With experience in all manner of disputes, the TSP Business Dispute Resolution team, led by Andrew Breckenridge, is able to advise you on the best way of resolving your claim. Our experience ranges from small but important claims for individual clients through to multi million pound cases heard in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.  No matter how large or small your claim may be the team will provide the practical advice that you need during what can be a fraught and stressful time.

Acting for either claimants and defendants, and given the recent substantial increase in court fees, our team is alive to resolving disputes by Alternative Dispute Resolution and is experienced in negotiating, round table meetings and mediation as well as litigation.

If a case is defended then it will be allocated to one of three “tracks” within the Court system in England and Wales. There are a number of things that a Court will consider when deciding which track a case should be allocated to but, in the main, the financial value of the case will be the overriding factor. Find out more here.

We can advise you on your prospects of success, tactics and will discuss the likely costs involved.

Acting on behalf of either claimants and defendants, our team has a broad range of experience in a wide variety of Business Disputes, including:

We have also prepared some useful information on Court Procedure and how Mediation works.


Legal 500: In 2022/23 the Legal 500 said: Experienced litigator Sharon Auton leads the team at Thompson Smith and Puxon, which is based in Colchester. In 2021, the practice continued to add to its client base and assisted with a range of cases concerning a number of commercial and civil litigation issues. Trained mediator and associate Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones‘ practice includes property litigation and professional negligence disputes. Andrew Breckenridge, the former head of dispute resolution at Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich, joined the firm as a director in April 2022.

Client Testimonials:

‘They work to an impressively high standard. Behind this is total integrity and a proper self-confidence in the service they can provide. It all feels very safe and very ethical.’

‘Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones really understood my priorities due to her very high level of people skills and with her considerable experience.’

‘The team are very informative, supportive and knowledgeable.’

In 2021/22 the Legal 500 said: At Thompson Smith and Puxon, the practice is led by chartered legal executive Sharon Auton, who has more than 20 years of litigation experience and is also a trained mediator. Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones is another qualified mediator in the group, whose work includes property litigation, as well as disputes arising from breaches of contract, contentious probate, professional negligence and consumer law matters.

In 2020 the Legal 500 said: Tenant disputes, defamation and contentious probate are all handled by the commercial litigation team at Thompson Smith and Puxon. In addition, clients can benefit from the firm’s experience in residential leasehold enfranchisement (the firm is a member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners). Trained mediator Sharon Auton leads with assistance from Naomi Baker and Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones.

In 2019 the Legal 500 said: “Thompson Smith and Puxon is led by seasoned litigator Sharon Auton and focuses on private litigation matters including contract disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, construction claims, and contentious probate matters, the last of which is an especially strong generator of work. Judith Winward specialises in residential lease matters and commercial property disputes. Auton and Winward have recently been instructed on an international damages case which resulted in a favourable outcome for the client.”

In 2018 the Legal 500 said: “The commercial litigation department at Thompson Smith and Puxon ‘consistently impresses with its significant breadth of skills, timely service and sound advice’, ‘making clients feel valued’. Its key focus areas include tenancy, property lease, and wills and probate disputes, with additional contract, partnership, insolvency, debt recovery, professional negligence and defamation expertise. . The ‘exceptional’ Sharon Auton heads the practice.”

In 2017 the Legal 500 said “Thompson Smith and Puxon’s commercial litigation department is based in Colchester and advises on matters such as contentious probate, tenancy disputes, breaches of contract, negligence, injunctions and consumer disputes. Chartered Legal Executive and head of practice Sharon Auton is also an accredited mediator. ”

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