Dispute resolution is a modern term for litigation. It reflects the fact that people or companies with disputes are encouraged to find ways to resolve them, such as negotiation or mediation, without going to court. Often a solicitor can help with this process.
Disputes can be about almost anything. Some common examples are:-
- Commercial disputes between companies over the performance of a contract.
- Contested Wills.
- Allegations by individuals that they have been badly advised by professionals such as accountants or solicitors and have lost money as a result.
- Disputes between neighbours as to where a boundary should lie
- Unpaid bills.
- Disagreements between landlords and tenants.
I have dealt with these and many other types of dispute, with values ranging from £1,000 to over £1,000,000.
The first step in any dispute is to identify what the issues are, i.e. what is actually in dispute. Having considered that and all the available evidence I can usually give an indication of how strong the case is and the likely cost of progressing it, compared to the likely benefit.
In complex cases further evidence may be needed before I can give an opinion.
To avoid uncertainty as to cost, I will usually be able to offer a fixed fee for considering a matter and giving a written opinion. The fee will vary according to the case and I will agree it with you before I start work.
I may also be able to offer a fixed fee for further work, such as writing a letter to the person or company with whom you are in dispute, or drafting court documents. Again I would agree the fee before starting work.
Whether you are considering making a claim, or are facing one, I would urge you to take early advice. In the long run this may well save you time, money and stress.