Getting what you want from litigation is based on clarity of advice and information on the essential questions:
What is the best result I can hope to obtain from this dispute?
What are my chances of obtaining that result?
What are the costs of action going to be?
How likely and how much of those costs am I going to recover?
What are the alternative courses of action?
You will be told again and again that litigation is filled with uncertainties and that’s true, But, clear information and advice can be given in consideration of those uncertainties.
No action should be taken without a clear understanding on your part of what the answers to the above Questions are.
We will give you that advice.
To claim what you are entitled to from a dispute you need a defined course of action and a strategy.
A claim starts with the first communication with the other side. That Commumication; face to face, email or letter, should be made based on a clear understanding of the basis of your case .(See “Clarity”). It should also be made with a clear purpose: Are you trying to establish negotiating principles, trying to obtain information or setting out your opening position?
Communicating without understanding the basis and prospects of your case and without a purpose is done all too often. It leads to interminable exchanges of letters between solicitors, which at best does little to advance your case or at worst leads to thoughtless concession that can have significant consequences down the line. In any case it will certainly increase your costs.
With a clear strategy each step of the case will lead you towards your desired result, whether that is by settlement or through court action.
All disputes are always personal.
Conflict between you and someone else, especially someone you relied on, such as a business partner or trusted client or advisor, or obviously a family member are distracting, difficult to deal with and always personal.
We’ll help you deal with the emotion and maintain your objectivity, so you can make the right decision based on sound principles. If you want to deal with a dispute for personal reasons that’s fine too. As long as you are aware of why you are dealing with the dispute that way and you are in control of your emotions and not controlled by them.
Acting on a dispute is always better than doing nothing and when the dispute is resolved to your advantage the peace of mind and sense of closure can be enormous. Successfully resolving your dispute gives you back your life.