At the outset, we advise you on what the costs may be of pursuing your matter. We promise to keep you updated on costs throughout so that there are no nasty surprises when your dispute is resolved. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf and try and resolve your disagreement as promptly as we can.
Our lawyers will discuss the options with you and you can then decide which approach is best for you.
We have advised on and secured successful outcomes in disputes covering a broad spectrum of commercial activity.
Building / Construction / Property+
Whether you are a business, main contractor or sub-contractor we can advise you on any building dispute you may encounter.
This may cover claims for payment under a construction contract or where there is a dispute with the employer as to the quality of work carried out. We are able to assist in the dispute resolution procedures which are normally set out in a standard contract including following the consultation and engineering disputes protocol.
Termination and Renewal of Leases+
For commercial premises we advise both Landlords and Tenants on termination and renewal of Leases, service of Notices and court proceedings where there is a dispute about whether should be a new Lease. We also assist on recovery of possession for rent arrears as well on dilapidations issues.
For residential premises we advise both Landlords and Tenants on service of notices to end the Assured Shorthold Tenancy or requiring possession for rent arrears, on possession proceedings and recovery of possession
Contract Disputes – Disputes arising from the interpretation of contractual terms and possible breaches are dealt with in both the County Court and the High Court, depending on complexity and value. Our team has a wealth of experience in the whole spectrum of such claims.
We regularly advise employers about employment law disputes including redundancy, unfair dismissal, breach of contract claims, maternity rights and discrimination at work.
Sometimes a simple letter of demand will suffice but in others, more formal steps may need to be taken to encourage your debtors to pay outstanding monies due. Depending upon the contractual arrangements between your business and the debtor, you may also be able to claim interest, costs and late payment fees.
Advising an individual on how to respond to a Statutory Demand or Bankruptcy Petition or how a person can voluntarily petition for their own Bankruptcy and the implications of that.
For a limited company, we can advise on how it can respond to a Winding up Petition or on the possibility of the Company following an Insolvency procedure.
Consumer protection is generally a high priority for manufacturers and suppliers of products but occasionally things can go wrong and defective products can cause injuries, damage and business interruption. There is legal protection against such claims and we can help pursue a claim and obtain compensation on your behalf.
Company / Shareholder / Partnership+
Advice where there is a dispute between Directors as to management of the Company. Advice as to a Director’s duties to the Company and Creditors to try to prevent claims or advice if a claim is brought.
This may include advice to either a Shareholder or the Company when a Shareholder alleges that there has been a breach of a Shareholders Agreement or where a minority Shareholder claims that his interests have been unfairly prejudiced or that his rights have been infringed. We can represent you in court proceedings if necessary.
We can advise upon disputes between partners and on the procedure for taking an account and dissolving the partnership.
Planning and Environmental+
Property / Planning. We act for both developers and those who wish to oppose development within their communities. The firm has particular expertise in applications for change of use and redevelopment of brown field sites and redundant agricultural buildings.
We deal with the Environment Agency and other agencies in matters that concern environmental law and the implications of any breaches caused by contamination both under European legislation and UK statute. We also have expertise in dealing with contamination of watercourses and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Our agricultural lawyers regularly work with local land owners and farms on environmental protection matters, giving advice on environmental enhancement provisions particularly if they will affect neighbouring properties or could lead to disputes with the Environment Agency and local authorities.
Intellectual Property (IP)+
IP covers extensive rights of control owned initially by creators of novel designs, names, commercial processes, website pages, computer software even sounds and smells, amongst many other ideas. We can take the appropriate legal steps to prevent infringement of your Intellectual property rights.
Making a claim against a professional when things go wrong is a complex process. We offer assistance in complying with the legal formalities of drafting a court compliant letter before action, and then with the entire process of any court claim that may prove necessary after that if the professional’s insurer contests the claim.
Will and Trust Disputes+
Will and trust disputes – Our team have experience in advising both executors and beneficiaries about claims involving wills and inheritances. These include bringing claims against estates (and advising executors about defending claims) for adequate financial provision and challenges to Wills