Personal disputes come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from the neighbour who starts making unauthorised use of your land, to the friend who persuades you to make a bad investment, to a family member who won't repay money you have lent them.
One characteristic of many disputes between friends and families is that very often the sort of legal paperwork one would expect to see in similar arrangements between people who are not close is absent and recollections of what was agreed differ. Such disputes can quickly become emotionally charged unless expertly managed, and if emotions are allowed to run riot, common sense can be the loser. If that happens and both sides 'dig in', everyone involved can be the loser.
Most personal disputes are not between people close to one another, but they still have to be managed with care and skill.
We are used to dealing with such issues and our strategy is to prevent this from happening by keeping the negotiations businesslike and free from acrimony, whilst ensuring that your position is argued with skill and expertise.
When brothers who set up in business together fell out some years later, their views of who had contributed what to the business and how the assets should be divided between them differed dramatically. The business had started on a handshake. The two men hadn't created a partnership agreement at the outset and so there was a lot of potential for argument, including over rights to the business name, assets, the premises from which it traded and so on.
Resolution of the dispute involved a period of mediation between the two and, taking care not to let emotions get in the way, a deal was arranged whereby one of the brothers bought out the other on terms both found acceptable.
This avoided formal legal proceedings, and potentially ruinous legal costs.
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.