Civil Disputes

Civil Disputes & Litigation

E. Rex Makin has been dealing in civil disputes for more than 60 years and our team of expert solicitors know how stressful these types of matters can be.

But no matter how small or large, our team is resolutely determined to fight your corner and resolve the dispute quickly and cost-effectively.

We will discuss all funding options with you at the outset of your case to select the most appropriate for you. For information about Funding and Fees please click here.

Landlord and Tenant Disputes

We act for landlords and tenants, freeholders and leaseholders in areas of housing and property law.

Landlords

We are able to assist with issues that you are likely to encounter including:

  • Drafting documentation including notices, tenancy agreements etc
  • Issuing possession proceedings
  • Representation at court
  • Defending any claims brought by a tenant (disrepair, unlawful eviction etc)

Tenants

We can represent you on a range of matters including the following:

  • Defending possession proceedings
  • Bringing claims against landlords in relation to disrepair at a property
  • Unlawful eviction

If you would like to talk to an expert in our Civil Disputes department, telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact them by email.

Conflicts with retailers, suppliers, or service providers

You form contracts regularly during the day, for example when you buy a product in a shop. At the time of your purchase you expect the item or service to perform for the reasons you wanted and acquired it, and most of the time that is the case, but unfortunately when it doesn’t you have a choice to either accept the unsatisfactory item or service, or dispute it. If you choose to dispute it we can assist you, we have experience in dealing with a full range of contract and consumer disputes including:

  • Building disputes
  • The sale and supply of defective work or goods
  • Non-payment for work or goods

In April 2013 the limit for small claims increased from £5,000 to £10,000 and we are unlikely to advise you to issue a claim with the help of solicitors if your claim is less than £10,000.

If you would like to talk to an expert in our Civil Disputes department, telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact them by email.

Contesting a Will

After the death of a loved one, no one wants to be faced with the prospect of contesting a Will on top of everything else you have to deal with.

If you have a case to do so, it is vital that you act as quickly as possible. Failure to do so could lower your chances of success due to the strict time limits in relation to inheritance claims.

Grounds to contest a Will include: 

  • The Will is in invalid
  • The person was not of sound mind when it was made
  • You believe that person was forced into making the Will
  • You were financially dependent on the deceased but were subsequently overlooked in the Will

 If you would like to discuss contesting a Will please telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our experienced solicitors.

Financial claim against an estate

Following the death of a friend or family member you may question the way their estate is to be administered is wrong, either due to validity of their Will or because of intestacy rules.

Where there is no Will, the state determines how an individual’s money and property is to be divided. In certain circumstances you could make a claim for provision from the Estate and our experienced solicitors can provide you with advice in this regard.

We can provide you will full advice and assistance in relation to whether or not you have a potential claim.

To find out if you have grounds for a financial claim against an estate please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our experienced solicitors.

Group Compensation Claims

Being injured or suffering a bereavement in a major accident or by an act of negligence can be an intensely traumatic experience. It is crucial to choose a legal firm with proven expertise in cases involving groups of people. We can help you find out what happened, and ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

We have been involved in a number of local and international cases that have resulted in compensation claims by groups of people over the last 60 years.

Group compensation claims can arise from a number of situations such as:

  • Passenger transport crashes
  • Use of defective drugs or medical devices
  • Ill health caused by working environments
  • Superbug claims (medical negligence)
  • Environmental exposure, e.g. chemical spillages or toxic fumes
  • Food poisoning outbreaks
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Flooding
  • A crane collapsing onto a block of flats

If you would like to talk to an expert in our Civil Disputes department, telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact them by email.

Protecting your compensation

Depending on the type of matter and the value of your award we may advise you whether or not a Personal Injury Trust is necessary to protect your compensation. If it is necessary we can arrange this for you.

If you are in receipt of means tested benefits a financial assessment will be carried out upon receipt of compensation which may impact upon your eligibility to receive benefits. You may not currently be in receipt of means tested benefits but as nobody knows what the future holds preparing for all eventualities is advisable.

A Personal Injury Trust allows you to put your compensation and any other insurance payment into a Personal Injury Trust so that the value of the fund cannot be taken into account for means tested benefits or in certain circumstances local authority assessments in relation to care home fees or other local authority funded assistance. In placing your award into a Trust you are able to enjoy your compensation without it negatively impacting upon your financial circumstances.

If you would like to talk to an expert about protecting your compensation, telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact them by email.