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Sue or being sued?

Arm Wrestling _74771056 You may find yourself in a situation that requires some form of action to defend yourself from a claim against you or recover losses from others.  This may require going to court or may be able to be resolved through negotiation or mediation.  A legal dispute can be a daunting and stressful predicament, the outcome of which can impact greatly on your life.  Our team can advise you as to the best course of action.

We can help with: 

  • Professional negligence
  • Disputes relating to the sales of goods and services
  • Debt Recovery
  • Construction & Property Disputes
  • Probate & Inheritance Disputes
  • Boundary & Neighbour Disputes
  • Insolvency
  • Personal Injury

Defending proceedings

We can advise you on what to do next if you have been served with a claim.  We may need to formally enter a Defence on your behalf but thereafter we can negotiate with the other side if appropriate.  We aim to take a realistic approach in such matters –in some cases a meeting between the parties may be appropriate, in others not.  We will liaise jointly with you to achieve a sensible solution, which is fair and cost effective.

No Win-No fee

In certain specific circumstances, Owen White & Catlin can represent parties on a no win, no fee basis.  This is subject to a number of factors, including the volume of claims, the merits of the case and the financial circumstances of the opponent.  The decision whether or not to deal with the claim on a no win, no fee basis is entirely at the discretion of the partners at Owen White & Catlin.

If the claim is dealt with on a no win, no fee basis, then it means that in the event of an unsuccessful outcome, you would not normally be liable for our legal fees.

We can also advise you on obtaining an After the Event insurance policy which would cover you against your opponent’s legal fees and disbursement if you lost, and potentially your own disbursements.

Non-personal injury claims with a value of under £10,000 cannot be dealt with on a no win, no fee basis, because the costs are not recoverable from the opponent.

In certain specific cases, we can also deal with a claim on a contingency fee basis, again entirely at the discretion of the partners.

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