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Litigation

LITIGATION

We consider all methods of resolving disputes by holding meetings, bringing in mediators and generally using collaborative means.

Once a District Judge told our opponent ‘Courts are places for decent people to keep out of’. If it is necessary to go to Court to protect or defend your rights then we will guide you through the process.

It is most important to weigh up carefully the costs and benefits of going to Court and examine other options available. An important question to ask is whether your opponent is worth pursuing. Will you be throwing good money after bad?

Generally for small claims, up to £5000, it is not worthwhile engaging a solicitor to represent you at Court. The reason is that it is unusual for the Court to tell your opponent to pay your costs when you win. However we would be happy, in return for an agreed fee, to settle statements and prepare the necessary paperwork to enable you to bring your claim to Court. For larger claims we can examine whether to pursue the case on a contingency basis.

In many cases we have found that clients have invested money into property or a business without a clear agreement. Unfortunately then when there is a falling out, disputes arise. Like all solicitors, we are trained to show due diligence and will identify the strengths and pitfalls of any proposed arrangement. So come to us first.

Our areas of expertise include

  • Claims based on breach of contract (or unconcluded contract)
  • Debt recovery
  • Landlord and tenant and possession cases

At Eagles we believe in promoting access to justice so we will consider taking your case to Court on a no win no fee basis where we establish:

  1. There is a 70% or greater prospect of success and
  2. Your opponent is insured or financially sound

Guideline costs – litigation

In most cases the estimated fees will be supplied in our client care letter.

For small claims ( under £5000) we will provide a service, whether for claimants or defendants, offering up to 3 hours advice, drafting letters and statements of case, as well as negotiating (but not representing you at Court or coming onto the Court record) for £495. This does not include VAT or Court fee.

For Landlords we offer a service in dealing with accelerated possession proceedings in the sum of £750 inclusive of Court fee and VAT. This includes letter before action, serving Possession Notice and then issuing possession claim.

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