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Civil Litigation

Unfortunately, we can all become involved in a dispute as part of our business or in our private lives. When we do, we need specialist practical and creative advice to help resolve that dispute without making the situation worse. Our dispute resolution team comprises of experienced solicitors who can advise you on the most cost effective way to resolve your dispute, using all processes such as mediation and arbitration, however, they will also work hard to protect your interests.

We can advise you on:

  • Debt recovery
  • Recovering possession from tenants
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Consumer Disputes

We may also be able to provide assistance with other types of disputes and please do not hesitate to contact us for a no obligation chat.

Unfortunately, we do not offer assistance with boundary or neighbour disputes, although there are various free mediation services available including the likes of Mediation Bucks.

If you are a business with unpaid invoices and need assistance recovering the sums due to you, we offer a fixed fee debt recovery services for commercial undisputed debts, details of which can be found here.

We can also offer assistance to individuals who are owed money, such as a private loan that has not been repaid.  Where appropriate such assistance may be offered under our fixed fee debt recovery service, details can be found here.  However, this is not possible in every instance and if not we can provide a no-obligation tailored quote on request.

Our specialist litigation solicitors can provide guidance and assistance on the correct notice to serve when seeking to end a tenancy arrangement, as well as instigating any court proceedings required should the tenant refuse to leave.

We can also assist with the recovery of rental arrears by other means and other tenancy related disputes. Please contact us for a no obligation chat today.

Sadly, disputes can arise following the death of a loved one. We recognise that it can be distressing to learn that their Will or the outcome of the intestacy rules in the absence of a valid Will, fail to make reasonable financial provision for you, thus leaving you in a difficult financial situation.

Generally, a person is free to leave their estate to whoever they please, but the law protects certain classes of people who might reasonably be expected to benefit, and who have been left out or have failed to receive the financial provision that they need. These people include a spouse or civil partner, children (both minors and adults), a former spouse or civil partner (if they have not remarried), a person who for the two years prior to the deceased’s passing lived continually with the deceased as spouse or civil partner in the same household, and a person being financially maintained by the deceased.

In this case, it may be possible to make a claim to the Court seeking reasonable financial provision under an Act of Parliament known as the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, as the Act allows the court to change the shares of the deceased’s estate.

Such claims are subject to strict time limits and so early advice is essential. Please contact us for a no obligation chat.

We fully appreciate not every consumer dispute justifies the involvement of solicitors, especially where the costs of our involvement outweighs the value of any faulty goods purchased or costs incurred in remedying poor workmanship. We also unfortunately are not able to offer free advice in respect of such matters.

For those larger purchases where the item purchased is not of satisfactory quality, or where poor workmanship has the potential to leave you substantially out of pocket we can guide you further on your rights and potential remedies under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and, where appropriate, seek to reach a resolution on your behalf.

As the cost of resolving a dispute is always an issue, we will advise you of the likely costs at the beginning and approach matters with the aim to achieve wherever possible a negotiated resolution, rather than getting embroiled with expensive and time consuming litigation.

Louise Nunn

Solicitor | Employment & Litigation

01844 268 316

lnunn@lightfoots.co.uk

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