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Working in dispute resolution means I break down the law and examine it to achieve a positive outcome for my clients. When a dispute occurs, I take the time to consider all the options to help you achieve the best outcome. Avoiding unnecessary costs is invariably a key factor here.
Land, drainage and agricultural disputes are all areas I specialise in. Coming from an agricultural background, I understand that farming is much more than a job. The key to unlocking the issues in a dispute often rests in the amount of time, money and emotion that is invested into a farming or equestrian business, so it’s vital that we discuss these points before taking action.
Outside work, I am an avid gardener.
Put it in writing. Disputes arise all the time, but a contemporaneous, written record is the best evidence you can have to demonstrate what was agreed.
Be proactive – prevention is better than cure. The best way to avoid expensive litigation is to take advice on an issue before a dispute arises.
Be clear about what you want to achieve. It can be easy to slip into wanting to prove your point – but this can result in throwing good money after bad. Having an achievable outcome in mind will help you focus on the key issues.
How long will it take to resolve?
This will depend on a range of factors. A final hearing will almost always take months rather than weeks. We will keep you updated with expected timescales at each stage.
Can I recover my costs from the other side?
The successful party usually recovers a proportion of their costs from the other side. With small claims (under £10,000) the parties must bear their own costs. Ultimately, the court retains discretion over cost awards.
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