Litigators in Bristol & Somerset
Disagreements are part and parcel of everyday life; that much is clear. But when a disagreement escalates into a dispute which can’t resolved easily or amicably, the law can help draw a line under it.
Our litigation solicitors in Bristol and Shepton Mallet provide advice and support to businesses and individuals on a wide range of disputes – from property, employment and commercial dispute advice, through to help dealing with personal affairs (such as challenging a Will).
Our dispute resolution lawyers can help you resolve a variety of legal conflicts, including:
- Contesting a Will & contentious probate
- Property & land disputes, including Possession Orders
- Partnership & shareholder disputes
- Commercial disputes
- Construction disputes
- Debt recovery
Specialist dispute resolution solicitors
When it comes to dispute resolution, we take a practical approach. We’re calm, considered and focused on problem-solving. We start by looking objectively at the situation and the underlying causes of it. Once we have a firm understanding of the issues, we’ll run through your options, recommend a course of action and work in partnership with you to find a cost-effective solution to the issues you’re facing.
Litigation doesn’t always mean going to court – far from it. Before things gets that far, we’ll explore cheaper and less confrontational alternatives, such as arbitration, negotiation and mediation. But if court is your only option, we’ll support you every step of the way. We can help you decide when and where to issue proceedings, as well as how and when to defend claims which have been brought against you.
What we find is that most clients only come to us as a last resort – or when things reach crisis point. Don’t let the cost of legal advice stop you speaking to a litigation solicitor. Getting us involved early means we can help resolve matters quickly and effectively – potentially saving you considerable time and money in the long term.
Using negotiation to resolve a dispute
We’re committed to pursuing your best interests; but we’re also well-practiced in the art of judging which battles to fight – and which to concede.
We’re strong and experienced negotiators; we see the bigger picture. Where possible we will bring all parties together for constructive discussions on how to resolve your dispute quickly, amicably and without the need for protracted court proceedings – something which is in everyone’s best interests.
Dispute mediation solicitors
For us, using mediation for disputes is always preferable to going to court. Not only is mediation more cost-effective, it also allows you to maintain a greater degree of control over the outcome. Working relationships are maintain, costs are considerably lower and the risks are reduced.
Our litigation solicitors have a wealth of experience in guiding clients through mediation. We can help you select a mediator, prepare for mediation and we can even represent you during the mediation process.
Arbitration for commercial disputes
If your dispute relates to a commercial contract, we have to refer your dispute to arbitration. Our arbitration solicitors have a proven track record of representing clients and will present the best possible case on your behalf.
What are your litigation legal costs?
We make it a priority to resolve your dispute as quickly and cost effectively as we can. Where possible, we’ll provide a fixed price from the outset so you’re clear about your legal costs from the outset. If that’s not possible, we’ll provide a comprehensive estimate based on an agreed scope of work.
Our team of litigation solicitors have experience of dealing with many kinds of dispute. If you need legal advice on dealing with a dispute or conflict speak to a dispute lawyer in Bristol, Bridgwater or Shepton Mallet, Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261, Bridgwater office on 01278 554228 or our Shepton Mallet litigation team on 01749 345 756.
We offer practical, cost-effective litigation advice to clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Sedgemoor, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.
Contentious probate solicitors
The death of a loved one is always a stressful time, but even more so if the terms of the deceased’s Will aren’t as expected or there are disagreements between beneficiaries and executors.
Disputes between family members and loved ones over a Will are sadly not unusual. But the decision to challenge a Will should never be taken lightly. Contentious probate can be complex and costly; but it’s the potential impact of a dispute on relationships which is most significant.
If you’ve been left out of a Will, been left less than you need or expected, or think the Will is wrong in some way, you might want to consider contesting it.
For advice on Will disputes, speak to our contentious probate solicitors in Bristol and Shepton Mallet. We’re committed to dealing with issues quickly and sensitively. If you have concerns about the actions of an executor or are questioning whether you have grounds to contest a Will, we’ll advise you on the best course of action.
We can also help you if you’re the executor of a Will and need advice on defending a contested Will.
Our contentious probate solicitors can help you if:
- You’ve been cut out of a Will
- You’ve received less inheritance than expected
- You’re concerned about the validity of the Will, or the mental capacity of the holder
- You were financially dependent on the deceased
- You’re the child, partner or spouse of the deceased
Can I contest a Will?
You can’t challenge a Will simply on the basis that it’s ‘not fair’. However you can contest a Will if they think that it might be invalid, that the deceased lacked sound mind or that the holder was coerced into writing or changing their Will.
Anyone can contest a Will. It’s usually someone with an interest in the estate, but you can contest the Will on behalf of someone else, such as a child.
A Will is a legally binding document – but only if it’s drafted and executed correctly. Even a simple mistake when signing the Will could render it invalid, opening up the possibility of it being challenged in court.
What is certain is that when it comes to Will disputes, every case is different. Good advice from a specialist Will dispute solicitor is essential. We’ll look at the merits of your case and let you know whether we think you have the grounds for a success contentious probate claim.
How do I challenge a Will?
Many people think that they need to go to court to challenge a Will; but this isn’t always the case. Speaking to us at an early stage for tailored advice means that we can offer practical solutions to defuse conflict.
We’re strong supporters of negotiation and mediation. We believe that the best way to resolve a Will dispute is through amicable means, with pragmatic and cost-effective help and advice. However you can be assured that when court proceedings can’t be avoided, we’ll provide professional support at every stage of the process.