Private dispute resolution
It is an unfortunate fact of life that even the most cautious of people can become involved in legal disputes with other individuals or businesses, through no fault of their own. Whether you need to make a claim against another person to enforce your legal rights, or defend a claim made against you, we have the knowledge and experience in a wide range of legal disputes to provide you with sound legal and practical advice.
The law and the court process can be complex and intimidating for people who are not used to it. It can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive. However we pride ourselves on our reputation for providing clear advice, in plain language, to help you understand the legal position and the options available for resolving the dispute. Most importantly, we want to understand your aims and objectives and find the right strategy to achieve the best possible outcome - so that you can get back to normal as soon as possible.
We will put forward your case in the strongest possible way and, wherever possible, we use the art of persuasion to encourage settlement. As a result, we are able to resolve many of the disputes we deal with without ever going to court. If, however, settlement is not possible, we are vastly experienced in all types of formal legal action. We use that strength to fight your corner to get the best result for you.
We can also draw on the legal expertise of colleagues in specialist areas of law, which sometimes overlap. This provides our Dispute Resolution team with an even greater ability to handle all types of disputes and enables Verisona Law to provide all manner of private legal services to fit the needs of you and your family.
- Breach of contract
- Supply of defective goods / services
- Personal guarantee claims
- Debt & asset recovery
Contested Wills, Trusts and Probate
- Validity of wills
- Claims against deceased’s estate / Inheritance Act claims
- Trust disputes
- Claims against Trustees – breach of trust
- Recovery of estate assets
- Trustee / executor appointments & replacement
- Ownership disputes
- Constructive trusts
- Life interests
- Development Agreements
- Boundary disputes
- Adverse possession
- Easements / Rights of way
- Enforcement of charges / security
- Restrictions & encumbrances
- Land Registry applications
- Property/estate management
- Service charges
Landlord & Tenant disputes
- Rent arrears
- Guarantor’s liability
- Forfeiture/termination of tenancy
- Recovering possession
- Breach of tenancy
- Disrepair claims
- Unlawful assignment/sub-letting
- Building defects
- Design defects
- Payment disputes
- House insurance claims
- Administrators & receivers
- Disputed ownership of businesses
- Shareholder agreements
- Transfers of equity / Share sales
- Unfair prejudice claims
- Derivative actions
Making a claim for negligent advice
The client asked us to consider and advise on the conduct of their former solicitors during both of the cases. We careful analysed many files and documents, including the former solicitors’ files, and concluded that the client had a claim.
We pursued the solicitors for negligent advice and handling of the cases, with a view to recovering our client’s losses. This involved extensive dealings with the firm, through their professional indemnity insurers and city lawyers.
They refused to pay the claim, despite being provided with considerable supporting evidence and legal argument during various attempts to negotiate and settle the dispute.
Pursuing the professional negligence case in the High Court
We started High Court proceedings, which the former solicitors defended by denying the allegations and raising a number of technical legal points.
Ultimately we exerted sufficient pressure in the litigation to force a settlement before the case reached trial, resulting in our client recovering a six-figure sum. This represented the vast majority of all legal costs they had paid, as well as Verisona Law’s legal fees.
Individual Property Owner
Obtaining Charging Orders and disputing an IVA application
We obtained Charging Orders, which were strenuously opposed, against the Defendant’s residential property, together with a Possession Order on a piece of land which the client then sold to recoup part of the debt.
The Defendant then obtained an Interim Order pending a proposal for an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). This meant that we had to halt any Court action until the outcome of the IVA.
We demanded, successfully, that the IVA proposal be withdrawn as the Defendant had failed to disclose a material fact. The Defendant complied but then made a further offer to our client which they rejected.
Securing payment of the debt
This enabled our client to proceed with the claim.
A private individual who had made two loans to a friend
Assessing how best to secure payment of the debt
We could not locate any property belonging to the Defendants. They only worked part-time and it was likely we would only receive very nominal payments if we issued Attachment of Earnings applications.
For this reason we instructed the High Court Enforcement Office to visit the Defendants’ premises and remove any goods belonging to the Defendants. This prompted them to offer instalment payments considerably higher than those we would have secured from the Court.
Dealing with the debtors’ threat to go bankrupt
The Defendants subsequently advised our client that if he did not accept the sum of £10,000 in full and final settlement of the claim (at the time they owed more than £27,000) they would make themselves bankrupt.
We advised our client to reject this offer and after explaining to the Defendants the action we could take, they made a substantial payment. They are now, through instalments, paying off the debt in full.
An individual who had made a loan to a business acquaintance