Business Law

Frequently asked questions

My business is owed money by a customer – how do I recover it. Should we issue proceedings straight away?

My customer owes me a relatively small sum (less than £5,000). Will you take him to court for me ?

How much will a claim cost me (and can I recover those costs?)

Do you offer no win / no fee deals.

How long will my case take ?

Do I have to go all the way to a final hearing ?

What is a Part 36 offer ?

What’s it like at court ?


Commercial litigation & dispute resolution

Our disputes resolution team achieves decisive commercial advantage for its business clients across two critical areas.

First, we help you stay focused on the day-to-day management and growth of your business by putting into place strong commercial frameworks that are designed to avoid disruptive trading disputes and conflicts.

And second, if a conflict or dispute does arise with a customer, supplier or other third party, we make sure you achieve the very best outcomes for your business, acting rigorously, reliably and cost-effectively to protect your interests.

Our approach revolves around achieving practical outcomes and real advantage for your business.

Our concern is what is really happening on the ground – what do you need and by when?

Our style is strong but proportionate, born of an understanding that avoiding, not encouraging legal conflict typically creates better outcomes for clients.

Our commitment

All our business clients receive:

  • equal attention and the same high level of service, whatever the size and type of your business.
  • a named member of our strong and experienced disputes resolution team – a qualified solicitor - ­­­will be assigned to be your case manager and primary point of contact.
  • proactive and responsive service throughout, with all emails acknowledged on the day of receipt and any missed telephone calls returned within one working day at the latest.

We do not strive to be the cheapest; instead our aim is to provide the best balance of affordability and commercial outcomes for your business. Where appropriate, this may include fixed fee agreements for specific stages of your dispute.

Our Services

Our outstanding commercial litigation & dispute resolution service can support your full range of business requirements, from developing rigorous and effective confidentiality agreements through to resolving commercial disputes, making or defending claims for professional negligence or handling threats to your intellectual property.

Our full range of services encompasses:

  • Commercial litigation (including sale of goods, breach of contract, non payment and defective goods)
  • Debt recovery
  • Personal injury (including employer’s liability)
  • Professional negligence (including negligent legal or accountancy advice)
  • Employment law (see Employment for more details)
  • Intellectual property (see Intellectual Property for more details)
  • Commercial property (see Commercial Property for more details)
  • Defamation (including libel, slander and malicious falsehood)
  • Competition Law (including Competition Act, Chapter 1 prohibitions, Chapter 2 prohibitions and TFEU anti-trust)
  • and much more.


Click here to contact one of our team today.

Or click here to read more about why our business clients choose our services.

Jonathan Compton Roger Batchelor Mark Brafield James Wilkes

Key People

Name: Jonathan Compton
Position: Partner, commercial litigation
T: 01483 467 433

Name: Roger Batchelor
Position: Practising Consultant, litigation
T: 01483 302 345

Name: Mark Brafield
Position: Associate Solicitor
T: 01483 467 459

Name: James Wilkes
Position: Solicitor
T: 01483 467 422

Read our blog, Legal Eye, for the latest news and updates on litigation & dispute resolution matters.

Our team includes accredited Arbitrators with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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"Jonathan Compton is a straight-talking lawyer who has always achieved results for me. I absolutely understand every step of the process and he takes away the fuss and worry that sometimes goes hand in hand with the nature of having to use a lawyer.

"I trust him 100% to have the best interests of my business and would have no hesitation in recommending him: in fact I have on many occasions to peers, friends and colleagues and any that have used his services have all felt the same."

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Lawyers for your Business

1st Floor, Wonersh House,
The Guildway,
Old Portsmouth Road,
Surrey GU3 1LR

Tel: 01483 302 345
Fax: 01483 301 339
DX: 146540 Guildford 8

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