Litigation and dispute resolution


Macfarlanes has a leading, international litigation and dispute resolution practice. Our team delivers intelligent and cost-effective solutions for highly complex or sensitive problems.

Many disputes can be resolved without the need for court proceedings. We are experts in all forms of alternative dispute resolution and we have the experience to advise you on when to use them and how best to make them work in your specific situation.

When we do litigate, our lawyers have the breadth of experience to recommend the best strategy. The disputes we handle are critically important to our clients and, therefore, to us. Every dispute presents unique challenges, but our model is constant: actively involved partners leading a consistent team of solicitors and counsel.

Strategic thinking is always at the forefront of our minds. We don’t get lost in the detail of complex, document-heavy litigation; we master the minutiae but will always focus on the bigger picture ensuring that we understand your business needs and work with you to achieve your commercial objectives.

Ultimately litigation is a means to an end. For our clients we achieve that as effectively as possible; with the other side we are determined and tenacious and won't pull our punches.


  • Clients say: "First class. They are always my first choice for litigation. They are especially experienced in dealing with international adversaries." and, "the quality of the work and the personnel is very high. They are very team-oriented."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Clients say: 'They are very solutions-focused and provide practical legal advice that can be applied' and 'They are very pragmatic. They tell me how it is, rather than what I like to hear. They have that personal touch that works well'."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "Macfarlanes LLP’ clients rate its ability to ‘produce astonishing results’."

    The Legal 500 UK 2016

  • "Macfarlanes LLP 'understands what clients want'."

    The UK Legal 500 2015

  • "Macfarlanes LLP 'offers a very partner focused approach'."

    The UK Legal 500 2015

  • "Macfarlanes LLP has an 'exceptional practice'."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "'The service has been excellent and they have been very efficient in terms of how many people they have working on matters.'"

    Chambers Europe 2014

Practice Head

Iain Mackie


+44 (0)20 7849 2299


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