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Dispute & Litigation

Dispute & Litigation

The main feature of all “dispute and litigation” is that it is governed by the Civil Procedure Rules 1998. It is often termed, Civil Litigation and is remedied by “ADR” – Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Instructing a Civil Litigation Solicitor from an early stage is advantageous to ensure that civil protocols and procedures are adhered to and also to try to reach an early settlement without the need of the courts.

We represent a range of different clients from individuals, sole traders, partnerships and companies in respect of both bringing claims and defending claims.

Our Civil Litigation team have extensive knowledge and experience in a wide range of Civil Litigation matters including:

  • Extensive Breach of contract claims
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Wills, Probate, Inheritance & Trust disputes
  • Property Litigation
  • Building / builder disputes
  • Trade disputes
  • E-Commerce disputes

Our Solicitors John Hirst and Stephen Ogden have over 25 years of experience in these types of matters between them acting for individuals, partnerships, LLP`s or companies either in the County, High Court or Court of Appeal.

We no longer take instructions for small claims track matters (less than £10,000 in value) but we are happy to accept instructions on fast track or multi track litigation on a wide range of matters.

Over the years we have acted in matters such as :

  • Actions for professional negligence – over the years resulting in millions of pounds worth of damages;
  • Actions against tradesmen, including building and landscape disputes.
  • Claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
  • Actions for specific performance of contracts
  • Actions for debt enforcement from County Court to High Court
  • All types of Contentious Wills, Probate, Estate and Inheritance disputes, often in the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales.


There are a number of different ways to fund civil litigation cases and we offer the following funding arrangements:

  • Damages Based Agreement
  • You may have an existing legal expenses insurance policy which would meet legal costs
  • We may be able to provide you with a fixed fee or alternatively we would charge an hourly rate


We have a national client base but predominantly cover the North West and South East of England. Please see our locations pages for more details.

If you would like to discuss your civil litigation case then we offer an initial free telephone appointment so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What our clients say

Don't take our word for it...

A big ‘thank you’ Richard from Steve and myself. Your time and attention you gave to both of us was remarkable. I’ve had dealings with many solicitors over the years, but have never received this level of service as you gave.

Mrs R – West Malling, Kent

Thank you for all your help and support over the last 12 months. You and the team at Laker Legal have been fantastic.
Sarah was lovely and really supportive yesterday

Ms. W of Leyland

Stephen – Just to say a massive heartfelt THANK YOU for all your work and support , not only on the sale of our business but the opening too.
You’re truly one in a million, and we appreciate all you’ve done.

Ms G & Ms K – Wheatley, Oxfordshire

Quality of service from Laker Legal in regard to selling our house was excellent, they were very friendly and worked very effectively.
Thank you!

Mrs C, King Hill, Kent.

Thank you so much Richard, you have been so kind and patient with me when I have been at about the lowest point of my life after losing my wife, I can never thank you enough. I will also let my family know my wishes that Laker Legal Solicitors deal with my estate when that time comes.

Mr Y, Addington, Kent.

Jessica Blacow from Laker Legal Solicitors Lancaster pulled out every stop truly amazing lady / firm nothing was to much trouble I honestly felt like they was my friends not just a firm that wanted your money but a solicitor firm that cared with compassion I will use Laker Legal Solicitors Lancaster for all my needs in the future.

Mr T, Lancaster

“A devastating event brought us to call on Laker Legal. We were put in touch with Mr John Hirst, and from the first Moment we spoke to him we knew everything was going to be ok. Mr John Hirst, was always on the end of the Phone or Email, Kept in touch with us 100% of the time, and the support we received took so much pain off our family. All i can say is Thank you so much for everything you did for us."

Ms P - Maidstone

“I am very pleased with Laker Legal firm, my Solicitor John Hirst, was extremely helpful throughout the drawing of my prenuptial agreement. A very professional and knowledgeable approach yet warm, and friendly enough to feel comfortable with in a situation that can be quite uncanny to discuss or uneasy as per say. Thankyou again!

Mrs V – London

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