Dispute Resolution (Personal)

Resolving Personal Disputes

At some point in our lives many of us will end up in a hard-to-resolve dispute with someone – whether it is with an employer, a neighbour, a tenant or someone we are doing business with. Our Dispute Resolution team will help you to resolve that dispute either by negotiation or, if necessary, court action.

The Dispute Resolution Process

The process that you go through to resolve a dispute can be daunting and stressful to navigate. A dispute by its very nature involves conflict. Our team offer a tailored, tactical and personal service using their expertise and knowledge to ensure that your dispute settles with the best outcome for you. The map below illustrates the possible route you might take.

Disclaimer: this graphic has been prepared for general information purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on as such and does not give rise to a solicitor/client relationship. Each claim is different and will have its own path dependent on the particular facts and circumstances of the matter. Specialist legal advice should be taken in relation to your claim.

Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRCs)

Sets the maximum amount of legal costs that a winning party can claim from a losing party in a civil litigation case.

Our FRC flow chart illustrates what happens when a claim is issued at court and what the allocation of a claim means for recovery of legal costs.

Complexity Bands are influencing factors which include value, nature of remedy, complexity of facts/ law/ evidence and number of parties.

For non-money claims or claims involving non-monetary relief, the ‘non-money’ element will be assigned a value to calculate fixed costs.

Flow diagram showing the Fixed Recoverable Costs pathways for fast and intermediate track dispute cases

Note 1: Where the trial is expected to last no longer than 1 day. Oral expert evidence likely to be 1 expert per party per field. Expert evidence likely to be limited to 2 fields.

Note 2: Trial not likely to exceed three days. Oral expert evidence likely to be 2 experts per party. Claim is by 1 claimant vs up to 2 Defendants / 2 Claimants v 1 Defendant.

Download our Fixed Recoverable Costs (FCRs) Flow Diagram PDF here.

Download our Fixed Cost Schedule A – Fast Track PDF here.

Download our Fixed Cost Schedule B – Intermediate Track PDF here.

We can help with the following:

County Court Judgements (CCJ)

We can help and advise if you have been issued with a County Court Judgement (CCJ) and need further information or guidance or if you wish to dispute a CCJ and make an application to the Court to set the Judgement aside.

Debt recovery

We can assist with the recovery of monies owed to you as a result of theft or breach of contract including loans etc.

Contractual disputes

We can advise you on how to deal with disputes arising from consumer related contracts.

Construction and engineering disputes

We can advise you on disputes relating to the construction of residential property.

Professional negligence

We can advise you if you feel that a professional you have employed has been negligent or if you are a professional yourself against whom an allegation of negligence has been made.

Property litigation

We can act for you in matters concerning applications for orders for sale (TOLATA), possession proceedings, dilapidation claims, agricultural tenancy matters and boundary disputes.

Wills, trusts and inheritance disputes

We can advise and assist you in relation to disputes which may arise following the death of a family member or in relation to the administration of an estate. We can also advise in relation to claims for financial provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and in relation to the removal of executors/personal representatives and trustees from their positions should issues arise.

Dispute Resolution (Personal) Expertise

Dispute Resolution (Personal) Lawyers

Helen Townsend LLB (Hons)

Partner - Team Leader Dispute Resolution

Naina Tilney LLB (Hons)

Partner, Mediator and Commercial Team Leader


"My matter was dealt with expeditiously and Helen Townsend was professional and friendly, couldn't have asked for more."

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to both Helen Townsend and Justine Leppert. Thank you Helen and Justine you have no idea how you helped us in very dark times.

Hunt & Coombs have been my solicitors for over 20 years. I have every confidence in their advice and services.

Very professional service, reliable and clear to clients in all aspects during and after the case had been dealt with. Much obliged.

Very reliable, efficient, pleasure to deal with on consistent basis... I have never had any complaints about manner or otherwise and have highly recommended the firm to family / friends over the years based on my experiences with Hunt & Coombs.

They consistently deliver in terms of customer service, knowledge, and most importantly winning claims/cases for our company.

Happy old customer.

Excellent service at all times - very professional. Thanks to all members of the team.

Recommended by a friend. During Xmas holidays, Hunt & Coombs were open for a few days. We got the appointment straight away with the solicitor. Our matter was handled efficiently.

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Partner - Team Leader Dispute Resolution

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