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Letting a dispute go on for too long is costly, stressful and can be detrimental to your business and personal time. As a dispute problem solver, the earlier I can be involved in your dispute the quicker I can apply litigation strategy to try and find a resolution. I’m commercially focussed and a firm negotiator and aim to resolve your dispute early and efficiently, so you can concentrate on your individual goals or running your business.

I’m qualified in both the UK and Australia, and with over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation, I act for companies and individuals in both regions, advising on professional negligence matters, company issues and complex contractual disputes. I never let my clients chase me, so I’ll always keep you updated on your case.

The type of clients I assist include individuals who have been victims of professional negligence, buyers and sellers of companies facing post-acquisition disputes and SME’s in the defence and security sector. My experience in the defence and security, means that I understand a very niche industry, which requires precision in resolving disputes.

I enjoy a good commercial fight, and there’s nothing more satisfying than unravelling the evidence and building a strong case for my clients.

Dispute resolution knowledge and tenacity leads to testimonial for Partner

Claire Holford, Dispute Resolution Partner, recently acted for a client in the midst of a complex dispute within a family-run company. Her client, a majority shareholder and director, turned to her for expert advice following a claim by a former shareholder and director for alleged loss of dividends, profits and rights within the company. Claire’s knowledge of dispute resolution, combined with her tenacity and experience in company disputes, meant an amicable settlement was reached which was both financially beneficial to her client while preserving the relationships in the family. Following the case, her client provided this testimonial: “We worked with Claire on a complicated family company dispute where, at times, emotions ran high. Claire took the time to understand our needs and worked closely and diligently with us, and a suitable settlement was reached. “Throughout the case, Claire was professional and proficient and always took the time to explain each step in lay language, which meant we always felt a part of the process. Claire is an excellent solicitor with brilliant interpersonal skills and empathy. I would highly recommend her to anyone who requires and experienced dispute lawyer.”
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Resolution of a professional negligence claim involving investment property leads to testimonial

When an individual was wrongly advised on the purchase of an investment property by a conveyancing solicitor, they contacted Dispute Resolution Partner Claire Holford for advice on a professional negligence claim. Claire reviewed the evidence presented to her, considered direct and consequential losses and pursued a claim for professional negligence against the conveyancing firm. Thanks to Claire’s expertise, a pre-trial settlement was reached recovering nearly all loss. This meant the client could both recover financially and move on with other investment ventures. Following the case, her client provided this testimonial: “I am extremely appreciative of the outstanding legal representation provided by Claire. Her expertise in handling my professional negligence matter was evident throughout the entire process. Not only was she highly professional and knowledgeable, but she was also very kind and understanding. She skilfully navigated the complexities of the case, always keeping me informed and addressing my concerns. What impresses me the most was her honesty and level-headedness – she never made unrealistic promises, but instead provided a clear and accurate assessment of the situation and was careful to manage expectations. Her unwavering support and genuine care made a difficult time much more manageable. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation.”
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“Exemplary” advice settles dispute on professional negligence

Claire Holford was quick to act when a client came to her with a dispute resolution issue involving professional negligence. Thanks to Claire’s expertise and understanding, the issue was resolved through mediation. The client said: “Over a week now since my story with you has been finalised, and with that I would like to say how amazing you were. HCR are very lucky to have you. “Your professionalism was outstanding, your ability to recall vital information, and depth of knowledge to my case was exemplary. “I cannot speak highly enough of you, and of course your paralegal, Simona, who quietly also knew everything. Enormous thanks for getting me through my story.”
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Top Tips & FAQs

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Don’t withhold information about your case from me. In order to build a strong argument, I need to know all the details.

Take note of my advice, but don’t be afraid to question why I’m doing something – I’ll always work with you to achieve the best outcome.

I’m on your side throughout the whole process, so cooperate with me when I need your input.

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Will we win?

Litigation is risky, so I can never promise that you’ll be completely successful, but I will keep you updated of the risks as your case develops.

Have I got a good case?

When we meet, tell me as much as you can. I’ll then be able to look at the positive elements of your case and determine whether success is possible. However, litigation can be unpredictable, and it’s important to bear that in mind throughout.

I’m not sure if this document is relevant. What do you think?

Give me everything you have, and I’ll decide what’s relevant to the case and what you need to disclose.

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