Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Clients come to us for complex, high value disputes and investigations, where strategic advice and sound judgement is essential. Our practice is particularly strong when deploying our unique skills to solving disputes across corporate, private wealth and tax.

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

We have built a team that has expertise in key areas in relation to litigation and dispute resolution, and have highly-rated specialist practices in the following areas:

  • Corporate disputes
  • Construction, engineering and real estate disputes
  • Competition law litigation
  • Financial services and markets disputes and investigations
  • Fraud including corporate crime and investigations
  • International arbitration
  • Private client disputes
  • Tax investigations and disputes

We are experts in litigation funding, and are market leaders on the economics and structures of the various fee arrangements available, enabling us to offer clients the opportunity to manage litigation costs effectively.

We also offer our clients access to our Case management unit, which project manages litigation, and uses market-leading technological solutions to ensure that cases are run in a highly-streamlined and cost-effective way.

What people are saying


"Macfarlanes has well-resourced teams and talented, sharp lawyers."

Chambers UK 2022

"My overall impression of the firm (the dispute section) is excellent. Cooperation within the team is good, they are all hard working and deliver superb quality work. Particularly strong in cross-border issues."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"They are a team of high-quality experts who can grapple with cases of great complexity and difficulty. Yet, they wear their expertise lightly in that they maintain a high degree of humanity and empathy in steering their clients through the challenges of a potentially life-changing case which for most people happens only once in a lifetime."

The UK Legal 500 2022

"They have a team of extremely able lawyers, who really get to the bottom of the knottiest cases, and ally that to good commercial judgement so as to arrive at an effective strategy for the client. Excellent team players."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"The commercial litigation team has the unique combination of commercial nous and depth of legal knowledge. The team is also very approachable and down to earth."

The UK Legal 500 2023

"Macfarlanes have a genuinely premium commercial litigation team, with tremendous ability at all levels."

The UK Legal 500 2023