Dispute resolution for individuals

When life takes you into new territory, it’s best to talk to someone who been there before.

When disputes arise, for whatever reason, you will be looking for a cost-effective, speedy resolution – one that aligns with or reflects your priorities. 

Often this will be possible without litigation, by pursuing alternative strategies such as arbitration or mediation. These routes are usually faster and less disruptive than litigation, which can be time-consuming, costly and unpredictable, and we will always recommend considering such approaches.  However, there are times when litigation is the best or only option. In such cases, we have the skills and experience to pursue your interests vigorously and forcefully. 

Our team comprises qualified arbitrators and mediators – all experienced and robust negotiators – and we will work with you to design the most appropriate strategy for your circumstances.

We can also draw on the experience and knowledge of specialist teams, including colleagues from our employment, property, clinical negligence and personal injury teams, to ensure that whatever course you take, we have the best possible chance of success.

We recognise that value for money is also a concern for you, so we provide estimates and updates to help you to project manage litigation costs effectively. We offer a range of innovative pricing solutions to ensure that our services are tailored to your budget as well as your need. In some cases, we will offer a “no win no fee” arrangement, or fixed prices for set pieces of work. It is rarely cost-effective to instruct a solicitor to act for you in a small claim (valued at £10,000 or less) but you may want to buy legal advice on a pay-as-you-go basis and we will be happy to provide an estimate on this basis.

I thought my world was ending when I first contacted them. Very quickly they took a lot of that pressure from me and I felt like we were a team. I am sure they had other clients, but they made me feel like I was their only one

Recent Dispute Resolution Client

Products and services

Below is a quick overview of a number of the ways in which the Morrisons team is able to support you, and your family.

Business disputes
  • Shareholder disputes and deadlocked companies
  • Directors’ liability – misfeasance and misconduct claims
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Partnership
  • Professional negligence claims – particularly against solicitors, accountants and surveyors

For many people, business commitments and relationships exert a profound influence on their lives outside work. Nowhere is this more true than when a business-related dispute arises or you are exposed to financial liabilities relating to a business in which you have an interest, or claims of professional negligence. Naturally, you will want to protect your own private interests – and those of your dependents – as well as the interests of the business.

At Morrisons, we advise private individuals, as well as partnerships and companies on strategies for resolving business-related disputes. Our dispute resolution specialists are highly experienced in running complex individual or multi-party claims. We will work with you to establish your objectives, understand the context and analyse the strength of your position. In some cases that may mean recommending litigation and we are well-equipped to take this on for you and robustly press your case. Equally, we will not shy away from confronting uncomfortable truths and giving you unpalatable advice if that’s what we believe is in your best interests.

We are experienced and adept at securing injunctions at short notice to secure evidence and prevent further damage to your interests. Similarly, we are experienced in applications for expedited trials, as well as in alternative dispute resolution, including adjudication, expert determination, arbitration (ad hoc and scheme-led) and mediation.

We also advise Insolvency Practitioners, companies and directors on:

  • Misfeasance, fraudulent or wrongful trading; directors’ disqualification
  • Antecedent transactions (Transfers at undervalue and preferences)
  • Applications for validation orders
  • Applications to restore dissolved companies to the Register
Property Disputes

Whether you're a homeowner, a neighbour or a landlord, property disputes can be distracting, time-consuming and costly. 

Our Property Disputes team can help you find the best result

Contested Trusts and Probate

Disputes over the distribution of an estate, or financial structures and powers that have been established prior to a death can be painful, protracted and highly personal. They usually involve family members and can, if not handled sensitively, lead to longstanding discord.

Tax Disputes
  • Direct and indirect tax disputes
  • Tribunals
  • Proceedings brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Exposure through property dealings

Failure to comply with tax liabilities is serious and can have far-reaching consequences for individuals as well as companies. Quite understandably, even the suggestion of vulnerability in this area can cause a great deal of anxiety.

We advise individuals and companies on disputes relating both to indirect taxes – those collected by an intermediary such as a supplier or retailer e.g. VAT – and direct taxes, which are those that you pay yourself, directly to the Government, such as income tax.

We regularly represent clients before the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals and in proceedings brought by the FCA and NCA.

We advise clients on complex Stamp Duty Land Tax matters arising from commercial property transactions, the purchase of high value homes and property portfolio investments.

Extending your lease or buying your freehold

The procedure for extending your lease or buying the freehold of your property is complex– and also emotional. We recognise that when you choose to go down this route, it’s because you are invested, both financially and emotionally in the property – either as your home or as the home of your business.

Party Wall disputes

No-one wants to end up in a dispute with their neighbours – at home, at work and or on the site of an investment property. It’s just not good news. But there are times when you have to step in and take legal steps to protect what’s important to you.

Nowhere is this more relevant than with building works that involve the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, which regulates works to party walls and excavations close to the adjoining owner’s property.

Basement extensions

Basement extensions are a popular way of increasing the living space within a property where space is at a premium and they can add substantial value. 

All property alterations can be stressful; building works are disruptive and fraught with potential for disagreement with your contractor as well as the neighbours to your property.

We can help you to identify and manage the risks when undertaking a basement extension and avoid many of the pit-falls that can lead to disagreements with neighbours and result in costly delays. 

Telecoms: advice for landlords and landowners

The telecommunications industry is constantly evolving and the introduction of new technologies, the trend towards network consolidation and the application of a complicated and uncertain legal framework, mean that it’s easy for landowners hosting telecoms equipment to feel that they have lost control of what’s happening on their property.

If you have telecommunications masts and equipment installed on your property or land, or if you’ve been approached about this, or you want to have equipment removed, you should speak to an expert.

We can help you get the best possible deal to ‘make the most of your mast’ and expedite any changes so that your property and any affected tenants suffer minimal disruption.

We can:

  • Advise landowners on their obligations and rights under the Electronic Communications Code
  • Negotiate and conclude agreements with operators for the installation or retention of telecoms equipment
  • Enforce the removal of telecoms equipment from land
  • Recover compensation from operators
  • Advise on issues arising out of network sharing, such as the upgrading and addition of new equipment and the sharing of the network infrastructure.