Dealing with disputes and alternatives to court proceedings

Disputes can occur in many areas of life, such as disputes with an employer, a neighbour, with family members or a former partner. It’s important to understand what the impact could be if the dispute can’t be resolved easily, and what your options are to move forward.

There are several different ways to try resolving a dispute that don’t involve going to court, which is a much better alternative for most people. If you do require court intervention, it might be possible to access some funding to help with the costs, and there are steps you can take to improve the chances of a successful outcome and manage the potential risks of the dispute.

What to do when faced with a dispute

If you’re involved in a dispute in your personal or working life and you want to fight your corner, you might have lots of questions about how to try and resolve the situation on a legal basis. How likely are you to get the outcome that you want? How long is the dispute process likely to carry on for and what legal costs could be involved? Is it worth taking the dispute forward any further? What are the options if you don’t want to end up in court?

You may need expert advice from those experienced with dispute resolution to help you seek an outcome that you are satisfied with. Our team are used to dealing with a huge range of disputes, including:

  • Disputes related to contracts, 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
  • Employment disputes
  • Will, inheritance or trust disputes.

On your side

We pride ourselves on being a disputes team that you can trust. If your dispute cannot be resolved by alternative means and litigation (going to court) is required, we will be with you every step of the way with the aim of achieving the most favourable outcome possible. Our team have proven experience and knowledge of assisting with complex disputes, with our pragmatic approach is one of the reasons for our successful track record with resolving disputes in all areas of life.

We believe in transparency of service, so we are always honest about your prospects in this type of case and will always keep the lines of communication open. We may be able to assist with finding funding to help with the cost of your litigation and we will always tell you if we think that proceeding with the case is not advisable, from either a financial or emotional point of view.

Taking your dispute to court or giving up are not the only two options available to you. We are specialists in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) too, and can offer all the advice and support needed to try and resolve the issue in the best way for your individual circumstances and preferences.

Helping you be prepared

We offer expert support and advice on areas including:

Our team will ensure that you are provided with all of the necessary information and expert advice that you need to make informed decisions about how to proceed with your dispute and start to move forwards with your life.

Our expert team work across our offices in London, Richmond, Southampton, Guildford, Lymington and Woking and we offer specialist support and advice to clients nationwide.

Chambers and Partners, 2021 They are very knowledgeable, accessible and give good objective advice.
Legal 500, 2021 They deliver an excellent service for clients. Cases are extremely well-managed, strategy is thought through from the start, and clients are provided with sound intelligent advice throughout. I have no hesitation in recommending the firm and have in fact recommended them to a client.
Legal 500, 2021 Particularly good at handling group litigation and also dealing with funding solutions.
Legal 500, 2021 The team is highly commercial, diligent and always quick to find practical and creative solutions. They provide a city law firm service in the heart of Surrey.
Legal 500, 2021 We have always received outstanding feedback from members who have worked with the firm and we feel they are exemplary in their fields.