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Meet your Civil Litigation Solicitors in the Durham area

Civil litigation covers a range of legal processes or disputes that don’t involve criminal charges or penalties.

This includes:

  • Personal injury
  • Landlord & tenant disputes
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Contract disputes
  • Consumer rights disputes
  • Contentious probate

Personal Injury

We know that accidents happen, however where, due to another person’s negligence or failure to put appropriate safeguards in place, a person is hurt, injured, or worse, at Smith Roddam Solicitors, our vast experience helps innocent parties receive justice for an injury that should, and could, have been avoided.

Smith Roddam Solicitors’ Civil Litigation department can offer legal advice for the following:

At Smith Roddam, we understand that not all personal injuries are physical. We can sensitively and thoughtfully support you through areas of psychiatric injury whether that be overload and stress at work, harassment, or bullying. Smith Roddam Solicitors is one of a very few number of firms that have experience and expertise in dealing with psychiatric injury claims.

Landlord and Tenant Disputes

Our housing lawyers advise both landlords and tenants in all property related matters. Whether you’re a landlord seeking possession of a property or a tenant dealing with a difficult landlord, we can help.

We act on behalf of a number of residential landlords. We can help you with:

  • Tenant Rent Recovery
  • Drafting valid Section 8 and Section 21 Notices
  • Applications to the Court for possession
  • Attending possession Proceeding Hearings
  • Instructing bailiffs to evict tenants who fail to leave the property by the last date ordered by the Court.

When you talk to our experts, we will explain your rights and support you through the next steps and at an affordable cost. Together we’ll tackle any concerns you may have and act quickly to reduce the anxieties you are facing.

Neighbour Disputes

In an ideal world, we would all get on with our neighbours all the time. But, living close to other people can sometimes be difficult and disagreements can arise. If left unresolved, minor annoyances can often turn into major disputes so it’s always best to tackle issues as soon as they occur and try your best to stay on good terms with your neighbours.

At Smith Roddam Solicitors we have helped many people resolve disputes with their neighbours quickly and effectively. We will advise on the various options available and wherever possible; we will help you resolve issues without going to court. If court action is required, we will guide and support you through every step of the process.

Debt Recovery

Whether you have a debt which needs recovering or whether someone is claiming against you, the first step is to contact Smith Roddam Solicitors.

We provide specialist advice on making or defending a claim and can represent you throughout the process so you are not left feeling overwhelmed.

From advice about the Court process to help dealing with debtors and creditors, our experienced lawyers will support and guide you through whatever situation you are facing.

How Smith Roddam Solicitors Can Help You

Talking to an expert lawyer at Smith Roddam Solicitors will help you understand your situation more clearly and ensure you make the right decisions to support your case.

Smith Roddam Solicitors offer a free initial assessment*, meaning you can discuss your situation and find out what options you have, before deciding what action to take.

Contact our civil litigation solicitors today on 01388 772 661 to see how we can help you.


*case circumstances depending. Usually limited to 30 minutes, face to face or telephone appointment. Excludes consideration of and advice on documents.  

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