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07 May 2015 Litigation

Knowledge is power and detailed knowledge of customers will greatly improve your chances of obtaining payment if they should later become debtors. For the small but problematic proportion of outstanding debts that are likely to lead to court action, it is vitally important to ensure that you have enough information to enforce a judgment successfully should the need arise. In this article Ware & Kay Solicitors, advise business owners to handle all new enquiries with extra care. "In the excitement of taking on a new customer or contract, before you begin your first transaction, take care to obtain as much information as possible to ensure that you can pursue them effectively in the event of non-payment," says Jethro. New consumer customers If your customers are consumers, obtain personal information, carry out credit checks and validate telephone…
27 April 2015 Litigation

2014 No. 874 (L. 17) 1. This explanatory memorandum has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice and is laid before Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. This memorandum contains information for the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments. 2. Purpose of the instrument 2.1 This instrument changes existing fees in the Civil Proceedings Fees Order 2008. The fee changes are being brought as part of a wider review of fees across the civil court system to ensure that the income they generate more closely matches the costof the service being provided. The instrument changes the wording for some fees to reflect changes resulting from the creation of the single County Court on 22 April 2014. 3. Matters of special interest to the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments 3.1 References in the Order to "a county court" or "county courts…
22 April 2015 Litigation

"To hear the words 'a boundary dispute' is to fill a judge, even of the most stalwart and amiable disposition, with a deep foreboding since disputes with neighbours tend always to compel… some unreasonable and extravagant display of unneighbourly behaviour which profits no one but the lawyers" A little cynical, perhaps; but that was Lord Justice Ward's view in the leading case of Alan Wibberley Building v Insley (1998), who rightfully observes, that whilst every dispute has the potential to become personal to the parties involved - the parties become entrenched and it becomes a "matter of principle" - that is even more so, when the parties are engaged in a boundary dispute. Often, the land subject to the dispute has little or no substantial monetary value; but it may have a real non-money value…
07 March 2015 Litigation

Court fees are set to increase with effect from 9 March 2015, the necessary legislation having passed through the House of Lords this week. For claims under £10,000, fees to issue the claim will not increase. For claims above £10,000, the fee to issue the claim will increase to 5% of the value of the claim, for example £750 to issue a claim for £15,000 (as opposed to £455 now) or £2,500 to issue a claim for £50,000 (as against £610 now). The maximum issue fee for a money claim will be capped at £10,000 (for claims of £200,000 or above). The current maximum issue fee is £1,910, so, not surprisingly, the increases are controversial, and seen as having potential implications for access to justice. Money claims include both debts and claims for damages (for…
10 January 2015 Litigation

A major dispute with a supplier or customer can jeopardise your entire business, especially when a contract is of strategic importance. Resolving disagreements at the earliest opportunity is key to ensuring that a supply chain relationship does not break down irretrievably. It also can be a major distraction from the day-to-day running of the business. We can help to relieve both the distraction and ease the stress and pressure. The litigation team at Ware & Kay understands the commercial issues at stake, and getting us involved early can ensure that you keep your business on track. Prevention is of course always better than cure. An important step in avoiding any business dispute is to ensure that you have correctly drawn up terms and conditions that are bespoke to your business. Buying a standard set of…
11 July 2014 Litigation

Courts and Tribunals exist to make decisions on disputes, but using them is expensive, time-consuming and stressful. For many years now it has been expected that parties using Courts and Tribunals do so as a last, not a first, resort. This is backed up, particularly in the civil courts, by the power of the courts to penalise those who do not make a reasonable attempt to resolve disputes before resorting to litigation. Traditionally negotiation, either in writing or by telephone or in meetings, has been the way of trying to reach a compromise, or at least reduce the areas which are in dispute. That remains the case. There are, however, now other options available, such as mediation (a form of negotiation facilitated by a third party) or arbitration (which can be binding or non-binding). Many…
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