Dispute resolution – Covid-19


The impact of Covid-19 on organisations is far reaching and businesses will be dealing with a variety of commercial issues as a result of the outbreak.  

We are working with clients proactively to help manage the impact of the current situation.   This includes helping to manage relationships with contractual counter-parties and ensuring that operations continue to run smoothly.  At the same time, we are also taking steps to protect our clients' positions, in the event of future disputes.  
If commercial disputes do arise, we are on hand to help businesses resolve these as quickly as possible, whilst managing their risks and business resources swiftly and cost-effectively.  We will guide our clients in relation to all contractual disputes, including in relation to any force majeure / frustration type issues that arise and the consequences of the failure of contractual counterparties to perform. 
Our commercial disputes team has decades of experience in assisting clients from different sectors, including government authorities and publicly funded bodies, corporates, SMEs, business founders and high net worth individuals, and we are here to help businesses navigate these challenging circumstances.
With the global real estate and construction industry feeling significant impact from the restrictions in place due to the current situation with Covid-19, in particular the suspension of works and closure of sites as well as supply chain issues and financial pressures, we are helping our clients avoid potential contentious issues and looking at how we can help them to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on a wide variety of projects.
Our property litigation team is assisting landlords, tenants, operators and investors across the commercial and residential sectors in getting to grips with the property-related implications of the emergency coronavirus measures.  For example, we are helping landlords of commercial real estate to manage the impact on cash flow caused by the three month moratorium on forfeiture by pro-actively managing any rent concession expectations.  There are equally significant implications for residential landlords and tenants, such as the automatic three month suspension of housing evictions, as well as concerns associated with more practical procedures like gas safety checks and building safety, which we can assist with.

Litigation – Service

As a temporary measure and due to the restrictions on movement introduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, until further notice and where we have confirmed we are authorised to accept service of legal proceedings and documents for the purposes of the Civil Procedure Rules we will accept service of those proceedings and documents by email only. To effect service, the documents should be sent to the email address of the Trowers & Hamlins' fee-earner dealing with the matter and to the following email address: litigationservice@trowers.com

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