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  • Overview

    If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being in a legal dispute then the first thing you need is support and understanding. At Thomson Snell & Passmore, our core team of dispute resolution lawyers in Kent can deliver clear and pragmatic advice based on years of extensive experience. In fact, our expertise is recognised in the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

    Our approach is to look at the dispute and your needs as a whole. As well as dealing with legal questions, we shall be concerned with the context of your personal circumstances. We will provide you with a sensible and robust result in the right legal forum, delivered within a reasonable time frame. We will always consider the possibility of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

    At Thomson Snell & Passmore, we want our services to be affordable. As such, when it's right to do so we offer a conditional fee arrangement, which is backed by insurance and specialist funding. This eliminates virtually all the risk at your end. Our team of dispute resolution lawyers will always be available to you for meetings and telephone calls at whatever time suits you best. We believe funding disputes should not be an issue. After all, you probably want to get on with your life, not be lost in resolving your dispute.

    Our range of specialist expertise is broad covering:   

    We also have expertise in disputes relating to financial services and products and we represent individuals involved in:

    • Commercial disputes - We offer pragmatic and imaginative advice to those facing commercial disputes. Our experienced team of commercial dispute resolution lawyers provide outcomes which are most suited to our client’s commercial objectives, using the most appropriate forum for them. It is our focus to deliver a fast and effective solution that minimises risk, whilst still delivering the best possible commercial result.
       
    • Construction projects - The majority of construction disputes can be resolved at an early stage. A call to one of our construction lawyers can avoid deteriorating relationships and costs escalating to damage to the project. We will identify the most appropriate way of tackling the construction dispute, whilst containing scope and minimising impact on both the project and your business.
       
    • Intellectual property rights - Taking swift, decisive action in the event of an infringement is key to effective enforcement. We can assist in defending the claim, and can help in understanding the wider commercial picture.


    For further information call our dispute resolution solicitors please contact us today, alternatively for other information please see our full list of services for individuals in Kent.

    You  can read our frequently asked questions on dispute resolution related legal matters here; FAQ - Dispute Resolution

     

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    We advised the beneficiaries on a claim brought against the Estate of their late father by the spouse of the deceased under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

    Resolving conflicts concerning family assets

    Our clients, two siblings, together with an estranged family member have inherited a Stud Farm in the West Country. The Farm is operated by a tenant. Our clients wish to see the Farm sold and there is a dispute with the other family member as the division of the proceeds of sale. Our clients issued proceedings in the High Court.  

    Advising a client on protecting confidential information

    One of our clients, a London based professional services firm,  discovered that one of its advisers had been using our client’s confidential information and its systems to conduct business for some clients of the business “on the side” for his own gain.

    Advising a headteacher on whether action taken so far could give rise to a claim of procedural fairness

    Nick Hobden was contacted by a headteacher of a specialist school when an employee (a speech and language therapist) did not return to work after the Christmas break. The employee gave notice and was signed off as sick by her GP for work-related stress for the duration of her notice period.

    Client seeking financial support after her mother left 50% of her £6 million estate (including farmland) to charity

    A claim was brought by the adult child of the deceased on the basis that she had not been adequately provided for under her mother’s will.

    Challenging the validity of multiple wills for a person who lacks capacity

    We acted for the son of a deceased whose mother had made 12 wills.

    Probate dispute

    We acted for the adult children of their deceased mother in a claim against her estate brought by their step-father.

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    The Digital Age? Electronic signatures and valid execution of documents

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    UPDATED: COVID-19 and squatters in commercial premises – Updated to reflecting amendments which came into effect from 18 April 2020

    Resident and non-resident landlord tax; is there a difference?

    In a recent article from the Financial Times, James Parratt answered a query concerning a letter from the HMRC. The letter inquired about the tax status of the recipient's landlord, which suggested to them that they were responsible for paying their landlord's tax bill. James Parratt explained:

    Law Commission Leasehold Enfranchisement Report: Our Thoughts

    The Law Commission of England and Wales has recently published a report setting out options to reduce the cost that leaseholders have to pay to buy the freehold or extend the lease of their homes. The findings of the report have been published with the aim of making the process easier and more affordable for millions of leaseholders across England and Wales.

    Losing out on a rental property due to last minute higher offer: do we have any kind of redress?

    James Parratt recently offered advice to a Sunday Times reader, regarding a rental situation. The reader in question had recently put down a deposit to rent a house and agreed a price of £1,800 a month with a local independent letting agency. 

    A costly reminder: The importance of ADR

    An almost century-old law has been used in an interesting inheritance case, in which the court had to decide which spouse of an elderly couple died first.

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    A New Deal for Renting – The End of Section 21?

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    Contentious probate solicitor joins as partner

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    Millennials are an innovative generation, forming exciting business's based on new and creative ideas. Many run business's on a freelance or self employed basis in industries which did not exist a few years ago. However innovative the business, there are still key principles to follow to help keep your business’s finances healthy and avoid disputes.

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    It is always a shock to discover that a director, senior manager or other valued staff member of a business has acted in a way that may prejudice the business for their own or another’s gain.  For example, where a departing employee has stolen valuable intellectual property or a director has misappropriated funds or property belonging to the business.  Often these events can be categorised as criminal behaviour such as theft or fraud. The instinct is to report the conduct to the police.

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    Q. My business received some professional advice that turned out to be wrong. It has cost us a significant amount of money to sort the situation out. We would like to bring a claim through the courts to recover our losses, but I am concerned about the cost and risk of taking legal action. Is there a funding solution that could help?

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I want to thank you and your Team for the excellent work – another positive outcome. I can’t thank George and George enough for their professionalism, attention to detail and just the best advice. I was thinking about the past seven years and the work TSP has undertaken on my behalf and that of other family members and friends which have all resulted in positives outcomes, from my own personal experience six successful outcomes. Doug, it’s not just about the professionalism, it is the bigger picture, it’s the kindness, support and calm afforded along the way in sometimes extraordinary situations. So in conclusion, my sincere thanks to you and the Team again.    

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We had a long standing problem and Alison explained clearly our current options, which enabled us to progress. We felt confident with the advice she gave us.

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Timely advice in accordance with our request, which required only minor adjustment for publication to shareholders, bearing in mind some sensitivities.

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The communication, attitude and professionalism was exceptional from James. He was very helpful and understood exactly why we needed legal assistance. He spent a lot of time getting to know us and advising us. We got the best outcome possible and he was very helpful.  

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