Legal disputes come in all shapes and sizes, and the law which applies to their resolution depends on the subject matter (e.g. land, a contract, damage done, a trade mark infringement) and also on the method of settlement (e.g. alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, which include arbitration and mediation, and 'formal' legal resolution by litigation).
The potential for complexity in legal disputes can, if not managed expertly, lead to excessive delay and high costs. Selachii are expert in all areas of dispute resolution and always put the best interests of our clients at the heart of everything we do. We work with both businesses and private individuals, giving them legal advice and support which is unique to them and their situation.
With us there to help and guide you, you can be assured that your legal dispute will be conducted as efficiently as possible and that your interests will be backed by expert legal support.
Most legal disputes never reach court, but are resolved through mediation or via a negotiated settlement.
Disputes We Deal With
Personal Disputes (for example disputes over debts, property rights, planning law, will disputes and so on).
Commercial Disputes (for example, disputes about contracts, intellectual property rights, commercial leases, planning applications).
Construction Disputes (relating to building projects and construction work).
Financial and Investment Disputes (disputes over finance and borrowing agreements, investment advice etc.).
Tax Disputes (disputes with tax authorities regarding all taxes, tax residence and liability and so on).
Ways of Best Dealing with Disputes
The type of dispute often points to the best way of resolving it.
Sometimes, if it is handled sensitively and positions are not too entrenched, a dispute can be dealt with by a straightforward negotiation. This is normally so when the sums involved are not large.
In these cases the resolution may be as simple as making a legal agreement or varying a contract.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
ADR is the generic term for legal dispute resolution by any means other than formal litigation (going to court). The advantages of ADR are that it is normally quicker and cheaper than litigation. However, ADR is not a panacea: there will be occasions when litigation is a more sensible alternative.
The most common forms of ADR (other than pure negotiation) are:
Mediation is the term used to describe a process wherein a qualified mediator helps the two sides in a dispute to reach a negotiated resolution. The courts now require an attempt to be made to mediate most disputes before the parties resort to formal court proceedings. If the mediation attempt fails, litigation remains a possibility.
In an arbitration, an arbitrator is appointed to collate the evidence provided by both sides in the dispute and to make appropriate enquiries. A binding decision is then handed down.
Used extensively in construction contracts, where the legal issues can be complex, adjudication is essentially similar, but in this case a recognised adjudicator is appointed and considers the legal arguments presented by the parties to the dispute.
Construction disputes normally take place in the context of standard contractual arrangements, which often specify the means by which different sorts of disputes are to be resolved.
Purely commercial disputes are often resolved by negotiation or mediation, unless a principle of law is engaged.
See our further information on ADR.
Litigation (Taking court proceedings)
Litigation is the long stop of any dispute, and can also be the outcome of a flawed arbitration or adjudication process.
Even where the dispute is being dealt with by litigation, it is not normally necessary to have to go to court. More often than not, such disputes are settled by way of the negotiation of a settlement that is acceptable to both sides.
If the dispute does go to court, there are three basic essentials which have to be proven:
- Did the defendant cause the loss or damage being claimed?
- Did the defendant owe the claimant a duty of care?
- Was the loss foreseeable?
Guide to Best Resolving Your Legal Dispute - How Selachii LLP can help
At Selachii LLP we have only one aim in mind and that is to be your one-stop-shop for everything to do with dispute resolution services. No matter what your problem is or how impossible you may feel that your situation is, we are here to help. Whether you are facing this issue as an individual or as a group or company, we will help to ease the burden and work through the proceedings with you.
We cover all areas of dispute including those that fall within the spectrum of personal issues, commercial ones or even a mix of the two.
Should financial implications of the disagreement be muddying the waters, let us take control and show you the best way forward to minimise or recover from losses and damage.
Our remit covers such things as:
- Commercial and residential property disputes
- Construction and building works
- Contentious probate and trusts
- Contractual disputes
- Mediation/alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
- Professional negligence
- Shareholder disputes, directors duties and partnerships
- Property ownership or acquisition
- Debt collection
- Commercial litigation
- Consumer / Sale of Goods Act
- IT Disputes
- DTI and SFO investigations
- Directors’ disqualification
- Personal injury claims
With years of experience behind us and a track record of continued success, no case is too big or too small for our professional mediation team.
Before we start to work on your case we will sit down with you, discuss, listen and formulate a plan. Confidentiality is paramount at all times so you need never worry about your personal data or details being disclosed to any other authority.
Of course there are many other companies around in the London area, purporting to do what we do, but no-one else does it as cleverly or concisely. We do not waste time on unnecessary detail and know how best to sort the wheat from the chaff in order to concentrate on the key issues at stake.
Your time is extremely valuable, as is ours, so we realise that it is absolutely essential that concentration is on the main parameters of the case and not what could be classed as peripheral details. This then becomes unnecessarily costly for all parties involved and that is not what we are here for.
Our purpose as a company is to provide you with the best team of lawyers and solicitors in the London area to efficiently and calmly sort out your dispute resolutions. We have a like-minded team of experts that we can bring into the equation if at any time we need further specifics added to the case.
As you can see from the list of activities that we have given as examples above, the area of dispute resolution can be quite intricate and several different themes can even carry over into one single case. This makes no difference to us as we deal with each occurrence based upon your own personal set of circumstances. Possibly the subject matter of your area of concern may even move outside of the UK and into foreign realms, possibly throughout Europe or even further afield into the rest of the world. Even this we take in our stride. As gurus adept in the art of dispute resolution, we will take the aggravation out of the situation and steer a clear course towards the best solution.
Added to this, we will also give you reassurance that you are not alone because you find yourself faced with this situation. Life throws many things at all of us and it is how they are dealt with that makes all the difference. This is where you will find our help and advice invaluable. We take the trauma out of the event and enable you to keep your depletion to a minimum.
We will represent you in the best possible way, take ownership of events and provide you with a measured and controlled way of regaining control. There are many tools available to us that can bring about a satisfactory outcome. These may include such pathways as:
Where it is necessary we will involve the services of adjudicative processes whereby a third party will decide on the outcome. If this is not a suitable option then the alternative is to make use of a consensual process whereby the involved parties will be encouraged to settle on an agreed result.
Our Resolution packages are tailored to reduce your problems from day one. Dispute and conflict are a part of everyday life as we all have diverse views and opinions. When differing opinions grow, sometimes it results in the situation getting out of hand which may also have financial implications. Disputes can be both personal and commercial, and consequences of not resolving disputes can be severe. If you or your business has a conflict our dispute resolution package is for you.
Our lawyers have many years experience in creating resolutions to client’s problems. Often professional mediation is the only way forward, sometimes a little more ‘thinking out the box’ is necessary for resolution. Our approach is simple, we listen, we create a pathway and we manage the process to conclusion. We have an excellent track record in getting a positive outcome, why wait any longer?
Contact our Dispute Resolution Solicitors in London
You can be confident the Selachii depute resolution legal team in London will be happy to discuss your needs and in complete confidentiality
How Selachii Can Help
Selachii is a dynamic litigation and dispute resolution law firm based in Kensington, London. We put the best interests of our clients at the heart of everything we do. We work with both businesses and private individuals, giving them legal advice and support which is unique to them and their situation.
We don't believe in simply handing out one-size-fits-all solutions to problems. We will focus on your specific circumstances before working out the best and most cost-effective way of helping you achieve your aims.