Category Archive: Dispute Resolution

Houses in Multiple Occupation – Landlords, Do You Know The Law?

The question of what is and is not a house in multiple occupation (HMO) is far from straightforward to answer, as a recent decision of the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) showed. It was held that landlords who fail to take legal advice on the issue can be hit in the pocket after unwittingly breaching the law….

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DIY Claims – A Good Idea?

With the internet being accessible by more or less everyone, basic legal claims can seem straightforward. Although this is often the case, the Claimant can encounter problems with the Court process. When issuing a claim, the Claimant will submit a claim form including a document setting out the factual and legal circumstances of the dispute…

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Credit card debts – When does the six-year limitation period start to run?

Credit card companies are subject to a six-year time limit in launching proceedings against defaulters, but when exactly does that period begin to run? The Court of Appeal has answered that question in an important ruling for debt recovery specialists. The case concerned a man who was alleged to have defaulted on monthly payments after…

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Debt Recovery Costs

Our debt recovery solicitors, based in Gloucester, can help you quickly recover outstanding debts while freeing you up to focus on running your business Fixed fee consultation We offer a fixed fee initial consultation of £125.00 + VAT for 45 minutes. During this meeting our team will take details of your potential claim and advise…

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How Do Third Party Debt Orders Affect Solicitors’ Client Accounts?

Third party debt orders can be a powerful means of enforcing judgments, but how do they affect funds held in solicitors’ client accounts? The High Court considered that issues in a guideline case concerning an alleged financial fraud. What happened? Two companies and an individual launched proceedings against a businessman. They alleged fraud in connection…

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Money Passing Between Loved Ones without Legal Advice can be Hazardous

When money passes between family members without legal advice, it is only too common for disputes to arise as to whether the sums concerned were meant as gifts, or something more. A recent case reflected this. A mother and son ended up at loggerheads over ownership of properties worth £800,000. The case concerned a flat…

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Selling a Business? Make Sure You Get a Properly Drafted Contract!

Buying and selling businesses can be a highly complex matter and dispensing with legal formality is a positive invitation to trouble. The point could hardly have been better made than by a High Court case concerning the ill-fated purchase of a fish and chip shop which culminated in threats of violence. Following informal discussions, a businessman…

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Buying a Property at Auction? Don’t Dispense With Legal Checks!

Buying a property at auction can be hazardous and should never be attempted without instructing solicitors to carry out all the necessary checks. In a case highlighting this point, a father and son bought a former council flat for over £200,000, without knowing that the number of its bedrooms had been doubled without the required…

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Struggling to Collect a Debt? Bankruptcy Proceedings Are Often Effective!

Collecting debts can be a long and arduous process, but bankruptcy proceedings are often an effective means of bringing matters to a head. That was certainly the case where one businessman tried, but failed, to avoid bankruptcy in respect of a judgment debt totalling more than £16 million. He ran a professional firm and had…

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Always See a Lawyer before Objecting to a Neighbours’ Building Plans

You are entitled to object to your neighbours’ building plans, but wise homeowners always seek professional legal advice before doing so.  In one case, a homeowner (“Objector”) who opposed construction of an extension to a neighbouring property ended up being ordered to pay his neighbours in excess of £20,000 in damages. The Objector believed that…

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