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Nigel Puddicombe

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How Can Nigel Help You?

Nigel specialises in helping to resolve all forms of commercial disputes, whether through the courts or in his roles as a qualified arbitrator and mediator. He provides advice on the realistic options of litigation, mediation or arbitration, designed to help you avoid or, if that is not possible, then to negotiate the court process successfully. Please see our arbitration and mediation FAQs for more information.

Nigel's work covers partnership disputes and issues, commercial contract and commercial agency claims, professional negligence claims, judicial review and all forms of dispute resolution.

He has been advising and representing central government, local government, governing bodies, institutions, partnerships and LLPs, companies, businesses and individuals in both bringing and defending commercial claims for over 35 years.

Nigel also works in our International law team.

Meeting Your Needs

Nigel understands what works and what doesn't in the key stages of getting to the heart of a dispute and then getting it resolved. He understands how businesses work and is adept at refining his approach to deliver what they want and need.

Nigel is acknowledged by clients and colleagues alike to be approachable, pragmatic, determined, patient, clear and sensible - all qualities that clients appreciate and value when they are going through the stress, uncertainty and irritation of a commercial dispute or that parties and their advisers look for when choosing a mediator or an arbitrator for their dispute.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

VWV advises medical partnerships, accountancy practices and law firms, in addition to alternative business structures and trading partnerships. The group also has particular experience in advising medical partnerships and other healthcare clients based on the firm’s 2017 merger with Lockharts. The team is led by ‘excellentJos Moule, who ‘combines legal expertise with technical application’. He is currently advising a major Welsh law firm on its full incorporation, which involves the transfer of the LLP’s business and assets to a new limited company. Nigel Puddicombe was appointed as arbitrator in a dispute involving a dental partnership. Ed Husband is also recommended for contentious matters.

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