Disputes, regardless of who they arise between, carry the potential to be damaging in numerous ways. Whether you are facing a disagreement with a neighbour, a family member, your landlord or a professional such as a financial adviser, a solicitor or a surveyor, it is always wise to seek expert advice before the matter becomes overly convoluted and expensive.
At Freemans Solicitors, our specialist team of dispute resolution solicitors offer a cost-efficient service backed by exceptional knowledge and top level representation, all with the core aim of resolving your differences in the swiftest, most amicable and efficient way possible.
Our Dispute Resolution Services
At Freemans Solicitors our team have been recognised for our experience across a wide range of litigation law, dealing with cases in various levels of the civil courts as well as a range of Tribunals. Our specialist litigation solicitors offer an extensive service covering the following areas:
Debt Recovery and Insolvency
Whether you are facing debts or other monetary claims being made against you, or you wish to pursue money owed to you as an individual.
If you need advice on responding to an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), statutory demand, bankruptcy petition or are undergoing Directors Disqualification Proceedings.
With our expert advice and personalised guidance, you will be reassured of the best possible outcome.
Real Property Disputes
Your home life is important, so it stands to reason that you will want to resolve any dispute surrounding the place in which you live with the utmost efficiency. With the help of our highly experienced property litigation solicitors, you will be guided down the most appropriate route to resolve everything from boundary disputes and lease related issues to enforcement of lease covenants, adverse possession and joint owner disagreements.
Residential Landlord and Tenant
If you are in dispute with your landlord or tenant, it can be a very upsetting time. You need to know your rights as a landlord or tenant and be fully aware of whether any action being taken is legal. Our landlord and tenant litigation specialists provide personalised assistance across a variety of issues including possession proceedings, breach of covenants, dilapidations claims; rent reviews and service charge disputes.
If you are dissatisfied with work that has been carried out for you under a contract and/or you believe that the contractor has breached the terms of your agreement, you may be able to make a claim against them. Our litigation law experts will guide you through your options for a resolution in the most cost-effective way.
Professional Negligence Claims
Any professional such as an accountant, solicitor, surveyor, architect or financial adviser owes their client a duty of care. If they fall short of this duty and act negligently then you may be able to bring a claim against them for professional negligence.
Trust, Probate, Wills and Power of Attorney Disputes
Disputes concerning sensitive issues such as probate and wills can quickly become highly charged. It is therefore imperative that you engage the right level of expert assistance in order to reach a resolution that is positive and, wherever possible, seeks to maintain good family relations. If you are in debate over a trust, a will, a power of attorney or a probate issue, our expert dispute resolution solicitors are ready to assist.
Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
We champion strategic negotiation and alternative dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration. For a number of our cases, dispute resolution via the courtroom may be avoided, resulting in both cost and time savings for our clients, as well as far more amicable outcomes between the parties involved.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Frequently Asked Questions
What is civil litigation?
Civil litigation is the process by which private and public legal disputes are resolved, either through the courts or via some other form of negotiation. Generally, disputes of this nature involve financial compensation or an agreement that one of the parties takes or does not take a specified action.
What is the difference between litigation, mediation and arbitration?
Litigation is the process by which disputes are resolved through court proceedings, with a Judge making the final, binding decision. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It is a structured process involving an unbiased, trained mediator who works with the two parties in dispute with a view to reaching a resolution that is then signed in agreement. A mediator has no decision-making authority, but this method is recognised as an amicable and cost-effective way to try and resolve a dispute. With arbitration, disputes are resolved outside of the courtroom using an impartial person to make a binding decision.
How do I know if I have a professional negligence claim?
You will need to prove not only that the professional owed you a duty of care and that they breached it, but that you suffered a financial loss as a direct result of the negligence. It will need to be shown that the services delivered fell below those that would reasonably be expected from a reasonably competent professional.
Are there time limits to bringing claims?
In certain circumstances, there are time limits. For most disputes, the limitation period is six years, although there are variations and sometimes special conditions will apply (such as professional negligence cases). Your litigation law solicitor will inform you accordingly with regards to the appropriate time limit for bringing your claim.
Freemans Solicitors: Expertise in Resolving Disputes for the Best Outcome
With Freemans Solicitors you can be completely reassured at all times of a personalised service which is totally focused on your individual needs. We understand and genuinely care about how your dispute has affected your everyday life and how it may alter your financial situation, as well as important relationships. Our aim is to use the in-depth experience and skills of our litigation experts to craft the best workable solution to remedy the situation.
To talk through your matter in confidence with one of our friendly dispute resolution solicitors, please get in touch.