Do I have to go to court?
This depends entirely on the nature of the dispute. Sometimes, you may need an injunction to prohibit a party from doing something or to compel them to do something. In most cases, if you are the claimant, you’ll have time to seek advice on the merits of your claim. Even if court proceedings are issued, most settle before trial – 99% of my cases last year settled long before trial.
How much will it cost?
The million-dollar question! I can’t give a single estimate for the costs of resolving a dispute – it may settle at an early stage or run to trial. However, I’m transparent on the costs involved for every stage of the dispute, and will tell you if you’re potentially liable to pay a contribution towards your opponent’s costs. Where possible, I’ll agree fees with you for fixed stages.
Can I get the other side to pay my costs?
In certain circumstances, yes, but a full recovery is unusual. Most cases settle before trial and often costs are a key area of compromise. Litigation is rarely ‘cost neutral’, which why it’s often preferable to settle early.
Will I win?
I can never promise that you’ll win your case, but with an early assessment of the evidence, and the strengths and weaknesses of the claim, I’ll be able to develop a strategy that aims to provide a realistic outcome.