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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Practical approach to the resolution of disputes

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Bermans advise on all aspects of litigation, providing a practical approach to the resolution of disputes.

We are highly experienced across the full spectrum of Dispute Resolution techniques, from negotiation to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediation, expert opinion adjudication and executive tribunal.

In certain circumstances Court action is unavoidable or necessary and in these instances our specialist team of lawyers can provide appropriate advice and assistance in seeking to reach an agreed settlement or otherwise resolving disputes via the Court process.


Services for businesses and individuals

No two cases are the same and Bermans specialises in dealing with a wide range of disputes.

These include breach of contract disputes and professional negligence, as well as advising upon shareholder, director, partnership, agency or franchise disputes. We can also assist our clients with disputes relating to insurance tax, trust, construction, property/property developer and landlord/tenant disputes.

The Litigation team works with a number of clients in the banking and finance sectors, and provides advice on guarantee liability and mis-sold policies.

We can also provide advice to individuals on mortgage repossessions and consumer credit disputes.


Clients we work with


  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors
  • Valuers
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Brokers
  • Property developers
  • Contractors
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Banking and finance clients
  • Individuals

Key Services


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Dispute avoidance services

  • Litigation consultancy service
  • Full review of documentation and trading practices
  • Identifying flaws
  • Recommendations provided (on a fixed fee basis)
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Alternative dispute resolution

  • Effective tool for resolving disputes out of Court
  • Methods of ADR include mediation, expert opinion, adjudication and mini trial
  • Can significantly reduce cost and time
  • Flexible settlement options
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Representation at Court

  • Hearing and trial advocacy
  • Clear and robust advice and assistance
  • Litigation funding and insurance solutions

Key Contacts


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Nick Harvey

Nick, a partner since 2001, heads up the Litigation & Dispute Resolution as well as the Collections and Recoveries teams and also serves on Bermans board.


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Jonathan Berkson

Jonathan is an award winning, experienced dispute resolver. He works with clients to resolve complex disputes in the most cost effective and commercial way.


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Andrew Koffman

Andrew joined Bermans in January 2017 as a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. Amongst his specialises are property litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes and litigation for secured lenders.


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Andrew Henderson

Andrew joined Bermans in 1985 to assist Ian Munford following the opening of our Manchester office. Since then he has gained great experience in both Invoice and Asset finance litigation.


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Michael Smeaton

Michael joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and, following his qualification in September 2010, joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.


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Pat Haver

Pat joined Bermans in 1997 and works in our Litigation department. She deals with a wide range of contract disputes and also property litigation matters.


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Adam Patel

Adam is am currently working in Bermans Insolvency and Litigation departments, working on the resolution of commercial disputes and cases involving breach of contract.


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Anita Jackson

Anita joined Bermans in 1987 and has over 25 year experience in the recoveries arena has a deep understanding of finance and asset based recoveries procedures.