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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 involving injunction applications, breach of contract, breach of trust, professional negligence and judicial review.

We have advised upon many shareholder, director, partnership, agency, credit (B2B and consumer)and franchise disputes. We also assist our clients in 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 and assistance to clients with guarantee liability or who have been victims of mis-sold policies and failed mitigation/tax deferral investment schemes e.g. film schemes, EBT’s,  EFRB’s, EIS’, EZT’s. Our lawyers guide and protect investors through the devastating experience of dealing with HMRC pressure from APN’s and PPN’s.

Clients we work with

  • SME businesses
  • Individuals
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors
  • Valuers
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Brokers
  • Property developers
  • Contractors
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Banking and finance clients
  • Aggrieved investors
  • Insurers

Key Services



  • Mutli-award winning dispute resolution product
  • Helps SMEs to achieve a prompt settlement to a wide range of commercial disputes
  • Fixed fees payable only on a successful outcome and no upfront costs

Dispute avoidance services

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

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

Representation at Court

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

Key Contacts


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.

Jonathan Berkson

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.


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.

Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson

Andrew joined Bermans in 1985 to assist Ian Munford following the opening of our Manchester office and became a Partner in 2021. Since then he has gained great experience in both Invoice and Asset finance litigation.

Mike Smeaton

Michael Smeaton

Michael joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and became a Partner in 2021. Following his degree in law and qualification in September 2010, he joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.

Claire McDonnell

Claire McDonnell

Claire qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and joined Bermans in January 2019 as a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team.


Gareth Farrelly

Gareth joined Bermans in 2018, following his role as commercial litigation lawyer in the City and previous to that a successful career as a Premier League and international footballer. Gareth qualified as a solicitor in 2018 following his degree in law.


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.

Pat Haver

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.


Louisa Gardner

Louisa joined Bermans Liverpool office in September 2020 and is a trainee solicitor in the Litigation department.

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Palma Percze

Palma joined Bermans in March 2022 as a Paralegal based in our Manchester Litigation team. She works in areas such as breaches of contract, partnership disputes, probate, acquisition and tenancy issues.

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