Civil Disputes

Our barristers have many years experience and frequently handle most of the disputes that may affect you or your business.

Property and Land

Our barristers act for parties in all areas of dispute that may arise from the building on and occupation of land and the residential accommodation or business premises upon it. The scope of this work is very wide ranging. We have individual barristers experienced in all areas of real property, landlord and tenant and all types of lease work. We are instructed by companies, estate agencies, letting agents, private vendors and purchasers, Local Authorities, Providers of Registered Social Housing, property owners, freeholders, leaseholders and tenants.

All the members of our Property and Land Team assist with issues such as real property, including trusts of land, co–ownership disputes, issues concerning land registration, easements, restrictive covenant and mortgages. In addition we can help with landlord and tenant disputes, both commercial and residential, including claims under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, the Rent Acts, the Housing Acts, leasehold enfranchisement and possession claims. In addition our work includes building disputes, boundary and neighbour disputes, adverse possession and HMO licensing.

Our barristers can offer practical assistance in the form of advice or representation in all such claims without the need to also instruct a solicitor.

Accident Claims

What can you do if you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault? If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and losses.

The amount of compensation you will be entitled to will depend on the nature of your injuries. You will also be able to recover compensation for financial losses that you incur as a result of the accident e.g. loss of earning , physiotherapy, travelling expenses etc.

Commercial and Contract Disputes

All businesses at some stage become involved in contract disputes. They usually involve a supplier or a customer. They are often time consuming. If they involve instructing a solicitor they can be very expensive. The public access scheme offers a chance to save money. Most businesses with a legal department or a good company secretary can do the leg work themselves — writing letters, filing documents at court, collecting evidence and so on. We offer through the public access scheme the opportunity to instruct a barrister trained in contract law and specialising in litigation to assist at key stages of the process. That includes giving advice as to the best way to bring the dispute to a successful conclusion, drafting documents for the court, attending settlement meetings and presenting the case in court if it goes that far. Our team is complemented by trained mediators to assist clients in achieving resolution or minimising the costs of litigation.

Our barristers advise on the full range of contractual issues including formation of contracts, all aspects of breach of contract litigation involving issues such as clause and contract construction, incomplete agreements, entire agreement clauses and agency. We clearly explain the risks, costs and benefits involved with pursuing or defending a claim so that our clients can make informed decisions about whether to settle the dispute or take it to court.

Our members have much experience in road traffic claims and are able to advise claimants and defendants in credit hire claims. They are regularly instructed on behalf of both credit hire organisations and defendant insurers in credit hire matters and have detailed knowledge of the case law, statutes and regulations that govern this niche field of litigation.

We represent clients in the full range of courts and tribunals on matters including:

Commercial and contract disputes including those involving IT contracts and franchise agreements
Ownership disputes including partnership and shareholder disputes
Landlord and tenant disputes and other property related litigation
Disputes with government agencies
Debt collection actions involving customers or suppliers
Construction litigation including disputes over agreements with architects, designers, builders, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, owners or partners, insurance companies, consultants, liquidators, receivers and administrators

Actions against the Police

Brief A Barrister Direct can help clients pursue cases for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery and malicious prosecution.

Did the police charge you with any offence?
Have you been found guilty at court?
Were you injured during arrest or detention?
Do you have anything else to claim for other than your injuries?
Do you intend to, or have you already, complained about the police?s conduct?
Do you want to claim compensation?

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