If you wish to bring or defend any cases (other than criminal matters) brought by people or public bodies then you may need legal advice and assistance. It can be difficult and cause stress and you may need to know what it will cost and whether Legal Aid is available. Sometimes you may have legal expense insurance on your household policy covering the costs.
Civil litigation includes a large area ranging from small claims in the County Court to large claims based on personal injury or contract. Small claims do not normally allow solicitors to recover costs against the lose of the case but larger actions can be costly and recovery of costs normally follows the results.
We can advise you on personal injury, damage to property cases, claims between neighbours and building disputes. We will:
- Advice on likelihood of success and the costs involved
- Approach your opponent to see if there is a chance to settle or, if not, take proceedings on your behalf in the County Court or High Court
Please remember that Legal Aid is not available for money claims.
At Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney we advise on a diverse range of disputes, including:
- Consumer protection
- Professional negligence
- Contentious trusts and probate
- Landlord and tenant
- Land law issues
- Personal injury
- to name but a few.
We may be able to assist you with carefully structured advice to avoid a dispute arising. Sometimes clients will find themselves unavoidably in conflict situations, and then we are happy to act on their behalf. We will advise you and ensure that you are kept fully informed.
Litigation is still the most common means of settling civil disputes. Our practice takes full benefit of the recent reforms in the civil justice system and we welcome the increasing opportunities presented by alternative dispute resolutions, such as mediation and arbitration. Though not appropriate for every case, they may offer speedier and cheaper means of resolving disputes and, particularly between family members, can offer the prospect of rebuilding strained relationships. We work with trained mediators, arbitrators and adjudicators.
For further information, please contact Morwenna Homewood or fill out our enquiry form.
Berry Redmond Gordon & Penney charge at an hourly rate, which is influenced by the following:
- The particular expertise and experience of the person dealing with the case
- The complexity of the transaction
- Whether the matter requires unusually urgent and swift action
- The time spent on the matter
We always give an estimate of the likely costs at the beginning of the matter, with regular updates as the matter progresses, so that you can always be certain of the costs involved in your particular case at any given time.
To find out more, call us now or fill out our enquiry form.
Legal fees are subject to VAT.