Family and personal law

Frequently asked questions

How does a no win, no fee agreement work ?

I don’t want to work with the solicitor appointed by my insurer – can I change them?

I have just been summonsed for speeding? Do I need a solicitor ?

A tradesman has let me down. What can I do?

I am owed £1,000. Will you take this to court for me ?

How long will my case take ?

Do I have to go all the way to a final hearing ?

I really don’t want to go to court. Is mediation or arbitration possible ?

What’s it like at court ?

Dispute Resolution & Personal Injury

However much we might wish to avoid legal and court involvement in our personal and family lives, there are a wide range of potential situations and disputes which may give rise to civil or criminal litigation.

These issues can include:

  • Personal injury claims (including a ‘no-win-no-fee’ service where appropriate, see Frequently Asked Questions below for more information)
  • Property conflicts, including neighbour disputes and boundary disputes
  • Commercial disputes and breaches of contract, including 'rogue traders'
  • Employment disputes, including unfair and constructive dismissals (see Employment for more details)
  • Debt recovery
  • Allegations of defamation (slander or libel)
  • Criminal charges (including drink driving or speeding)
  • Estate disputes (relating to the distribution or valuation of assets, Inheritance Act of dependency claims, disputes over the validity of Wills and so on)
  • Insurance claims (including provision of the alternative representation to which you are entitled in you’re not happy with the representation provided through your insurer’s legal panel).

Our team features specialists across personal injury, landlord and tenant work, and employment law. We also act for a number of insurance companies and other corporate bodies on matters ranging from contract disputes to medical negligence.

As well as advising on debt collection, we often advise on personal bankruptcy, from the lender’s and from the debtor’s perspective.

Our approach

Whatever the circumstances, we provide powerful, personal and highly effective civil and criminal litigation services designed to protect your interests and secure the best outcomes for you and your family.

We can help you understand the relevant laws, advise you on the strength of your case or position, and then act for you through to a successful conclusion.
Our aim will always be to achieve the best outcomes for you at the best cost, a commitment which includes advising where alternative approaches such as arbitration or mediation may be more effective than litigation.

Quite often a simple, cost effective and discrete intervention can be sufficient to achieve the outcomes you want.


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Or click here to read more about our approach to family and personal law.

Roger Batchelor Jonathan Compton Mark Brafield James Wilkes

Key People

Name: Roger Batchelor
Position: Practising Consultant, litigation
T: 01483 302 345

Name: Jonathan Compton
Position: Partner
T: 01483 467 433

Name: Mark Brafield
Position: Associate Solicitor
T: 01483 467 459

Name: James Wilkes
Position: Solicitor
T: 01483 467 422

"Quite often a simple, cost effective and discrete intervention can be sufficient to achieve the outcomes you want."

Our specialist team includes members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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Read our blog, Legal Eye, for the latest news and updates on personal injury issues.

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