Dispute Resolution Solicitors in London

Our dispute resolution lawyers advise clients in a wide range of civil disputes such as contract disputes, professional negligence, contentious probate and debt recovery. We understand the last thing you want is for your dispute to escalate into a lengthy and costly court case, unless absolutely necessary. Our clients range from individuals to businesses who seek our advice to resolve their legal issues and disputes.

At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors we have a team of expert dispute resolution solicitors based in London who give prompt and effective advice from the beginning, putting you and your needs at the heart of the matter. We will always try to avoid unnecessary costs. It’s how we have built our business. You need solicitors you can trust to fight on your side. Request a call back from one of our team today

What is dispute resolution?

Dispute resolution is the process of resolving a civil dispute between parties. This could be from unfulfilled contract terms, breach of fiduciary duties, a disputed will or claims of professional negligence. Our solicitors regularly have to advise on urgent matters such as injunctions. We act for both individuals and businesses. We can help with most civil disputes including:

 

As well as providing you with effective legal advice in your situation, we also help you to find the best way to resolve your dispute. This may be through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or ultimately by going to court if necessary.

Introduction to our Dispute Resolution team

What happens when you contact one of our dispute resolution solicitors?

  • Contact us

We will firstly need to take all the information about your dispute and what outcome you would like to achieve.

  • Advise you

Once we have the information about your case we will advise you on the best options to take and create a strategy to facilitate this.

  • Agree funding options

We will speak to you about our variety of funding options and provide you with a suitable cost-effective quote. Once this is agreed we will then work on you get a resolution your issue.

Our dispute resolution solicitors have a number of approaches to help to resolve issues out of court including:

Mediation

A neutral third party assists disputing parties in negotiating and resolving their issues. It is known to be a cost-effective and a quick way of resolving any differences. Anything said in mediation is confidential and without prejudice- therefore, the parties can speak freely.

Arbitration

This is a form of private litigation. The parties agree to arbitrate and be bound by the arbitrator’s decision. This agreement can happen prior to a dispute and may be mandatory if included in a contract between the parties. The parties agree an arbitrator. Any dispute is decided by the arbitrator.

Negotiations

Negotiations are usually conducted on a without prejudice basis allowing the parties to be frank, which helps facilitate genuine attempts to settle. It is highly probable that in any dispute a client will be encouraged to resolve the dispute by negotiation, which is the least formal method of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

What is the difference between dispute resolution and litigation?

Litigation can form part of dispute resolution. The two are not mutually exclusive. There are many ways in which someone can resolve a dispute and we will be able to advise the most appropriate course of action for your particular case.

How can our dispute resolution solicitors help?

As dispute resolutions solicitors we help clients resolve issues before they become complex and costly. We give prompt advice in a wide range of civil disputes, whether personal or business-related. Due to the nature of the work, if you are looking to recover damages of less than £10,000 we may not be able to assist as it may not be in your interests to do so.

Efficient and effective

We will work with you to avoid litigation by using other forms of alternative dispute resolution; however, if litigation is unavoidable our solicitors will fight your corner and protect your interests.

Innovative

At Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors the team’s aim is to work on your behalf to explore all avenues available to you. We look at innovative ways in which we can provide you with the desired outcome.

Cost Competitive

We also understand litigation can be very expensive, therefore, we offer competitive rates. To speak with one of the dispute resolution solicitors contact us now.

Frequently asked questions

I instructed a solicitor to pursue a personal injury claim but they failed to issue the claim within the time limit. Is there anything I can do?

If a solicitor has failed to issue a claim within time, and subsequent efforts to submit a claim were rejected, you may have a professional negligence claim. The burden is on a claimant (the person bring a claim) to prove, on a balance of probabilities, that the solicitor’s negligence has caused his loss. The claimant may recover damages based on the loss of the chance of making a gain. In such cases, the court trying the professional negligence action can usually only speculate about the outcome of the original proceedings. The solicitor will be liable for the client’s loss of the chance of winning. The court will assess the prospects of success and the likely value of the original claim.

I instructed a solicitor to pursue a personal injury claim, but feel that they settled the claim for less than it was worth. Can I pursue a claim against the solicitor?

When you instruct a solicitor to pursue a claim for damages you rely on the solicitor to advise you on what losses you can claim and what these losses are worth. If a solicitor has failed to include certain losses within your claim, or incorrectly valued your claim causing you loss, then you may be able to pursue a claim for Professional Negligence

In order to pursue such a claim, we have to consider the solicitor’s file relating to the personal injury claim. We would need to assess what information and evidence they had available and whether the advice and valuation the solicitor gave you was within a range of what a reasonably competent solicitor would advise.

If it was not, then you may have grounds to pursue a claim against the firm of solicitors.

I was successful in a claim against a builder who carried out work on my property. The builder failed to pay and my solicitor found out he has sold his assets and cannot be traced. Can I pursue a claim against my solicitor for the damages?

Unfortunately in some cases obtaining an order or settlement is only half the battle as it does not guarantee that you will receive a payment. With all litigation there is a risk that a defendant cannot or will not pay damages even if ordered to do so. In this case, we would have to consider the circumstances of the claim, the conduct of the parties to date, and what investigations had been carried out to establish what (if any) assets the builder had.

If it was anticipated that the builder may try to avoid making a payment, then it may have been possible to obtain some security (i.e. a charge over any property he owned) for the amount due to be paid to you. However, if he did not have any assets then this would not be possible. If your solicitor knew that the builder was likely to dispose of his assets to avoid payment, then he should have advised you of your options in order to preserve your position. Equally, when the builder failed to make payment consideration should have been given to what steps could be taken to enforce the order or agreement. These cases are not clear cut and we suggest you contact us so we can talk through your options with you.

 

Examples of dispute resolution cases we have worked on

Trust of Land Claim

The client and his ex-partner (“X”) purchased a property with the intention that it was a shared venture. They paid the price jointly and met the mortgage payments. X moved out soon after with the given balance of monies left in their joint account. The client paid off the mortgage and treated the property as his own. He then found out that X’s name remained on the title, which X refused to remove. Proceedings were issued for a declaration that X had no beneficial interest in the property.

The outcome

We successfully negotiated for X to sign a transfer the property in the client’s sole name

Professional negligence against a barrister

The client instructed a barrister to represent her at a family hearing where a settlement was achieved which was less than expected. A letter of claim was sent. Expert evidence was obtained to prove the loss suffered and the amount required to rectify the negligence. Although a settlement was not achieved at mediation or a subsequent without a meeting, these paved the way for further negotiations wherein settlement was agreed and embodied into a court order which avoided the need for a trial.

The outcome

The client received over £150,000 damages and over £60,000 costs.