Heather Smith is a commercial litigation lawyer at Shoosmiths. She specialises in advising clients on a wide range of contractual disputes, breach of warranty claims and post-employment restrictive covenants. Heather has experience in both High Court and county court litigation and alternative dispute resolution including mediation.
It remains to be seen whether higher fees will improve the courts service. What is evident, though, is that legal advisers acting for either a potential claimant or defendant need to be flexible in the way in which disputes are handled, both in respect of how they are resolved and the funding for doing so. Heather Smith explains