Dispute Resolution

Few organisations can avoid disputes in today's business climate. We can advise you how best to present your arguments or defend your position, be it in negotiations, arbitration, litigation, mediation or tribunal proceedings.

The right advice, at the right time, can save you money.

We operate cost effective procedures to resolve issues that include going to the Court but also consider other methods of resolving disputes including mediation, arbitration and negotiation.

If you have problems in any of the following areas we will advise and help you.

  • Contractual disputes
  • Debt collection
  • Employment
  • Property disputes

We will give you a free consultation over the phone to identify the nature of your problem and advise you of possible alternatives available to resolve it.

Getting the best advice quickly often saves considerable costs and time.

Specialist Units


We act for both employers and employees in connection with Employment Tribunal claims including claims of unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and bullying in the workplace. We have also successfully negotiated settlement of claims on behalf of our clients where appropriate.

Our full range of services for employers is available here.

Our services for individuals are available here.

If you would like further information, please contact Kate Booth.


Our experienced advocates deal daily with road traffic offences and all other types of blue and white-collar crime in the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

Alternative dispute resolution

For some time we have recognised the importance of 'horses for courses'. Whilst litigation may sometimes be the only way to resolve a dispute, there are other ways. Recent procedural changes in the courts have made it more important that alternatives are considered which will resolve a dispute effectively and cheaply.

The members of our team are aware of the alternatives and will recommend them when appropriate. We have partners trained as mediators in both family and commercial disputes.

Supporting businesses throughout Yorkshire, the UK and internationally; Eaton Smith's highly regarded Business Services Team advises on starting-out through to high profile corporate and international transactions, helping businesses with trading agreements, internet trading, business structures, reorganisations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, intellectual property, sports law, employment law, property, debt collection and disputes. One of our commercial clients has this to say about us:

"We were buying a large private company, who left us with a rather unreasonable timescale. I was therefore deeply impressed with the way you guys picked up the challenge and ran with it like the true professionals you are.

I think I heard a comment from the vendors about 'provincial solicitors' once at the beginning of the matter. I never heard it again. I can sincerely and honestly say, having had some experience of big city solicitors in the past, that I could not conceive how any other firm would have dealt with this in the same expert, expedient and insanely short timescale that you did. This is not flannel – it is a fact and I am humbled by the way you guys responded and looked after my interests and those of my company"

If you need a solicitor, you want to be confident that your interests are properly looked after. Our teams of legal professionals have an extensive range of skills and experience to offer our clients, who also enjoy the added benefit of dealing with a firm that is large enough to provide specialists in the many areas of legal issues that we cover including; family matters, employment problems, house purchases and sales, wills, crime and road traffic offences, personal injury, medical negligence and dispute resolution.