Dispute resolution service

Escalate Dispute Resolution service

available to all ILP members

Pursuing disputes has traditionally been costly and risky

Pursuing a commercial dispute tends to be a costly, lengthy and risky undertaking. Your lawyers will typically bill you based on the amount of time they spend working for you. Given that the average litigation case for a small or medium-sized business is around 18 months, it’s not uncommon for these bills to spiral to the level of the damages that you’re claiming. Even if you can find a lawyer to act for you on a ‘no win no fee’ basis, you’ll still have to pay up front for disbursements such as court fees. And, of course, you could be liable for the defendant’s costs as well as your own if you lose the case. It’s hardly surprising, then, that many businesses decide against pursuing a claim and reluctantly write-off what they are owed.

Our new approach eliminates the financial risk and prioritises cash flow

Our Escalate dispute resolution service takes a completely fresh approach. We’ve created a new type of service that prioritises your cash flow by focussing on a quick settlement and removing upfront costs. By looking at the process from your perspective, we’re transforming how small and medium-sized businesses manage disputes:

  • No financial risk – you don’t pay out unless we reach a successful settlement
  • No initial outlay - we pay for all of the up-front costs
  • Rapid results – we aim to get your money back in just three months; if we can’t settle quickly, we have the financial backing to support you all the way to a High Court resolution
  • A fixed fee basis – complete transparency from the start
  • No restrictions on the types of cases we tackle – bad debt, contractual, negligence, IP infringement etc.
  • Not just current or future cases – we can go back to disputes that are up to three years old.

We’ve reinvented the dispute resolution process from your perspective

We created Escalate by looking at each of the steps of the traditional dispute resolution process from your perspective and finding ways of improving them.

We begin negotiating on your behalf as soon as you engage us, using experienced negotiators to encourage the defendant to settle quickly in your favour without the need for litigation. We allow up to three months for this negotiation.

If the defendant is unwilling to settle in this timeframe, we begin preparing for litigation. We’ll take care of this process for you, paying the up-front fees and associated costs all the way up to a High Court resolution.

We can help you

There are no restrictions on the size or complexity of the cases we can deal with, and we can look at cases going back three years. Get in touch if you want us to help.

All ILP members can use Escalate - please get in touch with Chris Clay, the ILP’s dedicated Escalate contact, on chris.clay@escalatedisputes.co.uk

Further information about Escalate is available at www.escalatedisputes.co.uk


The ILP is not reSponsible for any services or agreements entered into as a result of this information.