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


"One source describes the firm's work as 'exemplary' and adds: 'The lawyers are smart, efficient, practical and creative, and they have a very co-operative culture, with strong teamwork and excellent relations with clients and counsel.'"

Chambers UK 2020

"Sources comment: 'They are more than capable of going toe-to-toe with magic circle firms, and you get dedicated partner time and excellent client care.'"

Chambers UK 2019

"Macfarlanes is 'an excellent choice for clients and foreign law firms involved in large civil fraud cases with an international dimension'."

The UK Legal 500 2017

"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