Litigation and Dispute Resolution
What we do
We provide clients in civil disputes with a high-quality service, excellent legal advice, practical guidance and friendly lawyers that are easy to communicate with.
During the first meeting, many clients express how overwhelming their situation is and complicated the set of circumstances are. The department has over 80 years of collective experience, plus we draw on expert lawyers from other departments to provide clients with the very best advice. This collective approach means no set of facts or legal issues are being heard for the first time. We specialise in wills, trusts and probate disputes, Inheritance Act claims, commercial contract disputes, winding up of partnerships and companies, debt claims, property disputes, possession proceedings, boundary disputes, negligence claims, agricultural disputes, Judicial Review cases and Court of Appeal disputes.
We provide our clients with our assessment of their realistic prospects of success and work extremely hard with them to be in a position of strength to achieve a favourable settlement or to win at trial.
Each member of the team loves their job and solving problems for clients, no matter the area of law or complexity of the issues involved.
How we do it
Each lawyer has years of experience and knowledge in general litigation, but each member of the team also specialise in one or two of the following categories, enabling us to provide specialist advice, seldom seen in firms outside large cities:
- Wills, Trust and Probate Disputes
- Court of Protection disputes
- Inheritance Act Claims
- Property Disputes
- Agricultural disputes
- Business disputes
- Debt claims
We listen to our clients to find out what their desired outcome would be. We provide advice in plain English and will tell clients if their expectations are not achievable. We provide practical advice gleaned from years of experience and can put the clients in touch with third party experts where necessary to assist in achieving the best possible outcome.
Our fees are reasonable, and we can run cases under various funding arrangements, making litigation affordable.
Why choose us
The team of 5 solicitors and 3 lawyers is the largest litigation team of any practice with offices solely in Dorset. The department has been recognised by the Legal 500, an independent business that assesses and ranks the best law firms, by confidential consultation and feedback from clients, other professionals and law firms, for the last 4 years. In 2019 all solicitors in the department were recognised for their individual expertise.
The department won the prestigious award of Best Dispute Resolution Team of the Year in 2018 and incredibly were nominated as finalists in 2019. We are also the winner of Law Firm of the Year in the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards (up to 99 employees).
We take a proactive approach to solving your civil disputes and the team is available to talk through matters with you at any stage of a matter.