Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Headed by Philip Gordon-Smith, Woodroffes’ dispute resolution and litigation department advises on a full range of commercial disputes. Our clients are drawn from diverse industries.  We are regularly instructed on complex cases where the stakes are often high covering a wide spectrum of areas.  Our instructions include contractual disputes, fraud and misrepresentation actions, shareholders’ actions and company disputes, partnership disputes and freezing injunctions

“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”


Our team has significant experience in all forms of dispute resolution. We recognise that litigation is often rightly seen as the last resort and we are aware of the commercial pressures which our clients face. In advising as to the best course of action when facing a dispute, we have regard to those pressures and factors and will offer advice in respect of the array of potential methods of resolution.

Increasingly, litigation is no longer seen as the sole recourse of clients seeking legal redress to protect or defend their commercial position and we place considerable emphasis on exploring and pursuing alternative means of dispute resolution, such as mediation.

If your dispute does result in proceedings being issued, we can draw on our considerable experience to provide you with pro-active, practical and commercial advice and assistance throughout the litigation process.

Our team advises on:

  • Contractual disputes

  • Misrepresentation

  • Professional negligence

  • Breach of warranty claims

  • Partnership dispute

  • Debt recovery