Working with a business litigation lawyer
Business litigation lawyers can be used to handle disputes that arise in the corporate and commercial sectors. A wide variety of disputes arise in these sectors, and often the disputes can involve vast sums of money.
Companies’ reputations are also on the line as high-profile litigation often attracts much media attention. This highlights the need for ensuring that you instruct qualified business litigation lawyers to handle these matters.
What can a business litigation lawyer help with?
Disputes that arise in a commercial and corporate context generally relate to:
- Asset and venture capital projects
- Banking transactions
- Corporate governance
- Competition law
A business litigation lawyer can be used in a number of cases. They can be particularly useful in intellectual property disputes.
Intellectual property covers the law on:
- Registered design rights
- Unregistered design rights
It is also closely related to the law on passing off. Business litigation lawyers can help businesses protectand enforce their intellectual-property rights.
Protection and enforcement of intellectual-property rights is of extreme commercial importance to businesses. For example, if someone copies and sells your copyrighted material without consent, you are likely to lose revenue due to loss of sales.
Business litigation lawyers could help you stop that person from infringing your copyright by getting a court injunction against them. They could also help you claim damages from that person for any losses incurred as a result of their copyright infringement.
Another area of law in which business litigation lawyers can be used is commercial contract disputes.
Commercial contract disputes can involve complex legal principles. For example:
- If you are involved in a dispute with a company from another country, principles on choice of jurisdiction and law will become relevant
- It may be that your dispute may have to be heard by a court in your opposition’s country
- Their law may also apply to your dispute
A business litigation lawyer may also help you enforce your contractual rights against another party. For example, you may agree to pay another company an amount in return for a delivery of goods. If the goods delivered are defective, you may be able to cancel the contract as the other party has breached the contract by delivering defective goods.
The civil procedure rules encourage people to settle their claim before it gets to trial; this saves all parties time and money and allows court time for cases that cannot be decided out of court. If you have a dispute with another business you will need to find a business litigation lawyer to instruct.
Finding a specialist lawyer with experience in the field is very important as failure to undertake certain steps can mean that damages are reduced.
For further guidance on the kinds of cases falling within business litigation law, see our specialist page on business litigation.
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