Dispute resolution and litigation

Sharpe Pritchard has a large and active dispute resolution practice across all contentious processes.  A significant number of clients are public sector bodies including central government, London boroughs and a broad range of local authorities and public bodies throughout the country.  The practice is able to respond to the particular dispute resolution requirements of public bodies.  

We appear regularly in the courts on judicial reviews, planning appeals and injunctions. We also advise across a broad range of practice areas with particular focus on commercial construction disputes, procurement challenges as well as housing, landlord and tenant and environmental work.

Our team are recognised specialists in handling Supreme Court appeals and in the Privy Council, all divisions of the High Court and in the Election Court. We undertake criminal prosecutions on behalf of public authorities and procurement challenges in the Technology and Construction Court.

Our dispute resolution team also has wide experience in all dispute resolution processes including litigation, arbitration, expert determination, mediation and expert adjudication advice

Other areas of dispute resolution practice include: commercial and property related disputes and public sector housing related disputes e.g. commercial lease disputes, dilapidations claims, anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance, hoarding, failure to control animals and gas escapes.

We have considerable experience and facility for acting as London agents for other firms of solicitors all over the country conducting litigation in London.  

Our dispute resolution solicitors also undertake criminal prosecutions on behalf of public authorities, including environmental health and trading standards prosecutions, planning related prosecutions (e.g. enforcement), housing benefit and council tax fraud prosecutions, blue badge prosecutions and education related prosecutions.

Recent work

  • working on behalf of a large London borough resolving a dispute by way of expert determination in a multi-million pound claim in respect of a highway maintenance contract;
  • resolving, by way of mediation, a £1 million plus environmental dispute concerning a county council and development around a landfill site;
  • advising a central government department on a significant dispute with an IT contractor concerning alleged breaches of a high profile IT contract; and
  • successfully mediating a complex service delivery dispute in respect of a suite of IT contracts worth circa £40 million.


What others say

"My experience of Sharpe Pritchard’s litigation team is that they provide an extremely reliable and highly cost-effective service."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Trevor Griffiths

"reassuring, down-to-earth""fantastic reputation as a litigator"
Chambers UK 2015.

“a stand-out performer, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of practice and procedure”
Legal 500 2015.

"a seasoned player" who "is good at getting the job done and knows his public sector law"
Chambers UK 2014.

Colin Ricciardiello

“… much enjoyed working with you and certainly would choose to do so again.”

“… provided support and a proactive approach at all times.”

“… gave a detailed intelligent and thoughtful analysis of all the issues we faced.”

Justin Mendelle

“Approachable, technically excellent and responsive,” Justin Mendelle of Sharpe Pritchard advises a host of purchaser clients on contentious and non-contentious matters.
Chambers UK 2015.

The “hardworking” Justin Mendelle heads the team.

Julia Rudin and Justin Mendelle are “experts in their fields”
Legal 500 2015.

“Leader in the field” and "admired by sources for his impressive commercial awareness." Justin is "admired by sources for his impressive commercial awareness." His clients say that he is "unflappable and very thorough, and has the ability to quickly grasp the issues at hand" Chambers UK 2014. 

"proven commercial negotiator”
Legal 500 2014. 

“Justin Mendelle is an exceptional lawyer with a razor sharp brain” 
Milton Keynes. 

“our trusted source – we wouldn’t go anywhere else” 


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