Phillippa is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.

Working with clients in the resolution of commercial disputes, including those arising from breach of contract or breach of warranty, professional negligence, partnership and shareholder fall outs, commercial agent or distributor claims, defamation, breaches of restrictive covenants or other employment obligations.  Phillippa also advises on disputes concerning product liability and risk management issues and those with an insolvency dimension.

Experienced in litigating claims through the Courts but equally has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution, achieving commercial and pragmatic settlements via mediation, arbitration, expert determination and informal negotiation.

Clients includes individuals, partners, owner-managed SMEs, public companies and educational establishments.  Phillippa also has experience in financial services, construction and engineering, manufacturing, education, recruitment, professional services, food and retail, waste management and property development.  Notable clients are Encore Recruitment Services, O.Kay Engineering, Upton Steel, TruFrame and Food Connections.

Recent examples of how Phillippa has supported clients include:

  • using expert determination to secure a fair valuation of a minority shareholding in a franchised food business which resulted in our clients receiving around £1.3 million for their shares on exit rather than the few hundred thousand pounds initially offered;
  • settling a breach of contract dispute on the first day of a claim’s trial by encouraging a food manufacturer who had unlawfully terminated an exclusive distribution agreement with our client without notice to make appropriate restitution;
  • resolving a dispute between the partners of a successful dental practice which resulted in our client securing the exit of an underperforming partner on commercially attractive and practically workable terms; and
  • using mediation to settle a contractual dispute on behalf of a client which concerned the carriage of machinery and plant across Africa and which would have been very costly to litigate.