Breach of Contract
Disputes about contract performance with a supplier or customer can be distracting at best. At worst, they can threaten the reputation and wellbeing of your business. Which is why it’s important to resolve the problem quickly and objectively, before it escalates.
Eric Robinson has extensive experience in resolving contract disputes. We’ll help you to focus on the practicalities: how to achieve the best result, while minimising any risk or inconvenience.
In most cases, we can settle disputes without going to court, through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution. Where court proceedings are necessary, our team has the experience and skills to conduct your case through to a final hearing.
Chasing outstanding debts can be frustrating and time consuming. Some debtors have no intention of paying – at least, not until forced to – while others have genuine problems that prevent it.
Eric Robinson can take the problem off your hands. Our debt recovery team will take swift and decisive action to recover your money. That might be as simple as a strongly-worded letter, or it may involve statutory demands and insolvency petitions. Whichever route is best, the key is to act quickly.
Protection of Trademark, Copyright, and business goodwill from competitors
There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing your hard work and ideas being exploited by other people. Yet many companies fail to protect their intellectual property – from product design and ideas to branding and internet domain names – simply because they don’t know that they need to or how to go about it.
So, what steps can you take if you think someone has breached your rights? How do you prove it? How do you prevent it? And how can you make sure that the project you’re planning won’t bring you into conflict with anyone else’s rights?
Intellectual property can be a contentious area of the law. But, with specialist advice and a track record of success, Eric Robinson will help you protect what’s yours.
Insolvency can potentially come into many different areas of law – including property, contract, employment and company law – and it creates a lot of issues that need to be considered. Anticipating these issues, and dealing with them effectively, requires experience and a firm grasp of commercial practicalities.
Eric Robinson’s litigation team has the know-how to make sure you don’t get caught out. Recent cases include the successful defence of a purchaser against an administrator’s claim that their purchase was made at an unfairly preferential rate.
Business premises, and renewals of business tenancies
In any commercial dispute, the key thing is to resolve things quickly. This is particularly true of property disputes, which can disrupt both the profitability and operation of a business if allowed to drag on. This might relate to development projects, contracts for sale or lease renewals.
Eric Robinson’s litigation team can help you resolve disputes quickly and cost-effectively. We work in close partnership with the commercial and commercial property teams – providing practical, results-based advice for both landlords and tenants.
Disputes between shareholders or business partners
Starting a business can be a hectic time and it’s tempting to ‘leave the details till later’. But the hard fact is that many small and medium-sized companies operate without a clear appreciation of the legal position of shareholders and directors.
For instance, majority shareholders are often surprised to discover the extent of the rights held by those with a much smaller shareholding. And directors have iron-clad obligations to the company which often clash with their personal interests.
Occasionally, these overlooked ‘details’ can result in disagreements that damage a business and have serious personal consequences for both shareholders and directors.
Obviously, the best plan is to take legal advice before any problems crop up – making sure that there are clear agreements in place and that any obligations (for instance, to employees) have been properly dealt with.
But what if it’s too late and the problem has already arisen? Eric Robinson can help you sort out the problem – either re-negotiating the terms of your agreement with the other parties in the business or, if it’s gone beyond that, negotiating a break-up that protects your interests.
Alternative dispute resolution
Litigation can be costly and time-consuming – and it can damage important commercial relationships. Alternative dispute resolution (or ADR) is often a sensible and effective alternative. By allowing the two parties to resolve their differences without going to court, it can save time, money and lost business. And its high success rate shows that it works.
The most common forms of ADR are Mediation, Neutral Evaluation, Mini-Trial and Adjudication. Which you use will depend on the circumstances of the case.