Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

Sadly, it is almost inevitable that in the course of everyday dealings with others, whether on a private or commercial level, disputes will occur or accidents happen because of someone else’s fault. It is then a question of how to resolve those disputes or obtain compensation for any injury in the most sensible and cost-efficient manner. We will try to assist you.

If a dispute is not dealt with appropriately it might escalate and quickly become disproportionate to the issue that caused it in the first place. If you become involved in such a scenario, we will discuss the situation with you and offer advice as to the most practical and constructive way to move forward. The same can apply in respect of compensation claims.

Our aim is to assist and we will suggest ways in which a dispute or claim could be resolved without the need for court proceedings. We may correspond with the other party in order to reach an amicable solution. If this proves unsuccessful, we might refer the matter to a qualified mediator. Only once we have exhausted all other alternatives will we advise you to issue court proceedings.

If proceedings are issued, either by or against you, our litigation team will advise you as to the steps which are involved. The Civil Procedure Rules govern the way in which claims are handled. The court expects each party to follow the correct procedure in order to assist with the management of the case. Even after proceedings have been issued, we will continue to work with you to find the best solution to the dispute or claim in case a satisfactory ‘out of court’ settlement can be reached.

Whilst we will always do our utmost to represent your interests and to achieve the best possible result for you, we strongly recommend that you work with us to reach a negotiated settlement if possible. Whilst a Judge or Tribunal will make the decision it believes to be fair, it is inevitable that it will not please both parties.

We will discuss costs with you upon receiving your initial instructions. Again, it is difficult to predict how the matter may proceed and we will therefore do our best to give you an indication of costs in a variety of different scenarios. In the event that we advise that a Barrister or Mediator is consulted, we will agree their fees with you and them before they are instructed.

To discuss dispute resolution or claims procedures further, please contact Liz Kidd, Rajinder Richards (Ripon) or Jane Midgley (Bedale).

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