Breach of contract
Commercial contracts are essential to the operation of a business, defining expectations and providing security that your business interests will stay protected. Where a contract is breached, it can be very frustrating with the potential to cost you a lot of time and money.
However, with expert legal support, it is often possible to resolve contract disputes quickly and cost-effectively in a way that matches your overall business goals.
At Summit Law, our commercial litigation solicitors have over 100 years of combined experience pursuing and defending all types of breach of contract claims. We have a strong track record of success, regularly helping our clients to achieve positive outcomes, usually without the need for expensive and time-consuming court proceedings. Don’t just take our word for it, please see the reviews left by our clients.
Commercial contracts are typically long and complex, and they can also be frustratingly vague. As a result, you may be unclear whether a breach has occurred and what your legal options are. We can provide clear advice in plain English, clarifying both the explicit and implied terms of any contract, as well as what action you can take to resolve matters.
At all times, we will put the needs of your business first. Our team will take the time to understand your priorities so we can devise a litigation strategy that gives you the best chance of getting the outcome you need in the short term, while also matching your overall business interests and long-term commercial goals.
How breach of contract claims work
Establishing whether a contract has been breached
Whether you are concerned that a commercial partner has breached a contract or you have been accused of breaching a commercial contract, the first thing you need to do is establish if a breach has occurred and, if so, how serious it is.
Our team can swiftly review your contract, establish the facts and give a clear, honest opinion on whether the terms have been breached. We can then advise you on your legal options, always keeping in mind what is best for your business.
Making a claim for breach of contract
If another party to a contract has breached the terms, we can assist you with making a claim for appropriate restitution. Our commercial litigation team will carefully discuss the outcome you need to achieve, then explain the various options available to you.
In the first instance, we will typically attempt to negotiate an amicable outcome as this is usually the best option for everyone involved. However, where a contract dispute cannot be settled out-of-court, we will advise you on whether court proceedings are likely to achieve a positive result cost-effectively. We can then support you in taking action where required.
Defending a claim for breach of contract
Should you be accused of breaching the terms of a contract, we can advise you on whether we believe this is truly the case and your legal options depending on whether a breach has occurred or not.
Where a breach has occurred, it is often in your best interests to offer a swift settlement, saving you time, money and potential damage to important business relationships and your reputation. Where we believe a breach has not occurred, we can robustly defend your position, including in court where required, protecting your commercial interests.
Why choose Summit Law for your breach of contract claim?
Summit Law’s team of expert commercial litigation lawyers will work closely with you to understand your goals and take a practical, business-minded approach to finding the right strategies for your priorities.
We are a partner-led firm, so we can guarantee that your dispute will be handled by an experienced specialist lawyer with the involvement of a partner who will apply their own knowledge and wealth of experience.
For any business, the cost and time involved in pursuing legal action is always an important consideration. By offering timely intervention and pragmatic advice, we can typically find a positive outcome to your contract dispute swiftly and cost-effectively, protecting your commercial interests.
We will always be entirely upfront about the likelihood of successfully bringing or defending any court action, making sure you do not waste time, money and effort on court proceedings that are unlikely to get you the outcome you need.
With strong expertise in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) we can often help to conclude disputes at an early stage without the need for formal proceedings. However, where this is not possible, we have the requisite experience and resources to support you through every stage of court litigation.
Our team includes members of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA) reflecting our commitment to developing and maintaining best practices in the field of civil and commercial litigation.
Summit Law LLP is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for the high standards of our legal practice and is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Our commercial litigation fees
Our commercial litigations fees are determined by the amount of time spent on dealing with your matter and the level of expertise required.
Each of our lawyers has individual hourly rates ranging from £195 to £450 plus VAT; depending on their level of experience. By working as a team we aim to save you legal fees.
To find out more about the likely costs involved in dealing with a breach of contract dispute, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise you.