Three legal specialists from Portsmouth have had cause to leave their offices at 1000 Lakeside as client cases demanded they fly out to three different continents across the world.
Directors of legal firm, Verisona Law, have been working in Europe, Asia and the United States of America in order to progress a series of complex commercial cases.
Head of Corporate and Commercial, Mike Dyer, was the first to travel to Hartford in Connecticut, USA to attend a mediation hearing on behalf of worldwide satellite system suppliers Bentley Walker Ltd, who are based in Hayling Island.
‘The dispute involved a Canadian company who had contracted Bentley Walker to sell large segments of bandwidth from their satellite, principally in Africa and the Middle East,’ he explains. ‘Frequent outages and breakdowns in the service resulted in a dispute that was worth up to $1 million at trial, but was first submitted by consent to a mediation process led by a Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court sitting in Rockville, Connecticut, the Honourable William H. Bright ‘
‘Assisted by our US agent John Larson of attorneys ‘Reid and Reige of Hartford’, the mediation was very successful and a settlement was reached with terms that were very favourable to our client.’
Meanwhile, Verisona Law’s Head of Insolvency and Business Recovery, Nick Oliver was flown to the Far East in order to assist in a complex dispute involving a large area of development land in Cambodia.
‘I attended a series of meetings and Court hearing in the capital Phnom Penh,’ says Nick. ‘It was a demanding case, but the trip proved worthwhile.’
Finally, Director Tim Reynolds who leads the firm’s specialist team in Marine Law has been working in the city of Genoa in Italy.
‘The growing international flavour to our business is not only indicative of our progress as a firm in responding to new requests and opportunities presented by clients, but how the global marketplace is becoming an increasingly accessible market for all manner of legal firms to do business,’ says CEO Mark Day.
‘Our Head of Family Law, Debbie Bulmer, also has an extensive network of international contacts when dealing with relationships that involve assets or interests in other countries, so we feel this is very much an important part of Verisona Law’s future.’
- Breach of contract
- Trade disputes
- On-line traders
- Supply of defective goods/services
- Claims under personal guarantees
- Debt & asset recovery
- Ownership disputes
- Development disputes
- Option agreements
- Boundary disputes
- Adverse possession
- Rights of way
- Enforcing securities
- Restrictions & encumbrances
- Land Registry applications
- Property/estate management
- Service charges
- Payment/certification disputes
- Building defects
- Sub-contractor disputes
- JCT, NEC, RIBA & similar design/build agreements
Landlord & Tenant disputes
- Rent arrears
- Guarantor’s liability
- Recovering possession
- Protected lease renewals
- Breach of covenant
- Disrepair claims
- Unlawful assignment/sub-letting
- Break clauses
- Rent reviews
- Administrators & receivers
- Recovery of recruitment fees
- Disputed cause of introduction
- Candidate suitability
- Dual introducers
- Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003
- Ownership and transfers of equity
- Unfair prejudice claims
- Derivative actions
- Partnership dissolution & winding up
- Bank mis-selling
- SWAPS/LIBOR claims
Protection of Intellectual Property rights
- Domain name disputes/cyber squatting
- Passing off
- Breach of confidentiality
- Copyright and trademark infringement
Making a claim for negligent advice
The client asked us to consider and advise on the conduct of their former solicitors during both of the cases. We careful analysed many files and documents, including the former solicitors’ files, and concluded that the client had a claim.
We pursued the solicitors for negligent advice and handling of the cases, with a view to recovering our client’s losses. This involved extensive dealings with the firm, through their professional indemnity insurers and city lawyers.
They refused to pay the claim, despite being provided with considerable supporting evidence and legal argument during various attempts to negotiate and settle the dispute.
Pursuing the professional negligence case in the High Court
We started High Court proceedings, which the former solicitors defended by denying the allegations and raising a number of technical legal points.
Ultimately we exerted sufficient pressure in the litigation to force a settlement before the case reached trial, resulting in our client recovering a six-figure sum. This represented the vast majority of all legal costs they had paid, as well as Verisona Law’s legal fees.
Individual Property Owner
“Verisona Law dealt with a complicated dispute with a former manufacturing supplier forced into administrative receivership. Their clear, calm advice never wavered: their tenacity and diligence provided our company with a successful result”.
MD of Textile Wholesaler
"Having recently used Verisona Law to help recover a commercial debt due to us, I would highly recommend them. Jeremy was very professional and helpful, giving information throughout the case, and he was also very calm which really helped us."
"I would like to thank you for the first class service we have received from you. Your advice and the professional way you treated us throughout culminated in a result which, prior to your appointment, seemed a long way away."