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Commercial Dispute Resolution

Advice that is practical and outcome focused.

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Our team of qualified and experienced commercial dispute resolution solicitors, based in Southampton and Winchester, welcome the opportunity to advise you how to successfully and efficiently navigate and resolve your commercial or property related issues and disputes.

We act for all manner of clients, from national corporates and local authorities through to small businesses and individuals, which we believe offers us a very good understanding of almost every commercial situation in which a dispute can arise. Whether the issue you face is as straightforward as recovering a small debt or as complex as an appeal to the Supreme Court, our approach and dedication to your needs will be equally rigorous and proactive.

Our dispute resolution specialisms include:

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From our many years in practice we have learned that you will want to speak to someone from the outset who has the right level of experience, who can get to grips with the issues quickly and who will advise you of your options as well as the possible costs involved in pursuing those options.

Our lawyers will work with you to agree the best strategy for you to achieve an appropriate outcome in line with your objectives.

Combining strength in depth of technical legal expertise with a fresh project managed approach and proportionate cost funding options, we will help you achieve your aim, whether this lies on the other side of litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution, or simply in a specific piece of legal advice to set you on the right track.


Our team, which comprises expertise in a wide and varied range of specialisms, is headed by experienced partner, David Eminton.

To suit your needs, we are able to field a number of lawyers to work with you in a legal team, for example to handle larger or more complex disputes, whilst also being able to advise and assist you on a purely one to one basis, if that is what you would prefer.

To find out more about our team members please click through to their individual profiles displayed in the ‘Meet the Team’ section below.

Dispute Resolution Testimonials

    • Chambers and Partners 2018: Known for being an experienced team that stands out for its expertise in debt recovery work assisting notable asset-based lenders. Acts for an impressive roster of regional and national clients, and is also regularly called upon for its strengths in trust and probate cases, shareholder litigation, and landlord and tenant disputes. Capable of advising on insolvency claims. Sources say “They have lots of experienced lawyers who are especially adept at handling insolvency claims.”
    • Legal 500 2018-19 : Paris Smith LLP’s team is ‘very responsive and provides excellent and nuanced advice’. David Eminton is well-known for his focus on real estate and insolvency litigation. Recently promoted partner Christopher Holliss wins praise for his ‘fantastic service’ and Jason Oliver is ‘responsive to ideas and doesn’t jump to (expensive) conclusions’. The team is further enhanced by insolvency expert Mike Pavitt. 

Southampton Contact

David Eminton
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2284
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Winchester Contact

Jason Oliver
LLP Partner

T: 01962 679 806
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Meet the Team

Peter Taylor
Managing LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2276
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Mike Pavitt
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2275
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Cliff Morris
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2289
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Chris Holliss
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2265
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Helen Brown
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2152
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Stephen Stafford
Chartered Legal Executive

T: 023 8048 2360
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Henrietta Cliff

T: 01962 677 820
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Nicola Davies

T: 023 8048 2212
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Christina Spiers
Legal Executive

T: 023 8048 2171
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Lisa White

T: 023 8048 2119
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Christopher Parsons

T: 023 8048 2190
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Shaun Piesley

T: 023 8048 2142
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Alex Cooper

T: 023 8048 2130
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Diane Godfroy

T: 023 8048 2359
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In the event of default and disputes Delta Finance had engaged a number of different firms of solicitors over the years and found the process slow and cumbersome. After being recommended to Chris Hollis and the team at Paris Smith we had finally found a firm of solicitors who dealt with matters with the expediency, urgency and enthusiasm that we ourselves input to problem cases. It has also been refreshing to receive advice from someone with a detailed knowledge and genuine understanding of our industry.Delta Finance would happily recommend them to anyone in the asset finance and equipment finance industry.


Delta Finance Corporation

We have found the Commercial Dispute Resolution team to be a fantastic asset. They deal with all our cases very quickly and efficiently and in a professional and friendly manner. They are always available to offer support and advice when needed. Their success rates on our cases have been second to none. We would be happy to recommend the team to other companies.


Liberty Leasing plc

I have referred a number of my key clients to the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team in the confidence that they will deal with their issues in a professional, speedy and efficient manner. The lever of service and expertise provided by the Team continually exceeds my expectations and those of my clients. The Team provides plain English advice and explanations. We would thoroughly recommend the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team, and in fact do on a regular basis.


Greenfield Insurance

We have frequently used the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team for high-value or complicated dispute resolution matters and have found their service to be excellent. The team have gained a reputation as solicitors with specialist knowledge of the recruitment market and it is refreshing to deal with people who understand the legal and commercial issues which we face on a daily basis. I would highly recommend them.


Randstad CPE Ltd

The Commercial Dispute Resolution Team have been our “go to” lawyers and we have found them straight forward, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.


Project Resource Ltd

I would recommend the Commercial Dispute Resolution Team’s services to any company. In addition to working on specific litigation matters, they have also been proactively helping enhance our Terms and Conditions.


Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd

All the work the team have done for us and other associates has always been first class.


St James Motor Company

At Paris Smith LLP, practice head David Eminton ‘is an excellent litigator who understands the law’. Clive Thomson and Mike Pavitt are also recommended.

- Legal 500 2017

Myself and my business partner would like to formally thank Chris Holliss and Paris Smith for their professionalism, efficiency and commitment. Empathetic, well-organized and highly skilled professionals with a commitment to us.

We have explored and experienced various legal professionals. Paris Smith are without a shadow of a doubt the best legal support we have ever experienced. We believe our relationship with Chris and Paris Smith will continue for the rest of our professional careers and feel confident the relationship will also be inherited by our future successors.

- Yong Chong & Karl Cassey

Modum Search Founders

Paris Smith LLP, by way of Chris Holliss, has represented us brilliantly in two recent disputes. In both cases, poorly drafted legacy commercial agreements, gave the other party, on the face of it, a distinct advantage. Chris Holliss’ fine appreciation of the law, risk, and human psychology, combined with excellent preparation and communication, swung both cases in our favour, saving our company both time and money. We could not recommend them highly enough.

- Laura Villasenin

Miista Ltd

Chris is an impressive commercial litigator with a keen grasp of a client’s goals and expectations. He brings a refreshing, forceful zeal to commercial disputes whilst also ensuring that all strategic options are properly considered. He is an adept negotiator often finding pragmatic solutions to what appear to be intractable problems. Clients want him on their side as evidenced by the fact he frequently obtains work from former adversaries who have been impressed by his skills and expertise from afar. He is particularly talented at handling contractual litigation, shareholders disputes and recruitment agency fee cases.

- Darragh Connell

Forum Chambers

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the work you carried out on behalf of my company. Paris Smith continue to represent Premier Recruitment Solutions Ltd with outstanding results. I highly recommend Paris Smith for all types of legal work!


- Marcus Hackney, Managing Director

Premier Recruitment Solutions Ltd

We have used Chris and his team’s services in debt resolution for the last three years and as we have grown we have had more and more cases for him to help with. He and his team deal with our requests promptly and most importantly get good results in terms of collections. His team are our “go to” legal debt recovery team.

- Paul Tonks, Finance Director

Quba Solutions

Experienced team that stands out for its expertise in debt recovery work and insolvency claims. Acts for an impressive roster of regional and national clients, and is also regularly called upon for its strengths in trust and probate cases, shareholder litigation and landlord and tenant disputes. Clients say: “They are brilliant. The care and quality that goes into the work and the analytical and critical advice translates into what a client wants”; “I was impressed with their assessment of what was needed, their speed of reaction, the quality of service and the outcome of the litigation”


Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2017

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