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The types of disputes we see on a day to day basis are extremely varied, but we know that every client who comes to see has the same key concerns; whether you have a case, what are the prospects of you succeeding in achieving your desired outcome and what is the most efficient and cost effective method of achieving your goals.

Our Dispute Resolution teams in Chesterfield, Sheffield and Mansfield will answer these questions and will help and guide you through each stage of your case.

In each case, we will aim to identify the most effective way to resolve your dispute at the outset.  We recognise the importance of keeping disputed cases out of court wherever possible so we will look for opportunities to resolve your problems via negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

We will, however, use court proceedings where appropriate. If litigation is required we will fight fearlessly for your rights.  Our highly experienced Dispute Resolution teams in Chesterfield, Mansfield and Sheffield adopt a pragmatic and commercial approach to litigation and will always aim to assist you in resolving your problem in the most cost effective and efficient way possible.

Without Prejudice

Without Prejudice

Do you know what the legal phrase “without prejudice” means?, Rob Stubbs, Head of Dispute Resolution at Banner Jones said, “This is a term that is used by lawyers and is often misused by litigants when they communicate with the people with whom they are in dispute prior to involving their solicitor”.

Right to refuse a business tenancy cannot be misused

Right to refuse a business tenancy cannot be misused

An interesting case is currently making its way through the court system and may have far reaching implications for the landlord/tenant relationship in relation to tenancy renewals; making it more difficult for a landlord to refuse the renewal of a tenancy.

Making the UK safe online!

Making the UK safe online!

The days of poison pen letters may be in the past but the tendency of some individuals to publish offensive comments about others is “alive and well” and, indeed, has increased significantly; being one of the unintended consequences of the rise of online social media. Unfortunately, however, our laws struggle to keep up with the rate of change.
Swifter justice for London bus and tube fare dodgers

Swifter justice for London bus and tube fare dodgers

More than 3,000 tube and bus fare dodgers have been sentenced through a revolutionary new digital sentencing system.
How to avoid HMRC scam emails and phone calls

How to avoid HMRC scam emails and phone calls

Anyone with an email address is likely to have experienced a scam or phishing communication landing in their inbox, and unfortunately this type of attack is becoming both more frequent and more sophisticated. Sending a message purporting to be from HMRC is a popular method criminals can use to attempt to get hold of personal and financial details. It’s not limited to email either, with hoax text messages, social media communications and telephone calls also being used in order to illegally extract the information needed.

New steps to combat VAT fraud by overseas online sellers

New steps to combat VAT fraud by overseas online sellers

The loss of VAT from the sale of goods online continues to be a problem for HMRC, with the tax losses for 2015-16 from goods sold by overseas businesses but routinely stored and dispatched to UK consumers from within the UK, estimated to be between £1 billion and £1.5 billion. Following HMRC’s consultation, which concluded in March last year, the responses to the idea of ‘split payment’ as a way to tackle the problem show that whilst such a method would bring challenges, there is broad agreement that it is a workable solution.

Disputes Over Land: Love Thy Neighbour

Disputes Over Land: Love Thy Neighbour

Disputes over ownership of strips of land between two properties are all too common, and usually arise from a mis-drawn boundary map. However, a recent case in the Appeal Court resulted in the apparently farcical decision that two neighbours each possessed a valid registered title to the same strip of land 4 metres long by 2 metres wide. But, Rob Stubbs, Head of Dispute Resolution says “Although this sounds crazy, the decision actually enabled the position to be tidied up rather neatly.”

Ignorance as a Defence in Law

Ignorance as a Defence in Law

There are in fact circumstances where ignorance is a perfectly valid defence.

Who Owns Their Web Name?

Who Owns Their Web Name?

You might think that you would have the right to stop your name being used in a web address without your consent. But you’d be wrong.

Pressure on litigation costs from “Proportionality”

Pressure on litigation costs from “Proportionality”

New rules on the losing side paying the costs of the winning side in litigation can leave “winners” significantly out of pocket.

How you could end up paying HMRC’s legal costs

How you could end up paying HMRC’s legal costs

A recent case has brought to light a situation in which taxpayers were required to pay HMRC’s legal costs for defending the case as well as the VAT which was under dispute.

The scammers won’t go away, so be careful out there!

The scammers won’t go away, so be careful out there!

It’s an unfortunate truth of the computer age that, as the software developed to protect your identity and sensitive information improves, so the methods of those trying to defraud you become ever more effective.

When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

A disputed will has recently been sent to the Court of Appeal to determine whether an estranged daughter is entitled to money from her mother’s estate.

Online Courts Proposed

Online Courts Proposed

Proposals have been put forward for online paperless courts that would enable people to settle civil disputes of up to £25,000.

Without Prejudice

Without Prejudice

Do you know what the legal phrase “without prejudice” means?

Changes to way in which fees can be charged in insolvency cases.

Changes to way in which fees can be charged in insolvency cases.

Changes to the way in which fees can be charged will soon make it more difficult for creditors to sue fraudulent directors.
Bank Liable for damage to credit rating

Bank Liable for damage to credit rating

The courts recently found that a bank had failed in its duty to investigate an assertion by a debtor that a restricted-use credit agreement had been rescinded before reporting to credit reference agencies that the debtor was in default.
Fighting Fraud

Fighting Fraud

Have you received suspicious calls, texts or emails purporting to be from "your bank" or "the police" asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money?

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