticulous, highly commercial service. We pride ourselves on our intricate knowledge of the law and use this to give you the best possible commercial advice.

The Commercial Dispute team works closely with the Corporate and Commercial Team, helping to identify potential problems and de-risking transactions, minimising the chance of any dispute arising in the first place. If a dispute does arise, you can be confident that the legal documentation we draft for you makes the process of bringing that dispute to a conclusion much less costly and time-consuming.


What is Commercial Dispute Resolution?

At Butcher & Barlow, we always try to speak your language but occasionally we have to use legal terms. Our Glossary will help you understand those phrases that may seem a little alien to you.

How can we help you?

We understand that you want to recover what is owed to you as quickly as possible. Our Debt Recovery team is regarded as one of the leading teams in the North West and we have a proven track record in recovering the full amount outstanding.

Our service is tailored to your needs and commercial objectives and can include:

  • Letters before action;
  • Statutory demands;
  • Judgements;
  • Issuing Proceedings;
  • Winding up proceedings;
  • Bankruptcy petitions;
  • Third Party debt orders;
  • Charges of land;
  • Security of costs.

In most instances, we are able to achieve payment without the need  for Court Proceedings. However, our Team is not afraid to adopt a robust approach in order to recover what is owed to you.

We will keep you updated regularly and provide advice on the best way for you to recover the debt.

For a helpful guide on the debt recovery process, visit our download section below. For pricing click here.

Construction disputes can be complex, time-consuming and costly and their resolution requires in-depth, technical knowledge of the relevant issues, documents and procedures. We aim to minimise the disruption to your business and achieve a solution as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether you are a developer, employer, contractor, sub-contractor or consultant, we will strive to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your business.

However watertight your business contacts are, disputes can still rise when terms and conditions are not honoured or clauses are interpreted differently by the different parties. Our advice covers a wide range of issues, including contractual interpretation, breach of contract or performance problems. Through tactical and strategic advice and representation, we aim to resolve the dispute quickly and successfully, keeping your business objectives at the forefront of any settlement.

When you put your faith in a professional, the last thing you expect is for them to be negligent. Unfortunately, professionals do sometimes make mistakes, give the wrong advice, and miss deadlines. Our team can help put these mistakes right, whether through arbitration, mediation, or court proceedings, guiding you through the process and helping ease the emotional burden.

When your business is under severe threat from a third party, and time is of the essence, you need a team who can get to the heart of the issue quickly, understand the commercial implications, and provide practical and tactical advice. The agile nature of our Dispute Resolution team ensures that they have the ability to move quickly, which is so essential when it comes to commercial injunctions.

Whether a horse rider or an animal owner, or an animal related business owner, our dispute has the expertise to support and guide you through the resolution of your dispute. Members of our team are personally involved with equine industry and agriculture for years and therefore can relate to, and really understand, the issues being faced.

Insolvency Proceedings are a make or break for a business. Due to the technical nature of this area of law, whether you are responding to a petition, or issuing one, it is essential that you seek advice. Our team will work with you, taking time to understand your needs and priorities whilst providing commercially astute advice centred on cost-effective solutions.

A Partnership dispute can have severe consequences for your business and you personally. Working with you, we will identify the source of the dispute and the different options for resolution. Lengthy litigation is not necessarily the best way forward and we always put yours and the Partnership’s interests first.

Limited liability companies are owned and run by real people and sometimes these people can disagree with each other. Often the disputes are resolved internally, but sometimes, the conflict has gone too far.  We advocate taking early advice and will work with you to prevent the dispute escalating and causing irreparable damage to the working relationship.

To find out more about how we can assist you and your business with resolving a dispute or to arrange a no obligation appointment to discuss your situation whether that be by video, telephone or in person, please get in touch with any member of our team. Alternatively, complete our Enquiry Form and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Helpful Downloads

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Debt recovery process


Commercial Dispute Resolution

‘After the event’ insurance


Commercial Dispute Resolution

Bringing a debt claim

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Our people are what makes Butcher & Barlow what it is. Each one of our team is committed to building a solid, long-lasting working relationship with our clients across Bury, Manchester and Cheshire.

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What our clients say about our Commercial Dispute Resolution Service

I just initially wanted to thank you for your prompt dealings, I have never been in a situation like this before so this has caused me much worry, anxiety and sleepless nights. The action you have taken has given me so much peace of mind, which I feel is priceless.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for working so hard for us it is GREATLY appreciated. It is of immense relief to finally bring the situation to a close and start our new chapter.


I first engaged with Natalie Dean of Butcher & Barlow in spring of 2020. The case although simple at first glance soon became more complex due to a difficult if not aggressive defendant. Throughout the proceedings Natalie and her colleagues acted professionally with great knowledge and diligence resulting in a successful hearing and outcome. I would highly recommend Natalie and team to anyone looking for legal representation.

Matthew Sanders

I would like to thank you for all your work on helping us with this issue....its been a tough one for us as you know. I so wish now you had been with us from the start as I believe we would have reached this point a lot sooner. We appreciate the significant financial saving we made.

HB & Family, Farmer

We are delighted with your excellent service. You grasped our unusual situation very quickly, you picked up on the implications, without us having to spell them all out, and your repeated assertions during our first exchanges… were so very reassuring. Our company needed your expertise. You delivered. Money well spent.

Convoi Exceptionnel

Alex Sandland and Catherine Gregson are both excellent litigators. Not only do they strenuously support their clients and the claims brought by them or against them, they also make every effort to ensure that all avenues of settlement are explored. They maintain an incomparable professionalism in an area of law that is notoriously litigious, whilst ensuring the costs incurred remain entirely proportionate to the issues addressed

The Legal 500 2021

Thanks for everything you (Alex Sandland) and your firm did for us in relation to the Coal Yard - it has been a trying time. I am so relieved that everything is now sorted and just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and Mike (Bracegirdle) for all that you have done. We could not of done it without you!

A & A Smith

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