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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:
Banking & Finance
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 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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