Contract disputes with a third party

Commercial and consumer contracts are an everyday part of running a business and serve a vital function in ensuring that aspects of your business are legally effective. If you have a dispute with a customer, supplier, or any other third party we can help.

How DAS Law can help

Our experienced team of dispute resolution lawyers can provide you with practical legal advice and representation if you find yourself in a dispute with a customer, supplier or other third party.

Outcomes we can achieve for you

These are some of the possible outcomes we can achieve for you:

  • Review and advise on your existing business contracts including; standard terms and conditions, and terms implied by statute, possibly unfair terms, and the consequences of this.
  • Advise on where you stand legally when faced with a dispute from a customer, supplier or third party, including advising you on any remedy you may be entitled to or any liability you may face.
  • Provide you with advice and assistance negotiating settlement of a dispute by way of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
  • If the matter cannot be resolved, provide advice and representation in an action to pursue or defend a claim issued by a customer, supplier or third party.
  • Assist in recovering any money owed to you by a customer, supplier or third party.
  • Important things to consider

    Here are somethings you should be aware of regarding your dispute:

    • Generally, a contract should be drawn up for a specific situation to reflect an agreement between two parties. It is not advisable to rely on a precedent when making a contract, as every agreement is different.
    • Correctly drafted contracts and terms of business can save you time and money in the long run by avoiding costly legal action.
    • Unclear wording or ambiguity in standard terms of business can result in the court interpreting ambiguous clauses against you.
    • Consumers are offered greater protection than businesses. Ensuring that Consumer Contracts comply with current consumer legislation can save you money in the long run, by avoiding costly legal action.

    How much will it cost?

    If you would like DAS Law to help you with your legal dispute with a third party, there are a number of ways of funding your legal costs, including:

    Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI)

    If you have a commercial insurance policy this may include LEI cover. If so, your legal costs may be covered by that policy, subject to its terms and conditions. If you are unsure if your insurance policy includes LEI cover, we will check this with you.

    No Legal Expenses Insurance

    If you do not have LEI cover, then we have a host of fee options which we will tailor to suit your needs. Often we will take cases on a conditional fee basis (also known as “no win no fee”).

    Where this is not suitable we offer fixed fees and discounted hourly rates. For certain cases we will also consider a damages based agreement, where we receive a limited proportion of damages if the case is successful, and nothing if it is not.

    Our legal advisers are always happy to discuss our fee options with you in more detail.

    What should I do next?

    If you would like to speak to a dispute resolution expert about your legal problem, please contact us by calling 0345 604 7298, or email enquiries@daslaw.co.uk.

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    Principal Associate, Solicitor

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    Senior Associate, GCILEX

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    You should always consider consulting a legal specialist when drafting business contracts and agreements. No two contracts are the same and drafting them yourself could be costly in the long run.

    William Ellerton, Dispute Management

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