Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Godwins are adept at providing prompt and cost-effective solutions that resolve contentious matters. In response to the recent evolution of contentious law cases and procedural rule changes, we offer our clients a variety of options that do not involve the traditional court process. We are sensitive to the fact that such matters can be distressing, both personally and commercially.

If going to court becomes unavoidable, clients can draw on a depth of knowledge and experience that has seen the Head of our Litigation Department represent clients all the way up to the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

The contentious matters on which we advise are wide ranging and typically include the following:

  • Commercial disputes (contract and/or negligence claims)
  • Contentious trust and probate matters
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Boundary disputes
  • Construction disputes
  • Asset/debt recovery
  • Commercial/residential property disputes
  • Landlord and Tenant disputes

We also have particular experience in advising private schools on a wide range of issues (contractual obligations, “difficult” parents, handling complaints, staff issues and fee debt recovery etc). We also have expertise in advising on the highly complicated area of chancel repair liability and have advised both landowners and institutions on the subject.

Commercial Disputes

The complexity of commercial disputes can be daunting. We are experts at protecting the interests of our clients. No matter how large or small the matter, we will try hard to lead our clients to the best possible outcome.

We are able to advise on all methods of dispute resolution. Whether by simply talking matters through, by correspondence with the other side or if necessary, a more formal approach that may involve mediation or arbitration as an alternative to court action.

Contentious Trust and Probate Matters

Godwins is home to one of the region’s leading private client teams. In recent years we have advised extensively on both trust and probate matters that have had a contentious element. We have considerable experience in advising on high value probate and trust matters and we always seek to bring a pragmatic approach to matters in our care.

We advise executors, beneficiaries of Wills or trusts and third parties. Many people involved in these matters will face difficult decisions throughout the process and we are often requested to advise on practical matters as well as any legal implications. As with all contentious matters, this area has recently seen an increase in approaches that do not involve court proceedings and we are well equipped to advise and act accordingly.

Recovery of Debts & Assets

We offer a fast and attentive service in the resolution of matters relating to asset and debt recovery. Recent economic uncertainty has led to an increase in such issues and we have responded by helping our clients handle matters in a prompt but satisfactory manner, whatever the circumstances.

Godwins has particular experience in working with educational institutions, a variety of commercial bodies, agricultural businesses and landed estates.

Resolution of Commercial & Property Disputes

For nearly 200 years, Godwins has advised clients locally, in the heart of London and further afield. We have seen how the increasing value of property assets has risen sharply in recent decades, in both commercial and personal settings.

In response, we have tailored our practices and adapted our approach so that we can meet any situation that may arise. Alternative methods for the resolution of disputes have been introduced so that where possible, court proceedings can be avoided. 

People: Nigel Spicer.

See also: Business Acquisitions and DisposalsTax Advice.  

If you require advice or services relating to a contentious matter, call 01962 841484 and let us help you.