A traditional firm with a modern approach
Dispute Resolution Solicitors
EXPERT DISPUTE RESOLUTION SOLICITORS WHO GET RESULTS
Disputes of any type will usually involve complex issues, with the parties often having sincerely held but polarised and fixed beliefs in the merits of their own cases. As a result, many suffer ‘tunnel vision’, making it much harder to see a solution.
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’.
Drawing on many years of experience, we are highly effective at resolving all manner of disputes. We will tailor our approach to the specifics of your situation, the outcome you want to achieve and any key concerns you may have.
We will always endeavour to avoid court proceedings where possible using our strong alternative dispute resolution skills. However, our litigation solicitors are equally adept at representing clients in court, so can ensure your best interests will be defended, whatever tactics are required.
Our dispute resolution service is designed to be accessible, flexible and convenient, with our team happy to work face-to-face, via email, over the phone and through videoconferencing to suit your requirements.
If you need advice about a dispute, get in touch with our specialist dispute resolution solicitors in London, Winchester, Sunningdale, or Alresford. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.
OUR DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERTISE INCLUDES:
- Personal injury claims
- Debt and insolvency
- Disputed Wills and probate claims
- Inheritance claims
- Employment disputes
- Breaches of duty and negligence
- Professional negligence claims
- Building and construction claims
- Contract disputes
- Land and property disputes
- Landlord and tenant disputes
HOW OUR LITIGATION SOLICITORS WORK
‘An ounce of evidence is worth a tonne of law’ Ian Black QC
ASSESSING YOUR POSITION
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.
Our dispute resolution solicitors can offer a dispassionate, expert opinion on your legal position and the strength of your case. We can then provide clear guidance on whether we believe further action is sensible, what the potential outcomes might be, the likely costs involved and the next steps you need to take.
SETTING OUT YOUR POSITION
The first step in initiating or responding to litigation is to clearly set out your position to the other party. This will typically be done in writing, explaining the facts of the dispute as you see them, citing any relevant laws, contracts and agreements, stating the outcome you would like to achieve and setting a deadline for a response.
Often, setting things out clearly in this way is enough to prompt the other party or parties to quickly agree to your terms or make a reasonable counter-offer. This can mean disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively.
Our litigation experts can assist with drafting letters setting out all of this key information, and working with the other parties and their legal representatives to negotiate settlements where possible.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
In very many cases, it is possible to agree on an amicable resolution to a dispute by working collaboratively with the other party or parties involved. This is referred to as ‘alternative dispute resolution’ or ‘ADR’.
There are various different methods that can be used, from straightforward negotiations to processes such as mediation, which is a form of supervised negotiation facilitated by a trained, neutral third party known as a ‘mediator'.
ADR is an area in which our team have extensive experience, with our dispute resolution solicitors having an excellent track record of securing favourable settlements for our clients. We can explain the different approaches and how they might suit your circumstances, then guide you through the relevant processes.
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.
Court proceedings can be expensive, but not always. If court proceedings are necessary, we can help you with preparing your case and making sure you have able representation for any hearings that take place.
We can assist with advice on enforcing a court judgement and, should you be unhappy with the outcome of court proceedings, we can advise on your right of appeal.
ANSWERING YOUR DISPUTE RESOLUTION QUESTIONS
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 on 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.
Consult our dispute resolution solicitors today
No matter how challenging your dispute might seem, our experts are on hand to help you achieve a resolution.