Dispute Resolution

PM Law have a specialist team of dispute resolution solicitors who can provide expert advice and assistance during what can be a stressful time. Our team will resolve the dispute through a variety of methods, such as mediation, negotiation, litigation and arbitration in order to get the best outcome for you.

Reliable legal advice to resolve a variety of disputes

Our dispute resolution solicitors have all the skills to successfully help you with a variety of disputes. We'll provide you with practical legal advice that you can trust.

Our experience covers a range of sectors, including commercial, property and employment - get in touch with us today to discuss your circumstances.

What is dispute resolution?

Dispute resolution is the process of resolving some type of conflict or disagreement. It usually occurs between two parties who have conflicting opinions on a particular thing or issue.

The purpose of dispute resolution is to help all parties come to a resolution that both are happy with. This can be difficult to achieve, but PM Law’s dispute resolution solicitors have years of experience handling this type of conflict.

To start your claim, you can either call us on 0330 056 2183, or email us details of your dispute to disresenquiry@pm-law.co.uk.

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Types of dispute resolution

PM Law has experience resolving different types of disputes. Here are the types of disputes we can help you with.

  • Consumer Disputes
  • Contract Disputes
  • Property Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Debt Recovery Disputes

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

There’s an important distinction to make when discussing dispute resolution methods – we can separate these methods into two types:

Litigation

Litigation is the process of pursuing a claim through court in accordance with Civil Procedure Rules. This method is guaranteed to be more expensive and can also be more unpredictable and stressful.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) have been introduced in recent years to give the parties involved options of how to resolve the dispute before issuing court proceedings. There are a variety of alternative resolution methods that can be used.

Examples of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods

As we’ve mentioned, there are a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods that are often used in place of litigation. Here’s how each ADR works:

  • Mediation: this process requires both parties to come together with a mediator (an impartial / independent third party) present. The mediator helps to resolve the dispute by coming to a solution that all parties are happy with.
  • Negotiation: this is often the first method used to resolve a dispute. The aim of negotiation is for both sides to seek common ground and come to an agreement based on this.
  • Arbitration: another formal method of resolving disputes is using an independent arbitrator. Both sides present evidence to the arbitrator and then they decide on a resolution.
  • Adjudication: this process is like arbitration as an independent adjudicator is appointed to review the evidence from both sides and comes to a decision on how the dispute will be settled.
  • Consensual: this is the cheapest and quickest way to resolve a dispute. This method requires no independent third party and lets the disputing parties agree on a settlement together.

How much does dispute resolution cost?

We know that starting legal proceedings can already be daunting, and that the cost can make things feel even more stressful. It helps to know how much you’ll be spending at each stage so you can see if dispute resolution is something you want to pursue.

For disputes / claims below £10,000 (known as small claims), we work on a fixed costs basis for each step of the process. This means that you only need to pay for each stage when you are ready. If you want more detail, have a look at our full small claim costs breakdown.

Contact our dispute resolution solicitors today

As with all claims and disputes, it’s important you get in touch with us as soon as you can. This will help prevent any delays and let us start the process straightaway.

To start your claim, you can either call us on 03300 562183, or email us details of your dispute to disresenquiry@pm-law.co.uk.

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Dispute Resolution Case Study

100% Equity Successfully Obtained.

PM Law recently assisted a client who purchased a property with their brother. One brother left the property after a short time and all financial outgoings were paid by our client.

Decades later, his brother sought to claim a 50% share of the equity of the proceeds of sale. PM Law successfully obtained 100% equity on behalf of our client.

Dispute Resolution FAQs

Didn’t find the answers you were looking for? Look at the FAQs below for more information on our dispute resolution process.

We'd always recommend sending a letter to the other party involved that sets out your case and what you seek to get from your opponent before making a formal claim. 

If the response does not help to resolve the dispute, then we would suggest a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and, failing that, your final option is to issue court proceedings. 

Although the amount of compensation for each injury claim varies dramatically, we can tell you the amounts that are commonly awarded for different types of injury during your initial enquiry.

Once we have all the information we need relating to your injury, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of how much compensation you’ll be entitled to. Compensation is categorised as general damages and special damages.

  • General damages cover the amount of compensation you’ll get for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity based on the extent of your injuries and recovery time.
  • Special damages will compensate you for any losses you’ve incurred as a result of the accident, like private treatment costs and loss of earnings and property.

This depends entirely on the complexity of the case. Firstly, we'd try to avoid issuing court proceedings through using ADR but, if we have no other choice, then we would go to the courts. 

A dispute can take anywhere from two months to way over a year to resolve in court. This is dictated by a variety of factors in the case.