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Resolving civil disputes
Disputes can arise in many aspects of every day life. They may start as minor irritations but some can escalate into major disagreements and in more serious cases they can severely disrupt your ability to enjoy a normal lifestyle.
Our dedicated team provide realistic advice on the options available to resolve matters, either through mediation, arbitration, negotiation or litigation. We then pursue the appropriate course of action to resolve your dispute in the most cost-effective way. Wherever possible, we avoid the disruption and costs of litigation by encouraging parties to mediate or negotiate a settlement before the case reaches court.
We aim to resolve your disputes and bring them to a successful conclusion but, when required, our services extend to providing full representation in the courts, at tribunals, inquiries (including public inquiries) and arbitration hearings.
Our firm has the experience and expertise to deal with resolving most of the common areas for disputes and access to specialist help and assistance, where required.
The main areas where we provide assistance and legal advice are:
- Conflicts with retailers, suppliers or service providers
- Claims on the estate of someone who has passed away
- Repayment of debts
- Problems with contracts (employment or others)
- Landlord and Tenant disputes including possession proceedings
- Boundary and property disagreements.
Most of us owe money to someone at some point in our lives. It is easy however, for debts to spiral out of control, and buy ignoring them, the situation only gets worse.
If you have fallen behind with your rent or mortgage instalments, then your landlord or mortgage company may well issue Court Proceedings against you in order to recover possession of the property. If you are faced with this situation, don't panic, we can help. We can usually negotiate with your landlord/mortgage company so as to prevent Court Proceedings being started. If Proceedings are already underway, we can still help you keep a roof over your head. Usually by offering to pay the instalment as due, along with an offer of an additional amount towards the arrears, you will be able to avoid losing your home.
It is important that you contact us as soon as possible in these situations. If you do nothing, then it is likely that you will lose your home. Don't assume that because your Landlord/Mortgage Company threaten to take possession of your property, that they will be successful and that there is nothing you can do.
If you have fallen behind with other payments and are being threatened with Court Proceedings, or have debt collection agencies chasing you, we can also help. We may also be able to help if you have the Bailiffs chasing you for money.
At Bryan and Armstrong, we have a Specialist Quality Mark from the Legal Services Commission for Debt and we are able to offer advice and assistance under the 'Legal Help Scheme'. This is subject to an assessment of your income and expenditure
Tenancy & Lease Agreements
We are able to offer advice and assistance on all aspects of Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant matters, including the preparation of tenancy agreements and leases.We also advise Landlords on how to deal with difficult tenants and provide advice for tenants whose landlords are acting outside of the law, or ignoring their responsibilities. We can also assist in resolving disputes between the parties without the need for court proceedings.
We can assist with terminating leases and tenancies and deal with the Court Proceedings should the need arise, including attending at the Court hearing on your behalf. We may also be able to assist tenants facing eviction under the Legal Help Scheme, subject to an assessment of your income and expenditure.
When cohabiting couples separate, one of the main obstacles is the property - be it owned in one parties' sole name or in joint names. More often than not there is no agreement between the parties as to what will happen to the property on separation.
Our specialists are able to offer advice and assistance if you find yourself in this situation. Just because a property is owned in one parties' sole names does not mean that on separation you are not entitled to a share of the equity. Each case will be looked at individually and the appropriate advice given.
We also are able to assist in resolving other disputes concerning property ranging from Boundary Disputes, Right of Way and Adverse Possession.
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