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Litigation Disputes Bolton, Manchester, Boundary & Business Disputes, Contentious Probate & Wills
Call 01204 540999 and speak to a legally qualified member of our team who can deal with your enquiry straight away.
See below for details about our Discounted Fixed Fee First Interview Scheme and how we can assist at certain stages of your case.
Dealing with a dispute, whether small or large, can be a particularly stressful experience, especially if you are unsure about the costs and procedures involved. Our Litigation solicitors regularly handle a wide range of disputes and we can provide practical and specialist advice with the aim of resolving your dispute quickly and cost-effectively.
Our lawyers have helped with the following situations:
- Issues between you and your landlord
- Boundary and property disagreements
- Conflicts with retailers, suppliers or service providers
- Problems with contracts (employment and others)
- Challenges to Wills, intestacies and estates - see below
- Professional negligence
- Where you are having problems repaying debts
- Somebody is taking you to court or you want to take someone to court - see below
Wherever possible, we always seek to settle disputes by negotiation. In many cases, disputes can be resolved by using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation . These procedures tend to be less formal and adversarial than litigation to Court. When Court action is necessary we will provide a vigorous and effective presentation of your case. There are occasions however, when Court action is necessary. Rest assured that our Litigation Team will provide a robust and efficient presentation of your case in order to gain the best result for you. We aim to provide a high quality service and will deal with your matter in a friendly and professional manner. We also work hard to ensure that there is regular communication with you to ensure you are kept informed about the progress of your case. Please contact us for advice on 01204 540999.
Fieldings Porter now offer Discounted Fixed Fee First Interview Scheme which includes up to one hour face to face consultation with a solicitor and is followed up by a note of the advice given.
If you need:-
- Legal guidance, or
- A legal perspective on documents you do not understand, or
- Assistance in drafting legal documents or correspondence, or
- Legal input to assist with difficult decisions with legal implications
No hidden fees – just one fixed affordable cost of £150 inclusive of VAT.
Appointments can take place at our Bolton or Manchester offices and will be with a fully qualified solicitor or trainee solicitor. Payment is required in advance of your appointment and can be taken on the day of your appointment.
This first interview can only be used once for any particular issue. However, Fieldings Porter also offer consultancy schemes which allow you to take professional legal advice whenever you need it and at whatever stage of your case, as a one off or throughout your case, whilst providing you with certainty as to costs. Should these consultancy schemes be of interest to you we can provide the full details at your first appointment.
If you wish to book an appointment under this scheme please contact us.
County Court Action – DIY and Ad Hoc Advice
We understand that going to court can be very expensive. In a civil claim with a value of less than £10,000.00 the Court's general rule is that each party bears their own costs. So even if you win, you may still have a large legal bill to attend to.
In more complex cases it is always advisable to instruct a qualified and regulated solicitor to deal with your case. We understand however that it is not always financially possible to do this for the whole case.
It is for this reason that more and more litigants in person, that it, a person who is not legally represented, are opting to instruct solicitors at specific points in the litigation to assist with specific court directions. Common examples include instructing solicitors to prepare your witness statements or advise on document disclosure. Other examples include the preparation of court bundles or arranging legal representation for the trial. Instructing a solicitor to deal with these tasks ensures that each task is prepared, executed and presented in accordance with the legal rules and principles. Alternatively you may wish to instruct a solicitor to advise you on your prospects of succeeding at trial and any suitable settlement proposals based on litigation risk, namely whether, on balance, you are going to win or not.
If you would like tailored assistance with a civil case you are involved in or you would like to discuss any contemplated court action, contact Claire or Chloe in our Litigation Team today on 01204 540999.
This is becoming a more common area for dispute between family members who often take the role of executor as well as beneficiary along with others. It is far from straightforward and can become an expensive process. You need to ensure that you are advised by an expert who can also tactfully deal with sensitivities surrounding such cases. Nazia Nawaz is such a solicitor with considerable expertise in this area. As a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists, a voluntary code of conduct is in place to which we adhere for the benefit of our clients. Amongst our general excellent services provision to clients, you can expect the following:-
1. A Voluntary Code
Members ("the Members") of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists will endeavour to act in accordance with a voluntary Code of Conduct ("the Code"). The Code is a guide only since Members acknowledge that every contentious situation they face may be different, and the client's instructions in any given case may differ. It is however hoped that by considering the voluntary Code, Members may help clients to secure a quicker and more cost effective resolution of a dispute.
2.1 The Member should at an early stage in any given matter, inform a new client of the Code's provisions and the fact that he or she will endeavour to be guided by it.
2.2 Where appropriate the Member will endeavour at an early stage of the matter to have a without prejudice meeting with his or her counterpart to explore the possibility of the matter being resolved without the necessity for formal protracted and potentially acrimonious Court proceedings.
3. Conduct of Litigation
3.1 Members should where appropriate endeavour to utilise the full range of solutions and in particular, to consider the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
3.2 Where parties clearly have common interests they should be encouraged to instruct the same legal team. Members should point out to clients that the proliferation of legal representation is not always appropriate or necessary.
4.1 Members should, at an early stage, advise their clients of the professional costs implication of any dispute ie that costs escalate rapidly, that Courts will not automatically order that the costs be paid out of the funds in dispute, and accordingly a "loser" could end up paying all the various parties costs out of his/her own pocket.
4.2 Members should be conscious of the need to review the issue of costs with their clients on a regular basis and endeavour to discuss the costs position regularly with their counterparts acting for the other parties involved.
4.3 Similarly, the implications of the need to fund proceedings should be discussed fully with the client.
4.4 "Calderbank" offers should be considered, where appropriate, to focus the parties attention on the costs of the dispute in the context of the sum in dispute.
4.5 Members should, where appropriate, advise clients of the possibility of referring a dispute to arbitration or other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and in particular, the costs advantages inherent in adopting that course of action.