Corporate litigation refers to litigation involving a company. Corporate litigation follows all the same rules and procedures as normal civil litigation, but tends to be focused on specific areas of law. For example, much corporate litigation will be related to breach of contract as much of a company’s dealings will be contractual. As companies are separate legal entities, corporate litigation can also involve criminal proceedings, though this is rare.
Corporate litigation follows the same procedures as normal civil litigation and as a result of this the company involved should attempt to partake in pre-court negotiations to avoid having damages reduced at court. Possible methods of alternative dispute resolution may be suitable for companies and these should be considered before proceedings are issued.
A company, like an individual, has a choice of where proceedings are issued and this is dependent on the value of the case, the complexity of the case and the importance of the case to the general public. A case can be brought in the High Court if the value of the case exceeds £15,000 but cases of lesser value should be brought in the county court. Proceedings are started by the claimant completing a claim form which is sent to the court where the court issues the claim form by sealing it with the court seal. Where the claimant or the defendant is a limited company, the name on the claim form can be the corporate name - there is no need for an individual person to be named.
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- Last Updated on 05/07/2012