Manleys, a leading Chester law firm, have reinforced their award-winning, national reputation following their latest legal win. Although a complicated and meticulous process, Peri Mornington, Dispute Resolution Specialist and Solicitor, finalised a swift settlement of the dispute out of court.
The disagreement escalated after a fallout between two former business partners, who are unnamed for legal reasons. With both parties failing to finalise a written agreement, and Manley’s legal opponent being based in Northern Ireland, no jurisdiction clause being agreed. Despite this, Peri Mornington secured £20,000 for her client, explaining: “The lack of a formal agreement with jurisdiction clauses could have caused issues in this case but we were happily able to secure an advantageous result without proceedings. It is worth noting that a jurisdiction clause is something which is of relevance since Brexit.”
Whilst most business disputes are complicated by financial issues, cross- jurisdictional litigation cases present their own set of unique and time-consuming challenges. Defined as a business or company disagreement where a client is residing in a country separate to where the court is sitting, these cases rely on communication across separate jurisdictions. Peri Mornington explains: “Northern Ireland and Scotland each have their own jurisdictions and legal processes, the lack of a formal agreement with jurisdiction clauses could have caused issues in this case but happily we were able to secure an advantageous result without proceedings.”
The solicitor added: “Friends and family, and even close business partners, often do not feel there is a need to formalise their agreements in writing. Unfortunately, relationships can and do break down. When this happens, disagreements can escalate to legal proceedings.”
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