Civil Litigation is a way of resolving disputes or claims between individuals or companies. In most instances, this is the process to resolve public and private legal disputes or claims on civil matters through negotiation, mediation or through the courts.
A Civil Action often includes the following steps unless it is settled out of court by mutual agreement:
1. Pre-commencement of proceedings.
At this stage of the process we will analyse what you are trying to achieve. We will advise you on the route we consider will lead to the most cost efficient solution for your particular circumstances. The issue of proceedings should be considered as a last resort.
2. Commencement of the action.
We will draft all the relevant papers and we will be responsible for lodging them at a County Court or High Court on your behalf.
3. Interim Matters.
Once the matter has been issued at court it is usual for a strict timetable of events to be given. This timetable has to be adhered to and we will assist you to make sure the necessary steps are taken. We will advise you on the best approach going forward with the case.
If the matter has still not been resolved the parties must then prepare for trial. We help you get ready for the trial, and we will be responsible for organising your representation at court and we will also advise you of any costs incurred as a consequence of going to trial. The general rule is the loser pays the winner’s costs.
A party who is successful at trial will often be awarded damages and/or costs. We can help you assess the most appropriate methods available to enforce the judgement and take the necessary steps involved in resolving the matter in your favor.
For more information please contact Christiana Ayanbadejo on Tel. 01923 243322 or visit our contact page.