Our law firm offers a full service to assist its private and commercial clients in resolving their legal disputes. We can also help to avoid disputes occurring in the first place, by giving timely and practical advice to prevent a problem from escalating.
In our increasingly competitive and contentious modern society, it is sometimes impossible to avoid falling into disputes. When that occurs, the client may find himself in unfamiliar and threatening territory. Sedgwick Legal recognises this, and the importance of providing a supportive and helpful service to those involved in legal disputes
We appreciate that it is essential to understand the basis of a dispute and how its affects our client. Our extensive experience in commercial law matters gives us a clear insight into the financial and commercial implications of disputes.
We aim to find the most direct and cost-effective ways of resolving disputes, including:
- Other forms of alternative dispute resolution
When other professional assistance is needed, our extensive network of professional contacts enables us to find the right source of expert help for every client, including barristers, surveyors, accountants and a wide range of experienced expert witnesses.
We realise that clients need careful advice on the time and cost implications of their disputes, and we view that advice as an integral part of our service.
Overall, we aim to combine legal know-how with practical good sense. By giving a prompt, straightforward, no-nonsense service we help to lighten the burden of legal disputes.
Our service particularly includes the following areas:
Whenever a business agrees to supply or buy goods or services, a contract is involved. Whether in writing or by word of mouth, contracts are found everywhere in the world of business. Sometimes it can come as a surprise to find that an agreement you have entered into is in fact a binding contract. Sometimes a client might want a written form of contract drawing up to regulate business dealings with others, for example customers. We have extensive experience of contract matters and can advise on the creation of contracts and disputes arising from existing ones.
Construction and Land Disputes
Whether you are a buyer or a seller, a builder or a contractor, the busy world of property often gives rise to heated disputes. Ownership, rights of way, building work almost all aspects of the property world can leave you with a problem on your hands. With over forty years of relevant experience in the areas of public and private property, and an extensive network of professional expert contacts, our law firm can help to find a practical answer to a wide variety of construction and land disputes. When legal action becomes inevitable, we can bring to bear our experience in many forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, mediation and adjudication, and other forms of dispute resolution.
We have acted for Housing Associations for a more than thirty years. As far as contentious work is concerned, that is resolution of disputes, we act for leading Associations in the North West in building disputes, professional negligence cases, repossessions and resolution of tenant disputes. Our years of experience in acting for housing associations means we have an intimate knowledge of their internal procedures which govern the way they can act and which is essential in providing effective resolution to disputes.
When circumstances require an urgent response, our lawyers can help with injunctions and a variety of other urgent and emergency applications to Court.
Sometimes even the professionals make mistakes. When this occurs, seeking compensation can seem a difficult and daunting task. We have specialist experience in professional negligence law, and a team of professional contacts to help us take on the toughest of expert opponents.
Landlord and Tenant
From repossessing your property to rent reviews and recovery of rent arrears, our team provides a full legal service for property owners and landlords. For the tenant, we can advise on leases, rent disputes, possession proceedings, problems with your property´s condition and all aspects of business with your landlord. With over forty years of experience advising public and private landlords and tenants, our law firm provides the fullest possible service for those involved in the rented property sector.
Even the best of business partners may sometimes disagree and when a partnership ends, legal help may be necessary to divide up the business fairly. Should the worst happen, we can help you to apply to the Court for an order to value the partnership assets and decide how they should be shared out.
Debt and Money Claims
In business, it can be hard to get customers to pay their bills. Sometimes the tables are turned, and businesses find themselves on the receiving end of claims for money they do not owe. We can help you recover debts, and to resist the claims of those who claim money from you unjustly.
Neighbours frequently fall out over many things: the boundary lines of their properties, fences and hedges, trees, leaking gutters and drains, and so on. We appreciate the importance of finding a solution that deals with the problem quickly and effectively, whilst recognising that you still have to live with your neighbours afterwards.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although it is very useful to have written proof of an agreement, and whilst a few sorts of agreement must be in writing, the lack of written proof is often not essential to resolving a dispute. Where written proof is not available, word of mouth or the evidence of witnesses (people with knowledge of the matter in dispute) can be helpful. Courts are often happy to accept the evidence of a sensible, honest witness.
So although written evidence (such as agreements, letters and so on) is helpful, it might be possible to win a case even where written evidence is lacking. Every case is different. We will make a careful professional assessment of your matter and advise you in clear, straightforward terms about evidence.