We have considerable experience representing clients in civil litigation and dispute resolution cases including:
Land & Property Disputes (which include Boundary Disputes, Restrictive Covenants and Easements)
Director, Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
Litigation solicitors assist clients in resolving civil disputes. Disputes can concern anything from unpaid bills or unfulfilled contract terms to problems between landlords and tenants, infringement of IP rights, construction-related claims, the liabilities of insurers, shipping cases, defective products, media and entertainment industry wrangles… the list is endless. And that’s just in the commercial sphere. The most common types of litigation involving private individuals are discussed at length.
Personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers resolve claims brought by people who have been injured, either as a result of an accident or through flawed medical treatment.
The claimant lawyer will usually act for one individual, but sometimes a claim may be brought by a group of people – this is called a class action or a multiparty claim. The defendant lawyer represents the party alleged to be responsible for the illness or injury.
In most personal injury cases, the claim against the defendant will be taken over by the defendant’s insurance company, which will then be the solicitor’s client. Local authorities are common defendants in relation to slips and trips, while employers usually end up on the hook for accidents in the workplace. In a majority of clinical negligence cases, the defendant will be the NHS, although private medical practitioners and healthcare organisations are also sued.
- Advise claimants on whether they have a valid claim, and defendants on whether to settle or fight a claim made against them.
- Gather evidence and witnesses to support the client’s position; develop case strategies.
- Issue court proceedings or embark on a process of alternative dispute resolution, if correspondence with the opposition does not produce a satisfactory result.
- Represent clients at pre-trial hearings and case management conferences.
- Attend conferences with barristers and brief them to conduct advocacy in hearings, trials and arbitrations.
- Attend trials, arbitrations and mediations with clients; provide assistance to barristers.