At Stokes Partners, we help our clients to resolve a multitude of issues which may arise whether in the normal course of business, or disputes that are completely unexpected and threaten the continuing viability of a business. Whether you are a sole trader or multi-national corporation, business is never always straightforward. An unwelcome interruption, but disputes are usually incidental and unavoidable to all businesses.
We understand the financial and regulatory pressures that businesses face in this increasingly challenging and bureaucratic economy. We are highly aware of the drain on time and resources that a dispute demands from those managing the business. Our solicitors offer good legal, but more importantly, commercial advice, focusing on the solution and objectives.
But business people do not just need sound and reliable advice, they also need lawyers who are quick to respond and able to recognise opportunities before the chance has passed. They want as well realistic advice, for outcomes that are achievable at affordable costs and available timeframe.
If you are a business, litigation, the courts and tribunals, judges and lawyers are all usually a last resort, and as far as possible, to be avoided. Most commercial disputes are best resolved by negotiations, in order to find a happy compromise, rather than to leave the outcome to the lottery of a decision imposed by a court. If negotiations fail, we help clients to try and resolve disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), for example mediation or independent expert’s determination.
Examples of the types of issues that we regularly advise upon include:
It is the nature of conducting business that disputes are not altogether avoidable; we help you to resolve disputes in the most commercial way possible. We regularly advise on disputes over contractual issues, ranging from delays and pricing and to quality or fitness for purpose, in supply of goods and services contracts, including building and engineering matters. We also advise on disputes involving the provision of professional services by accountants, lawyers, agents etc.
We are experts and have helped clients to resolve all manner of property related disputes, ranging from trespass and rights of access and drainage, rights to light, to disputes concerning noise and smells and restrictive covenants. We have the expertise and experience to help you deal with these unwelcome matters and commonly highly emotional and stressful matters. We also advise on disputes concerning commercial and residential tenancies, from rent recovery to forfeiture and repossession, as well as disputes over landlord’s and tenant’s obligations.
We have the experience and expertise to help resolve disputes between business partners and shareholders, across a range of industries, from farming to manufacturing, to professional practices. Retirement or exit from or dissolution of businesses, and valuation are common areas of dispute.
Insurance company seeking to avoid liability and refusing to pay? Insurance is now commonplace and present in nearly all aspects of business, whether relating to properties or liabilities. We do not sell insurance but we are experts in disputes concerning insurance. We have the expertise and experience to help resolve disputes whether you are the insured or insurer.
If your professional advisers (IFA, lawyers, accountants, architects, surveyors, brokers etc.) have made an error and you have, as a consequence, suffered a loss, we are able to help you recover compensation and, in appropriate cases, act for you on a “no win no fee” basis.
If your business is suffering as a result of unfair competition from an ex-employee or misuse of your confidential information or trade secrets, we can help. Likewise, you might be subject to unfair restrictions on your ability to conduct your business, in which case we can help to advise and where appropriate, negotiate a release or relaxation of the restrictions.
We’re delighted to announce that Rosanna Derryman from our Wills and Probate Team and Karen Mace from our Property Team have been promoted to the position of Associate. Both are long-standing members of staff who provide outstanding levels of service to their clients for whom they are always willing to “go the extra mile”! We managed to drag them away from work just long enough to have their photo taken with Sarah Warren, head of our Property Team! Congratulations to them both!
We’re delighted to announce that Charles Aslett has been promoted to Head of Residential Property at Stokes Partners. Charles joined us in 2020 and has worked extraordinarily hard to support his team and our clients through the pandemic and the Stamp Duty “holiday” periods. We are sure that the team will go from strength to strength under his leadership. Charles is pictured with Sarah Warren, Head of Property and Joanne Butler, Operations Partner.
In this video, our partner Michael answers some frequently asked questions about contentious probate.
Our partner Michael looks at what makes a will and how they work, starting with revocation. Michael specialises in wills and inheritance disputes which means he is well position to explain this area and consider what happen when things go wrong.
The execution of a will, in most circumstances, revokes an earlier one.
A revocation clause, usually found at the start of a will, ensures there can be no doubt that the testator wanted their new will to replace an earlier one.