Pursuing a commercial dispute used to be costly, lengthy and risky to undertake. Escalate was created as a smarter way to resolve commercial disputes, prioritising your cash flow by focusing on a quick settlement, removing upfront costs and minimising risk.

The problem

Commercial disputes are significant issue for UK businesses. Recent research from the Legal Services Board suggests that UK businesses are losing £40 billion each year due to legal disputes. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that only one in ten businesses think there’s an effective way of resolving disputes.  This is because pursuing a commercial dispute has tended to be a costly, lengthy and risky undertaking. As a result, many companies decide against pursuing a claim and reluctantly write-off what they’re owed. Indeed, evidence shows that the number of county court judgments against businesses is on a downward trend, leading to suggestions that companies are failing to get adequate ‘access to justice’.

What is Escalate?

Bishop Fleming is a South West Partner of Escalate. It was created by looking at each of the steps of the traditional dispute resolution process from our clients’ perspective and finding ways of improving them. The result is a completely new approach that focuses on your business cash flow. There are no restrictions on the types of cases we tackle – bad debt, contractual, negligence, IP infringement etc. – and, importantly, we can revisit disputes that are up to three years old.

How does Escalate work?

Escalate takes a completely fresh approach. Once an initial review has been completed, Escalate utilises a two-stage process: a period of intensive negotiation with corporate recovery experts targeting a settlement in under three months, and then, if necessary, litigation using specialist legal teams that are funded all the way to the High Court. We’re transforming how 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 upfront 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 (including cover for all disbursement costs such as court, barrister and experts fees).
  • A fixed fee basis giving complete transparency from the start

The Escalate approach gives you an opportunity to resolve disputes in a way that saves you money, time and hassle, and enabling you to get on with running your business.

To find out more about our Escalate Dispute Resolution service and how we can help you, download our brochure or contact Jonathan Williams on 0117 910 0250.


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