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Our business disputes team are often asked to advise on disputes arising from business partnerships. Solicitor David Paull outlines some of the key factors that need to be considered in any partnership dispute. The benefit of having a partnership agreement If you run a business with one or more partners with a view to making profit then you will be legally classified as trading in partnership. This is the case even if you do not have a written partnership agreement. It is best practice for...

A boundary dispute can be very expensive, but that needn't be the case. Specialist boundary dispute solicitor David Paull looks at strategies for keeping legal costs to a minimum and suggests how to protect yourself against the risk of a costs order being made against you. A boundary disputes can be expensive to take to court and very often the legal costs will be disproportionate to the value of the land in dispute. This problem was recently highlighted by a court case where a home owner, who had...

For a fixed fee of £200 plus VAT we will review your case documents and provide legal advice on resolving the dispute. This fixed fee service is suitable for the following types of civil dispute: Contract Disputes Property Disputes Consumer Disputes Business Disputes Background to the scheme We are often asked to advise whether a case has sufficient legal merits to warrant it being pursued. Because solicitors usually charge by the hour it can be difficult for people to accurately budget for their legal costs. This can result in substantial legal fees...

Contact our free legal helpline. Slee Blackwell Solicitors are an award-winning firm with expertise in a range of legal fields. We operate a very popular free legal helpline on a national basis. If you would like to know where you stand in relation to any of the following areas of law then simply give us a call to find out: Professional negligence claims against lawyers, surveyors, accountants and other professionals Cosmetic surgery claims Inheritance disputes Medical negligence claims Accident claims Sexual abuse claims Dog bites Criminal...

We have launched a range of fixed fee services for landlords who want to recover possession of residential premises which are let under Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements.   Menu of services for recovery of possession of residential premises   STEP   FIXED FEE   Initial Telephone Advice     Free     Service of Notice (Section 8 for rent arrears or Section 21)   £150 plus VAT     Accelerated Possession Proceedings (no attendance at Court)     £400 plus VAT and Court Fee   Possession Proceedings (Taunton, Exeter or Barnstaple County Court)     £700 plus VAT and Court Fee   Possession Proceedings (Other County Courts)     Fixed fees available on request     Warrant of...

We predicted back in 2013 that as a result of the small claims limit rising to £10,000 the number of Litigants in Person would increase and in tandem with this the Damages Based Agreement would also become increasingly popular. It would seem that both our predictions were correct. On 1st April 2013 the small claims court limit for civil claims rose from £5,000 to £10,000. Since then the number of litigants in person has risen to record numbers. Critics have said...

ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEW DEBT RECOVERY CLAIM PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL  THAT COMES INTO FORCE ON THE 1 OCTOBER 2017?   Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice published the new and long anticipated Pre-Action Protocol (“PAP”) on debt recovery claims which comes into force on 1 October 2017. Credit control specialist Tracey Perrett provides an overview of the new requirements. The new debt recovery claim protocol applies where businesses are seeking to recover debt from individuals. The protocol does not apply to business-to-business debts unless the...

What is a ‘protected discussion’ under Section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996? Section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 enables confidential conversations to take place between employer and employee. In many ways this provision is similar to the ‘Without Prejudice’ principle. The term ‘Without Prejudice’ is commonly used by lawyers as a means of conducting ‘off the record’ discussions, generally with a view to reaching an agreement to resolve a dispute. In the context of an employment dispute it enables...

An MP has branded inappropriate cavity wall insulation "a scandal". Hywel Williams highlighted the plight of homeowners who have had the insulation installed, many of whom having been encouraged to do so by government-backed schemes. The end result is that a large number of these properties are now facing problems ranging from damp to mould and condensation. Cavity wall insulation was intended to make homes warmer and more energy efficient. However when it is installed incorrectly, or installed in properties that are not suited to it, it can lead to higher -...

Moving into a brand new home is for most families a happy and exciting time. However as with other areas of life, things do sometimes go wrong and the dream of owning a new build home can quickly degenerate into a nightmare. It often surprises people who have moved into a new build and encountered problems when they discover just how little consumer protection they have. In particular, property (including new builds) is exempt from the protection offered under the Sale and Supply of...