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Business disputes and loss of profits

Business disputes and loss of profits

There often comes a time in the life of a business when professional help is required to prevent or resolve a dispute.

It could be a family business dispute, business partner dispute or dispute with a third party client or supplier. Whatever the nature of the grievance, Harwood Hutton is ready to step in and find the pathway to a resolution.

We can act for both claimants and defendants in the context of business disputes or other loss of profits claims and can be instructed in an advisory or expert capacity. We are usually engaged via a party’s advising solicitors during the dispute process but we may also be engaged directly by the end client to provide initial advice and assistance during the early stages of the claim process.

A loss of profits claim can arise in a number of situations, including but not limited to:

  • Contractual disputes (including breach of contract)
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Business interruption claims
  • Personal injury and fatal accident claims
  • Professional negligence claims.

Ready to assist at any stage

Harwood Hutton has undertaken loss of profit calculations in a number of situations across a wide range of businesses and industries. We can identify and consider the key variables impacting on a claim and we can determine if there is potential for a counterclaim.

We can assist at any stage of the dispute life cycle, from initial assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of a potential claim and likelihood of a potential counterclaim to preparation of an expert report on the quantum of the claim for use in court proceedings.

Reasons to choose Harwood Hutton

  • We offer an initial free, no-obligation telephone call or meeting
  • We work with clients and their legal advisers as required in business disputes to ensure the loss-of-profit calculations delivered are fit for purpose and provide the end client with cost-effective advice
  • We understand the importance of remaining objective and independent to ensure our work adheres to the highest professional quality and service standards
  • We manage expectations throughout the dispute process
  • We prepare robust calculations to assist with quantification of the claim and any counterclaim
  • We can assist with settlement negotiations at mediation or with other alternative dispute resolution procedures.





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  • I always get quick, clear and definitive responses from the Harwood Hutton tax team – commercial answers to commercial issues.

    Robin Berry – Morgan Management
  • Right from the outset Harwood Hutton gave us direction and great advice – and that advice has evolved over the years as we’ve grown. We’re both medium-sized companies providing a bespoke service – one furniture, one accountancy – and the relationship works.

    Andy McCarron, McCarron and Co
  • I’m deeply impressed with Harwood Hutton’s extensive knowledge of tax arrangements for residential and commercial property landlords.

    Qadeer Ahmed, MD, ABA Finance
  • They really took their time to understand what was important to us and our business and the expertise we required. Whoever we speak to at HH, we get the same fantastic response and technical input. It’s a real partnership.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
  • I have worked with the directors at Harwood Hutton on a number of mutual client matters over many years. The reassurance of their clear, commercial and focussed advice is one of the main reasons I regard this as one of my most valuable professional relationships.

    Frank Wessely, Partner, Quantuma LLP
  • Harwood Hutton never seem to rest on their laurels. They are always seeking out new avenues and ways to improve their offering. A very forward-thinking company with staff who are always well briefed and who approach each task with drive.

    Karl Austen, MD, Surefoot Communications
  • We have engaged Harwood Hutton in several areas of structuring, including VAT issues, decoupling an SPV from a group structure and HMRC clearance for a transaction. The team have exceeded all expectations by being proactive, measured and very thorough.

    Adam Fawsitt, Director, FHT Limited
  • We moved to Harwood Hutton as they delivered a succinct and professional proposal. If anything, we have been more impressed post-move. They are a fantastic company to work with. They do truly differentiate. They have the skills and capabilities of a mega firm but with a personal service.

    Edward Finch, group MD, MRIB insurance brokers
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