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Commercial Litigation and Disputes

Tuesday, Jul-23, 2024

Commercial Litigation and Disputes

It is a fact of business life that disputes will arise. Some arise because mistakes are made, or people do the wrong thing - but often they happen just because your business is successful and other people want a piece of it.

The way to deal with such a dispute is to manage the risks and maximise the strengths of your case, and make the resolution of it the stepping stone to better things.

McCormicks can help you choose the appropriate manner for resolving any dispute - from any form of mediation and arbitration to full-on litigation - and bring your business through it successfully.


McCormicks reputation continues to grow in all aspects of corporate and commercial work. The firm is recognised in the market for the commercial acumen which comes from its experienced team of specialists.

In the field of commercial litigation, McCormicks is ranked as one of the leading firms in the region with a growing and significant number of high profile instructions as well as retaining a very impressive client base.

Comments from McCormick’s clients emphasise the firm's pragmatic skill in mediating an effective result to a dispute, whilst remaining always prepared if necessary to resort to the courts.

Recent work includes advice and mediation relating to breach of contract, committal proceedings, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, insurance claims, debt recovery and employment advice.

This Professional Discipline team impresses clients with ‘its cooperative work ethic. The lawyers make you feel important and they prioritise your work.” Chambers UK.

Clients dub Peter McCormick ‘an intellectually clever, commercially astute lawyer who is very good to have on your side in a time of crisis.’ He applies his great depth of experience and legal knowledge in a calm and efficient manner.” Chambers UK

McCormicks’ Peter McCormick has an excellent reputation for contentious and non-contentious work across broadcasting, IP rights and sponsorship and for defamation complaints relating to print and broadcast media.” UK Legal 500

Clients say the firm is ‘a very professional outfit with excellent credentials, contacts and knowledge.

Peter McCormick is known for his experience in sports law and has a reputation as being a powerful advocate of his client’s case. Clients say he is a ‘very commercial, straight-talking lawyer who is incredibly driven with a clear determination to succeed.” Chambers UK

The well-regarded Peter McCormick leads the team which handles both contentious and non-contentious work and acts for high-profile companies as well as individuals. The practice spans broadcasting, media, personal contracts, sponsorship, defamation and complaints relating to broadcasters and the press.” UK Legal 500

Clients say ‘They don’t just lay down the law. The advice we receive is pragmatic, common-sense and fits with the environment we are working within. Peter McCormick offers clients an authentic understanding of sports regulation and is applauded by sources for infusing his advice with commercial sense.” Chambers UK

McCormicks maintains a well-respected team. Practice head Peter McCormick is ‘knowledgeable, reliable, helpful and authoritative.” UK Legal 500

Harrogate-based McCormicks is highly influential in the football sector. Market observers say: ‘They have a really thorough knowledge of football, both the market and the law’. Clients say the firm is 'immensely responsive, very prompt, very quick, respond carefully to all the requests we’ve made.

Peter McCormick is a towering figure within football. Opponents, colleagues and clients alike are quick to attest to the value of the ‘practical common-sense advice’, provided by ‘a lawyer who not only understands football, but always sees the commercial realities as well.” Chambers UK.

McCormicks has ‘almost unparalleled experience in the sports world.’ Peter McCormick is a ‘first-class litigator.” UK Legal 500

McCormicks has established itself as one of the few English media firms outside London with a profile in the wider market.” Chambers UK

According to one source this team ‘does what is said on the tin.’ Peter McCormick is ‘thoroughly competent and absolutely responsive.” Chambers UK

"McCormicks’ ‘excellent’ team has ‘unrivalled knowledge of football.’ The ‘very commercial’ Peter McCormick is highlighted for his ‘expertise’ and ‘sound advice.” UK Legal 500

This Harrogate-based team plays an integral part in the region’s sports sector. However it is the team’s work for the Premier League which marks it out as one of the country’s elite sports practices.” Chambers UK

Peter McCormick is a prominent figure within sport, especially football. One client was highly impressed with his ‘very practical approach to commercial business – when I make big decisions, I run them past him. He’s so streetwise that while I know his expertise is in sports law, I feel confident asking him about anything!” Chambers UK

McCormicks is ‘a market leader in the field of sports law’. Peter McCormick is an ‘able advocate and a fearsome opponent’, and his ‘vast experience has allowed him to gain the ear of The Premier League’. He recently acted in arbitration proceedings relating to the FA’s Rule K, brought by Leyton Orient concerning the decision to approve West Ham United’s move to the Olympic Stadium.” Legal 500

Peter McCormick leads McCormicks’ growing portfolio of contentious work, for clients such as Strutt Family Trusts.” - Legal 500

"Although primarily known for its top-tier sports practice, McCormicks is 'also an excellent regional litigation firm that is able to deal with heavy High Court work', and is notable for 'outstanding service standards, value for money and success rate'. The 'irrepressible' Peter McCormick 'understands the economics and practicalities of cases.'" - Legal 500

"Recognised for its strength in handling disputes that arise out of the sports industry. Expertise includes arbitration, competition and insolvency issues on behalf of clients from a variety of sectors as well as sport and leisure entities." - Chambers UK

"The team at McCormicks really understand what you are trying to achieve and work hard to make sure you get there." - Chambers UK

“McCormicks is ‘a terrific regional firm providing exceptional client service’. The team ‘knows how to conduct litigation before a disciplinary body’ and also stands out for its debt recovery and insolvency litigation expertise. ‘Savvy and engaging’ Peter McCormick jointly head the department. Clients include professional indemnity insurers, private investors and high-net worth individuals, international corporates, family companies and sporting organisations including the Premier League and various football clubs. Edmondson is handling a portfolio recovery matter for longstanding client, the Solicitors Indemnity Fund.” - Legal 500

“Harrogate-based firm McCormicks is recognised for its representation of sports sector clients, which includes participants and regulators. The team has experience handling a range of contentious matters including contractual claims, construction disputes, debt recovery issues, professional negligence matters and contentious probate work. Beyond the sports sector, the group is growing its digital sector expertise with several new client wins.” - Legal 500