The advantage to public sector buyers in using Spring Law to manage and resolve disputes is that is all we do. Consequently we are effective at achieving results for our clients.
Spring Law has a depth of experience in all divisions of the English Court system making us very well equipped to manage disputes for our clients. We are sector and subject matter agnostic. Over the last 18 years we have been involved in the broadest character of disputes. We pride ourselves on being able to bring our litigation abilities to bear on any new subject matter or area of law.
Of particular relevance to the public sector is our competence in the following areas of activity/law:
- Procurement: we have worked for one of the World’s largest suppliers of hardware and software doing all of their UK procurement work. This caused us to work with them on public tender contracts, the largest we concluded was over £100m in value. We can assist with these procurements for the public sector having gained significant knowledge on these public sector contracts that involved Councils, the Police and International conglomerates. Our knowledge in public sector procurements meant that we are were often instructed in relation to disputes that arose in connection with these organisational change projects.
- ICT disputes: most of the procurement work we have been involved with was ICT based implementation solutions. These projects can often go wrong and this involves in contract solutions and possibly termination events that lead to legal claims. We are experienced in keep these contracts going whilst we deal with in contract problems as well as litigating complex ICT disputes that can arise.
- Employment disputes: we have acted for employers and employees over many years in relation to claims that involve dismissals on all grounds including redundancies and broader allegations of statutory breach (for claims involving direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of race, gender preference, sex, age and disability). We have advised on claims relating to work place bullying and harassment and claims for equal pay and treatment. We also assist clients in managing dismissals including compromise agreements.
- Contract disputes: we are specialists in contract law and the law of damages. Contract law in particular is rich in nuance and requires a strong academic approach which we bring to bear on every case. Our contracts knowledge can be applied to any case involving arguments of breach of contract.
- Intellectual property: we can and do advise on matters involving passing off, trade marks, copyright, design rights and patents. We advise on cease and desist letters, applications for injunctions and claims for infringement of IP including defeating claims for invalidity.
- Fraud and corruption: generally these cases require our involvement in prior investigatory work. It may be that allegations are then formulated that cause us to recommend dismissal proceedings and/or legal action.
- GDPR and data breach: we have specialists who advise on all aspects of data law, rights of data subjects and defending claims for breach of the UK and EU data protection laws.
- Confidential information: the law of confidence is widely mis-applied and misunderstood. We have taken action for clients alleging breach of confidence and are fully conversant with the relevant law.
- Debt collection and enforcement: we can assist Councils with collection of debt and enforcement action.
We use our own solicitor advocates to represent clients in Court for matters within our expertise.
Management of Disputes
We are used to working closely with clients to manage their disputes.
We have learned with public authorities that many have their own preferences as to what they want and expect from external legal suppliers. We are flexible in how we work and happily accommodate different ways of working.
Strong and effective disputes management in our view involves:
- Merits: we create case theories and SWOT analysis for each case, no matter its scale. This brings an intellectual rigour to each case that ensures a focus on what is needed to succeed in the case and whether the evidence matches that requirement. This information is shared in the form of an early stage view on the merits.
- Estimates: we do our best to provide working estimates and to scope for the client particular phases of work and cost, together with an overall estimated budget for the case should it proceed to trial. If we believe estimates are likely to be exceeded we will communicate in advance, setting out the re reasons and the revised estimate. This tends to only arise if events from the other party in the litigation cause us to react or if scope of documents provided or number of witnesses increases.
- Rolling review: the process of reviewing the merits is a quarterly task. It may be that there is no change in which case that fact is confirmed. Or it may be that disclosure and witness evidence causes a re-appraisal. The quarterly review means we stay on top of the case and invites discussion on key issues such as settlement and litigation risk.
- Responsive: we know that failing to return calls/emails promptly is cause of irritation so we do our best to respond within 2 hours.