A traditional firm with a modern approach
Dispute Resolution Solicitors
Seeing the wood……
Disputes of any type will usually involve complex issues with the parties often having sincerely held but polarised and fixed belief in the merits of their own case and as a result many suffer ‘tunnel vision’.
Our approach is first to analyse the issues and then identify what is in the client’s best interests before advising on options for the client to consider, either for seeking a negotiated resolution, or for possible court action. This ‘overview’ strategy enables us to put the client’s best interests at the forefront and ensures that we do not ‘fail to see the wood for trees’.
‘An ounce of evidence is worth a tonne of law’……….Ian Black QC
The only remedy to conclude a dispute may in some instances be to issue or to defend a court claim and for a judge to determine the outcome based on the law and all the evidence as presented to the court.
When we assess the merits of a claim or a defence we undertake a review of the relevant law and of all available evidence including documents and the statements of witnesses.
Court proceedings can be expensive but not always. If Court proceedings are necessary we can help you.
Can I claim compensation from a hotel for injuries I suffered when I tripped over a low wall in the hotel car park which was poorly lit?...
Yes, most probably; the owner or occupier of any building or land owes a duty of care to all visitors to make sure that all parts of the premises are reasonably safe and that no danger exists that is likely to cause injury.
The duty includes having regular inspections and a system of identifying any likely risk of injury and a duty to take all proper steps to carry out any remedial work that is necessary. In your case the accident might have been caused by poor or defective lighting in the car park or an absence of warning notices all of which should have been considered by the hotel management and if not the hotel is likely to be found to be in breach of the duties owed to you including the statutory duties of The Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
At Taylor Fordyce we have experienced lawyers who are able to advise and assist you if you have had a similar experience to this one and need advice about a personal injury claim or another litigation matter.
I have been served with a statutory demand for a debt I do not owe, can I ignore it?...
NO. You must not ignore it. If you do nothing the creditor could issue a Bankruptcy Petition against you or (if you are a limited company) issue a Petition to wind up the company.
There are guidance notes included in the statutory demand explaining that you will only have 18 days after being served in which to respond to the demand which means either by paying the debt or agreeing a payment plan or if it is disputed by issuing an application at the court to set aside the demand (individuals) or serving notice of dispute with an explanation as to why it is disputed (companies).
If the permitted time has already expired you can still seek permission from the court to apply out of time but that is not guaranteed to succeed and is therefore a risk; at the very least you are likely to be ordered to pay the creditor’s costs of the late application even if you do not owe the debt.
Whether you are a creditor seeking to recover a debt or are an individual or business that has received a statutory demand Taylor Fordyce has experienced lawyers able to advise and assist you.