Over the past
30+ years, Lavelle Partners’ Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Department have earned an enviable reputation for its approach to commercial
disputes; achieving considerable success for our valued commercial clients
across Ireland. We are also proud to be
on the Law Society of Ireland’s Negligence panel.
Our team are
business people at heart, and as such, we understand the real-world and
industry-specific realities of our clients.
It is this understanding allied to the wide range of legal knowledge
available within our full-service law firm which affords our clients a
considerable advantage over their opponents.
We can offer a
range of commercial dispute resolution methods, ranging from mediation and
conciliation and arbitration to formal litigation involving the Courts. When you first discuss your matter with our
commercial disputes team, they will listen to the details of the case, and
recommend the possible courses of action available to you, including the
advantages, disadvantages, timescales and costs. We will also consider factors such as
reputational protection, confidentiality, damages and the chances of success.
What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
When you first
discuss your matter with our team, they will seek to determine the best
possible route to a resolution. In many
cases, but not all, ADR may offer the best approach. ADR methods, such as mediation, conciliation,
and arbitration all aim to achieve an amicable outcome to a dispute by using
non-legal means. ADR has become
increasingly popular in Ireland in recent years due to its considerable
benefits; it is typically cheaper and faster than litigation involving the
Courts, and crucially it helps preserve business relationships. ADR dispute resolution relies on an
independent and neutral third-party who will either play a role in helping the
parties to find their own conclusion (mediation) or make a determination on
their behalf (arbitration).
What if formal litigation is required?
If formal litigation
is necessary to advance your interests, Lavelle Partners will act decisively
and pro-actively to put together a case which will provide the best chance of
an optimal outcome. Lavelle Partners
regularly represents clients in all Court jurisdictions nationwide. Before taking any action, we will work to
understand what success means to you and explain the options available. And if your matter is urgent, we will provide
dedicated attention, issuing injunctive proceedings where necessary.
Our commercial dispute practice areas
Partners can act in a range of of complex commercial disputes, including those
Director and Partnerships
& Financial Services
& Building Disputes
Law & Pensions
Our experience in commercial disputes speaks for itself
years, we have successfully advised and represented many commercial entities
across Ireland in relation to often complex litigation and disputes, including
for the Clerys’ concession store owners in a claim against the provisional
liquidator, Ciarán Wallace and the vendors of Clerys’ trading company
for NAMA and Financial Institutions in proceedings to reverse fraudulent asset
on behalf of Receivers appointed over various companies and properties and
advising the Receivers on an ongoing basis in respect of landlord and tenant
matters and general debt recovery and litigation matters
for the United States Trustee in Bankruptcy in the bankruptcy of David Drumm
and successfully obtained an Order in Aid in the High Court allowing the US
bankruptcy to be recognised in Ireland. This was the first application of its
kind in Ireland
for Financial Institutions and NAMA in several high value High Court/Commercial
Court proceedings against a number of borrowers seeking summary judgment on
foot of loan agreements and personal guarantees.
Financial Institutions and NAMA on debt settlement agreements, negotiating and
drafting Deeds of Settlement which included portfolio sales of assets
for an Oil and Gas Exploration company, in a USD$305m breach of contract and
misrepresentation action in the Irish High Court against a group of investors
who contracted to fund drilling operations in a North Sea oil exploration
for Financial Institutions and individual clients in professional negligence
actions against Solicitors, Accountants, Financial Advisors, Architects,
Surveyors and Engineers
for companies and individual clients in actions against insurance and
reinsurance companies where cover has been rejected and claims unfairly denied.
in various shareholder, director and partnership disputes
for NAMA in successfully obtaining an injunction restraining a public auction
from proceeding which would have affected NAMA’s interest in certain properties
for a group of high net worth investors in a High Court negligence action
against a major Stockbroking firm
for the beneficial owner of high value properties in multi-jurisdictional trust
in High Court Defamation proceedings against Facebook
business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage
or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance
with RE.8 of SI 518 of 2002.
For further information regarding commercial
disputes in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in
confidence on (01) 644 5800.