What is Civil Litigation?
Civil litigation is the process of dispute resolution between members of a community through the court system. Civil law grants to individuals the right to sue for compensation or for specific action in matters such as breach of contract, defamation and negligence.
When can I sue someone?
If you feel that you’ve been wronged but it’s not a criminal matter to be dealt with by the Police, then you may be able to commence a lawsuit against someone. The kinds of disputes that are dealt with under civil law include disputes between:-
- Customers and suppliers
- Business partners
- Landlords and tenants
- Buyers and sellers of property
- Home owners and builders
- Employees and employers
- Executors or beneficiaries in deceased estates
- Owners of copyrights and patents
- Creditors and debtors
- Accident victims
Different kinds of legal cases have different time limitations imposed so it’s important that you seek legal advice quickly to find out if you can commence legal proceedings.
How to file a law suit – the civil litigation process
Prior to court proceedings being commenced, the first course of action is always to seek a resolution to the dispute, saving both time and money. There are a number of alternative dispute resolution methods which can be used including round table negotiation, conflict mediation, conciliation, and arbitration.
If all attempts to settle the dispute fail, then the dispute will be taken to trial.
Trial proceedings are lengthy and somewhat complex.
The particular court forms which need to be completed to commence a civil suit vary according to the type of dispute so it’s best to seek legal advice in regard to this.
How we can help?
We are experienced solicitors and have proven experience across a wide range of civil suits including:-
- Commercial litigation
- Business litigation
- Employment litigation
- Unfair dismissal
- Divorce disputes
- Will disputes
- Debt recovery
- Building and property disputes
- Dividing fence disputes
- Breach of contract
- Breach of copyright
Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced disputes and litigation solicitor.
Our fees for collecting debts/unpaid invoices with a value of up to £100,000, where the claim is subject to the laws of England and Wales and within the English Courts’ jurisdiction are based on fixed fees
These fees are only applicable if the debt is uncontested. If the debt is contested, you will be advised of the potential fees in our client care letter, prior to the commencement of any work.
Pre-action stage (before court proceedings)
If the value of your claim is up to £100,000, including interest and compensation, then our fees are based on a fixed fee scale ranging between £65.00 to £175.00, plus VAT.
If payment and/or a response are not secured at the pre-action stage, we will issue court proceedings.
Does not exceed £300 Court fee – £35.00
£300.01 to £500 Court fee – £50.00
£500.01 to £1,000 Court fee – £70.00
£1,000.01 to £1,500 Court fee – £80.00
£1,500.01 to £3,000 Court fee – £155.00
£3,000.01 to £5,000 Court fee – £205.00
£5,000.01 to £10,000 Court fee – £455.00
£10,000.01 to £100,000 Court fee – 5% of the value of the claim
Our fees for Debt Recovery are based on a fixed fee scale ranging from £50.00 – £300.00, plus VAT.
If no payment is made and no defence is filed, then we will request judgment. Our fees for this are, again, dictated by a fixed fee scale, ranging from £22.00 to £90.00, plus VAT.
The above fees do not include advising you on the prospects of success, corresponding with the debtor / debtor’s solicitors, checking information provided by you, amending the claim for, or any additional work required after judgment is obtained