Our team of experienced Litigation Solicitors provide advice on all areas of Civil and Commercial Litigation. From providing early advice on the merits of your potential claim, to issuing Court proceedings and negotiating settlement or continuing to trial, we are with you every step of the way.
We provide professional and pragmatic advice to ensure that our clients are able to pursue their claim in a cost-effective manner. Where possible we aim to resolve disputes at an early stage and give clear advice on the costs and risks of pursuing your claim further if settlement of your claim at an early stage is not possible. Where appropriate our Solicitors can advise and represent clients if alternative methods of resolution such as mediation are suitable.
The costs of litigation can be extremely high and put off potential claimants, denying them access to justice through the Courts. Because of this we work with our clients in providing clear upfront quotes for our fees or agreeing a fixed fee service where possible, so that clients are aware of the costs they are facing before proceeding.
We provide a free, no obligation initial interview of 30 minutes where we can discuss your matter and the options available to you. We do provide assistance to our clients at various points throughout any dispute and our costs start from £100.00 plus VAT.
Where appropriate we can offer No Win No Fee (Conditional Fee) Agreements.
Our Civil and Commercial Litigation team routinely provide advice across a range of areas such as:
Dispute Resolution Team – Cost information
Our team has over 30 years of collective experience in delivering high quality work in all matters dispute based. This can include anything from Landlord and Tenant (Residential/ Commercial), Neighbour disputes, Business disputes, Contractual disputes, debt collection, Wills and Probate disputes, bringing and defending employment disputes and many more.
Our team also advises on non-dispute matters such as the preparation of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements for residential landlords and bespoke Employment Contracts, Associated Employment Policies and Procedures for Employers.
We have two solicitors whom may work on your matter.
Emma Appleyard – Head of Litigation
Emma is the head of our team and has been at HSW since September 2008, initially carrying out her training contract but then qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2010. Emma specialises in all matters dispute based and has been working in this area since being a trainee. Emma acts for a wide variety of clients, individuals, families and small to medium sized businesses due to the variety of her work.
Emma qualified as a Solicitor with HSW in September 2010 after gaining a distinction in her Legal Practice Course and a 2:1 in Law from Staffordshire University. Emma completed her training contract with HSW carrying out seats in Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Employment.
Emma’s hourly rate will vary depending upon the nature of the work. Her Court hourly rate is £201.00 per hour plus VAT and her Private hourly rate is £220.00 per hour plus VAT.
Tom Melville – Solicitor
Tom has been with HSW since April 2016. Tom originally studied History at the University of Aberystwyth before studying Law at the College of Law in Chester. Tom qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and before joining HSW worked in the Commercial Litigation Department of a central Liverpool law firm which was recommended by the legal 500.
Tom advises in a variety of areas of law such as defamation, media and sports law as well as everyday disputes such as landlord and tenant (both residential and commercial), boundary disputes, contested wills and estates, breaches of contract, professional negligence and employment.
Tom’s hourly rate will also vary depending upon the nature of the work. His Court hourly rate is £177.00 per hour plus VAT and his Private hourly rate is £210.00 per hour plus VAT
Cost Transparency Information
Business to Business Debt that is undisputed
These costs apply where your claim is in relation to an unpaid invoice which is not disputed and enforcement action is not needed. If the other party disputes your claim at any point, we will discuss any further work required and provide you with revised advice about costs if necessary, which could be on a fixed fee (e.g. if a one off letter is required), or an hourly rate basis if more extensive work is needed.