Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

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Antony Morris
Partner

I am head of the dispute resolution team and lead a team of lawyers specialising in the resolution and litigation of commercial disputes.

I have extensive experience of resolving a broad variety of disputes for commercial clients. Very often I am asked by clients to provide strategic advice and assistance with negotiations at an early stage, often behind the scenes. I particularly enjoy finding practical solutions to difficult problems and ensuring that things are looked at from every angle: if there is something that will give you an advantage I expect to find it.

Very few disputes ever result in court proceedings. A large part of my work is advising clients on how to resolve or mitigate legal problems at an early stage. This may be behind the scenes advice, assistance with drafting correspondence, attendance at meetings or arranging without prejudice meetings or mediation.

I handle a broad variety of disputes for a wide range of commercial clients including commercial contract claims, corporate and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, technical, technology and IP disputes, as well as dealing with injunctions and other forms of urgent action.

Over many years at the firm I have acted for a large number of telecoms and IT clients. As a result I have developed an in-depth understanding of the problems that companies working in these sectors very often face, and I am able to make use of my experience in dealing with them.

I have a particular interest in property disputes, from dilapidations and landlord and tenant, through to joint ventures and breach of contract, and everything in between. I act for a broad range of clients in this field, from landowners and large landlords to small family companies and individual company tenants.

Commercial life is complicated and businesses can fall foul of a variety of regulations. I have, over many years, advised businesses faced with the threat of prosecution or other regulatory action and assisted from the early stages of investigation to the defence of any claims brought.

Money lies at the heart of most disputes, and finance and fraud disputes are regrettably increasingly common in the commercial world. I have assisted clients recovering money following fraud, often by way of urgent injunctive action, and also by other means such as claims against banks and complaints to various regulatory bodies.

"An extremely able and experienced commercial litigator, with a fine strategic mind."
The Legal 500

“Offers clients solutions and makes complicated legal issues understandable."
Chambers & Partners

"Brilliant negotiator and excellent strategist."~
The Legal 500

"Extremely intelligent and commercial, and an outstanding litigator."
Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners 2016

The "very pragmatic and realistic" Antony Morris heads the litigation department, maintaining an excellent reputation for leading the team in substantial commercial and contractual disputes. His impressive breadth of expertise includes contentious trade, IT, telecoms, outsourcing and property cases. Interviewees say: "He is exceptionally incisive in understanding the legal implications and balancing it against commercial considerations."