Commercial Litigation & Business Dispute Solicitors

Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Sometimes commercial disputes can’t be avoided. If they happen, you need quick, effective and tailored advice straight away. Our team of experts will work with you to achieve a commercially sensible and cost-effective solution to whatever dispute you may face.

How we can help

With one of the largest teams in the North East and a wealth of experience across a wide range of disputes and sectors, we get involved at the onset to help resolve the matter at an early stage saving you valuable time and money, helping you mitigate risk to reputation and maintaining valuable relationships settled.

We will work with you to explore all options and use Alternative Dispute Resolution methods like meditation where appropriate as we strive to avoid litigation. If that proves to be the best or only option, we will provide expert guidance and support throughout the Court process, whilst caring for the commercial needs of your business.

With expertise across commercial, construction, commercial property, intellectual property, IT, insurance and professional negligence you can be sure that we are fighting your corner, taking the right approach to achieve the result you need.

  • Contractual and Supply Chain disputes

    Contractual disputes can have serious consequences, impacting cashflows, relationships, management time and revenue. If there is something to be salvaged from the contractual relationship, we will work with you to resolve the dispute whilst allowing the commercial work to continue effectively. We will provide you with comprehensive and vigorous support to get the result that is right for your business.

    Contractual disputes include claims against suppliers or customers, pursuing unpaid debts and liabilities, enforcing warranties, and disagreements regarding termination, indemnities and force majeure.

  • Company Disputes – Shareholders, Partnerships and Directors

    When running a business, things don’t always go to plan and disagreements between shareholders can not only damage relationships but could also threaten the future of your business. We understand the risks that can arise from this sort of dispute and that the form, costs and timing of a resolution is key.

    For further information about company disputes, please get in touch.

  • Confidential Information and Restrictive Covenants

    We regularly advise on claims for urgent injunctive relief (both prohibitive and springboard injunctions) and claims for damages arising from conduct of employees that may breach the restrictive covenants and other clauses of their employment contracts, as well as the duty of fidelity owed to the company. Matters of this nature are time-sensitive and can be fundamental to the continued operation of the business, particularly if an experienced employee is involved and/or confidential information and trade secrets are at risk.

    Find out more about restrictive covenants and how we can help.

  • Professional Negligence

    Bad professional advice can lead to costly consequences, whether that be personally or professionally. Our professional negligence experts are on hand to guide you through what can be a stressful situation always looking for the best way to resolve your claim whilst keeping a firm eye on costs.

    Head to our dedicated professional negligence page to find out more.

  • Property Litigation

    As a business, you will usually need at least one if not many properties to operate from and the disputes that can emerge from renting or buying properties are wide-ranging. Working closely with our Commercial and Residential Property Teams, we have a great deal of experience in this field and deal with disputes arising from them.

    Find out more about commercial property disputes and how we can help.

  • IP/IT/Software Disputes

    Your Intellectual Property is one of your most important assets and needs protecting. We have experience in dealing with a whole range of disputes that can arise from the use, development and dissemination of IP. We can also help with disputes regarding development of software and consultancy agreements.

    Head to our Intellectual Property page to find out more.

  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Disputes

    Our experienced team of experts can assist with all forms of estate disputes, disagreements and concerns relating to the preparation and execution of a will, the conduct of an executor or trustee, the management of trust and estate funds, and the financial provision (or lack of) from a deceased person’s estate.

Approachable team, very knowledgeable and value for money. Highly recommended.


Hay & Kilner have become my first choice in respect debt recovery matters and they provide a friendly and very professional service. I can rely on their advice and guidance in respect of debt recovery and be confident that resolution is the basis for their advice and so I don’t need to be concerned about unnecessary litigation.

Legal 500

Down-to-earth people who work in a sensible and pragmatic manner, taking the fear out of legal processes for those who aren’t used to having to deal with them.

Legal 500

The practice offer local advice to local clients but maintaining the very high levels of service and quality of advice you would expect from a national player.

Legal 500

Sources 'can't speak highly enough' of this local player. The litigation department covers all aspects of commercial litigation. The team is able to call on the expertise of its highly regarded private client group on contentious trusts and probate matters and is also skilled in alternative dispute resolution. Clients appreciate the firm's problem-solving approach, reporting that 'you feel as though the lawyers are always working with you and not against you.

Chambers & Partners

Clients consider Hay & Kilner's litigation practice ‘a pleasure to work with', citing the ‘timely advice and cost-effective service' provided by the team.

Legal 500

This commercial litigation team is noted for its expertise in partnership disputes, shareholder actions, judicial review and contentious private client matters. It is experienced at representing clients in disputes with an international aspect. Sources say: 'We value the lawyers' efficiency; they are really responsive and the work always gets done quickly.

Chambers & Partners

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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.