Civil & Commercial Litigation

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In the fast paced environment of business, commerce and more often than not private life, engaging in disputes diverts valuable resource and time away from your objectives. Particularly for businesses, disputes may stunt growth, prohibit expansion and delay success.

Mercantile Barristers are able to assist clients in resolving a range of civil disputes from the likes of unpaid obligations, unfulfilled contract terms and the majority of disputes that do not involve criminal conduct. The Civil Procedure Rules in England & Wales require that parties should make a reasonable effort to settle their dispute by way of some sort of negotiation in the first instance. If this proves unsuccessful, they are then further encouraged to consider other forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication or arbitration.

Our expert litigators at Mercantile Barristers are always on hand to advise in all types of disputes and will always adopt the approach that litigation, due to the significant expenses and anxiety involved, should always be seen as a last resort for the most intractable of legal disputes.

At Mercantile Barristers we are experienced litigation lawyers for small-medium enterprises to corporate level business. We are available to advise claimants on whether they have a valid claim that has a reasonable prospect of success at civil or commercial litigation trial; and defendants on whether to settle or resist a claim made against them.

Our services include advising on necessary witness evidence to support the client’s position, and developing case strategies that successfully addresses all essential elements necessary for clients claim or defence to succeed. Our Direct-Access members who are authorised to conduct litigation are able to deal with compliance with pre action protocols, issue court proceedings and maintain expert conduct of the case through to completion this includes; dealing with exchange of correspondence with the opposition; and necessary third parties in order to achieve a satisfactory result

Our members at Mercantile Barristers are Public Access Trained and are happy to be consulted by and accept instructions directly from professionals and discerning private clients at any time (for direct access barristers). To book a consultation with one of our Direct Access Barristers in London please call us and speak to our clerks who will find the best-placed barrister for you.


Historically, barristers in England & Wales could only accept instructions from solicitors and could not be consulted directly by members of the public. Barristers were considered to be too expert and too specialist to deal directly with lay clients.

It was left to a solicitor to first determine whether the legal problem that has arisen required the involvement of the expert barrister. If so, it was only the solicitor that could instruct the expert barrister on behalf of the lay client. Using a medical analogy, it is akin to having to see your GP before being referred to the Specialist Consultant.


In this traditional mode of operation the lay client continues to pay for his solicitor while also paying for his expert barrister. While this has always been the case, it is unnecessary in certain modern circumstances and inevitably commercial pressures and modernity has brought a change. Professionals such as company directors, agents, architects, surveyors, construction engineers and other specialist consultants may not require hand-holding by a solicitor in order to consult the expert barrister about their case.


A change in the law in 2004 allowed barristers, who have undertaken additional training, to advise clients without the need for a solicitor and listed below are some of the reasons why it is advantageous to instruct a direct access barrister.



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