Civil Matters

Civil litigation is an extensive area of law, covering everything from building disputes, commercial disputes, breaches of legal obligations, disputes about property, contractual disputes and debt recovery.


We can assist you in resolving disputes, whether they be with family members or merely an acquaintance with whom you have/had a financial relationship.


Debt recovery


Does someone owe you money?


Prior to issuing proceedings in the courts, the first step is to always to attempt to negotiate a resolution with the other party directly, or by sending a letter of demand seeking immediate payment of the outstanding debt, or by arranging a roundtable conference or mediation with the other party.


Disputes about property


We can also assist you in seeking the return of assets or being reimbursed for an interest in an asset that has now been exhausted, disposed of, destroyed or dissipated in any way, or in negotiating with your neighbours about a fencing or building issues.


Proceeding to Court


Not all matters require court intervention, such an avenue we believe should be used only as a last resort, and in fact the majority of matters we resolve for our clients are through negotiations and mediations, which is also financially advantageous to all parties.


If all attempts to negotiate with the other party fail, our solicitors are experienced in drafting Court documents and these can include a Complaint and/or Statement of Claim where you are seeking some kind of compensation or reimbursement, or a Defence or Counterclaim where someone is taking you to Court.   The Courts have a variety of powers to compel an unwilling party to pay money, such as garnishing their wages, and even authorising the sale of a property or other assets in the event they do not have the necessary funds to satisfy your claim.


The team at Lanham Lawyers is also experienced in the enforcement of judgments and identifying and locating assets to ensure the payment of any monies that are owed to you.


However, it is important to bear in mind that court proceedings are not always a viable option given the multiple risks associated with same, such as the other party declaring bankruptcy, having insufficient assets or funds to cover the debt, or the lack of evidence to substantiate your claim, or even the uncertainty of leaving your matter in the hands of the Court to determine.


Regardless of your problem or dispute, it is essential that you obtain legal advice to find out what your rights and entitlements are, the avenues are available to you to resolve the matter, and the most cost effective method of resolution to suit your circumstances.


If you are interested in finding out more information, please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment today.

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