Civil litigation

A dispute is not a place in which you wish to find yourself – either commercially or personally. And if you are in such a situation, it’s not always easy to know the best way forward.

Whether, for instance, you’re in a dispute over a debt, property, professional negligence, land or employment, the prospect of going to Court or Tribunal can be stressful and challenging. It needn’t be. We’ll clearly explain the area of law that relates to your situation and steer you toward the most constructive result.

We’re adept in the procedures and technical elements of litigation. We’re renowned for identifying breaches of contract and considering the application of law to any set of circumstances.

If your matter can potentially reach a conclusion out of Court by alternative means, we’ll explain how and why, and work with you to reach the desired resolution. But if Court is the only way, we’ll take you there and secure the best possible outcome.

Civil Litigation – our areas of expertise…

  • Contract disputes. Commercial contracts/informal agreements; identification of/action on breaches of contract; potential damage calculation.
  • Debt recovery (private/commercial). Tailored creditor advice on legal rights, procedures and a wide range of enforcement options; debtor advice/negotiation settlements.
  • Property litigation disputes (commercial/residential). Landlord & Tenant rent and/or service charge arrears; dilapidations; forfeiture, breach of contracts and applications to Court for new tenancies under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.
  • Land disputes. Advice and investigation of boundary line disputes; party wall liability; settlement guidance.
  • Joint ownerships/cohabitation disputes. Advice/negotiation/settlement for owners where properties are owned jointly, but one party no longer wishes to continue the association.
  • Employment disputes. If negotiations fail, advice and guidance for employers or employees throughout Employment Tribunal process; procedures and potential settlement negotiations with ACAS.
  • Professional negligence disputes. Advising and issuing.
  • Insolvency. Advising on and issuing court proceedings arising from liquidation; bankruptcy or administration.

Are you in a dispute?

…We’re a winning combination of legal knowledge, experience and service.

Fact Sheets

NEW: Know the essentials

Is your business owed money? We can help!

In the current economic climate many companies are having trouble managing their debtors. For some the problem is late payment and others are not getting paid at all! We have the technical knowledge and skill to help you get paid. What can you claim and when? When you can start a claim for an unpaid debt depends on what you have agreed about time to pay. If you have a contract that states your payment terms, the debt is “overdue”…

Troublesome Tenants: Your options

If you have a problem tenant in your buy to let property extreme caution must be exercised to take back possession of your investment property. Failure to use the correct procedure can be, and often is, an expensive mistake. A residential property tenant cannot be lawfully evicted in any circumstances without a Court Order in favour of the landlord. Sometimes this may seem unfair to landlords in cases where the tenant is not paying their rent, but it is essential…

We’re here to help.

Kate Williams

Managing Partner and Head of Litigation

Sheena Bradfield

Paralegal, Litigation

Denise Bullock

Solicitor, Family Law and Litigation

Clive Hitchen

Consultant Solicitor, Civil Litigation

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The information given on this website is not a comprehensive review of the law and practices in this area and does not constitute legal advice on a specific issue. Colemans Solicitors LLP does not therefore accept liability if you rely on or apply this information to your specific situation without taking bespoke advice. To seek detailed legal advice in relation to your specific circumstances or transaction please contact us.