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 our dispute resolution solicitors in Bristol and Shepton.

To speak to a dispute lawyer in Bristol, call us on 0117 972 1261. Or contact our litigation lawyers in Shepton Mallet on 01749 345 756.

We offer practical, cost-effective litigation advice to a clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering 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.

If you’re considering contesting a Will or need advice on challenging a Will dispute, get in touch with our experienced litigation solicitors. To speak to a specialist Will dispute solicitor in Bristol or Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261 or our Shepton Mallet contentious probate lawyers on 01749 345 756.

We offer practical, cost-effective litigation advice to a clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

Possession Order solicitors in Bristol

As a landlord, you property likely provides some or all of your income. You rely on your tenant to maintain your property and pay their rent and bills – on time, every month.

But being a landlord isn’t always plain sailing. You might have tenants in serious rent arrears, failing to respond to you and refusing to take remedial action. Or they may be causing regular disturbances, leading to complaints from neighbours. What is certain is that if you have difficult tenants, removing them can be time-consuming, complicated and often costly.

If you need to evict a tenant, it’s important that you follow strict procedure, so get advice from our litigation solicitors in Bristol and Shepton Mallet.

We’ll guide you through the process of regaining possession of your property and make sure all boxes are ticked – from serving the correct notice to obtaining (and enforcing, if necessary) a Possession Order. We can also help you take steps towards recovering rent which is due to you.

What is a Possession Order?

A Possession Order is an order from the court that give you the right to evict your tenant from your property. You can only evict your tenant if a judge grants you a Possession Order.

When you go to court, one of three outcomes is likely:

  • An Outright Possession Order means your tenant must leave the property by the date given in the order. The date is usually 14 days after the date that the court makes the order.
  • A Suspended or Postponed Possession Order means that the tenant can stay in property as long as they keep to conditions outlined on the court order, such as repaying rent arrears or agreeing not to disturb neighbours.
  • Or the court can adjourn the case, either indefinitely or for a fixed period of time.

If your tenant fails to leave by the date stated on the Possession Order, we can help you appoint bailiffs to evict them.

If you’re having difficulties with a tenant or need advice on evicting a tenant from your property, get in touch with our experienced litigation solicitors. We’re also happy to deal with your letting agency if you’d prefer.

To speak to a specialist litigation solicitor in Bristol or Somerset about a Possession Order, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261 or our Shepton Mallet litigation lawyers on 01749 345 756.

We offer practical, cost-effective litigation advice to a clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

Local property dispute lawyers

Any dispute involving your home or garden and a neighbour is likely to be stressful. Nobody wants to get involved in an ongoing dispute with those who live closest to them – but disputes between neighbours can quickly escalate and legal action is needed to stop the problem worsening.

Maybe you disagree over access rights to your property or the right to use a piece of land – however small that may be. There might be question marks over boundary lines that have blurred over time, or you disagree with your neighbour deliberately encroaching over a known boundary onto your property.

One thing that is clear is that unless handled carefully, even minor property disagreements can swiftly turn personal and acrimonious – with the potential to cost you significant time and money.

Our approach to property disputes

Our property dispute solicitors favour a non-confrontational approach when dealing with your home and garden. You might never be friends with your neighbours; but that isn’t important. What is important is that we’re able to resolve your dispute in a way that means you continue to live next door to each other.

Any problems relating to your home or garden need to be dealt with quickly and sensitively. Our property dispute lawyers in Bristol and Somerset offer help and advice on a range of property and neighbour disputes, including

  • Boundary disputes
  • Party wall issues
  • Claims to force or avoid the sale of property – known as an Order for Sale
  • Right of way disputes
  • High hedges & fencing

Order for Sale solicitors

Property disputes are always between neighbours. Sometimes disputes arise between owners too.

What would happen if you brought a property with a friend, but things aren’t working out? Much like a divorce, friendships turn sour – with difficult decisions having to be made about jointly-owned assets.

As tenants in common, the simplest way to resolve this issue is for one party to buy the other out or for the property to be sold. But if you can’t agree between yourselves then one option to consider is for one of the parties to apply to the court for an Order for Sale.

This is essentially a court order that requires specific evidence as to why one party won’t agree to the sale of the property. If they fail to counter that claim, the Order of Sale is granted, legally forcing the second party to sell the property. However an Order of Sale is costly – both in terms of money and damage to the relationship – so should only be used as a last resort.

If you’re considering an Order of Sale, speak to our litigation solicitors. We can help you resolve the matter using mediation or negotiation before proceeding to court. We can also help you if you’ve been presented an Order for Court that you wish to contest.

If you need advice about a property dispute, get in touch with our experienced litigation solicitors. To speak to a specialist property dispute lawyer in Bristol or Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261 or our Shepton Mallet litigation solicitors on 01749 345 756.

We offer practical, cost-effective litigation advice to a clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.

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