Business Mediation Services

Our business mediation team can help resolve any dispute no matter how complicated or bitterly fought

Business mediation is a way of settling disputes without the delay, stress and expense of going to court.

We offer a solution to resolving business disputes which is quick, informal and cost-effective. Our experienced solicitors can arrange business mediations in a matter of days or weeks. Whilst a judge is limited to ruling on the law, our specialist mediators can help the parties arrive at a wider range of creative solutions.

Our business mediation solicitors will take time to understand the real issues causing the commercial legal dispute. As well as recognising that even in business emotions can run high, we are very much alive to the practical and commercial realities. Our flexible approach can help to preserve business relationships, despite the dispute at hand. Using their skills and experience, our solicitors will work tirelessly with the parties to try to find a resolution that everyone can live with.

We have a suite of comfortable rooms available for business mediations ensuring that each party has their own space and can discuss every aspect of the dispute in complete confidence.

Almost any business legal dispute is capable of being settled by mediation. Examples include:

  • Civil/Commercial Mediations
  • Building disputes
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Company/shareholder disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence claims

At Hart Brown, our business mediation services include specialising in commercial property disputes. Newspapers are full of reports of the astonishing costs which can be run up when neighbours end up in court arguing about relatively small areas of commercial land. Property disputes are notoriously bitterly fought, lengthy and expensive if they end up going to trial. In contrast, instructing us to mediate your commercial property dispute is a cost-effective, efficient and inexpensive way of resolving the matter at an early stage. We can broker a deal on terms which the court would not have had the power to impose. This means that the parties can continue to maintain a relationship which was perhaps in danger of being destroyed by the dispute.

If you’d like to learn more about our business dispute mediation services, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact our specialist team today by calling 01483 887766, email or start a live chat with us.

Who to contact

Jane Crosby -Head of Dispute Resolution

Jane Crosby

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Jane Crosby -Head of Dispute Resolution

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution & Accredited Mediator

Jane Crosby

Jane is a Partner based in the Guildford office and she is also Head of the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown. Jane specialises in employment Law and commercial litigation and brings more than 15 years' experience to her role.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Jane was employed in the aviation industry. This experience is appreciated by many of Jane's clients who note that she is able to take a commercial and pragmatic approach to any legal issue that they face.

Jane acts for a wide range of individuals and businesses and her areas of specialism include aviation, property related industries and IT. Jane regularly advises on aspects of employment law, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, policies and procedures, redundancies, equal pay, data protection, issues arising from TUPE and reorganisations, the calculation of holiday pay, bonus and commission payments, disciplinary and grievance issues, dismissal and termination issues, the protection of confidential information and the enforcement of restrictive covenants. Jane gets involved in GDPR training for her clients and she is able to deliver tailored employment law training sessions upon request.

As a commercial litigation lawyer, Jane also deals in shareholder and directors disputes, commercial contract disputes and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.

Jane has been involved in successful high value commercial litigation for clients in the High Courts, she is an accredited mediator and she is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Jane is often asked to write for a number of well known publications, including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Week and she has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

Here is small selection of the feedback that Jane has received:

“Jane, I cannot sincerely thank you enough for your wise counsel and am delighted to have made your acquaintance. If I am blessed with a new position somewhere I will hand over my contract in the first instance to you. Likewise, any of my friends, peers, romans and countrymen wanting advice, I will point them in your direction.”

“Jane, you have been most resilient on my behalf for which I sincerely thank you for all your endeavours. I have a tremendous working relationship with Hart Brown and you have undoubtedly compounded this further."

“I appreciated the clarity of advice given at a stressful time”.

“A sensitive and highly professional approach and efficient work in the interests of the client”.

“Your advice, conduct and assistance have been indeed outstanding and very professional but also – and most importantly – very humane”.

    Lucy-Senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution

    Lucy Penfold

    Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

    Lucy-Senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution

    Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

    Lucy Penfold

    Lucy is a Senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team here at Hart Brown and specialises in property litigation and contentious trusts and probate.

    Lucy completed her law degree at Kingston University before completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford (now the University of Law). Lucy qualified in 2012 and brings with her general commercial litigation experience from Central London and Surrey law firms.

    A member of the Property Litigation Association, Lucy deals with all areas of property litigation including varied landlord and tenant disputes, evictions, neighbour disputes, boundary disputes, commercial property disputes, property disrepairs and dilapidations.

    Lucy also deals with various contentious probate matters, including interpreting the terms of wills, brining or defending claims to contest wills or trusts, and executor removal disputes.

    Lucy’s general commercial litigation experience allows her to have a pragmatic and commercial approach to any legal issue faced.

    Client feedback

    " I really appreciate what you have done so far, your willingness to assist me when we first spoke over the phone. Your are truly a star"

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