Personal Legal Services | Disputes and Litigation
From personal injury cases to property disputes – our Disputes and Litigation Team truly get to know you and your circumstances. This means we can develop a tailored and practical approach that helps you achieve your goal.
Our highly-experienced litigation solicitors deal with the full range of civil claims, in both the County Court and High Court. We assist claimants and defendants with all stages of litigation – from negotiation and attempts to settle through to proceedings and beyond to appeal or enforcement.
Accidents do, unfortunately, happen, and when they do the last thing you need is a cumbersome legal process. We strive to give you peace of mind, freeing you to focus on your recovery.
We can give free initial advice as to whether you have a good claim and, if you do, clearly explain the strategy that would be involved in pursuing it. The defendant’s insurers settle most good claims after negotiation, without the need for court proceedings. We can advise on obtaining medical evidence and calculating your losses to secure fair compensation for your injuries. And if the claim cannot be settled we can act for you in court proceedings.
Property boundaries, rights of way and even ownership of land are not always as clear as they appear to be. Disputes between neighbours can arise, and the people involved often have difficulty seeing a clear solution to the problem due to the very personal issues at stake.
Our talented litigation solicitors are experienced in all areas of land law, including adverse possession, trespass and trusts. We can also advise on plans, deeds and covenants to ensure that everyone involved is aware of their rights and obligations.
Landlord and Tenant
Our litigation team represents landlords and tenants on all contentious issues – including rent arrears, eviction, rent reviews, lease renewals, service charge disputes, forfeiture and possession claims. We are committed to providing maximum protection in the event of a dispute.
Small print only becomes relevant when things go wrong – contractual obligations, exclusion clauses and penalty clauses can all be open to interpretation and can become the subject of serious disagreement.
We are experienced in dealing with complex and poorly-drafted contracts and can advise on the interpretation of clauses, the extent of a party’s responsibility and the appropriate person to bring a claim against if a contract is breached.
Every professional who provides a service must conform to the standards of his or her profession. If they do not you can suffer significant losses as a result.
We can advise and obtain evidence on the appropriate standards that ought to be followed. If there has been a breach of those standards, we will seek to recover the maximum level of damages available.
We will always try to settle a claim if possible, and we try to avoid any costs that are not absolutely necessary.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
There are many ways to resolve disputes that don’t involve court proceedings. In fact, these alternative methods are often preferable, as they can be faster and less expensive than litigation. Our Disputes & Litigation Team has extensive experience in negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Wherever possible we use the court only as a method of last resort, and will always try to resolve a dispute by means of one or more of these methods before entering into litigation.
Judges are not infallible, and not every unfavourable judgment is given for the right reasons. Particular rules apply to determine if and when a judge’s decision can be appealed.
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a claim and feel that the decision was wrongly made we can give advice on your prospects for a successful appeal, as well as the procedure to be followed.
The court has ordered your opponent to pay – what now?
There are many ways to enforce a monetary judgment, and the right one for you will depend upon many factors including the amount of money the debtor has, whether or not he is employed or owns property or whether he has debts of his own.
Our wide experience in pursuing debts at all levels means that we can decide the most appropriate steps to take to ensure that your money is recovered as efficiently as possible.
Mr X provided a home for a relative at a modest rent which was paid sporadically. A serious personal falling out caused him to instruct us to take possession proceedings to recover the house. The relative defended and counterclaimed for a share in the house saying she had been promised a home for life and had spent money on the property. We arranged a mediation which lasted all day and into the evening but finally resulted in a settlement of all disputes between them. This avoided the costs and uncertainty of a trial and having to air their grievances in public.
Meet our Disputes and Litigation Team
Geoffrey Ellis – Director
Thohura Bibi – Trainee Solicitor