OUR ETHOS IS SIMPLE:
WE PREPARE TO WIN
Claremont Litigation are specialist commercial litigation and dispute resolution solicitors.
Our ethos is simple: we prepare to win.
We act for claimants and defendants.
We take a strategic, flexible and creative approach to cases. We see the big picture but do not overlook the detail.
We combine technical excellence with commercial expertise. We secure successful outcomes for our clients.
We have experience across a range of business sectors including food, retail and manufacturing.
Founded in 2016, Claremont Litigation is a litigation boutique providing commercial litigation and dispute resolution services to businesses and high net worth individuals across the United Kingdom.
We are based in Leeds, England but we are far from provincial. We respect client relationships and we work collaboratively with law firms nationally and internationally ensuring that our role on any particular matter is clear.
We focus on commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Our work is complex and interesting. We love what we do which is why we are successful.
We provide strategic and commercial legal advice often in business critical situations. We do not follow a “one size fits all approach”. We thrive on being flexible, creative and proactive.
Clients appreciate that we have broad experience across a variety of sectors together with the technical expertise, attention to detail and winning mentality that is essential to achieving the best possible results.
WHY CLAREMONT LITIGATION
The will to win
At Claremont Litigation we want to win.
We want to win our cases because we are courtroom lawyers. We are not process driven lawyers and we do not look for an easy exit when the going gets tough. We treat all cases as though they will come before a judge at trial and all that we do is designed to achieve success at court.
We know from experience what motivates litigants. Our experience of acting for both claimants and defendants informs not just our approach and strategy to cases when preparing for trial but also our approach to negotiations and mediations. We are successful because we understand our opponents’ cases just as well as our own.
We also want to win because we share risk with our clients. We align our interests with our clients by utilising alternative funding arrangements. Doing so shows that we have confidence in our ability, our advice and our strategy so that when our clients win we win. Our success depends on our clients’ success.
We do not operate a costly pyramid structure. We are a lean, unleveraged commercial litigation boutique. Our clients retain us to achieve the best possible result for them at the least possible cost. Our experience of running cases on a conditional fee basis means we know how to prepare cases effectively and efficiently irrespective of how the case is funded.
How we handle cases
We are first and foremost courtroom lawyers and all that we do is designed to persuade a judge of the merits of our clients’ cases.
Our approach is simple. First, we believe preparation is everything. Second, we believe that even in the most complex cases less is often more.
We are pro-active. We listen, we marshal the facts and we focus on the evidence needed to win cases. We believe that the way we handle cases gives us a natural advantage over our opponents from start to finish.
We prepare cases to win them.
Why you should want Claremont Litigation on your side
We are a lean, fearless litigation firm. We do not staff cases with huge teams of lawyers. Our emphasis is on agility, flexibility and efficiency. We do not operate a “scorched earth” approach to litigation where we waste time, money and effort pursuing irrelevancies. We are straight to the point; we focus on the issues and we deliver successful outcomes for clients.
If you have a need for litigation lawyers please get in touch – you will be pleased to have us by your side.
Stephen Inglis, LL.B (Hons)
A commercial litigation solicitor dealing with a wide range of commercial disputes for corporates, SMEs and high net worth individuals.
Particular expertise in claims involving shareholder rights, disputes arising from corporate transactions, claims for breach of confidence and professional negligence claims.
- a property investment company in a substantial (€10 million) dispute with its bankers including claims against the bank for mis-selling and negligence (English and Gibraltar law);
- an international security company in relation to a contract dispute with the principal contractor arising from the provision of specialist security and training services to the Freetown Armed Police in Sierra Leone (English law);
- an energy brokering company in relation to claims for malicious falsehood and injunctive relief;
- an international security company in a High Court claim for breach of contract against a global media and telecommunications group including working collaboratively with US lawyers in respect of concurrent proceedings to dispute the jurisdiction of the High Court in England;
- the administrators of a media group in connection with potential professional negligence claims against the Group’s auditors and tax advisers concerning the creation and implementation of an employee benefit trust;
- the owner of an airfield in a professional negligence claim against planning consultants for failing to prepare and present evidence to a planning appeal inquiry which caused for the appeal to fail;
- a large manufacturing company in a claim against a former sales director for breach of contract and breach of confidence including securing urgent injunctive relief;
- the majority shareholder of a leading retail chain in a dispute raising issues under English, Luxembourg and Icelandic laws;
- a senior local government official in claims for defamation and malicious falsehood against a major media and broadcasting organisation;
- UK manufacturer in connection with an international arbitration claim against the Government of the Socialist Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka including enforcing a seven figure award in the Commercial Court;
- the outgoing regional managing director of a global professional services company in respect of claims for unfair prejudice.
