Achieving the best outcome
In an increasingly competitive and fractious world inevitably disputes arise. Most businesses are aware of this and are increasingly willing to seek early commercial dispute resolution advice, hoping to nip problems in the bud.
Our experience is extensive, both in how disputes are best avoided and in resolving them, acting not only in court but also in arbitrations, adjudications, mediations, and in front of regulatory authorities. We provide a full range of services to businesses in Suffolk, Essex, East Anglia and London.
Our comprehensive dispute resolution service covers all aspects of the commercial and corporate world, including breach of contract, negligence, insurance, employment, property, insolvency, IT, social media, intellectual property and regulatory problems.
Our dispute solicitors work closely with other Prettys lawyers specialising in employment, corporate, commercial and property law, taking a holistic view of a business and the wider implications of any given course of action. We also have good connections with overseas lawyers.
We are also well placed to provide assistance in obtaining third party funding and dispute insurance, as well as looking creatively at ways in which we can help share litigation costs.
"Prettys ‘compares well to larger regional firms but is more down-to-earth’. Head of dispute resolution Peter Blake ‘measures up to London lawyers’ and Roland Sharp is ‘one of the best commercial litigators around; he combines sound technical knowledge with good client-management skills’"
Legal 500 2016
Partner, Head of Dispute resolution
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"Head of dispute resolution Peter Blake ‘measures up to London lawyers’"
Legal 500 2016
Peter joined Prettys in 1987, becoming a partner in 1991. He is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, who has helped clients resolve disputes in a variety of fora, including the courts, arbitration and international dispute resolution.
Peter has acted for clients involved in a variety of industries both nationally and internationally. Peter's most recent experience is in construction/property related disputes, alternative dispute resolution (including international arbitration) and cases with an international element.
Peter’s recent work includes:
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Legal 500 2016
Roland joined Prettys in 1991 from a leading city law firm. He has practised as a commercial lawyer since qualifying as a solicitor in 1986.
Roland acts for clients involved in a variety of industries, nationally and internationally, in relation to a wide range of disputes. He has taken two reported cases to the Court of Appeal.
Roland’s recent cases include:
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Ian studied at Nottingham University and the College of Law, London, before qualifying as a solicitor in 1996. He worked in-house for a police force and two local authorities before joining Prettys in 2007. He was made an associate in 2008.
Ian represents businesses, public sector bodies and individuals in a myriad of contentious matters, including contract disputes; possession claims; and tortious claims.
Ian also represents business and local authorities in all aspects of alcohol, regulated entertainment, late night refreshment and taxi / private hire licensing law, including applications for premises licences. Ian is a former licensing law contributor to Paterson’s Licensing Acts and Stone’s Justices Manual.
Ian is an experienced advocate and regularly represents clients in a range of court proceedings, including criminal and civil matters. Ian holds higher rights of audience for all civil proceedings.
Ian’s recent cases include:
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Michael qualified as a solicitor in 2002. He is an expert in property litigation including landlord and tenant disputes, possession claims, squatter evictions, lease renewals, rent arrears, service charges, dilapidations, forfeiture of leases and breach of covenant, nuisance, boundary disputes, rent reviews, and adverse possession. He is particularly experienced in dealing with disputes involving unregistered land. In addition he deals with insolvency/bankruptcy matters, breach of contract claims, and commercial disputes.
Michael acted for the UK’s biggest landlord for over ten years. He has also acted for major commercial landlords and commercial tenants, banks, insurance companies, and property developers.
Michael has litigated cases in the County Courts and First-Tier (Property) Tribunal, in the High Court, and at Arbitration. Michael is also skilled at avoiding or minimising disputes, to reduce costs and stress. Lawyers should solve disputes, not get in the way. He has extensive expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, and regularly represents clients at mediation.
Michael’s cases have included:
Michael regularly presents seminars and is happy to provide training sessions to property professionals, surveyors and landlords.
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Craig studied at the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University before joining Prettys in 2013 as a Paralegal and then completing his training contract. Craig qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and joined the Commercial Property and Dispute Resolution teams with a particular specialism in contentious property matters.
Craig advises clients on all aspects of non-contentious property transactions including freehold and leasehold acquisitions and dispositions, licences, assignments and lease extensions. Craig also has experience of dealing with premises licensing and wayleave agreements.
Craig also deals with contentious property matters including rent arrears, service charge disputes, dilapidations, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 renewals, boundary disputes and possession proceedings.
Craig's recent work includes:
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Anna completed her undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Birmingham. She went on to study the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Moorgate, where she studied electives in Commercial Law, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment Law. She also gained a Masters in Law, Business and Management.
Anna joined Prettys as a trainee solicitor in September 2016. Her first seat is in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Law department.
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Michael completed his undergraduate degree in Law at University College, Durham. He went on to gain a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester, where he studied electives in commercial law, intellectual property law and the law relating to public companies. He was also awarded a Master of Laws in International Legal Practice. He has won academic prizes in Tort Law, Litigation, and Corporate and Commercial Law.
During his time at university Michael also volunteered with a local branch of a national advice charity.
Michael joined Prettys as a trainee solicitor in September 2015, starting with his first seat in the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Law department. In March 2016 he moved to Prettys’ Shipping and Insurance department.
Michael’s recent work includes:
Michael is currently sitting his third seat in the Commercial Property department.
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