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Civil dispute resolution

What is a civil dispute?

Civil disputes are disagreements between private individuals or a between a private individual and an organisation. The types of civil disputes we often help with are:

Civil dispute resolution options

1. Alternative Dispute Resolution

Wherever possible, we recommend using a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) before taking the matter to court. There are several alternative dispute resolution methods that can be used, including round table negotiation, mediation, conciliation, and arbitration.

If you can prevent a lengthy and complex trial proceeding or save yourself the hassle of filling out the court forms needed to commence a civil suit, that is always preferable –and will save you time and money.

2. Civil litigation

If ADR is not possible or is unsuccessful, we may have to bring a civil claim through the court system to resolve the dispute. The litigation process isn’t quick or straightforward, but contrary to popular belief, not all cases end up at trial.

How we can help you

Whatever the grounds for a dispute, our civil litigation solicitors understand it can be daunting and stressful for all involved. We will ensure you are fully informed on the options available and will support you through every step of the dispute resolution and litigation process, including:

  • Evaluating the strength of your claim and the likely outcomes
  • Ensuring you understand the costs involved and your funding options
  • Liaising with the other parties to fully establish the grounds for the dispute
  • Gathering evidence to substantiate your case
  • Attempting to resolve the dispute before going to court

If litigation is required:

  • Lodging your claim with the appropriate court and serving it to the defendant OR lodging your intention to defend a claim
  • Establishing the timetable for proceedings as decided by the court
  • Representing you in court
  • Enforcing a judgement in your favour or lodging an appeal if necessary

Why choose Clarke Willmott for civil dispute resolution

  • Exceptional legal expertise focused on achieving the best possible outcome
  • Experts in all mediation methods and courts
  • Balanced, robust approach with clear, practical guidance throughout the process
  • Experienced in bringing and defending civil dispute claims
  • Flexible cost options and guidance on the most cost-effective way to fund your case
  • Leading Legal 500 firm
  • The Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation for compliance and client care standards

Contact a civil litigation solicitor today

Our specialist civil litigation solicitors based in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton, are ready to discuss your case. If you are faced with a potential dispute, call a member of our team today on 0800 652 8025 or get in touch online.


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John Flint


John Flint is a Partner in Clarke Willmott’s commercial & private client litigation team specialising in director, shareholder and partnership disputes.
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