Working with you to achieve the best solution to your situation, quickly, cost-effectively and with the least amount of stress and disruption.
During the early stages of a dispute resolution, we work with our clients to establish their goal and consider which alternative methods, such as alternative dispute resolution, can be used to achieve the desired outcome. We are mindful of the cost benefit analysis at all times.
Of course, Court proceedings may be unavoidable, and our team will guide you through the litigation process, ensuring that your interests are robustly represented.
We have excellent links with professionals including barristers’ chambers and accountants, who can supplement the advice given on a dispute, with barristers being of key importance during Court hearings and trials.
Whether you’re an individual, business owner or a company representative, if you have entered into an agreement and now find yourself with a contract dispute, we can help you find a resolution.
The process involves investigating the dispute, writing pre-action letters (when acting on behalf of the Claimant) or responding to them (when acting on behalf of the Defendant), preparation of proceedings and advising throughout the Court process – including the drafting of witness statements. We are also able to attend and represent clients at Court hearings, and where appropriate will obtain representation via highly skilled barristers.
As well as the legal process of a dispute, our team will look at ways to reach a settlement that is cost-effective while still achieving the aims set out by our client.
Both consumers and traders’ rights are protected by the Consumer Rights Act 2015. If you suspect that your rights under that legislation have been breached, our team can advise and assist in either bringing a claim if you are a consumer, or representing you if you are a trader accused of a breach of the Act.
The team can advise on both business to consumer debt recovery, under the pre-action protocol, and business to business debt recovery. Using our knowledge of other areas of dispute resolution, such as insolvency, we can advise on numerous methods to recover debts.
There are many ways to resolve a dispute, which fall under the umbrella of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
These include Mediation (see below), Without Prejudice Discussions, Exchange of Offers, Arbitration and Adjudication. These can be used within the course of a dispute, or on a stand-alone basis in order to settle a dispute an at early stage.
Our team has experience in all forms of ADR, and is able to advise on the various merits of the different resolution processes, how best to utilise each one, and can act on your behalf throughout the process.
Mediation is a voluntary process of guided negotiation, in which the disagreeing parties appoint an independent third party, the mediator, to assist in finding a mutually agreeable resolution to a dispute.
The benefit of seeing a mediator is that you may well be able to resolve your dispute without the expense of Court proceedings. What is said in mediation is in confidence, without prejudice, and can’t later be used in Court.
Find out more in our Mediation fact sheet.
Dickins Hopgood Chidley has a Civil and Commercial Mediator who offers mediator services to other professionals or private clients. For further information see our Mediator Services page.
Our work includes acting for individuals and businesses, advising on and implementing bankruptcy and winding up processes, as a method of recovering outstanding monies.
The team is also experienced in advising company directors in relation to disqualification proceedings.
Within this area, our team has experience advising both individuals and members of the construction industry.
Individuals – if you are in dispute with the builder hired to carry out work to your property, we can advise and if needed support you through the dispute process to resolution.
Construction companies and building firms – our team can assist in finding construction dispute resolutions for disputes arising from Joint Contracts Tribunals (JCT) and similar contracts, and can represent you or your firm in adjudication and arbitration proceedings.
Our team can advise Companies on disputes arising out of their governance, for example breaches of director’s duties and breaches of Articles of association, as well advising individual shareholders on disputes arising out of shareholder agreements and minority shareholder claims.
If you believe that your intellectual property rights, trademarks, registered marks, company names, patents or copyright have been infringed, our Intellectual Property solicitors can advise you on the best course of action, beginning with stopping the infringement, for instance with injunctive measures, through to obtaining compensation for any losses that stem from the breach.
Our property dispute solicitors have experience in advising on a wide range of litigious property matters, including Landlord and Tenant Disputes (bringing and defending possession proceedings and breaches of tenancy agreement), as well as boundary disputes and adverse possession claims.
The Dispute Resolution team, in conjunction with the Personal Law team, advise on will disputes, both when bringing and defending challenges to Wills by dependants, and where there are allegations that the Will is not valid.
We are also able to advise clients where there is a dispute over the wording or implementation of the terms of a Trust, whether this relates to property or Will Trusts.
Should you find yourself in the position of seeking legal advice for a professional negligence claim against a professional, we can help.
Our team has experience in bringing claims against solicitors, accountants and surveyors, as well as other professionals where they have failed to give the standard of service expected and required.
Charlotte offers a free initial 30-minute consultation. Simply fill in the form on our Free Consultation page to see how we can help.