Loney Stewart Holland

Loney Stewart Holland is a specialist dispute resolution law firm established in 2016. We have a good understanding of the pressures and demands of SME businesses as we have built one ourselves and acted for hundreds of businesses across a wide range of sectors throughout the UK and internationally.

We operate with a small, experienced team and this ensures that we can deliver a high level of service acting as a seamless extension to our client’s businesses and very often working as a team alongside their day to day legal advisors. Our aim is to ensure minimal distraction to day to day business objectives while we look to resolve the problem at hand. We also operate a lean, technology-driven business model meaning that we offer excellent value for money when compared with traditional law firms.

We focus on giving clear, practical advice from the outset so that our clients are in control of decision-making and have a clear picture of the tactics adopted to achieve their goals. We are proud that, in the overwhelming majority of matters we deal with, we are able to deliver quick, pragmatic and commercial solutions without the need for formal legal proceedings.

Contractual disputes

Our team are experts in analysing and advising in respect of all types of commercial contract disputes, in a wide range of industry sectors. We take time to understand each client’s business, their key commercial objectives and the nature of the contract in question. This enables us to not only advise on the law, but on strategy and the most appropriate and cost-effective way of achieving the right outcome for each client, whatever that might be.
We can advise on the full range of contractual issues including:
• Supplier contracts – both goods & services
• Customer agreements
• The interpretation and enforceability of limitation and exclusion provisions
• Rights of termination
• Specific performance and injunctions
We are particularly adept at advising on ‘live’ contractual problems, where quick decisions need to be made to help keep a contract on the rails or alternatively to terminate relationships in a way that protects businesses and avoids common pitfalls.

Company and Partnership disputes

We understand how difficult these disputes can be; they can be highly charged and can impact on the day to day running of the business. They also need to be sorted out quickly.
We have a wealth of experience in advising and representing clients in all types of disputes involving directors, shareholders and partners, across a wide range of industry sectors including:
• Contractual disputes relating to Shareholder Agreements and Partnership Agreements
• Actions relating to departing and remaining directors, shareholders and partners
• Claims relating to breach of statutory or fiduciary duties
• Minority shareholder protection and unfair prejudice petitions
• “Boardroom” disputes between directors
• Claims arising from shares sales/purchases such as breach of warranty claims

Business protection

Intellectual property and confidential information is invaluable to any business and its infringement or misuse can cause significant damage. We have considerable experience in this area and regularly act for businesses of all sizes, as well as individuals, in relation to copyright, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and passing off. Alongside that, we advise on threats posed by former employees acting unlawfully in breach of covenants or obligations of confidentiality. Our specialist lawyers also regularly advise on reputational issues and action arising from defamation and malicious falsehood.
When faced with an act that puts your reputation or brand at risk we know that you need urgent advice and action, whether that involves making an urgent application to the Court for an injunction, or something else. We can advise on the options available to enable you to make an informed, commercial decision to protect your business.

Insurance disputes

We have a particular sector specialism in insurance disputes, having regularly acted for policyholders, intermediaries and insurers. We assist businesses ensure that their insurers meet their obligations. We can give you a frank assessment of the merits of your case and we will tell you what we think you can achieve based on our understanding of how insurers think and operate (which doesn’t always coincide with the merits). We have an excellent track record of achieving results for our clients combining technical understanding with a genuine passion for devising the right strategy to maximise the outcome.

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