If a dispute arises, you need a dispute resolution lawyer by your side who is able to assess the merits and advise strategically in order to achieve a commercial outcome at the earliest stage. Bringing contentious matters to a resolution within the parameters of an appropriate costs budget is critical to dispute resolution work in the modern era.

Our dispute resolution lawyers are proactive, commercially-minded and realistic, as well as technically proficient, with a forensic eye for detail in assessing the merits. They recommend strategies for the early resolution of disputes, including by means of negotiation, mediation and early neutral evaluation. Where it is not possible to resolve a dispute satisfactorily by agreement, our lawyers pursue the proceedings, whether before the courts, a tribunal or an arbitration panel, with efficiency and resolution.

We are experienced in litigation before the national courts in various jurisdictions from the lower tier courts through to the highest appeal courts, as well as international litigation with parties or assets in more than one jurisdiction.

With the development of our international capability, we have amassed a formidable team of international arbitration practitioners, with expertise in all major forms of arbitral forum and working across a number of jurisdictions and experienced in handling many different types of dispute, including in relation to international trade and construction and projects. For further details, please see here

We are also experienced in the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, and we successfully obtain interim remedies, such as freezing orders.

Specialist teams

Our dispute resolution lawyers have longstanding experience in their various practice areas and sectors, and work collaboratively so as to bring together the relevant specialist expertise, resources and sector knowledge for the particular matter.

Specialist fields in which we work include:

Commercial Disputes

We are experienced in most types of commercial disputes. Particular specialisms include:

pre-contractual negotiations, pre-action engagement, and other behind-the-scenes advisory and risk-management work
employment-related disputes and restraint of trade/restrictive covenants
construction claims
professional negligence claims
insurance claims
supplier/contractor disputes
debt claims
general commercial contract claims
international trade disputes
shareholder, JV, earn-out and company/partnership/limited liability partnership disputes and director and officer liability disputes
procurement claims
procedural battles, including jurisdiction challenges, security for costs, other interim relief applications, disclosure disputes and taking of evidence/deposition/examination requests
landlord and tenant disputes
real estate disputes
professional football-related sports law
contested trust and probate claims
disputes between joint owners of property and ownership of property
freezing injunction orders
International Arbitration
Our formidable team of international arbitration practitioners have expertise across numerous specialist types of dispute, including cross-border transactions, aviation and maritime, construction, engineering and projects disputes and energy and natural resources disputes.

Our lawyers are experienced in all the major forums for international arbitration, including ICC, LCIA, DIFC, SCC, ICSID and Ad Hoc tribunals.

We are experienced in the international enforcement of arbitral awards.

Property Disputes

Commercial and residential real estate and property frequently gives rise to disputes. It is important to have lawyers at your side who are experienced in the type of dispute and asset class and who advise on a strategy for an early resolution. For property disputes in particular, it is often in parties’ interests to resolve matters without going to Court, to avoid delay and cost.

Our Real Estate and Property dispute practitioners are highly experienced lawyers, who are familiar with a wide range of commercial and residential property disputes. Our real estate disputes group brings together practitioners working as a team who between them have dealt with all classes of property and a wide range of disputes.

Types of disputes includes:

landlord and tenant disputes, such as arising from non-payment of rent, breach of covenant, dilapidations, options and break clauses
contractual and conveyancing disputes, including those arising contracts for the disposal or acquisition of property
title issues, including claims between joint owners of property or someone who believes they have an interest in a property despite not being a registered proprietor
residential leasehold disputes, including claims for possession, service charge disputes and disrepair claims
leasehold enfranchisement
lease extensions
disputes in relation to development, including arising out of plans for infill development, ancillary rights, boundaries, party walls, basements and air space rights
Trusts, Probate and Estate Disputes
Disputes and problems relating to family wealth following the death of a family member can be difficult enough. In an increasingly interconnected world, many of our clients live in and own assets in different countries and this can present further difficulty.

An almost infinite variety of issues can arise, including difficult or disputed family inheritance claims, family trust disputes, and tax problems or mitigation, resulting in the potential loss of inheritance, family assets and wealth.

