Dispute Resolution

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Dispute Resolution


Sapna is experienced in commercial contracts, product liability, professional negligence and commercial dispute resolution.  She read law at Cambridge University and qualified as a solicitor with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 1999.  She authors articles regularly on a variety of current legal issues affecting businesses. She has contributed several articles to LexisNexis, the Commercial Litigation Journal and the Commercial Procurement and Outsourcing Journal. She is also a qualified solicitor-advocate and a speaker on dispute resolution for Central Law Training and Crafty Counsel.

Sapna Advises

  • Professional services firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Financial institutions
  • Government bodies

Experience Highlights

Dispute Resolution Experience – highlights

  • Appearing as solicitor-advocate in interim hearings in a number of instances
  • Acting for IT company and resolving dispute with its purchaser over allegedly counterfeit goods
  • Acting for an individual in relation to his dispute with his university and resolving via negotiation
  • Advising senior contractor in relation to her rights under her contract and best means of protecting her position upon termination
  • Acting for claimant in construction professional negligence claim
  • Advising international body on international and domestic dispute resolution with Governments/Government Bodies
  • Acting for Grupo Torras S.A. in connection with proceedings in the Bahamas to enforce UK judgement
  • Assisting in large international arbitration between Japanese manufacturer and its Indian distributor.
  • Acting for Central Bank of Tunisia and Tunisian Ministry of Finance in connection with an appeal against first instance judgement ruling on proper jurisdiction
  • Acting for an Italian distributor against an American supplier in a set of international arbitration proceedings concerning an allegedly defective blood-testing machine.
  • Regularly acting for manufacturers of primarily medical and healthcare products; advising and assisting to resolve a number of product liability claims brought against such manufacturers.
  • Advising a large Japanese company on obligations to recall a potentially defective product and co-ordinating a multi-jurisdictional recall of the product. Co-ordinating foreign law advises on product recall law in the affected jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a management consultancy firm in relation to a fraud committed by one of its employees. Involved obtaining a freezing order against the fraudster and co-fraudsters, negotiating settlement, policing settlement terms and successfully recovered 100% of all monies stolen.
  • Acting for the client in relation to monies owed to it pursuant to a solicitor’s undertaking. Also acting for it in connection with its claim as a creditor in the insolvency of two individuals in the context of an Individual Voluntary Arrangement.
  • Acting for the client in connection with its claim for damages for wasted costs in connection with an aborted transaction. Subsequently acting for it as a creditor in opponent’s liquidation. Also advising on the merits of potential claims for negligence or deceit against one of A’s directors.
  • Acting for the client against a debt factoring company in connection with the failure of the debt factoring company to honour its obligations. Involved attending Commercial Court to get an initial injunction and subsequent emergency applications to resist an improperly obtained Anton Piller order by the debt factoring company. Subsequently settling the proceedings by agreement.
  • Acting for the client in the aftermath of a sale and purchase transaction. Involved alleging various breaches of warranties and indemnities in the sale and purchase agreement and subsequently brokering a settlement prior to the parties entering mediation.


Recent articles

  • 2020 Article, “Feeling Fleeced”, discusses a very recent high court decision where the court saw fit to order the enriched’ party to pay the loser.
  • 2020 Article, “When you must ensure that your Chinese wall passes muster” on information barriers in law firms
  • 2019 Article, “ADR, but not as you know it” on a new form of electronic ADR
  • 2019 Article, “Oops, we did it again” on getting the courts to rectify mistakes in commercial agreements
  • 2018 Article, “The Will to Win” on the dangers of solicitors adopting a blunt instrument approach to discussing litigation funding arrangements with clients

Career History

Previous Law Firms

  • Clyde & Co
  • Baker & McKenzie Global Services NI Limited
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


  • University of Cambridge — M.A. Law, Overall Degree Result: 2:1
  • President of Cambridge University Law Society and Master of Moots