Chris Taylor, LL.B (Hons)
A commercial litigation and dispute resolution solicitor with experience of a wide range of commercial and company disputes. As well as claims for breach of commercial contracts, his experience includes warranty claims under share and asset sale agreements, shareholder disputes, product liability and product recalls and professional negligence actions against accountants and solicitors. He also has considerable experience in acting for banks and building societies in mortgage possession claims.
- a well-known bank in relation to the £13m termination of a joint venture agreement with a major financial services company.
- a large battery manufacturing business to obtain a search order and freezing injunction against its own managing director and three employees following the diversion of its business interests to a competitor.
- a director/shareholder of a large conveyancing company in bringing unfair prejudice proceedings against the remaining shareholders following the client’s dismissal immediately prior to a sale of the business by the remaining management team.
- the vendors of a £26m construction business defending a warranty claim brought in relation to defects in materials and workmanship in properties owned by the target companies and claimed not to have been disclosed on completion.
- a lender in possession proceedings where an occupier making payments to the mortgage claimed they were accepted by the lender as rent. The Court of Appeal dismissed the occupier’s claim that the lender had impliedly consented to a tenancy (Paratus AMC Limited V Fosuhene  EWCA Civ 827).
- As well as practising as a litigator, Chris teaches litigation skills to solicitors and other legal professionals. He has been retained by City and national firms to design and deliver bespoke courses on technical litigation subjects such as warranty claims, shareholder disputes, cross-border litigation and interim injunctions.
- He is the co-author of the English law chapter of Privilege and Confidentiality: An International Handbook, published by the International Bar Association; has written a chapter on the enforcement of foreign judgments for The Litigation Practice, published by Sweet & Maxwell; and is the author of the Mortgage Possession Claims chapter of Blackstone’s Civil Practice.
Stephen Inglis is the founder of boutique dispute resolution firm Claremont Litigation. He is popular among his clients and is lauded as an “extremely impressive lawyer who has the remarkable ability to see the points that matter.” He also attracts praise for being a “team player” who provides “impeccable service”.
Stephen Inglis has extensive experience acting for clients on matters concerning contracts and professional negligence among other general corporate disputes. Clients include companies from the food and retail sectors. One source notes: “He has great judgement and gets great results.”
“Stephen Inglis offers expertise in corporate, professional negligence and breach of confidence disputes, and is regarded as “an incredibly gifted litigator who gets fantastic results and shows total commitment to the cause.” Clients appreciate that he is “diligent, gets things done very quickly and is commercially very good.”
“Stephen Inglis is experienced in a range of litigation disputes including shareholder, IT and professional negligence claims. He is known to be “very knowledgeable” and shows “great dedication to his clients”.
“A very good negotiator,” Stephen Inglis is “straight to the point with an ability to see the full picture and get good results.” One client says: “In all instances he’s never failed to provide an absolutely top service.”
Clients rate Stephen Inglis as a lawyer who “inspires confidence” through “keeping things simple and on time and communicating well”. He has expertise in contractual shareholder and M&A litigation.
Contracts, shareholder and M&A litigator Stephen Inglis is prized for his “strong sense of commercial awareness and what the client needs”.
TYPES OF CASES
- Acting for minority and majority shareholders
- Warranty Claims
- Earn Out Disputes
- Planning Consultants
- IT Disputes
- Supply Agreements
- Freezing Orders
- Search Orders
- Specific Performance
- Breach of Confidence/Covenant
- Team Moves
No. 1 Aire Street
phone +44 (0)113 457 0037
SRA Number 633593