Dispute resolution

The dispute resolution group at Blake Morgan, with more than 120 fee earners, is one of 11 National Leaders outside London (Chambers and Partners 2018) in the UK, and includes a highly regarded, directory- ranked London team that carries out the full spectrum of City work. The group acts on disputes in the courts and in arbitration for international, national and regional clients. Our considerable regional presence, together with the London team, provides the group with the strength and depth to act on the most complex and significant of contentious problems.

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.  We also provide a mediation service. Experienced in all types of commercial and contract disputes, the group has specialisms in the following areas:


Corporate and shareholder disputes Privy Council  
Banking and finance disputes Defamation and reputation management Product liability
Business support and insolvency Employment disputes
Professional negligence 
City and International commercial litigation

Franchising disputes

Property litigation
Civil fraud and asset recovery Intellectual property disputes Public law
Commercial agents Judicial reviews Public procurement Litigation
Company disputes Partnership disputes


Social housing 

Construction and engineering 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 a borrower claimant against Bank of Scotland Plc in an interest rate swap mis-selling  claim.  On appeal to the Court of Appeal. Marz Limited v Bank of Scotland Plc [2017] EWHC 3618 (Ch)).
  • Acting for Russian businessman and BVI company in Commercial Court claim arising out of alleged misappropriation of substantial production business in Russia. Alexey Bazhanov & Ors v Arkadiy Fosman & Ors [2017] EWHC 3404 (Comm)
  • Acting for the respondent in its successful defence of unfair prejudice petition in trial heard over 7 days. Watchstone Group Plc v Quob Park Estate Ltd & Ors - [2017] EWHC 2621 (Ch),
  • Acting for Georgian businessman Ivane Chkhartishvili in his successful challenge in the Court of Appeal, part of the global Blue Tropic litigation relating to the estate of the late Georgian billionaire Arkady "Badri" Patarkatsishvili, one of the largest estate battles in legal history.  This case centred around ownership of a number of assets in Georgia, including some high profile real estate and various companies. Blue Tropic Ltd & Anor v Chkhartishvili [2016] EWCA Civ 816 and [2016] EWCA Civ 1259.
  • 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 supply chain.

Regional contacts

Chris Potts - Thames Valley

Sarah Rees - London

Paul Caldicott - Wales

Jill Bainbridge - South Coast

Related expertise

Main contacts

Related Knowledge & Resources

It pays to have good faith in commercial contracts


The High Court has recently provided guidance on a good faith clause in a contract with respect to a claim involving the use of a contracting party's data in the context of establishing a competing business.

Recent Supreme Court decision: Tiuta International Ltd (in Liquidation) v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2017] UKSC 77


In this recent decision, the Supreme Court considered the proper approach to the quantum of damages in professional negligence refinance cases.

A timely reminder on requests to amend a claim


In a recent case, the High Court has confirmed the law in relation to a request for a late amendment to a claim. The main point to take away is that if an amendment is crucial to your case – it is best not to leave it until 'the 11th hour'.

Too late to appeal?

A recent Court of Appeal decision on inheritance disputes gives useful guidance for parties wishing to appeal a decision of a lower court regarding probate.

Does time standstill?

A recent High Court decision renders the use of standstill agreements as inappropriate for "out of time" Inheritance Act claims.

How your attorney may be able to deal with more than just your own affairs

When granting someone a power of attorney you are giving them the right to deal with your own affairs. However a recent case shows that in certain circumstances where you lose capacity your attorney may also be able to substitute you.

High Court orders petitioner's purchase of 50% shareholding in company in unfair prejudice petition

In the trial of an unfair prejudice petition, the High Court has found that the actions of the first respondent represented the clearest possible breach of directors' fiduciary and statutory duties. We take look in detail.

How to protect against misuse of commercially-sensitive information

Protecting trade secrets and confidential information is crucial and what steps can employers take to prevent staff from misusing commercially-sensitive information?

The "after party" – could employers be liable for what goes on?

With employers planning Christmas parties, or indeed any kind of "works do", we look at a case where the employer was held vicariously liable for an employee's actions when those at the office party moved on to another venue where a fight broke out.

High Court rules on application for permission for collateral use of disclosed documents

In a judgment dated 9 November 2018, the High Court has provided a helpful reminder of the meaning of 'use' in the context of CPR 31.22(1).

Springboard injunction granted to prevent damaging misuse of company confidential information

Associate Aimee Cook examines a Springboard injunction that has been granted to prevent damaging misuse of company confidential information.

Cosmetic Warriors and Lush Cosmetics – the construction of pre-emption rights

The recent decision in the case of Cosmetic Warriors Ltd & Anor v Gerrie [2017] EWCA Civ 324 dealt with the correct construction of shareholders' pre-emption rights.