Dispute resolution

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Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
The dispute resolution group at  Blake Morgan is one of 11 National Leaders outside London (Chambers and Partners 2016) in the UK and in addition has a highly regarded London team.  We resolve disputes for international, national and regional clients by providing practical and commercially focused solutions. Our sizeable regional presence, coupled with our London offering, provides us with the strength and depth to act on significant litigious problems but at competitive rates.

Main areas of practice 

We have a large number of specialists , many of whom are regarded by the independent directories as leaders in their field and includes a mediation service.  We have experience in litigating all types of commercial and contract disputes, with specialisms in the following areas:

Banking and finance disputes 
Defamation and reputation management Product liability 
Business support and insolvency Employment disputes  Professional negligence 
Civil fraud and asset recovery Franchising disputes 
Property litigation
Commercial agents

Intellectual property disputes

Public law 
Company disputes Judicial reviews Public procurement Litigation
Construction and engineering disputes Partnership disputes Social housing 
Corporate and shareholder disputes  Pensions disputes  Will and inheritance disputes
Please see a full list of links below in Related Expertise.


We work with national and international corporations, government departments, regulators, financial institutions, individuals, partnerships and owner managed businesses. Clients for whom we have acted include:

Alcatel Principality Building Society Solicitors Regulatory Authority NHS England
AXA Insurance plc IBM Tinopolis plc Kerry Group
DHL NHS Shared Services Partnership University of South Wales  
  Personal Hygiene Services Ltd. Welsh Government  

Significant experience 

Examples of cases in which we have recently acted include:

  • Acting for the 7 Health Boards in Wales to successfully defeat a challenge to their interpretation of section 49 Health and Social Care Act 2001 brought by 11 care home providers, supported by 21 local authorities in Wales. The Court of Appeal agreed that Health Boards are responsible only for the cost of nursing care, rather than personal or social care which might, on occasions, be delivered by a Registered Nurse. The decision has saved the NHS in England and Wales an estimated £250 million per annum. R(Forge Care Homes) v Cardiff and Vale University Health Board [2016] EWCA Civ 26
  • Successfully acting for NHS England in the first case to consider the NHS (Competition, Procurement and Patient Choice) No 2 Regulations 2013. The case concerned an application for Judicial Review of a decision by NHS England not to contract with a provider for an interim period pending a national review and procurement of the service in question. Damages were also claimed under the Human Rights Act 1998. R (on the application of) v National Health Service Commissioning Board and another [2015] EWHC 3752
  • Acting for King Edward VI College in the Court of Appeal in successfully resisting a challenge by three teachers, sponsored by the NASUWT, who alleged that too much had been deducted from their pay  by way of strike pay.  The case involved a detailed consideration of the individual terms of employment [ as contained in “ the Red Book’] and the effect of the Apportionment Act  1870 on contracts of employment. Hartley & Others v King Edward VI College [2015] EWCA Civ 455
  • Acting for Peter Symonds College in its successful defence of a High Court claim, sponsored by the NUT, concerning the correct deduction from pay for strike action. Amey V Peter Symonds College [2013] EWHC 2788 
  • Acting for IBM United Kingdom Ltd in successfully defending a claim by the London Borough of Southwark concerning the supply and implementation of an MDM system, which Southwark alleged was not of satisfactory quality and unfit for purpose. Southwark London Borough Council v IBM Uk ltd [2011] EWHC 549 (TCC) QBD
  • Acting in a series of connected claims relating to a substantial tax fraud. The cases have required UK freezing injunctions and protective proceedings awards. To date over £8m has been recovered from banks in the UK and in Curacao in the Caribbean. 
  • Acting for a US-based investment fund on the purchase of subordinated loan notes in a foreign retail bank for in excess of 25 million euros. Advising the investment group on claims against the directors and officers of the bank for misrepresentation and breach of statutory duty and claims against the auditors for negligent misstatement
  • Acting for an Eire Partnership and Isle of Man companies in a claim for 43 million Euros against multiple defendants in the UK and elsewhere, including multi- jurisdictional proceedings, obtaining a worldwide freezing order and advising on the validity of a suite of detailed loan documentation.
  • Advising an NHS CCG on a complex dispute with a national private health company relating to a £450m contract for community health services.
  • Advising a regional police authority on a high value procurement and contractual dispute (that has national implications) with one of the leading mobile telephone companies.
  • Acting for a supplier in a substantial claim for breach of contract against an agro-industrial company operating in France and the rest of Europe.
  • Acting for the Representative Beneficiary in a Beddoe application concerning a professional negligence claim against solicitors relating to equalisation advice.
  • Acting for a software house in relation to the development of bespoke facilities management software and defending a claim by the end user that the software did not have the requisite functionality, contained several "showstopper" bugs and that the code was late in delivery.
  • Acting in a number of multi-party product liability disputes, all concerning the supply of defective goods which then contaminated other products in the supplychain.

Regional contacts;

Chris Potts- Thames Valley

Sarah Rees- London

 Allan Wilson - Wales

Susie Dryden- South Coast 

“Blake Morgan's exceptional team can confidently match more heavyweight opponents on equal terms.”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

“Overall, it has been an excellent performance. They are always timely and they react to situations very quickly, but the biggest bonus to me is that they communicate in plain English!”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016

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