Contractual disputes

Contractual disputes can take up time, money and cause breakdowns in relationships between a business and individuals or between businesses. It could be differing opinions or one party has failed to meet the terms of the contract. Whatever the problem, we want to help you get it resolved in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Debt Recovery

Are you owed debt in excess of £10,000? If someone is refusing to pay up we can help you recover your money.  We offer you our expertise on the next logical steps to take. Should the case go to court, we will be there to represent you.

Professional Negligence

A professional person may fail to carry out their work to a reasonable standard. This could be missing a deadline, giving advice which causes a loss, not following instructions properly or some other error. It is important to seek advice early because generally there is a six year period from the negligent act (even if you don’t know the act was negligent at first) to bring a claim.

Property Litigation

We advise Landlords, Tenants and others on property matters.

We can act in most commercial property related disputes including dilapidations, disrepair, breach of covenant, forfeiture and lease renewal.

You must act quickly if the Tenant falls behind with their rent or either party breaks the terms of their Lease. We will discuss the options with you along with our recommendation.

We can also help with:

  • Property legally owned by one party but an issue arises as to the extent to which another party has a share or interest in the property.
  • The use, restrictions and covenants affecting a property.
  • Neighbour disputes. It is important to deal with these promptly and appropriately to limit the escalation in costs over the same.

Property Litigation Case Studies

Ownership of property legally owned by another
We received instructions from a client who was living in a property legally owned by another. She stated the parties had originally got on well and monies due to her were spent on a property they jointly purchased but in her opponent’s sole name. Only she lived in the property. Several years later the opponent sought to evict her. Despite various attempts through ourselves to resolve the matter through negotiation he failed to do so. We had put forward an offer of £180,000 at an early stage being one half share of the equity. This was accepted a few days before the trial with the opponent having to pay substantial costs which could otherwise have been avoided.

Right of Way
Goldwaters were instructed on a dispute over a right of way blocked by a neighbour’s car. Initially the neighbour was ‘in denial’ on the terms of the right of way and incorrectly advised by his Solicitors on the interpretation of certain documentation. However through negotiation and meetings on site between the parties and their Solicitors (by which time both sides had obtained advice from barristers) the matter was resolved without the need for Court proceedings or significant costs being incurred. Good relations between the commercial property owners was restored.

Recovery of Commercial Rent
We have often been instructed to recover rent, service charge, insurance and other outgoings payable by the tenant. The matter can usually be resolved by negotiation and on some occasion through Court proceedings. Where the claim relates solely to rent a commercial High Court Enforcement Officer has been instructed to recover the rent through CRAR on giving seven days notice but without having to go through the Court process.

Setting Aside a Transaction at Undervalue
Goldwaters were instructed by a landlord where the guarantor had transferred a property owned by him at an undervalue to a relative. The landlord believed this had been done to avoid paying creditors. Following High Court proceedings and a trial the property was transferred from the relative for the benefit of creditors.

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