Disputes - Avoidance & Resolution
What types of disputes do we deal with?
We can advise on most kinds of civil disputes (with the exception of divorce and children matters). Some examples of the types of matters we typically deal with include:
Dispute Avoidance & Risk Management
As much as disputes are an inevitable part of life, there is a lot that you can do to avoid them arising in the first place.
A good starting point is making sure that you have your house in good order. Properly drafted and legal compliant contracts, procedures, systems, training and record-keeping are key. These things might seem like mundane tasks that can be put off for another day but if you have these foundations in place, you minimise the risk of there being expensive, stressful and time consuming problems later on.
Legal Risk Health Check
One service we offer businesses is a Legal Risk Health Check. We will come to your place of business, talk to you and your management team about your current systems, check over your contracts, forms and templates, and advise you on any changes you could make to avoid any risks identified. We will also work with you to put in place ways of working that minimise the risk of litigation in the future.
Early intervention and case assessment
It is fairly common these days for people to head straight to Google if they have some sort of medical problem. Ask Dr Google and you will get all kinds of terrifying answers to explain that weird mark on your leg!
Many people go through exactly the same process when they find themselves in a legal dispute. After Googling, the next step they often take is to call anyone they know who might have even a little legal knowledge. This can sometimes help but it can also cause confusion or frustration, or at worst, mistakes.
There are a lot of helpful free resources online that can give you some guidance as a starting point, and more are added all the time. We have included a Useful Links page on our website which gives you some links to reputable organisations that could be helpful to you at an early stage. We will also be continuously adding new free resources on our Blog page with the aim of giving you some much needed help as early as we can.
We encourage anyone involved in a dispute to reach out to us as early as you can. We can usually get to the crux of the problem quite quickly because we have been doing this a long time. We can talk you through your options and make sure you know what help is available to you. We will usually do this for a fixed fee so that you have certainty on cost.
If your dispute is more complex or you need ongoing legal advice, we can act for you from start to finish, attempting first to find a resolution without the need for court proceedings, or staunchly fighting your corner through the litigation process if that is what is needed.
Alternative & Online Dispute Resolution
Some common examples of Alternative Dispute Resolution include:
We act for both claimants and defendants in litigation via the courts whenever it’s needed. If settlement cannot be reached at the pre-action stage, we will act robustly on your behalf in pursuing your claim or defending your position through to a trial.
We bring many years litigation experience to the table and can deal with wide range of disputes for both private individuals and businesses, from straight-forward debt claims to high-value or complex disputes. We will guide you through the process from start to finish, with a firm eye on achieving a successful outcome for you.
Litigation can be a very stressful and expensive process. We will make your journey through the court process as smooth as we can and give you practical, direct and plain English advice along the way.
We will also talk to you at about cost vs benefit of litigation both at the start of your case and as it progresses. In some situations, your case will be a matter of principal for you; but in many, if not most cases, cost vs benefit is a real issue to be factored in throughout the process.
(Please note that we do not deal with the following types of litigation: personal injury, clinical negligence, immigration or divorce or children matters.)
Fixed-fee Retainer Service for Businesses
One way to ensure we are always on hand to help at early stage is to become one of our Fixed-Fee Retainer clients. For a monthly fee, you will have access to:
The retainer arrangement allows us to really get to know you and your business, what is important to you, and the approach you take generally to risk and business. It also allows you to budget your legal spend and minimise the risk of small problems turning into much bigger ones. Contact us about fixed-fee retainer services for your business.