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Breach of Contract Solicitors, London

Becoming involved in a contract dispute can be difficult. It might be holding up business or causing you financial difficulty.

A contract is a legally binding agreement between at least two parties – which can be written or agreed verbally - but if one party fails to meet its obligations under the agreement, it results in a breach of contract and may give rise to a claim for compensation. If you are involved in a contract dispute and require expert legal advice, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Evaluating a Claim for Breach of Contract

For parties who believe they may have a claim for breach of contract, or who have had a claim for breach of contract made against them, seeking legal advice should be the first priority. A solicitor with the right expertise and experience will be able to quickly identify and advise on key issues such as the likelihood of success, the categories of damages available, and the potential for alternatives to litigation. Identifying key issues at an early stage can mean the difference between a lengthy, costly, and potentially unsuccessful court battle and a quick, amicable resolution agreeable to both parties.

Damages in Breach of Contract Litigation

The general aim of an award of damages is to compensate the injured party and put them in the same position as if the contract had been performed. There are several different categories of damages that could be applicable depending on the specific aspects of the claim, including:

  • Compensatory damages: awarded to compensate for loss suffered.
  • Nominal damages: where there is a breach of contract but no loss has been suffered.
  • Account of Profits: this would be an award equal to the value of profits enjoyed as a result of the breach and is typically only available if compensatory damages are inadequate.
  • Liquidated damages: this is where parties agree the level of damages for a breach and include it in the contract at the outset. There are various conditions that must be met in order for such a clause to be enforceable and a solicitor will be able to advise on whether it is valid.

This list is by no means exhaustive and which form of damages you might be able to expect will depend entirely on the facts of the case. Damages are usually calculated based on one of two types of loss.

  • Expectation loss, or loss of potential earnings. For example, the profits the injured party would have expected to make had the contract been performed.
  • Reliance loss, or wasted expenditure. This refers to the expenses incurred by a claimant who relied on a contract being performed.

Both types of loss can differ greatly in value from case to case and it will typically only be possible to claim for one. It is therefore vital to instruct a firm with the right level of experience and skill to ensure that you are given a realistic estimate of the likely damages from the outset and are fully advised of the merits of your case.

Alternatives to Litigation

Saunders Law is a London law firm, committed to finding the best possible solution for our clients and will consider a broad range of methods to resolve commercial disputes. If court proceedings are necessary, we will use our extensive advocacy skills to tirelessly fight your corner, but we recognise that disputes can be time-consuming, expensive and harmful to business relations and are well equipped to advise on all mediation and conciliation methods where appropriate.

Getting Advice for Breach of Contract Litigation

As outlined above, the benefits of instructing a firm who are experts in breach of contract litigation are considerable. Instructing the right firm can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. At Saunders Law, our expert partner-led team of dedicated litigators has over 40 years of knowledge and experience to draw from and is perfectly equipped to offer straightforward, commercially-sound and practical legal advice on any aspect of breach of contract disputes.

Contact Us – Saunders Law Expert Breach of Contract Litigation Lawyers in London

We are a team of seasoned litigators, recognised for our advocacy skills and for tirelessly fighting our client’s corner. We’re well-known for our high-profile work and excellent client satisfaction. We operate from offices facing the High Court in central London and are ideally located to handle breach of contract litigation.

We provide clear and open advice regarding the costs involved, are adept at offering commercially attractive funding arrangements, which could include conditional fee arrangements, and we have excellent relationships with litigation funders.

Call us on 02076324300 or make an enquiry online.

Valuing your claim

As a partner-led, niche litigation practice in Central London, we cannot cost effectively handle claims with a value below £10,000 – unless you qualify for Legal Aid and your matter relates to our Civil Liberties, Public Law and Police Actions practice. In such cases, the legal fees can exceed the amount recovered. If your claim is below this level then free, specialist advice could be available from either the Citizens Advice Bureau or your local law centre.


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