Unfortunately, we recognise that sometimes technology projects don’t work out as planned. Intellectual property rights are infringed. Customers are upset. Business partners fall out. It’s especially tough today when IT failures and board room disputes are so public.

Disputes: getting your project back on track or managing exit

Our disputes team believes that the best way to avoid disputes is to get strategic risk management advice right up front. However, if you do end up with a technology or IP-related dispute then we’ll help you to get to the bottom of the situation – maybe via commercial negotiation or dispute resolution procedures, or more formal legal process such as litigation or arbitration. Then, once you understand the situation and relative liabilities we’ll help you get your project or business back on track. Or, if it’s reached the point of no return, to enforce your rights and make an effective exit.

How Deloitte can help

  • Breach of IP licences
  • Copycat websites and domain name disputes
  • Data and content delivery
  • Design right infringement
  • Digital commerce
  • Infringement of copyright and database rights
  • IT dispute prevention and recovery
  • Misuse of confidential information
  • Patent infringement and validity
  • Software development and licensing
  • Technology transfer, R&D and collaboration agreements
  • Trade mark infringement and passing-off
  • Under-performance on IT and outsourcing agreements

Key contact - Disputes

Paul Garland

Paul Garland


With over 20 years’ experience, Paul specialises in providing strategic IP advice to technology business as well as the protection and enforcement of IP rights and other digital assets. He has acted i... More

Tax litigation, advisory and settlement

Managing tax risks has never been more important, and more difficult. Multinational organisations continue to spend time and resources managing tax controversies and disputes in both headquarter and foreign jurisdictions. Tax authorities are sharing information about companies and focusing increasingly on post implementation and motive, and not solely on pure tax technical merit or analysis.

When controversies or disputes arise, Deloitte Legal professionals provide assistance with:

  • Appeals and other legal challenges
  • Advice in relation to litigation strategies
  • Developing technical arguments and drafting advisory opinions
  • Representation and litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Pre and post implementation advice

By bringing negotiation experience with other industries and jurisdictions, we can help companies advance negotiations and unlock disputes with tax authorities and manage penalty exposures.

We have a multidisciplinary team of qualified lawyers, accredited mediators, HMRC-trained inspectors and qualified tax advisers who provide strategic advice to manage and resolve disputes efficiently and practically.


Deloitte Legal has vast experience in managing and advising on all aspects of tax litigation in respect of large value, complex and high profile cases in the UK domestic courts (from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The team advises all types of clients and provides comprehensive litigation services including, case management, litigation strategy, drafting of court documents, obtaining opinions, instructing counsel, disclosure and preparation of evidence.


Our specialists provide a combination of legal, business, tax advice on implementation, tax controversy and dispute resolution issues.


Our team and its accredited mediators are at the forefront in leading tax Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes on behalf of clients seeking to resolving disputes with HMRC without recourse to litigation.

Key contact - Tax litigation, advisory and settlement

Glen Harling

Glen Harling


Glen specialises in handling and advising on all types of disputes with the UK tax authority. Glen is a qualified solicitor and CEDR accredited mediator. He has a large litigation portfolio and advise... More