Dispute Resolution - Service

The Dispute Resolution Team reflects the firm’s expertise in the charity and education sectors and we are consistently praised for our work and depth of knowledge in this regard. We have a long history of successfully resolving a wide range of disputes and you can rest assured that we will use all of our knowledge and experience to fight your corner at every stage of your dispute. 

Moreover, our lawyers recognise that as our client your interests are our primary concern. We recognise that court proceedings are time consuming, costly and stressful and not always the appropriate solution. So, where possible, we endeavour to resolve disputes by negotiation and mediation wherever we can to avoid litigation. However, where litigation is the only option our extensive experience enables us to conduct your case so as to achieve the best outcome for you. Underpinning our dispute resolution skills are three very simple principles; efficiency, understanding and communication.

The Dispute Resolution team is completely focused on achieving one thing – the best result for you. To make sure that happens we promise:

  • We will provide you with everything you need – advice, strategy, documents and process - to successfully handle your dispute.
  • We will always use the combined expertise of our team to make sure every aspect of your case is reviewed and managed by an expert in that area.
  • If litigation is the only option, we will take every possible action to resolve the situation in your best interests as quickly and as easily as we can.  

The Dispute Resolution Team advise in a range of areas on behalf of all Stone King’s sector clients.

 

Business 

Just as no two businesses are the same, no two disputes are the same. However, while there is no such thing as a typical dispute, the cases we have helped our clients resolve include (but are not limited to):

  • Contractual disputes
  • Property related issues including rent arrears, forfeiture and lease renewals, dilapidations claims, recovering possession of land/buildings and rights of way/easement disputes.
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes.
  • Intellectual property disputes, including trade marks and passing off, copyright, design and patent disputes, comparative advertising claims,  database right infringement, privacy/confidential information disputes.
  • Applying for and defending injunction applications.
  • Professional negligence.
  • Construction disputes.
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency issues.
  • International disputes.
  • Risk advice and opinions.

 

Education

We have enormous experience of working with both independent and maintained schools (including Free Schools, Multi-Academy Trusts, Academies and Further/Higher education providers) and have built up a detailed knowledge of how to solve the variety of disputes those working in the education sector face. The cases we have helped our education clients with include (but not limited to):

  • Data protection and information requests, including information law tribunal claims (in particular appeals under the Freedom of Information Act 2000).
  • Property related disputes including rent arrears, forfeiture and lease renewals, dilapidations claims, recovering possession of land/buildings and rights of way/easement disputes (also including the recovery of residential/tied accommodation).
  • Supplier/service agreement disputes.
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Unlawful borrowing.
  • Intellectual property disputes, including trade marks and passing off, copyright, design and patent disputes, comparative advertising claims,  database right infringement, privacy/confidential information disputes.
  • Dealing with Local Authorities in relation to historic liabilities and Commercial Transfer Agreements.
  • High value tuition fee recovery.
  • Reputational advice
  • Risk advice and opinions.
  • Construction related disputes.

 

Charity

Charities are complex organisations and providing the level of support they and their beneficiaries deserve requires increasingly specialist legal knowledge. Our charity clients include instantly recognisable national and international charities as well as care homes, hospices, Alms Houses Associations, schools, heritage charities, religious orders, health animal welfare and conservation charities among others.

We recognise that charity trustees need to consider their responsibilities to manage a charity’s reputation, protect the charity’s assets, and to consider the costs and risks involved in progressing with litigation. Whilst there is no such thing as a typical case but over the years we have helped our clients with (but not limited to):

  • Disputes with commercial partners.
  • Trustee, membership and governance disputes.
  • Statutory and other regulatory enquiries.
  • Grant and funding disputes.
  • Operational issues, including trading and fundraising.
  • Disputes between charities.
  • Contested probate and legacy disputes together with appearances in the Court of Protection.
  • Property related disputes including rent arrears, forfeiture and lease renewals, dilapidations claims, recovering possession of land/buildings and rights of way/easement disputes (including possession of residential premises)
  • Intellectual property disputes, including trade marks and passing off, copyright, design and patent disputes, comparative advertising claims,  database right infringement, privacy/confidential information disputes.
  • Fraud and asset recovery 
  • Contractual disputes, such as breach of trust claims, sales of goods and services disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Reputation and crisis management, including bringing and defending defamation claims

 

Personal

The cases we have helped our individual clients resolve include (but not limited to):

  • Contested probate claims and disputes between beneficiaries/personal representatives after death.
  • Trust and estate disputes.
  • Contractual disputes, particularly relating to entering into and terminating contracts, breach of contract, sale of goods and consumer credit issues.
  • Disputes in family businesses, such as partnership disputes, succession issues, including farm ownership and inheritance disputes.
  • Property related issues, such as boundary disputes, rights of way, damage or nuisance claims, and assisting residential landlords in recovering possession of property.
  • Professional negligence claims against a range of professionals, such as accountants, engineers, builders, legal professionals, surveyors and architects.
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency issues, including fraud, asset tracing and debt recovery.
  • Privacy/confidential information disputes.
  • Reputation and crisis management, including bringing and defending defamation claims. 
  • Whatever the issue, we will help you reach a suitable conclusion, keeping you informed in plain English at all times.

 

 Get in touch

 Please contact Paul Sutton or Tony Pidgeon for a no-obligation discussion of the dispute resolution services we can offer you.

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