Commercial Disputes

As one of the most respected dispute resolution and litigation firms, we are renowned worldwide for adopting a robust but strategic approach, using the law to secure successful outcomes for our clients

We are highly experienced in all domestic Courts and arbitral tribunals as well as in cross-border litigation, international arbitration and litigation management.

Carter-Ruck is well-known for its robust approach to litigation.  However, where the circumstances and strategy demand, Court proceedings should sometimes be seen as a last resort, and we are experts in reaching commercial outcomes for our clients through Alternative Dispute Resolution, whether alongside, or instead of, litigation.  Our expertise in media law and reputation management means we are uniquely placed to assess and manage the publicity and reputational consequences of commercial disputes.

Our Expertise

  • Shareholder, director and other corporate disputes
  • High-value claims against banks, financial institutions and professional advisers
  • Cross-border disputes and the coordination of multi-jurisdictional litigation
  • High-value or sensitive employment claims
  • Intellectual property disputes

We represent clients in all divisions of the English courts (up to and including the Supreme Court), the European Court of Justice and a wide range of international courts and arbitral tribunals.

We Represent

  • States
  • Investment funds
  • Multinational corporations and individual directors
  • FTSE 100 companies
  • Professional services firms
  • High net worth individuals and business persons
  • Private and family offices
  • Private healthcare corporations
  • Schools
  • SMEs

We recognise that the funding of litigation, and the exposure to an adverse costs order if the litigation is unsuccessful, is a crucial consideration for many clients.  Indeed for some, funding concerns can be a bar to a party securing their desired outcome and access to justice.  To this end, we work with clients to find workable funding solutions.

Where appropriate, we are on occasion willing to share risk with our clients by acting on (partial or full) conditional fee agreements or damages-based agreements. We have close connections with some of the leading companies in the litigation funding market. Crucially, we are often also able to secure After The Event insurance for clients, which cushions them against adverse costs risk.  Please contact one of our partners for more information.

24/7 Partner-led Crisis Response

We have a 24-hour, 365 days of the year crisis management partner-led response team – one of our specialist partners is always available to respond to urgent crises at any time.