How to raise a civil dispute

26 August 2022
Civil dispute claims are private cases between individuals, companies, local authorities and government departments that may require resolving by the court. Disputes typically fall into two categories - contract disputes, concerning an agreement between two or more parties, and civil wrong disputes caused by the acts of one party to another, either deliberately or by reason of negligence.
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Step 1 - Choosing the right firm

These cases can be very complex, therefore it is important to select a firm that has an excellent track record in every aspect of civil disputes. Here at John Fowlers Solicitors, we are experienced in advising clients on a large range of civil litigation cases. We know that every case is different, so we tailor our services depending on individual cases and their requirements. 

Our solicitors have the skills and experience needed to successfully seek resolution between private individuals as well as multi-million pound business claims. We put our clients first and will tirelessly fight their corner to ensure that they feel supported at every turn.

To begin the process of raising a civil dispute using John Fowlers Solicitors, please get in touch - our experienced team is here to help.

Step 2 - Pre-Action

The pre-action stage of civil dispute claims refers to the period before the court’s involvement. 

Your assigned solicitor will take the time to listen to your objectives and conduct a careful case analysis. They will then gather as much information and evidence as possible to support your case, before advising and guiding you towards the best solution to achieve the desired outcome. 

In some circumstances, there may be certain protocols that both parties must comply with prior to the court process. The court may intervene and apply penalties if either party chooses not to abide by the relevant protocols. Your solicitor will make sure that you are aware of any protocols related to your case.

Step 3 - The Court Process 

If a party chooses not to respond in the pre-action stage or a settlement is not reached, the litigation process will begin with a claim being filed to the appropriate court. The specific court will depend on how much the claim is worth. Our expert negotiators speak on behalf of our clients and can commence or defend court proceedings.
There will be a timeline of events that the defendant must follow if they want to contest the claim. Your solicitor will guide you through the entire process. 

Step 4 - The Post-Litigation Process

In the situation that either party has an issue with the outcome of the case, there may be some post-litigation processes to follow. Your solicitor will be able to guide you through this. 

For more information about civil litigation or if you need help with a dispute, please do not hesitate to get in touch today.
Speak to an expert:
Ian Bradford
01206 576151
Sean Kirk
01206 576151