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Dispute Resolution

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At Hay & Kilner we have one of the leading commercial disputes teams in the North East of England. The extensive experience of our team means that we can work with you to achieve a commercially sensible and cost-effective solution to whatever dispute you may face.

Commercial disputes can unfortunately be part and parcel of business.  When they arise it is important to receive quick and effective advice from a solicitor at an early stage. Getting us involved at the outset of a dispute can often result in you taking a different course of action, one which will settle the matter at an early stage, saving you time and money.

We will help you explore your options so we can, together, effectively resolve your dispute as quickly as possible. Our team of specialist lawyers will negotiate on your behalf to settle disputes and will use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, such as mediation, where appropriate. If litigation proves to be the best or only option we will provide expert guidance, support and advice throughout the process whilst also maintaining and caring for the commercial needs of your business.

The Hay & Kilner dispute resolution team handles a wide range of disputes including:

  • "Tom was very professional and has a very sharp mind. You see when we get angry the emotions run through our letters and Tom with his careful words channelised it well. I could never be a lawyer. You guys are great."

    - A Client of Tom's

  • "Our success is very much down to you and the way you have handled this throughout. Thank you so much on behalf of the Board of Trustees and indeed the whole community we seek to serve."

    - Client of Lucy Gray

  • "Clients consider Hay & Kilner's litigation practice ‘a pleasure to work with', citing the ‘timely advice and cost-effective service' provided by Martin Soloman and the team. It continues to act for a major transport-sector client on commercial disputes and has a growing profile in mediation."

    - 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 Guide

  • "Clients rate this firm for "really understanding our needs," and it continues to steer clients through disputes, both in Europe and across the Atlantic. The team displays exceptional strength in handling disputes relating to insurers and professional partnerships but its diverse caseload also includes railway litigation, judicial review and minority shareholder claims. Martin Soloman and Rodney Jones are the two most well-known partners, and considered to be "clued up and on the ball - they quickly react to our needs," say clients. Soloman also gains praise for his expertise in the mediations of commercial disputes, while Jones is highlighted for being "diligent and thorough." Another growing component of the team's workload involves Trusts, Inheritance Act claims and probate disputes."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Sources 'can't speak highly enough' of this local player. The litigation department covers all aspects of commercial litigation... In the past year it handled several cases relating to the railway industry and financial institutions. 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 Guide

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