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Overview

Disputes and Claims

Disputes are unfortunately a common occurrence in everyday life. Most of us are likely to have to deal with a contentious situation at one time or another, whether in a personal or business capacity.

Disputes come in various forms. Common causes relate to recovery of debt, problems with a tenant or landlord, disagreements over contractual terms, arguments over wills, or differences of opinion over property boundaries. Whatever the nature of the dispute, our specialist dispute resolution team can deal with them on your behalf.

Being involved in a dispute can be unpleasant, stressful and time-consuming. Our solicitors know that you will want to settle matters as quickly as possible. Resolving disputes can be expensive, so we will always aim to help you reach the most cost-efficient and speedy outcome.

We will explore all available avenues including mediation, negotiation and arbitration to avoid court proceedings, which can be expensive, lengthy and often traumatic. However, sometimes court proceedings are the only way to protect your position and resolve the issue. If this is the case, you can rest assured our team claims and disputes solicitors have the expertise to deliver a successful outcome and will pursue your interests vigorously.

As a trusted claims and disputes law firm, our expertise in this area extends to:

  • Landlord and tenant problems - both residential and commercial
  • Disputes over wills and inheritance claims
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Boundary and other property disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Injunctions
  • Emergency Court of Protection applications
  • Co-ownership and trustee disputes

We will provide an estimate of fees at the outset and ensure they are proportionate to the nature of your dispute. If our cost expectations change for any reason, we will keep you informed so there are no nasty surprises at the end.

For help resolving your dispute, please contact us.

Simultaneous Deaths. Who died first?

Posted by Emma Northover on January 20th 2020 in DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

It is an unusual situation when the order of two deaths becomes so relevant but, in the case of Scarle...

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Forced to Sell the Farm – Proprietary Estoppel

Posted by Emma Northover on September 23rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

The recent cases on Proprietary Estoppel have once again brought this unusual topic into the news.  In these recent cases,...

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Equity Release – Bad Press?

Posted by Mark Ollier on April 17th 2019 in DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, MOVING HOUSE.

Equity Release is now receiving more scrutiny as its popularity increases. More popular than ever, 10 years ago one would...

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Notices Requiring Possession of Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Posted by Mark Ollier on April 17th 2019 in COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, MOVING HOUSE.

The news that the Government is thinking of planning on heavily amending Landlord’s rights to serve Section Notices on tenants...

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Noisy Neighbours?

Posted by Mark Ollier on January 10th 2019 in DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

One or two recent cases have emphasised that legal action can be taken against neighbours where the impact of the...

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Rented Property Change of Ownership

Posted by Mark Ollier on January 10th 2019 in COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, MOVING HOUSE.

Notices regarding change of ownership of rented properties - Tenants are not always aware that the identity of their Landlord...

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Problems with Potholes?

Posted by Mark Ollier on October 30th 2018 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

Some of us in the South West have endured the anguish of being stranded on an unlit  road in the dark...

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How to choose a Solicitor

Posted by Mark Ollier on October 17th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All , COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, FAMILY, MOVING HOUSE, POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Choosing a Solicitor?

As a regular subscriber to Which magazine, I was immensely gratified to see the booklet enclosed which their...

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Boundary Disputes: Practical Tips

Posted by Emma Northover on January 29th 2018 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

The excesses and expense of boundary disputes never seem too far away from our national press.  Often we scoff at...

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Inheritance Disputes - Your Local Experts

Posted by Emma Northover on April 7th 2017 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

Emma Northover, a Partner in the Litigation Department, and her Senior Solicitor colleague, Stephen Fisher Crouch, are both recognised as...

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Wills which do not make reasonable provision for family members - Court Case in progress

Posted by Emma Northover on December 20th 2016 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Wills which do not make reasonable provision for family members – Court Case in progress

This week the Supreme Court will...

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When should a persons dying wishes be ignored?

Posted by Victoria Emmett on July 4th 2016 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

In a case that is being keenly followed by the charity sector, a disputed will has recently been sent to...

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Attention Landlords - New Rules regarding Assured Shorthold Tenancies

Posted by Emma Northover on October 8th 2015 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

Some important new rules have been introduced concerning Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements (ASTs)for residential properties.  These rules came into force...

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The patients right to information

Posted by Emma Northover on August 12th 2015 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

A woman recently won damages on behalf of her son for injuries sustained at his birth as a result of...

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Increase in DIY Probate leads to 300% increase in Estate Administration Claims

Posted by Emma Northover on September 30th 2014 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION.

There is always the temptation in life to try and save money but equally, there is the well known saying,...

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Court of Protection - Misuse of Powers

Posted by Emma Northover on April 24th 2014 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

The Court of Protection is the part of the Court which is designated with the task of looking after the...

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Staff Have Rights to a Private Life

Posted by Mark Ollier on September 6th 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

An employer who required her live-in housekeeper to not get pregnant has been ordered by an Employment Tribunal to pay...

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Can someone else decide what is in your Will?

Posted by Emma Northover on July 23rd 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

Everyone knows that it is important to make a Will and to keep it under review but like catching up...

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Be careful what you wish for!

Posted by Mark Ollier on July 3rd 2013 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES.

The high profile dispute involving the winner of the popular TV show “The Apprentice” highlights how important it is to...

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Obligation On Seller Sets Boundary

Posted by Mark Ollier on May 10th 2012 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, MOVING HOUSE.

When a plan is attached to a conveyance, it is often marked ‘for identification purposes only’ in order to ensure...

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Contested Probate

Posted by Emma Northover on June 10th 2011 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS.

A loved one has died, but left you nothing.  Can you do something about it? Maybe.  The will might be...

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