When it comes to disputes, the best way course of action is to prevent them from happening.
But the real world isn’t like that. Sometimes disagreements crop up. You can take steps to minimise risk and maximise certainty, but you may still find yourself in dispute over something.
Our Specialist Dispute Resolution and Litigation teams offer help with personal disputes and property litigation.
Our experts in Personal Dispute Resolution have extensive knowledge in and can help you with:
- Contentious Probate
- Disputed Wills and Estates
- Disputes arising from buying or selling houses
- Property owning disputes
- Contract disputes
- Boundary/neighbour Disputes
- Commercial Property Landlord and Tenant disputes
Our experts in Property Litigation have extensive knowledge of:
- Contentious Residential Leasehold
- Breaches of Lease / Nuisance of Lease
- Assured Shorthold Tenancy
- Service and Ground Rent Disputes
You can count on us to help and support you through any disputes and litigation, so please get in touch.
Instructing Your Litigation Lawyer
Litigation is all about detail. The facts, the evidence/supporting documentation, the law, the process. So be prepared for this, and for a lot of questions to head your way from our team of dispute resolution specialists. It’s our way of getting to the crux of your case and sorting it out.
When you first instruct us, there’s a lot we’ll need to know. And the more information you can give us, the sooner we’ll be able to give you our view on the strength of your case – and to let you know how we’re going to resolve it.
What sort of questions will we ask you? It depends what your dispute is about, but you’ll often find us asking clients:
- who said what and when?
- could we see the contract?
- have you got a copy of that email?
- when was that invoice sent?
- did they confirm that in writing?
You mightn’t have everything we’re looking for, but it really helps for us to see whatever you do have. Ideally, you will have collected all the relevant pieces of paper and ordered them in a file; you will have written down the relevant facts; and you’ll have an idea about witnesses you might be able to rely on to support what you say.
Ideally let us have this information before we meet. It means we’ll have a chance to review it beforehand and so at our first meeting we will be able to drill deeper into the issues and make better progress.
Why are we asking you to do the legwork? It means that you are not paying us to. Litigation can become expensive, and we would far rather you didn’t pay for things you could – and may actually be better placed to – do. It’s part of our commitment to keeping costs as low as possible.
Getting things in order
You really don’t need a legal qualification to do this. Think about exactly what was happened, and pull together relevant:
- time sheets
- names and addresses of potential witnesses
- a summary of what those witnesses might say
- a chronology of events – a simple timeline of what happened
- any correspondence with your opponent and/or their solicitor
- expert reports.
Trust us, organising the evidence from day one will stand your case in great stead to proceed. And if we think it’s unlikely to succeed, we’ll be able to let you know early on – without you having incurred heavy legal fees.
Get in touch with our litigation solicitors in Banbury, Bicester and Rugby
If you would like to speak to a solicitor to help resolve your dispute, please contact our solicitors at our offices in Banbury, Bicester or Rugby.