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Resolving disputes

ADR / Mediation

Our Litigation team have extensive experience in mediation

Cost effective and commercially orientated

In today's economic climate it is important for businesses to resolve disputes in ways that are both cost-effective and commercially oriented. Sometimes traditional litigation may not be the most appropriate method of resolving commercial differences.

We are committed to exploring the possibility of ADR / Mediation where we believe that option is in the best interest of our client. By considering ADR, we can give our clients the best possible opportunity to reach a commercial solution.


Our Litigation team has been involved in Mediations across a wide range of sectors. Recent experience includes:

  • Achieving a settlement for a major landlord client in respect of a multi-million pound dispute involving the termination of the Agreement for Lease in relation to a shopping centre development
  • Achieving a settlement for an IT supplier in respect of the long term supply contract with a local authority
  • Achieving a settlement for the former shareholders of a business who were faced with a substantial breach of warranty claim

Dominion Corporate Trustees vs. Debenhams Properties

Gordon Deane acted for the successful claimants in the widely reported decision in Dominion Corporate Trustees vs. Debenhams Properties. 

This was a significant dispute arising out of the unlawful termination of an agreement for lease of a shopping centre. It involved complex issues of contractual interpretation and repudiatory breach. The claimants were successful on the issue of liability at the first instance.

Debenhams were given permission to appeal. Prior to the hearing of that appeal the parties agreed to mediate. After an extended mediation in London, a settlement was reached. Debenhams agreed to take a lease of a larger unit in the shopping centre. 

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