Our Dispute Resolution and Litigation team has resolved and/or prevented disputes arising for hundreds of charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations over the years in a timely and cost effective manner.

As the leading UK legal advisors to charities and not-for-profits, we specialise in resolving disputes in the sector and have a deep understanding of its particular dynamics and sensitivities. Our approach to resolving disputes is client sensitive. We start by listening. Once we have considered your aims and objectives we work with you to seek to achieve a tailored solution that meets your needs, mindful always of the reputational and financial implications for your organisation.

We understand the regulatory framework in which our clients operate, and regularly liaise with the Charity Commission, including filing Serious Incident Reports, obtaining consent to bring or defend legal proceedings, obtaining formal advice and orders, and dealing with statutory enquiries.

Where court proceedings are necessary our experienced litigators can represent you robustly in the Charity Tribunal, the High Court and County Court and other courts and tribunals, including arbitration and adjudication (in construction disputes).

We are also able to take or defend action on an urgent basis to protect your organisation’s interests, including obtaining asset freezing orders, search orders and other injunctions where appropriate.

We advise on a wide range of disputes that include national, international and cross-border issues and regularly advise lawyers outside the UK on matters or proceedings involving English charity law.

We offer discounted rates and a range of funding options and are happy to discuss tailoring a package to suit your needs.

We can help your charity or social enterprise with:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Statutory and other regulatory enquiries
  • Trustee, member and other governance disputes
  • Funding and grant disputes
  • Contested probate/legacy disputes
  • Intellectual Property claims (including trade mark infringement, comparative advertising claims, passing off, copyright infringement, database infringement)
  • Sales of goods and services disputes
  • Breach of Trust claims
  • Statutory and other regulatory enquiries
  • Prevention and cure of fraud
  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Professional negligence
  • Construction and building-related disputes
  • Defamation (both pre-publication advice and bringing and defending claims)
  • Product liability disputes
  • Inquests
  • Debt recovery
  • Personal injury claims

If you would like an initial discussion on any issue on a no obligation basis, we would be pleased to talk to you. Please email disputeresolution@bwbllp.com or call +44 (0)20 7551 7777 and ask to speak to Malcolm Robson or Robert Oakley.


Recent work

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