CLAIMS AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Murphy’s law means that things do not always go according to plan. Early advice from an experienced lawyer can often help you to make the right decision in difficult situations, to avoid disputes and litigation, but still achieve a satisfactory outcome and, of course, save you money and avoid heartache and stress.
If litigation cannot be avoided, our experienced lawyers will be your “champion” to fight your battle, whether through the courts, tribunals, arbitration or mediation.
Our expertise and track record includes the following types of disputes:
We have extensive experience and an enviable reputation for disputes involving boundaries, rights of way, rights of light, restrictive covenants and all manner of property-related disputes in the civil courts, and, title disputes referred by the Land Registry to the First-tier Tribunal.
Disputes arise between unmarried couples and family members over property ownership. This often involves complex issues of trust law and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. We have successfully assisted clients to pursue as well as defend claims in the courts, and to negotiate settlements out of court.
We act for executors and trustees, as well as dissatisfied individuals over Wills that are contested. Wills are challenged for a variety of reasons, ranging from suspicious circumstances surrounding the making of the Will, to its failure to make adequate provisions for family and dependants. Funding on the basis of “no win no fee” is available in suitable cases.
We help you to resolve contractual disputes, whether it is with the non-performing builder or defective goods and failure to deliver. Unfortunately, the construction sector has many “cowboy builders” who seek to take unfair advantage of vulnerable individuals. Informal and undocumented agreements often lead to disputes over payment terms, defective or poor workmanship.
When individuals or family members in business together no longer get on and fall out over personal or financial matters, they need advice to protect their interests. We have a proven track record in helping our clients to resolve disputes.
We have sued and also defended professional advisers, from accountants to lawyers and financial advisers. A difficult and complex area of law, we have a track record of successful claims. Funding on the basis of “no win no fee” is available in suitable cases.
If the insurance company refuses to pay on a claim and you believe they are wrong, come and see us for advice. We have successfully recovered six figure settlements and awards for our clients.
We help our landlord clients to comply with the legal requirements to repossess properties from defaulting tenants, and where necessary, to enforce court orders. We also help our tenant clients to exit from tenancies and to defend claims from landlords.
Stokes Partners are proud to be the official legal partners for Somerset Day on May 11th! And we’re especially proud that we feature on the Somerset Day Trail Challenge! We’ll be working hard to ensure that our office window celebrates all things Somerset and we’ll definitely be “flying the flag” on Somerset Day!
Stokes Partners are delighted to announce that Hilary Askew has become a partner with the firm with effect from 1 April 2022. Hilary is part of the Wills, Tax and Probate team. She joined the firm in July 2012 and has over 20 years experience of private client work.
On 6 April 2022 the divorce “landscape” will change dramatically and for the first time in over 40 years. The family law team at Stokes Partners are all agreed that this change is long overdue and that it should help thousands of divorcing couples move forwards in ending their marriages with reduced disagreement and acrimony.
Half of wills in the South of England are out of date – Nicola McIntyre, head of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate team suggests now is the time to review your wills ahead of “Update Your Will Week”.