Civil and Commercial Litigation

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Using the courts to protect your interests can be costly and time-consuming. Sometimes it is unavoidable and we will always take court action if it is necessary to protect your essential interests.

However, whenever possible, we will look for a negotiated settlement. Sound advice and well-drafted documentation before you agree can often reduce the risk of a later disagreement.

If you think that a problem may arise, it is best to be prepared by talking to your solicitor early. Whether you are a claimant or a defendant, we will always prepare a realistic appraisal of your situation.

Your solicitor’s ability, knowledge and experience may be able to avoid a dispute or, at least, ensure you are not put at a disadvantage and are well placed to benefit from any ensuing litigation.

Our services include advice on the following:

  • Landlord/tenant(s) disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Dispute with customer or supplier
  • Contractual/trust issues
  • Disputed insurance claim
  • Contested wills or probate disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Neighbour/property/noise disputes

Debt Recovery

We can pursue the recovery of debts owed to you if your efforts to get paid have failed.  We work to recoup debts that are classified as Fast-track and Multi-track claims, typically those that exceed £10,000 in total value.

We can send a Letter Before Action which has a high degree of success; however, if that fails to have the desired effect, we can then escalate matters to issue Legal Proceedings against the debtor in the County Court.  This means the debtor will receive a court form requiring them to pay the debt, interest and costs within 14 days.  If this still fails to yield a result, then we can seek to obtain a County Court Judgement (CCJ) which establishes that the debtor has defaulted on the payment.  A CCJ is the court’s final decision and enables you to take enforcement action against the debtor to collect the debt.  A CCJ is also recorded against the debtors’ credit record which hurts their ability to obtain credit.

If you choose to appoint Abbey Solicitors to act on your behalf, then your case will be dealt with by

Rebecca Frost is a Solicitor and Head of Debt Recovery.  Rebecca has been in practice with Abbey Solicitors for over 15 years.  She is assisted by the Director of the Practice, Nadeem Ullah.

Rebecca offers jargon-free legal advice and works tirelessly on behalf of her clients.  She covers services across all four main stages of the UK Debt Recovery process, including Letter Before Action (LBA), issuing court claims, obtaining County Court Judgements (CCJ) and enforcement of a CCJ, and additionally, if necessary, insolvency proceedings.

Disbursements: There are Court Issued fees payable when making a claim for money and in matters where the amount claimed exceeds £10,000 a fee of 5% is payable.  Where any disbursements are payable, we will first seek your consent before committing to them.

The work we conduct for you is based on an hourly rate of £261+VAT per hour.

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