Disputes and Litigation
Our Dispute and Litigation solicitors offer a costs-effective approach to your matter ensuring an amicable resolution is achieved (where possible) in an efficient manner to avoid the potential risks and expense involved in court proceedings.
Debt and Insolvency Claims
If you or your business is owed money by others, we can help you recover the debt. Where possible we will endeavour to do this without the need to issue Court proceedings. However, sometimes Court proceedings are unavoidable and, if they do become necessary, we can assist you by issuing and conducting the case to obtain a County Court Judgment against the debtor. Our specialist debt recovery solicitors have the expertise and experience to explore every avenue available and can help resolve a dispute and recover monies for you or your business. Instructing us to chase and recover a debt for you has certain advantages, such as adding pressure on the debtor, taking the stress off of you, and providing you with the opportunity to get on with your life.
If an individual owes a sum of £5,000 or more you may be able to apply to have him made bankrupt. When a person is declared Bankrupt their assets are controlled by the Official Receiver who will call in the same and then make payment of any outstanding debts.
If a company that is registered in England or Wales owes you a sum of £750.00 or more you can apply to have the company wound up. Where a winding up order is made, a liquidator will be appointed to call in all of the company’s assets and then make payment of any outstanding debts.
In addition to the above, there are various other insolvency scenarios, such as Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) and Member’s Voluntary Liquidation.
Probate, Inheritance and Wills Dispute
There is nothing like a death in the family to give rise to disagreements about Wills and inheritance. This can lead to relations being strained or irretrievably broken down. In the worst case scenario a relative can lose the home they are have been living in or be left feeling abandoned and not provided for by a deceased parent or relative. In some cases an earlier Will may have been replaced by a Will made while the deceased was unwell, suffering from a terminal illness and prone to being unduly influenced into making the later Will. Disputes can arise about the validity of wills, the correction of errors in Wills, claims against an estate for proper provision to be made for a dependent relative or for claims to property jointly owned by a deceased and a survivor. During these difficult times, our solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a wide variety of disputes relating to Wills, Probate and Inheritance.
Landlord and Tenant Disputes
As a landlord, unfortunately there will be challenging times in which you will have to deal with difficult tenants, who may be refusing or unable to pay their rent, anti-social behavior or other breaches of the tenancy. You may require assistance with the eviction of your tenants such as serving notices and issuing possession proceedings, pursuing and enforcing costs against tenants, advice and assistance on the tenants deposit scheme and preparing tenancy agreements. Our experienced solicitors can provide sensible and pragmatic advice which is proportionate to the number of issues in dispute.
Disputes that can arise as a result of tenancy are diverse in nature and often complicated. You may require assistance with enforcing your legal rights in relation to a Notice or Possession. Representation at Court for unlawful eviction and proceedings to obtain compensation and reinstatement to a property may become necessary. You may wish to obtain advice and representation for housing disrepair, including emergency injunction for urgent repairs and compensation claims for disrepair. You may be seeking advice and representation in relation to disputes about Tenants Deposit. In these difficult situations, speaking to a specialist solicitor first is usually beneficial, as it will allow you to know what your legal rights are, from which point you can better negotiate with your landlord.
Unfortunately business disputes are a part of commercial life. You may require assistance with company and directorship or shareholder disputes. Sometime within partnerships disputes can arise. In addition, there can be building and construction disputes. Contract Disputes can also arise when you feel that there has been a breach of the terms of your contract. We can assure you that our specialist solicitors will work to achieve the best possible outcome in your dispute. The peace of mind this brings to be invaluable, especially for those with busy lives.
Nuisance and damage
Nuisance is usually caused by a person doing something on his own land, which s/he is lawfully entitled to do, but which becomes a nuisance when the consequences of their actions extend to the land of their neighbour by, for example, causing physical damage. Nuisance is actionable and you can begin civil proceedings for:
- Damages to compensate for loss; and/or
- Injunctive relief to abate a continuing nuisance and prevent its recurrence.
Our specialist solicitors are able to provide advice in relation to a potential claim for private nuisance that you may have. Our solicitors are able to assist you by simply providing advice or assisting you to bring a claim through the courts should settlement not have been reached.
Disputes which arise between neighbours about boundaries, usually revolves around the installation of a new fence, out-building, or overhanging tree branches between the neighbouring properties. We recognise how frustrating boundary disputes can be. Our specialist solicitors will endeavour to assist you in resolving your dispute without having to go to court and will only advise issuing proceedings should it become necessary to do so, saving you valuable time and financial resources.