How to deal with a dispute, including alternatives to going to court
There are many types of dispute, ranging from contractual disputes to disputes with family members or former partners. You will want to know the potential impact of any dispute and understand your prospects and options. There are other ways to settle a dispute besides going to court, including negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. If you have to go to court, it might be possible to source funding, and there are steps you can take to improve your chances and manage the potential risks of a dispute.
Dealing with a dispute
When you’re facing a dispute, there are critical questions you will want answered. What are my chances of success? How long will it go on for and what will it cost? Is it even worthwhile fighting? What other options do I have?
Although there are many types of dispute, examples that occur frequently include:
- Contractual disputes, for example arising out of the sale or purchase of shares or other goods.
- Property disputes, perhaps over boundaries or rights of way.
- Landlord and tenant disputes, including leases and service charges.
- Cohabitation disputes, concerning who owns the property following a break-up.
- Will, inheritance or trust disputes.
On your side
You can have complete confidence in our disputes team. If going to court (litigation) is necessary, we will take a resolutely determined approach to securing the best possible outcome. We are very experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic, with a reassuringly strong record of success in settling disputes effectively.
We will always be honest and clear about your prospects. We can help you explore possible ways for you to fund your litigation, and if we think the financial and emotional costs of taking on your opponents are likely to be too high, we will say so.
Going to court or capitulating are not your only choices. We can advise and support you on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options available.
Helping you be prepared
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We’ll make sure you have all the answers and information you need, to help you assess the risks and make the right decisions.
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"The team is led by particularly strong commercial and highly technical lawyers in the shape of Mark Osgood and Sarah Watley along with Rob Evans. They are supported by a number of equally excellent technical more junior lawyers. They also have a relatively unique litigation funding offering called Escalate." Legal 500
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