Covid-19 and the enforced lockdown has turned life upside down for many businesses and individuals. As the world adjusts, contentious issues will inevitably arise - performance may not be forthcoming and contracts may be breached.
In these challenging times, parties may want to pursue their claims but have a heightened need to maintain control of their legal expenditure. In order to help ‘unlock’ both of these objectives Lewis Silkin has committed to a new initiative called LS Unlock. It is designed to help individuals and businesses pursue claims by removing or reducing the cost risk of litigation.
LS Unlock comprises a free initial assessment of significant commercial claims together with a menu of alternative fee arrangements which can reduce and, in certain cases, eliminate the upfront cost of pursuing a claim.
LS Unlock is designed to:
- Generate greater certainty and predictability in respect of litigation costs
- Provide innovative solutions which go beyond discounted hourly rates
- Share risk and reward, so that Lewis Silkin has “skin in the game”
LS Unlock enables us, in these difficult times, to work in true partnership with you. Whatever your needs, our specialist commercial disputes team can find the right solution for your situation.
Commitment-Free Initial Assessment
In the current climate, businesses and individuals may be reluctant to engage in dispute resolution. This may be because they are unsure of their position and do not wish to spend time and money assessing the legal merits of their case or continuing a case that is underway.
In order to provide assistance, Lewis Silkin will commit to spend up to 5 hours of our time without charge helping businesses and individuals assess their significant commercial disputes. We will use that initial time to talk to you, assess key evidence in the case and consider the practical options that are open to you.
Our offer is available to both existing and new clients and helps to ensure that you can access a commitment-free initial assessment of your commercial dispute.
We hope this initiative will be a real benefit in these challenging times.
Next Steps - Reducing and Eliminating Upfront Cost
Once we have completed an initial assessment you can take an informed decision about whether you wish to pursue your claim. LS Unlock includes a range of alternative fee arrangements which will allow you to move forward in a way that reduces or eliminates your upfront costs.
- Fixed Fees
- Blended Rates
- Fee Estimates With A Collar
- Conditional Fee Agreements
- After The Event Insurance
- Damages Based Agreement
- Third Party Funding
We invite businesses and individuals involved in significant disputes to get in touch and see how we can assist.
A customer refused to pay full price. Can we make them? Frances Simm writes for The Times06 October 2021
We’ve started supplying a new customer under our standard contract terms, but when they had our goods they demanded we accept a lower price and wouldn’t return what we’d sent. We were relying on their payment to meet some other costs so we accepted payment at the lower price. Is there anything we can do?
How can I get my supplier to give me the goods I’ve paid for? Rebecca Harries writes for The Times09 September 2021
I paid for some goods and the seller has not provided them. We had a contract and I don’t want compensation or money back, I just want the goods. I cannot get them elsewhere. What can I do?
My supplier claims we made a deal over the phone but I disagree. Who’s right? Fraser McKeating writes for The Times09 August 2021
One of my suppliers says we reached a deal but I don’t think we did. It was all done over the phone so I don’t have paper records. What can I do?
Did contractual dispute resolution clauses have immunity from the effects of Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions?09 April 2021
As businesses plan to recommence operations, they must consider the legal implications of any action taken or contemplated to preserve contracts and business relationships and be alive to the potential consequences of action threatened or taken by other contracting parties. The actual or perceived amenable approach taken by some during the pressure of lockdown may quickly evaporate as the country returns to some sort of normality. This combined with economic uncertainty is likely to result in an increase in disputes.
Under pressure: what kind of pressure makes a contract unenforceable?09 April 2021
Even as lockdown eases, multiple periods of restrictions over a sustained period and the wider economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have made the performance of many commercial contracts very difficult, if not impossible. As a result, some parties have sought to avoid their obligations altogether, whilst others may seek to amend them as they begin their post-lockdown operations.
But you promised! Even without a written contract, promises can be enforced and rights given up.09 April 2021
Broken promises in commercial life can leave businesses in real difficulties. That feels particularly unfair when a party’s only mistake was to take the other at its word. Which is why in the normal course of things businesses should have written contracts to remove risk and uncertainty.
When disputes arise, they can often have far-reaching implications for the rest of a business.
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