Trustees may fail to perform their duties and responsibilities properly; fail to act in an impartial way; act in breach of trust or breach their fiduciary duties. Beneficiaries may be disappointed and wish to challenge the trustees’ exercise of their role or decisions. The actions of the trustees might result in loss to the trust fund and the trustees may need to be replaced and action taken to recover trust assets.

Disputes can often arise challenging the validity of a will. Claims can include that the maker of the will did not have the requisite testamentary capacity, was unduly influenced, did not approve the contents of the will, that the will was superseded by a later will, was not signed in accordance with the legal requirements, or is a forgery or fraud. Disputes also arise regarding the interpretation of a will or the need to rectify the will.

Claims can be made seeking to remove executors and trustees. Disputes can also arise relating to the distribution of the assets of an elderly or infirm person before their death.

Finally, the law in some jurisdictions including England and Wales permits certain categories of people (e.g. spouses, former spouses, people maintained by the deceased and children, even if adult) to make claims against the estate of a deceased person, subject to a short time limit.

Spencer West have an experienced team of specialist lawyers who can assist clients seek to resolve issues and disputes that can arise.

Meet our team

Simeon Spencer
Senior Partner – Co-Founder
Antoine West
Managing Partner - Co-Founder
Stephen Abletshauser
Partner - Corporate, Private Client & Estate Planning
Alison Armstrong
Partner – Private Client
Asad Aslam
Associate - Commercial & Corporate, Family, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Technology
Sonya Bassett
Partner - Corporate & Commercial
Sonya Bedford MBE
Partner– Energy
Robert Bell
Partner - Competition & Regulatory
Nick Benson
Partner - Business Law
Jeremy Berg
Partner - Dispute Resolution
Tim Berg
Partner - Dispute Resolution and Insolvency
Kishan Bhatt
Partner - Mediation, Dispute Resolution and Corporate Advisory
Gurvir Birang
Senior Consultant - Commercial & Insolvency Dispute Resolution
Andrew Bird
Partner – Corporate
Golnar Bokaei
Partner - Real Estate, Family Law & Dispute Resolution
James Brenan
Partner – Real Estate
Suzanne Brooker
Partner - Restructuring & Insolvency, Construction
Dr Artur Bunk
Tobey Butcher
Partner - Dispute Resolution / Dispute Finance
Paolo Caldato
Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution
Helena Camacho
Partner - Residential & Commercial Property
Hilesh Chavda
Partner - Private Client
Ishtiaq Nawaz- Chechi
Partner – Real Estate, Lending, Commercial
Emma Claremont
Partner – Construction, Engineering and Projects, Dispute Resolution
Simon Cohen
Commercial Property, Acquisitions, Landlord and Tenant matters, Renewal of Business Leases, Residential Real Estate
Jowanna Conboye
Partner - Intellectual Property; Technology; Commercial
Valerie Cooper
Partner - Family Law
Nigel Croxford
Consultant - Construction, Engineering & Projects
Joanne Cummings
Partner – Real Estate
Richard Wyn Davies
Partner – Family, Dispute Resolution, Private Client
Helen Davis
Partner - Residential Property & Real Estate
Poh-Leng Devare
Partner – Commercial, Intellectual Property, Data Protection
Dhana Doobay
Partner – Telecoms, Media & Technology
Jonathan Ebsworth
Partner - Corporate & Commercial, Finance, Intellectual Property
Richard Eccles
Partner - Competition Law
Sarah Evans
Partner – Construction, Engineering & Projects
Stuart Evans
Partner - Commercial Dispute Resolution
Robert Foote
Partner - Corporate/Commercial Disputes, Restructuring and Insolvency
Karl Foster
Partner - Commercial
Toby Fountaine
Partner - Commercial, Intellectual Property & Private Client
Andrew Fraser
Partner - Franchising, IP and Commercial Contracts
Sivan Gelb
Partner – Real Estate
Andrew Gilbert
Partner – Dispute Resolution/Corporate and Commercial
Richard Gilbert
Partner - Family, Contested Trust & Probate
Kristy Gouldsmith
Partner - Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity
