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Disputes are an unwelcome part of any business. Whilst you can take steps and we can help you to avoid them, when they do arise finding a swift and economical solution is essential.
In any dispute, it is important to have the right team on your side. At DJM our Litigators conduct themselves according to our core values of what any commercial client can reasonably expect of them. Quite simply, we work with our clients to help them attain their business objectives.
Our Dispute Resolution team is led by Philip Graham who is regularly recognised in the Legal 500, seeks out business orientated resolutions to any dispute. Through its results focussed culture the Department has achieved an enviable success record over the year’s and on some complex, high profile, heavyweight matters that would rival any of the large City law firms.
Our goal is simple, to achieve the best result possible at the most realistic cost for our client. Our experience has taught us this is fundamentally what our clients want and expect.
At an early stage, we will evaluate your dispute and establish which options present the most suitable and cost-effective solution for you. At DJM, our experience of all possible means of dispute resolution, from round table negotiation to the International Court of Arbitration sits alongside court proceedings before the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. Our relationships with both local barristers and national Chambers provide first class advice and assistance at discounted rates.
However, dispute resolution is not solely about litigation through the courts. We regularly assist our clients through the many alternative routes to resolving a dispute including negotiation, mediation, adjudication, arbitration or independent evaluation. Our bespoke service of independent case review for each matter will quickly identify the most suitable option for you.
Within DJM’s Dispute Resolution team we have a wealth of experience across numerous sectors, including:
Corporate & Commercial
Estates, Trusts & Wills
Family & Divorce
Our team has a wealth of experience in providing legal advice to businesses and individuals on an array of issues.
Find out more about our experts, or get in touch to speak to us directly.
Phone: 01792 656520
Year joined DJM: 2010
Qualifications: Laura graduated from Cardiff University with a Law Degree LL.B (Hons) 2:1 in 2008. Laura then completed the Legal Practice Course in 2009 at Swansea University and passed with Distinction. Laura then joined the firm in 2010 as a paralegal in our Dispute Resolution and Commercial department before qualifying into the department in March 2013.
In January 2017, Laura was appointed as an Associate Director.
In July 2018 Laura was registered as a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), being one of only 3 solicitors in Swansea who have been appointed and 12 in South West Wales.
Laura was approached by and has joined the Lexis Nexis panel of experts for commercial litigation and will feature regularly on the national bulletin of case updates.
Specialist Area: Laura has experience of dealing with a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract matters, joint ventures, partnerships, construction and professional negligence.
Laura has developed a specific specialism in the area of contentious probate and trusts and has been recognised in the Legal 500 (2017 edition) as having “built up considerable experience in relation to contentious probate matters”.
Laura acts in a wide variety of probate and trust claims and disputes, and focuses on providing clients with specialist, practical and commercial advice. Laura receives instructions from personal representatives, trustees, beneficiaries and other interested beneficiaries and regularly represents both claimants and defendants in the following types of claim;
• Proceedings under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 for reasonable financial provision;
• The validity of wills on the basis of improper execution, testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence and fraud;
• The validity of trusts on the basis of lack of capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence and fraud;
• Challenging semi/half secret trusts within wills;
• Rectification of wills;
• Donatio Mortis Causa claims;
• Disputes relating to assets transferred prior to death;
• Disputes between beneficiaries and personal representatives;
• Applications to remove/substitute personal representatives and trustees;
• Actions against personal representatives and trustees for breach of fiduciary duty;
• Caveats, warnings and appearances together with applications to remove permanent caveats;
• Professional negligence claims relating to the improper drafting of wills/trusts including claims by “disappointed beneficiaries” under the principal of White v Jones ;
• Contentious and non-contentious applications to the Court of Protection, including being appointed as a litigation friend in respect of an application for a statutory will;
• Claims relating to constructive and resulting trusts; and
• Applications for orders for sale on behalf of personal representatives; and
• Burial disputes.
Interests: Outside DJM, Laura’s interests include singing, walking, socialising and travelling.
Phone: 01792 656504
Year joined DJM: 2017
Qualifications: Christian graduated from Cardiff University with a Law Degree LL.B (Hons) 2:1 in 1995. Christian then completed the Legal Practice Course in 1998 at Cardiff University.
Specialist Area: Christian has also advised numerous companies involved in high-value commercial contract disputes, in some cases with several million pounds at stake, and is fully versed in all forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Christian’s ever growing sports law practice advises sporting teams and organisations on contractual and membership matters and individual players and officials on contractual, employment and disciplinary matters including claims for discrimination and breaches of natural justice. Christian's clients include Macron, Swansea City FC and the company that manages the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
A member of the British Association for Sport & Law, Christian is singled out for praise in the Legal 500 for his expertise in Commercial Litigation and Sport. He is described as a notable practitioner by the Chambers Directory in the field of Sport.
Christian is also a Director and Chairman of the Hill Community Development Trust
Interests: Season Ticker holder at Swansea City FC, Golf.
Phone: 01792 656536
Year joined DJM: 2001
Qualifications: Philip graduated with an LLB Hons 2:1 Degree from Swansea University in 1999.
Specialist Area: Noted in the Legal 500, Philip’s established construction practice regularly acts in complex construction matters involving multi million pound claims, often against multinational companies. Philip has extensive experience in Adjudications for both Referring Parties and Respondent’s, including enforcing and resisting enforcement of Adjudication decisions and is presently in the process of becoming a qualified Arbitrator.
His experience extends to all forms of construction disputes including:
•The scope and duties of architects, project managers, structural engineers and planning consultants and the breach of these duties;
•Extension of time claims and prolongation of works, liquidated damages and defective works;
•Collateral warranty and contribution claims;
•The interpretation and enforcement of all forms of JCT, NEC & bespoke agreements;
•Valuations of services and final account claims including the quality and scope of works;
•Successfully acting for builder in Arbitration concerning alleged defective construction of a swimming pool hall with technical arguments over construction, responsibility for design defects and claims for loss and expense;
•Litigation relating to the design & construction of bespoke water treatment facilities in Eastern Europe before the ICC Court of Arbitration
•Acting for an on-site specialist Engineering company for the production & operation of specialist milling machinery upon a cantilever road bridge
2016 Edition: Headed by the ‘exceptional’ Philip Graham (who is regarded as a ‘litigator par excellence’), Douglas-Jones Mercer ‘punches above its weight’ and provides a ‘fantastic level of service’ to clients including Dawnus Construction Holdings, Haywood Homes and Rowecard Holdings. Clients also rate the ‘hardworking’ and ‘tenacious’ Graham for his ability to ‘cut through the nonsense and distil the case into the critical issues’.
Interests: Outside work, Philip is a keen road cyclist and has recently been appointed as Club Secretary of Swansea Wheelers, which seeks to promote and encourage the sport and pastime of cycling within Swansea on both a competitive and social level. Philip also enjoys playing and watching football and rugby.
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