Dispute Resolution

When it comes to disputes the first question we ask ourselves at Setfords is: what is best for your business?

To answer that question we look to quickly gain an in-depth knowledge of your company to ensure we understand the bigger picture. There are often straightforward solutions to commercial disputes, you just need a lawyer whose priority is resolving problems as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible. That’s how we operate at Setfords because we understand that your time is best spent concentrating on the success of your company.

James Wilkes

James Wilkes

Associate Director

Our property law experts have experience in dealing with a wide variety of property related disputes, whether it is commercial or residential.

Our aim is to achieve your specific objective whilst protecting your business, individual and property rights. Disputes are never welcome but it is usually sensible to take early and pro-active advice so as to allow you to make decisions fast and address a problem head on.

Our experience includes:

  • Rent and service charge recovery (including Court and Insolvency proceedings)
  • Dilapidation/repairs claims and actions relating to other breaches
  • Disputes over boundaries and rights of way
  • Nuisance and trespass claims
  • Surveyor’ negligence
  • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 issues
  • Lease surrender negotiations
  • Residential possession/rent recovery
  • Forfeiture actions and applications for relief
  • Construction Disputes
  • Planning and environmental disputes
  • Leasehold enfranchisement

If you are being pursued by creditors, considering bankruptcy or administration, Setfords Solicitors can help and advise you. We are also experienced in dealing with related insolvency litigation issues such as director’s disqualification and misconduct issues.

When a professional adviser, such as a builder, medical professional, accountant or lawyer,  has provided advice or representation which falls below the standard that you are entitled to expect and you have suffered loss or damage as a result you may be able to claim compensation from them. We have experience in pursuing claims against most professionals and are skilled in quickly assessing whether a claim is worth pursuing and how best to proceed. We are experienced in dealing with high value professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, banks, architects, surveyors, estate agents, brokers, patent agents, trade mark agents, barristers, financial advisers, auditors and auctioneers

Whether your supplier is failing to fulfil their part of the contract or your client is refusing to pay you for goods or services we can advise you as to the appropriate course of action most likely to achieve your desired result. Setfords Solicitors have years of experience in analysing contracts and advising on the most practical and cost effective means of enforcement. We can also assist you with your debt recovery.

Shareholder and Partnership Disputes can quickly destroy businesses. The best way to avoid damaging your business when such a dispute arises is by receiving pragmatic advice as soon as possible from an experienced lawyer. At Setfords our lawyers have significant experience in advising on such disputes.

Setfords can advise on contentious and media sensitive education disputes in the independent school, higher education institute and University sectors. Our experienced solicitors have acted for some of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country.

Our lawyers have vast experience in advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues; both proactive advice to prepare your business so as to reduce the likelihood of such issues arising and reducing the likely damage to your business as a result and defending threatened prosecutions by a Regulator. We have particular experience in the health and safety, food and environmental sectors.

For more information contact us on 0845 450 6135 or e-mail us at info@setfords.co.uk