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Dispute Resolution Solicitors in Bournemouth

Our dispute resolution solicitors in Bournemouth deal with a full range of legal disagreements. Court proceedings are a last resort, and our litigators will provide robust advice on when to take that step. Whether you are a claimant or defendant, we pride ourselves on giving dependable advice to ensure your position is protected. Our litigation lawyers will guide you through every step of the process to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for you.

We have a high success rate in dealing with disputes, both in resolving matters out of court and, if this is not possible, in litigation. As well as offering exceptional legal expertise and dispute resolution skills, we are known for the level of personal service and client care that we provide.

To speak to one of our highly experienced conflict resolution lawyers, please contact our Bournemouth office on 01202 292 424 or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.

How our disputes solicitors in Bournemouth can help you

Adverse possession

We both bring and defend claims for adverse possession where someone has occupied land for a lengthy period of time, usually at least ten or twelve years. It is crucial to follow the correct procedure and meet the necessary criteria when dealing with a case. We have extensive experience in dealing with adverse possession claims and can advise on whether the relevant legal tests is met.

Find out more about how we can help you with adverse possession.

Business recovery and insolvency

Our business recovery and insolvency experts can help your organisation through challenging times. We have extensive experience in assisting businesses to deal with financial issues and can provide the advice and guidance you need to manage difficult issues effectively.

We will advise you of the options open to you to rescue your business. We can also advise directors of insolvent companies on their duties. Where necessary, we can represent you in insolvency proceedings.

Boundary disputes

Boundary disputes can be exceptionally stressful and disruptive. Our property dispute solicitors can advise you of your rights and work to resolve your disagreement promptly and where necessary by issuing or defending court proceedings.

For more information on how we can help, see our boundary disputes services.

Contract disputes

Contracts form the basis of most legal relationships, from buying goods as an individual to complex commercial agreements between companies. Our contract disputes team have wide experience across a full range of contract law and can advise you of your rights and responsibilities.

If you are in dispute with another party over a contract that you have entered into, we can discuss possible solutions with you. We know how important it is to deal with matters without delay to avoid them dragging on and the parties becoming entrenched. Our dispute solicitors in Bournemouth work proactively to end disputes quickly before they escalate. We recognise the need to approach contract disputes practically, preserving commercial relationships where possible or negotiating a settlement to achieve the original economic objective of the contract.

Construction and engineering disputes

There is wide scope for dispute in the construction and engineering sector. Disagreements can be disruptive and harmful to business and it is crucial to address them straightaway. We have the expertise to assess the best way to resolve difficulties promptly. Our conflict resolution solicitors in Bournemouth are highly experienced negotiators and have extensive experience in dispute resolution law.

We work across a range of construction and engineering cases, including construction delays, contractor errors, poor construction quality, professional negligence and breach of contract. Where possible, we will work to resolve matters out of court, including by way of alternative dispute resolution or arbitration. We are experienced in construction and engineering litigation including proceedings in the high court and the technology and construction court.

For more information about our services and expertise, see our construction disputes page.

Individual bankruptcy

Individual bankruptcy, also known as personal bankruptcy, is a legal process where an individual declares themselves unable to repay their debts or is made bankrupt as a result of a creditor presenting a bankruptcy petition. Often, a bankruptcy petition is presented after an individual has failed to pay a sum owed pursuant to a judgment or formally demanded by way of a statutory demand.

Our solicitors can assist creditors with the service of statutory demands and the preparation and presentation of bankruptcy petitions. We are also able to advise on the implications of bankruptcy to creditors and steps which should be taken to achieve maximum recovery. Individual insolvency can be time sensitive and it is important to obtain advice as soon as possible.

Insurance claims

If you believe you have a valid insurance claim, but the insurer is refusing to pay, we can advise you of your legal rights. We will look at the scope and coverage of the policy and check whether there are any reasons why your claim may have been declined. We will contact the insurer and set out why the claim should be paid, which can be enough to prompt a payment to be made. Where necessary, we will take matters further on your behalf, bringing legal action where appropriate.

We are also able to work with you and your insurer, in circumstances where you have legal expense cover and are looking to bring or defend a claim.

Intellectual property disputes

Intellectual property can be a major asset for businesses and it is important to take steps to protect it where necessary. If you believe that your intellectual property rights have been infringed, talk to one of our disputes solicitors in Bournemouth today. We also represent clients accused of intellectual property infringement.

IT disputes

As IT contracts become more commonplace and more complex, so do the number of claims arising from their provisions. We can represent both suppliers and businesses in IT disputes, working to find a swift solution without the need for a court hearing, including using the dispute resolution process. We can advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of your case and how best to deal with the disagreement. We deal with a full range of IT disputes, including in respect of service level agreements, software licence disputes and failure to deliver on an IT project.

