Civil litigation and Dispute Resolution Solicitors
If you find yourself locked in a legal dispute with a family member, neighbour, business or other party, it can be very frustrating and time-consuming to deal with. You could also end up significantly out of pocket if you are unable to secure the resolution you need.
In these situations, seeking expert legal advice is a must as it can significantly boost your chances of getting the outcome you need with the potential to save you a lot of time, money and unnecessary conflict. In many cases, even the most complex disputes can be resolved amicably with the right legal support.
At Atkins Hope, our litigation lawyers are here to help you with all civil litigation matters including professional negligence, contractual disputes with your suppliers or other third parties, debt management and negotiating compensation for poor or inadequate service.
We have strong expertise in taking a non-confrontational approach to resolving civil disputes, so we can often secure you the outcome you need without court proceedings.
That said, we are also highly skilled in pursuing court action for civil disputes. Our experienced solicitors are familiar with the local courts and can represent you there, so you have continuity of service with the same solicitor at court who has assisted you throughout your case.
With any type of legal dispute, the earlier you get expert advice, the better your chances of achieving a positive outcome amicably. Therefore, we strongly advise getting in touch with our experienced civil litigation team sooner rather than later.
Our civil litigation and dispute resolution services for you
Professional negligence claims
If you consider your previous solicitor has made a mistake in your case and you are concerned that they have been negligent and you may be entitled to compensation, we can advise you on this. We can help you reach agreement or progress to court proceedings if the dispute cannot be resolved through negotiation or mediation/dispute resolution.
Personal debt management
If you are owed money and you have not been able to recover the debt yourself, we can take over the burden of chasing debt yourself which we know is time-consuming.
Our aim is to recover the money for you with interest as soon as possible. Ideally the recovery of the debt would be achieved without court proceedings but in the event that the debt is not paid or is disputed then we will pursue the debt through litigation at court.
We aim to achieve the best outcome for you, taking into account the cost implications of each action to recover the debt.
We can advise you on contractual disputes and advise on the remedies for any breaches of contract.
Our solicitors are experienced civil litigators and can assist you to resolve contract disputes either through negotiation, referral to mediation and dispute resolution or by issuing or defending actions in court.
We aim to advise you on the merits of your case and the cost implications of taking the range of actions available to you with a risk analysis of prospects of success. This enables you to make an informed decision about the next steps and the progress of your case.
Our civil litigation team can advise you on all types of property disputes, helping you to get a positive outcome that protects your property rights as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Our expertise includes boundary disputes, leasehold and freehold disputes, and eviction and possession proceedings. With many years of experience, we can give clear advice on your rights and legal options, allowing you to make an informed choice about how to proceed.
No matter how complex or contentious the dispute, we will take a proactive, practical approach, giving you the best chance of achieving the result you need while keeping the costs and time involved to a minimum.
Find out more about our property dispute resolution services.
Disagreements over a Will or the estate of a loved one who has passed away can quickly become very acrimonious with a risk of permanent damage to family relationships and a lot of time and money being wasted.
Our contentious probate solicitors can help unpick these difficult disputes, separating the legal facts from the emotional issues. Using our expertise in non-confrontational dispute resolution, we can typically find a solution without the need for court proceedings.
Find out more about our contentious probate services.
Workplace disputes can be confusing and distressing, especially if you have lost your job or fear serious damage to your career.
We take a practical approach to dealing with employment disputes and will give clear, realistic advice on your options, so you can decide on the best way forward for you.
In most cases we are able to resolve employment claims with a settlement agreement or through Acas early conciliation, getting you a fair outcome faster, avoiding extensive legal costs and saving you from unnecessary stress and conflict.
Find out more about our employment services for employees.
Actions against police
The police are expected to maintain the highest levels of professionalism and care at all times. Sadly, however, this standard is not always met and significant harm can be done as a result. If you or a loved one have suffered due to police misconduct, you may be entitled to compensation.
How our civil litigation team can help you get the right outcome for your dispute without unnecessary conflict
Letters before action
It is our experience that many legal disputes can be swiftly resolved with a well-drafted letter from our solicitors. By clearly setting out your legal position, the relevant laws and the outcome you need to resolve the matter, we can increase your chances of the other party accepting your position and agreeing a voluntary solution to the dispute.
Where required, we can support you during negotiations with the other party or negotiate on their behalf to secure an agreement on a way forward that is acceptable to both parties. Using our legal expertise and years of experience, we will make sure your rights are robustly defended while finding room to compromise where necessary to get you the outcome you need.
Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Our team have established relationships with specialist mediators and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) experts, so if we believe this approach may be productive, we can refer you to trusted professionals who can assist you with finding a non-confrontational solution to your dispute.
Issuing or defending actions in court
Where court proceedings are the best option to get you the outcome you need, we can prepare your case and represent you in court, meaning you will have the same team by your side every step of the way. Our civil litigation team have a strong track record of success with court action, so you can be confident in our representation for your case.
Our civil litigation and dispute resolution pricing for individuals
Fixed fee civil dispute resolution
We are able to offer some of our civil litigation services on a fixed fee basis, for example, drafting letters before action. You will therefore know exactly how much dealing with your matter will cost in advance.
Hourly rates for civil litigation
For more complex matters or ongoing legal support, we will charge a set hourly rate based upon the level of expertise required. We will keep you up to date on any billable work we need to carry out, so you can always stay on top of the cost of our legal services.
No win, no fee agreements
Some matters, such as personal injury claims, can be handled under a conditional fee agreement or ‘no win, no fee’ deal. This allows you to secure our legal representation without needing to pay anything upfront towards our legal fees. You will only need to cover our legal costs if we secure compensation for you.