Dispute Resolution

Commercial and personal litigation at every level

Dispute Resolution

Stronachs’ Dispute Resolution Team is led by an expert group of litigators with vast experience at every level of the court system, and also of alternative forms of dispute resolution. Disputes are inevitable in business and we are trusted to give the effective and pragmatic advice our clients need to achieve their objectives – whether that’s simply seeking to draw a line under the dispute and move on or fighting in all-important ‘bet the company’ litigation.

Able to advise on Scots and English law, we act for major energy organisations and supply chain companies, construction, technology and engineering leaders and SMEs, as well as for partnerships and individuals. We also have significant experience working with insolvency practitioners on both routine and complex insolvency transactions and claims.

We act for clients right across Scotland, the wider-UK and internationally and we do this cost-effectively from our offices in Aberdeen and Inverness. For our international work, where necessary, we partner with firms in other jurisdictions to make sure our clients receive nothing less than a seamless, first class service from advisors they can trust.

The team continues to be ranked in the Legal 500 UK Guide, this annual review of the UK’s legal market ranks the leading firms and lawyers in Scotland.  

Legal 500 Ranking – Commercial Litigation

 “Stronachs LLP receives a steady stream of instructions, which increasingly contain cross-border elements, from energy and construction sector clients.”

Team head Robert McDiarmid is well versed to assist with litigation in the Scottish Court of Session and Sheriff Courts, English High Court and County Court and various ADR procedures, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Great tactician and pragmatic litigator‘ Robert McDiarmid heads the team”

Legal 500 Testimonials

“Stronachs is unique among North East Scotland firms in their scope, approach and reputation. There are no other firms operating exclusively in the North East that deliver what they deliver or perform at their level.”

 “In depth experience of contractual warranty claims, dispute resolution and court litigation”

“They are commercially aware and give prompt attention with excellent legal advice which takes into account tactics and the possible requirement to negotiate settlements.”

Colin Sandilands has an easy style which overlays a clear grasp of the issues, prospects and commercial realities of the situation.”

 “Robert McDiarmid offers fantastic support and extremely thorough preparation to achieve a first class result.”

“Robert McDiarmid has been very approachable, gives detailed legal advice that has helped us tactically to negotiate the best way forward” 

The advice sets out the pros and cons to any action that we may take, which has been essential to how we have strategically dealt with matters to try and obtain the best outcome. 

‘Easy to communicate with, clear itemised billing, good operators who inspire confidence in their clients.’


Commercial disputes

Involving contractual issues including breaches, shareholder disagreements, directors’ claims, professional negligence and debt recovery.

Property disputes

Construction disputes

Complex adjudication and litigation, contractual disputes regarding variations, liquidated damages etc.

Insolvency disputes

Regulatory matters

Covering investigation and prosecutions involving the Health & Safety Executive, SEPA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Traffic Commissioner and Food Standards Agency.

Debt recovery


Key Contacts

To make an enquiry, please contact a member of staff below or call 01224 845 845

Contact - Dispute Resolution

Colin Sandilands

Partner, Head of Inverness Office
T: 01463 663 389
M: 07794 335 950

Robert McDiarmid

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
T: 01224 845 951
M: 07779 636 444

Deborah Law

Partner, Dispute Resolution
T: 01224 845 811
M: 07876 881 088

Karen Leslie

Debt Recovery Manager
T: 01224 845 892
M: 07530 361 040

Dispute Resolution News & Insights

Cybersecurity for Professional Services Seminar with Mitigo

November 15, 2023

Cybersecurity for Professional Services : Breakfast Seminars with Mitigo Cybersecurity

Aberdeen : 28 Albyn Place at 8am on 21 Nov 2023

Inverness : The Kingsmills Hotel at 8am on 22 Nov 2023

Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 UK Guides 2024

October 23, 2023

The 2024 editions of Chambers & Partners Legal Guide UK and Legal 500 UK have been launched, with Stronachs LLP being recognised in both.  The two annual reviews of the UK’s legal market rank the leading firms and lawyers in Scotland.

CPI Award – Deborah Law

August 28, 2023

Deborah Law, partner in the dispute resolution team, has been awarded the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI). Deborah was one of eight candidates from England, Scotland and Wales to earn a merit and was ranked first of the Scottish candidates.

Employment Law Accreditation

August 24, 2023

We are pleased to share that the Law Society of Scotland has accredited partner, Anya Duncan. She joins her fellow partner, David Chalmers as an Accredited Specialist in Employment Law.