Personal Dispute Resolution Solicitors

We will fight your corner if you face a dispute

Whether you need to bring a claim against another individual or business or find yourself having to defend yourself against a claim, our expert and highly experienced dispute resolution solicitors can help you to:

  • Assess your options
  • Understand your likelihood of success
  • Take an informed decision on the best course of action and
  • Fight your corner, especially if alternative resolution approaches such as mediation prove unsuccessful.

We help individuals in all walks of life, regardless of the nature of their dispute. We can typically assist clients in matters including:

We recognise that going to law over a dispute is not something people do lightly. We take the time to understand the issues underlying the dispute and what really matters to you. We will help you to understand your options and make an informed decision as to how best to proceed.

Our approach is robust and no-nonsense but pragmatic. Where possible, we encourage clients to use alternative approaches to dispute resolution, such as mediation, in order to produce the best result possible whilst keeping costs under control.

Speak to our personal dispute solicitors in Hertford

To discuss your personal dispute with our sympathetic, proactive team, please get in touch.

01992 300333                     Ask a question

Meet our Dispute Resolution team

We are a team of litigation experts, each with our own areas of particular expertise and interest. You can always be sure that your matter will be dealt with by someone who is knowledgeable, committed, and has a strong track record of success to back up their skills.

Our Head of Dispute Resolution is John Wiblin. John is a Legal 500 recognised Solicitor-Advocate who advises on a full range of personal and business disputes. He covers everything from straightforward breach of contract to complex matters of intellectual property and obtaining injunctions in civil fraud matters.

Our team includes Nat Young, who is an insolvency expert. Nat’s expertise includes bringing and defending bankruptcy petitions, annulment applications (to cancel a bankruptcy), and resolving disputes with trustees in bankruptcy. Nat also works on a broad range of other personal disputes.

We also have Lauren Mackenzie, who specialises in contentious probate and inheritance disputes as well as other kinds of personal disputes.

Nat and Lauren are both recommended by leading client guide, the Legal 500, for their dispute resolution expertise.

John, Nat and Lauren are supported by Marija Sukyte, a junior solicitor with a broad practice.

We also have a dedicated Property Litigation team headed by John Wagstaffe. Visit our Residential Property Disputes page for more information.

How our personal dispute resolution lawyers can help

Bankruptcy and annulment

Facing debt is never easy, particularly when you dispute that the debt even exists. We are here to help make things a bit easier. Our team of personal dispute resolution solicitors includes bankruptcy specialist, Nat Young. We can help you contest bankruptcy proceedings (for example, where you dispute the debt or need more time to pay). We can also help you annul bankruptcy proceedings or set aside a bankruptcy order.

At all times, we will keep your best interests at heart, helping you manage risk and reduce the impact of bankruptcy on your life.

Visit our Bankruptcy and Annulment page for more information.

Cohabitation disputes

If your relationship has broken down and a dispute has arisen over how you are going to sort out your finances, we are here to help.

Unmarried couples do not have as many legal rights as married couples or civil partners. But you may still have legal options to protect and enforce your financial interests. We can advise on:

  • Dividing joint finances, such as property, savings and investments
  • Disputes involving ongoing liabilities, such as mortgage payments
  • Property disputes where only one partner’s name is on the legal title, or one partner is not legally entitled to as much of the property as they should be
  • Disputes over residence and contact with children
  • Disputes involving domestic violence, harassment and stalking.

Visit our Cohabitation Disputes page for more information.

Contract disputes

It is frustrating when others do not keep up their side of an agreement, especially if you have gone to such trouble to fulfil your end. Whether a customer is refusing to pay for services you have provided or you are in dispute over the quality of goods in a private sale, getting early legal advice is essential to head off a nasty dispute.

Our dispute resolution solicitors can advise on your contractual rights and options and help you take legal action. Our expertise includes:

  • Breach of contract disputes between individuals, businesses, tradespeople and service providers.
  • Debt collection.
  • Disputes over defective products.
  • Breach of warranty claims
  • Injunctions and asset protection
  • Property litigation, including landlord and tenant disputes

Visit our Contract Disputes page for more information.

Debt recovery

You don’t need to accept financial hardship by being overly generous about debt. If money is owed to you, you are entitled to recover it. We can help individuals recover all kinds of debts, from personal loans to unpaid invoices. In most cases, we are able to make a recovery without having to start legal proceedings, saving our client time, expense and stress.

Visit our Debt Recovery page for more information.


Reputation matters, whether you are an ordinary individual or the Queen of England. If someone has written or said something to damage your reputation, we can provide advice about making a defamation claim. Our team have experience handling complex and very high-profile defamation cases, often representing clients right up to the highest courts of the land.

Visit our Defamation page for more information.

Director and shareholder disputes

We advise individual shareholders and directors about issues arising within their company. Our experience includes acting for minority shareholders in promoting their rights, advising directors on their fiduciary duties, and using Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve issues privately.

Visit our Shareholder Disputes page for more information.

Inheritance disputes

When a dispute arises after someone dies, it can be very difficult to cope with. Everyone is processing their own feelings and may have different expectations or beliefs about what should happen to the deceased’s money and property.

Our team includes contentious probate and inheritance dispute resolution specialists who can take your side in a dispute over inheritance or someone’s Will.

Visit our Inheritance Dispute page for more information.

Residential property disputes

We have a dedicated Property Litigation team who can assist you will all types of residential property disputes, including:

  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Possession claims
  • Management company or managing agent issues
  • Breach of covenant
  • Nuisance
  • Leasehold disputes
  • Boundary and right of way disputes
  • Co-ownership disputes

Visit our Residential Property Dispute page for more information.

Speak to our personal dispute resolution solicitors in Hertford

To discuss your personal dispute resolution needs with our sympathetic, proactive team, please get in touch.

01992 300333                     Ask a question

Case Studies

  • Securing an injunction during a property access dispute. Our client, the son of a deceased haulier had an agreement from his father that he would be able to operate from the yard throughout his lifetime. We applied for an injunction to prevent our client being removed from his place of business by his mother-in-law to whom the property had been left in the father’s will.
  • Bringing a claim for damages against a local NHS Trust on behalf of the widow of an appendicitis patient, who suffered complications resulting from his treatment. During his time in hospital, he became agitated and tried to end his own life. Following transfer to a different ward, he threw himself out of an open window causing fatal injuries. A claim by our client against the NHS Trust resulted in admission of liability and a significant six figure pay out.
  • Acting for the parents of a teenage boy in a claim regarding unpaid school fees brought by a leading independent school. Our clients asserted that the school was in breach of contract as it failed to comply with its own policies and procedures regarding child safeguarding. The school had diagnosed our client’s son with a medical condition he did not possess, and subsequently treated him accordingly.


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