Emma Gross
Partner – Employment, Data Protection
Anne-Marie Hamer
Partner - Family
Hanne Mällinen-Scott
Partner – Family Law
Stephen Harris
Partner - Real Estate/Commercial Property
Brian Hearne
Partner – Real estate
Cameron Hill
Partner – Director, Spencer West Bermuda
Frances-Yvonne Igweh
Partner – Head of Africa Practice, Construction, Engineering & Projects
Bryony Irvine
Solicitor – Employment / Private Client
Desiree Jacob
Partner - Director, Spencer West, Cayman Office
Louise Johal
Partner - Dispute Resolution, Insolvency
Amrit Johal
Partner - Commercial Dispute Resolution, Family Law & Sports Law
Ahmed A Kashwani
Lawyer – UAE
Hassan Kashwani
Lawyer – UAE
Simon Kenny
Partner - Immigration
Maleeha Khan
Associate Solicitor
Jack Khurana
Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment Law
Natalie Knight-Wickens
Partner - Corporate & Commercial
Sharokh Koussari
Partner - Employment & Dispute Resolution
Diane Liston
Partner - Family, Private Client and Litigation
Germana Lo Iacono
Partner - Banking and financial services litigation; clinical negligence litigation
Haiqiao Lou
Partner – Real Estate
Zac Lucas
Partner – International Private Client
Thiara Malik
Partner – Residential Property
Duncan McNair
Partner – City/commercial disputes; and Wills/Estates/Inheritance disputes resolution
Mustafa Mehmood
Partner - Real Estate and Sports Law
Ted Mercer
Partner - Communication Industries and Dispute Resolution
Michael Miller
Partner – Agriculture, Farms & Estates
Sangeeta Moore
Partner – Private Client
David Morton
Partner - Finance
Justin Murray
Partner – City Disputes: Contentious Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution
Syed Mustafa Mahdi
Partner - Commercial & International Dispute Resolution
Paul Nathan
Partner - Dispute Resolution, Company Commercial and Insolvency
Georgia Neblett
Associate Solicitor – Family Law
Henry Nydam
Partner – Dispute Resolution
Aidan O’Reilly-Armas
Conveyancer - Residential and Commercial Property
Muhammad Salman Jamil Owaisi
Partner - Dispute Resolution
Brendan Pang
Partner - Dispute Resolution, Property Disputes
Michael Parker
Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution
Prakash Patel
Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution
Tony Pearce
Senior Counsel / Consultant – Will, Trust and Estate Disputes
Marc Picat
Partner – EU & Competition Law - Commercial
Edmund Probert
Partner – Commercial Law, IT Contracts & Intellectual Property
Eusebio Pujol
Partner - Corporate and Commercial; M&A; Real Estate
Paul Puxon
Partner – Corporate and Commercial
Sangeeta Rabadia
Partner - Private Client
Zoya Rao
Partner - Corporate, Commercial and Dispute Resolution
Keira Rawden
Partner – Commercial and Residential Real Estate
Rich Risino
Partner - Private Client Advisory
David Rose
Partner – Family, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Somaiyya Saad
Registered Foreign Lawyer
Michaël Schrevens
Partner - Commercial, Contracting, IP and ICT law, Construction and real estate, Franchising, Corporate law, Litigation and dispute resolution
Justin Selig
Partner - Real Estate
Mariló Pardo Serrano
Partner – Tax
Venisha Shah
Partner – Family Law
Jonathan Sharp
Partner - Commercial Dispute Resolution, Risk & Compliance
Philip Solomons
Partner – Corporate and Commercial
Andrew Sparrow
Senior Counsel – Corporate and Commercial, IT, IP, Artificial Intelligence, Data Protection and Commercial Aerospace
Suzie Stanley
Partner - Property Litigation
Alishba Taj
Registered Foreign Lawyer - Real Estate, Sports Law and Commercial
Alan Taylor
Consultant - Commercial Real Estate, Residential Property
Bradley Theobald
Partner - Corporate and Intellectual Property transactions
Tanya Thomas
Partner - Education Law
Simon Ward
Partner – Corporate & Commercial | Technology
Lisa Wilson
Partner - Residential Property
Joshua Yam
Partner – Real Estate
Euri Yoon
Partner – Tax
Syeda Javeria Hassan
Associate - Commercial Law and Commercial Dispute Resolution
Shahaab Kharal
Trainee Solicitor - Real Estate and Development, Private Finance, Commercial and Dispute Resolution