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1 Steeles Law Solicitors Sought after legal advice Dispute Resolution at Steeles Law

2 About Us We understand that disputes are stressful. No-one wants to find themselves embroiled in litigation, which is expensive, risky and diverts attention away from running a successful business. If you find yourself in the position of having to pursue or defend a claim, you will need lawyers to act in your best interests to resolve that dispute on the most favourable possible terms. In order to do that, your lawyer will of course need to have a good understanding of the law and be familiar with court procedures. That goes without saying. However, they also need to understand the commercial implications of the dispute and what it means to your business. Do they understand what your aims are? Have they assessed your likelihood of success at court and told you how much it will cost to get there? This is what you can expect as standard from the Dispute Resolution Team at Steeles Law, as is the fact that all of our lawyers are approachable people who will discuss your case with you in clear and commercial terms, without hiding behind legal jargon. so much Thank you for all your work and the best claim possible on my resulting outcome for both sides. Client Comment

3 We recognise that all cases are different. We won t just embark upon litigation without first considering whether it is right for your case and whether there are other ways of resolving your dispute. In addition to our court and tribunal experience, we are also experienced in resolving cases by other methods including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. Our aim is to RESOLVE your dispute by the method most appropriate to you and your business and to achieve the most favourable possible outcome in the circumstances. We will do this by implementing the following steps, in every case: We will Review the situation with you, making sure we understand the background to the dispute and the commercial implications, Evaluate your legal position and give you our assessment of where you stand, good or bad. That will inform the Strategy that we will suggest and agree with you in order to meet your Objectives. We will then Lead you through the process, ensuring that you receive Value for money every step of the way until the best possible End result is achieved. p grateful to you in particular steering us through this whole as satis factory I am very and Steeles in general for rocess out t owards an come as possible. Client Comment

4 What We Do We can help you resolve most types of dispute. Listed below are some of the issues we regularly deal with: Contractual disputes Partnership disputes & director / shareholder disputes Enforcement of intellectual property rights Professional negligence Landlord and tenant disputes Tax disputes (VAT, excise duty, customs duty and income tax) Agency disputes Debt recovery Corporate Insolvency and bankruptcy Ourmissionis simple. To work for make the you. law Find out more about the team by visiting our website at Scan me

5 Case Studies These are some examples of disputes we have resolved recently: Successfully defended arbitration proceedings under a partnership agreement the claim against our client was dismissed Achieved an out-of-court settlement with the Daily Mail in respect of a defamatory article about our client Enforced a guarantee against an overseas company Negotiated settlement of a nuisance claim, avoiding judgment against our client Pursued and negotiated settlement of a professional negligence claim against our client s former solicitors E veryone here is delighted with the Client Comment result. Helped a partner to renegotiate a return to work following exclusion by the other partners in breach of the partnership agreement Negotiated terms of a new business lease for our client in respect of their claim under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

6 Successfully defended court proceedings for misrepresentation / breach of contract the claim against our client was dismissed Challenged a winding up petition, enabling our client to negotiate a reduced payment in respect of the debt claimed Evicted travellers (and their animals) from common land Obtained judicial review of actions by HMRC resulting in our client being awarded damages Prevented an injunction being obtained against our client as a result of alleged copyright infringement Evicted problem tenants and successfully recovered rent arrears and payment for dilapidations Your help in this matter has been outstanding Client Comment Recovered a debt of over 1m for a commercial client Successfully opposed in its entirety a six figure claim which had been brought by a commercial agent against a principal Liquidated a company which owed money to our client

7 Meet the Team Katy Kidd, Principal, Head of Dispute Resolution Katy advises commercial, public sector and private clients in connection with a range of contentious matters including contractual disputes, professional negligence, partnership disputes and property related disputes. In addition to litigation, Katy has experience of alternative forms of dispute resolution. Recent experience includes successfully defending a misrepresentation claim, pursuing professional negligence proceedings against another firm of solicitors, successfully defending a domestic arbitration arising out of a partnership dispute and pursuing a guarantor upon the default of an insolvent tenant. The Legal 500 (2011) refers to Katy as having "fine professional judgment and sound common sense". Ian Robotham, Associate, Dispute Resolution Ian is a former Steeles Law trainee. Ian qualified into the Dispute Resolution Team and has developed a particular expertise in a variety of tax disputes (VAT, excise duty, customs duty and income tax) with HMRC. Ian also has considerable experience in dealing with the following areas for all types of clients, commercial and individual:- High value and complex contractual disputes; Commercial Agency disputes; Banking litigation (with particular emphasis on derivative products). Ian has been instructed in numerous insolvency and debt recovery related matters ranging from small claims to High Court multi track claims. He has also been involved in several successful Judicial Review actions. Thomas Bailey, Barrister, Dispute Resolution Thomas is a Barrister and has recently joined the firm from a leading common-law Chambers in London. He has a strong background across a broad range of civil and commercial litigation and has been involved in cases from county court level through to the Court of Appeal. His clients are drawn from the commercial, public and private sectors including local authorities and charities. Whilst his work frequently involves general and highvalue contractual disputes, Tom has particular interest and experience in contentious and non-contentious landlord and tenant matters, trusts and mortgages. He has also been regularly instructed by interveners in matrimonial matters, having previous experience with high net worth individuals in this area. Adam Blenkinsop, Solicitor, Dispute Resolution Adam joined the firm from Mills & Reeve, as a solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team. He has a strong background in resolving disputes and advises commercial, public sector and private clients on a wide range of contentious matters. He has gained particular knowledge of Sale of Goods Act claims, partnership disputes, negligence, landlord and tenant and other property disputes. Denise Cushine, Debt Recovery Manager Denise joined the firm in 2002 as a Team Assistant in the Dispute Resolution Team. After several years as a Team Assistant, Denise is now an Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives and deals with a wide variety of Debt Recovery matters acting for commercial clients, individuals and local authority clients.

8 London 53 New Broad Street, London EC2M 1BB DX 564 (London City) Tel +44 (0) Fax +44 (0) Norwich 3 The Norwich Business Park, Whiting Road, Norwich NR4 6DJ. DX (Norwich 7) Tel +44 ( Fax +44 (0) Diss 2 Mount Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4QE. DX (Diss) Tel +44 (0) Fax +44 (0) Steeles and the symbol are registered trademarks of Steeles (Law) LLP, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (no ). Steeles (Law) LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales registered no. OC Registered office 3 The Norwich Business Park, Whiting Road, Norwich NR4 6DJ

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