Litigation/Dispute Resolution

When you become involved in a dispute, it can be extremely frustrating, time-consuming and stressful. Having the right legal advice and representation makes it much easier to resolve the conflict and achieve a positive outcome, saving you time, money and a lot of effort.

The expert dispute resolution solicitors here at Graham Evans & Partners are able to advise on a range of litigation matters. We will consider your dispute and standpoint in a pragmatic and realistic way, then provide an honest assessment of whether you have an economically viable claim to pursue or defend. We appreciate that often such matters are emotive for those involved, which highlights the importance of clear and realistic advice.

We can consider a wide range of claims from professional negligence (following other solicitors mistakes) to contested probate and Will disputes. We will advise you on your best course of action to resolve your dispute.

We are experienced in a range of litigation matters and are more than happy to discuss your dispute. If we don’t feel we can assist in your particular claim, we will recommend a firm we think can.

If you would like to arrange an initial no obligation discussion please contact Craig Jenkins on 01792 655822, or alternatively please complete the contact form on the right and we will get back to your promptly.

Our dispute resolution service

Our litigation and dispute resolution team advise clients in Swansea, Bridgend, Port Talbot and across South Wales and West Wales on a wide range of disputes and compensation claims.

Settlement agreements

Contracts define some of the most important relationships in our lives, so when there is a dispute, it can have an impact with the potential to cost you a lot of money. Settlement agreements are normally offered by employers when the end of a working relationship seems inevitable. In order to be binding the employer will also fund the cost of the advice.

Our settlement agreement (formerly known as compromise agreement) solicitors can review your agreement and advise you on your legal position, then potentially represent you in negotiations with the other party to try to find an amicable solution. With our intervention, it is usually possible to resolve disputes without the need for court or tribunal action.

Neighbour/boundary disputes

Disputes with a neighbour, including those over property boundaries, are often some of the most fraught and can feel impossible to get away from. They can cause particular problems when you come to sell your property, meaning you may not even be able to simple “walk away”.

Our dispute resolution solicitors in Swansea have successfully resolved a wide range of neighbour and boundary disputes over the years, so know exactly what is needed to unpick these often challenging issues and help you find a fair solution.

Disputes with builders

There are many potential disputes that can arise with a builder, including over escalating costs, missed deadlines and the quality of the work carried out. Resolving these disputes and establishing whether you may have grounds for compensation can be complicated, requiring particular expertise in both construction and the law.

Our litigation team can advise you on your legal rights, including reviewing your contract with your builder. We can also put you in touch with independent surveyors and other relevant professionals where there is a need to assess the quality of work carried out.

Contested Wills or probate & inheritance claims

It is unfortunately fairly common for people to be disappointed with the inheritance they are left in a Will or to have concerns that the Will is legitimate or represents the deceased’s true intentions at the time of their death. These types of disputes can be particularly contentious with the potential to seriously damage family relationships, so getting the right legal support quickly is essential.

Our dispute resolution team regularly help individuals and families with a wide range of conflicts related to Wills, probate and inheritance. In most cases, we are able to negotiate an amicable agreement between the various parties, but can also advise you on a wide range of options, including court action, to protect your interests.

Professional negligence

When you seek the advice or services of a professional, you rely on them to use their expertise and judgement to protect your interests. When they make errors or provide an otherwise substandard service, it can have a very negative impact, including the potential to cost you a lot of money.

Our professional negligence claims solicitors can advise you on your rights, including whether the issues in question are likely to meet the requirements to be considered negligent. We can then represent you through the claims process, helping you to secure compensation wherever possible.

Under settled accident claims

When you pursue a compensation claim following an accident, you trust your solicitors to secure the best possible settlement for you. However, if your legal team do not handle your claim effectively, you can end up with a settlement that is significantly less than you were expecting or feel is fair.

Our litigation team have particular experience in under settled accident claims. We regularly assist clients who believe their original legal teams did not achieve an appropriate settlement and can help to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your accident.

Your questions answered about litigation and dispute resolution

How does alternative dispute resolution work?

In many cases, disputes can be resolved without the need for court action through alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This involves various methods, such as negotiation and mediation, where the aim is to voluntarily agree a solution between the parties involved in the dispute.

ADR offers a number of advantages over court action, including generally being faster and less expensive, because you do not have to wait for a court date or spend as much in legal fees. It also allows you to keep control of the process, rather than putting the outcome in the hands of a judge.

One of the key benefits is that ADR allows you to keep conflict to a minimum, which can be important if you need to continue having a personal or professional relationship with the person you are in dispute with.

What type of dispute can alternative dispute resolution be used for?

ADR can be used for most types of disputes, but for this approach to work the other party or parties involved need to be willing to communicate and engage with the process.

We will be happy to review your situation with you and discuss whether we feel alternative dispute resolution is appropriate. Where we feel court action is more likely to achieve a positive outcome, we can provide the very best representation, ensuring your case is presented in the strongest way to protect your interests.

What is the time limit for making a professional negligence claim?

In most cases, you will have 6 years from the time the alleged negligence occurs to make a claim, although this can be different for certain types of claims.

If you only become aware the negligence occurred at a later date, the deadline for starting a claim can be extended. In such cases, you will usually have 3 years from the time you became aware of the negligence to start a claim.

 

Get in touch with our expert litigation and dispute resolution solicitors in South Wales

Our highly experienced litigation and dispute resolution solicitors operate from our 3 offices across South Wales in Swansea, Bridgend and Port Talbot.

To get in touch, contact your local Graham Evans & Partners office, or use the contact form at the top of the page for a quick response.