Landlord and tenant disputes

Disputes between a landlord and tenant can become very difficult if not addressed effectively. Where the relationship will be ongoing, it is important to take steps to deal with the situation without allowing matters to deteriorate.

Our landlord and tenant dispute solicitors have wide experience in resolving even the most entrenched issues. We deal with a range of disagreements, including in respect of forfeiture, possession, lease renewals, ending a tenancy, service charge disputes, rent review disputes and breach of repair obligations. We can write to the other side setting out your case and represent you at a court or tribunal hearing.

For more information in respect of our services, see our landlord and tenant disputes page.

Professional negligence

If you have engaged a professional such as an accountant, financial adviser, surveyor,  architect or solicitor, you have a right to expect a professional standard of service. If the service provided is negligent and you have suffered a loss as a result, we can represent you in making a claim for compensation.

Health and safety law

We represent clients facing health and safety investigations and charges of contravening relevant legislation. We will hold the other side to the highest standards of proof and, where possible, take steps to have claims against you dismissed.

Our team can respond quickly in the event of an emergency and provide the guidance and representation you need to manage any allegations against you.


If you have been accused of fraud or financial crimes, including conspiracy to defraud, false accounting, money laundering, tax fraud or business or commercial fraud, we can mount a robust defence on your behalf. Fraud cases can be particularly complex with potentially severe penalties and we will provide the level of expertise you need.

We can also provide you with rapid advice and representation in respect of asset freezing or restraint orders, asset seizure and dawn raids.

Partnership and shareholder disputes

Over time, disagreements can often arise between partners in a business or between shareholders and directors. It is crucial to address these promptly to avoid damaging the business. Dealing effectively with disputes can mean that you are able to repair your relationship and carry on running your organisation together.

Our commercial dispute solicitors have a high level of expertise in dealing with business disputes and can step in promptly to try and negotiate an acceptable outcome. We can advise you on dispute resolution methods and if necessary, prepare a strong case for court on your behalf.

Debt recovery

Unpaid debts can be crippling to a business, damaging your cash flow and potentially preventing you from meeting your own liabilities or expanding in the way that you want. We can take swift and robust action to recover debts on your behalf. We can advise you of the best options open to you and do all we can to ensure that all monies owed to you are paid without further delay.

We have considerable experience in this area and can provide tactical advice on court procedures and non-litigious methods of recovery.

Details of our pricing for debt recovery matters can be found here.

Consumer rights and sale of goods

We represent both consumers and those providing goods and services in respect of consumer rights claims. We can make sure you understand your rights and recommend the best course of action if you have a claim. We also defend claims brought by dissatisfied consumers.

We advise on rejection of goods, cancellation of contracts and general damages claims. Timing in these disputes can be critical so advice should be obtained promptly.


If you have entered into a contract and you later find out that the other party has misrepresented certain facts to you, you may be able to make a claim against them. We can go through what has happened with you and advise you whether the misrepresentation is likely to be innocent, negligent or fraudulent and the remedies that may be available.

Property litigation

Property disputes can be particularly bitter and are best addressed promptly to minimise the disruption and damage they can cause. Our property disputes solicitors are experienced in a wide range of contentious property work, including boundary disagreements, trespass, nuisance, service charge disputes, dilapidation claims, contested and uncontested business lease renewals, residential and commercial possession and forfeiture, right to manage and enfranchisement,  covenant and easement disputes.

Where possible, we favour resolving legal disputes out of court as this is usually quicker and more cost-effective. We can advise you on the types of dispute resolution available and which will be most suitable for your case.

We advise a range of clients in this field including private landlords, commercial tenants, resident owned management companies and developers. We understand the need for tailored, proportionate advice depending on the parties involved in the dispute.

Corporate and shareholder disputes

Where directors and shareholders disagree, a company can be paralysed, unable to make important decisions such as agreeing to finance or appoint a new director. We always aim to resolve disagreements by way of negotiation or alternative dispute resolution wherever possible. This can help you continue to work together in the future where necessary.

Our dispute resolution solicitors’ fees

Fixed fee dispute resolution services

We offer some dispute resolution services on a fixed fee basis so that you will know exactly how much the costs will be.

Hourly rates for disputes solicitors

For other work, we charge an hourly rate. We will ensure you have conflict resolution solicitors with the right level of expertise for your case and wherever possible we will let you have an estimate of the initial costs at the outset. For bigger cases, we will aim to keep costs down by making sure less complex tasks are carried out by a more junior fee earner under the supervision of an experienced solicitor. We will provide you with regular costs updates through your case.

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Contact our dispute resolution solicitors in Bournemouth

To speak to one of our highly experienced dispute resolution lawyers, please contact our  Bournemouth office on 01202 292 424 or fill in our online enquiry form for a quick response.