Overview

Our Dispute Resolution team, led by our Managing Partner, Razi Mireskandari, is an exceptional commercial litigation team with skills in helping clients find a pragmatic, expedient and commercial way to achieve the best outcomes in their commercial disputes. 

We advise individuals, rights owners, brands, companies, partnerships, charities, public bodies, and international businesses on contractual disputes, rights of enforcement, recovery of damages and claims involving regulators and overseas defendants.  

Members of the team have specialist expertise in advising on IP litigation, music litigation, data protection and professional negligence claims.

  • It feels like a single effective practice rather than a series of specialist groups.

    Legal 500, 2021
  • A very responsive and experienced firm whose people that give practical and helpful advice at a reasonable cost.

    Legal 500, 2021

What we do

  • Commercial Litigation

    We advise on all forms of commercial litigation for both claimants and defendants and are valued for helping our clients to achieve their aims in the most pragmatic and cost effective manner.

    Our clients range from individuals and companies (from sectors ranging from technology to manufacturing and retail), to professional partnerships, charities, governments, investors, business owners and international businesses operating in the UK.

    We guide clients through every stage of their dispute – from assessing the initial risks on to pursuing the claims in the courts, to resolving matters through arbitration and other forms of mediation.  Several members of our team are accredited mediators.

  • Music Litigation

    We have specialist expertise in advising clients in the music industry on dealing with disputes, enforcing their rights in the courts and recovering sums due to them.

    These range from pursuing those who infringe an artist’s rights, or refuse to pay royalties or to taking action against a band member who is seeking to terminate a music partnership.

    We have industry knowledge and a strong international network of lawyers in other jurisdictions with whom we work closely on international claims.

  • IP & Rights Litigation

    We have specialist experience as IP litigators on all aspects of clients operating in the UK and internationally.

    We are recognised as leaders in our field and act for retailers, broadcasters, brands, artists and rights owners, photographers and content owners, publishers, fashion labels, and manufacturers and Tech companies.  We also advise on all data protection related issues including dealing with regulatory authorities.

    Our team is actively involved in brand protection, taking enforcement action against IP infringement, including injunctions, seeking damages and removal; and are acknowledged for our practical and commercial approach based on our strong understanding of the industry.

  • Professional Negligence

    We have specialist experience in advising clients on claims for negligence against professional partnerships, advisers and suppliers which can be pursued against them and their insurers.

    We also advise professionals on defending these claims in a wide range of industries.

    Members of our team are qualified Mediators and can provide guidance on mediation where this is viewed as a better means of achieving the objectives of the parties in a negligence related dispute.

  • Property Litigation

    We advise on property related claims, principally between property owners and developers and their contractors which can range from disputes to recover unpaid sums to claims for professional negligence.

    We also provide advice and assist with negotiation with disputes relating to property backed lending and in enforcing the rights of second charge holders.

    We work closely with our Real Estate team who have proven expertise in advising on property related disputes.

  • Defamation
    We are ranked by the UK’s leading legal directories as a Top Tier law firm in advising clients on Defamation.
    We advise some of the UK and Global leading publishers on their content and in defending and responding to claims of defamation.We also act for individual and corporate claimants in protecting their reputations.We have acted and are noted in some of the UK’s leading cases in these areas, acting for both defendants and claimants.
  • Testimonials

    “The firm has a lively collaborative ethos and has been strengthened by a number of lateral hires in recent years which have helped it to reach out beyond its traditional media-related commercial disputes into property-based litigation and financial services disputes.”
    Legal 500, 2021

    “The unique attributes of Simons, Muirhead Burton are their availability and willingness to assist on the full range of commercial issues. Their advice is clear, concise and commercially focussed. They look for the best solutions not always via legal actions.”
    Legal 500, 2021

    “A dynamic and collaborative ethos and has strength in media- related disputes.”
    Legal 500, 2020