Publications

08 06 2016

Mediation

 

Mediation is an effective and increasingly popular form of dispute resolution. For general information about mediation see Why Mediate?.

Alistair Wells is an accredited mediator and accepts instructions to act as mediator on a range of disputes, including:

  • General commercial/contractual
  • Property
  • Construction
  • Trusts
  • Employment
  • Professional Negligence
  • Trespass
  • Neighbour disputes

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08 06 2016

Why Mediate?

 

What is mediation?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. In mediation, the parties are assisted by a mediator to examine the dispute between them and to explore settlement options, with a view to coming to a negotiated settlement.

The process is voluntary, confidential and without prejudice. The mediator does not give any opinion or judgment on the case, but works with the parties to assist them in coming to an agreement. If an agreement is reached, the agreed terms are recorded in a binding settlement agreement.

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08 06 2016

Dispute Resolution

 

Conflict is a fact of life. Although conflict itself is not always a bad thing, and is sometimes necessary, if not managed properly, disputes can be a substantial drain on a business or individual’s resources and time, and a source of stress to those involved.

We are experienced in handling a range of disputes for both claimant and defendants and we will discuss with you the options available to you in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome in as quick and cost-effective manner as possible. We will consider with you all appropriate avenues, including negotiation, forms of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) such as mediation, arbitration, expert determination or adjudication, litigation, or a combination of these approaches and will work with you to formulate a strategy to resolve the dispute to your satisfaction.

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A company has been recently fined £180,000 for failing to keep customers’ personal information secure. The fine illustrates, once again, the importance for businesses of being aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.

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This article endeavours to explain what a service charge is, when consultation is required, the penalties for failing to comply with consultation requirements and the time limits for making service charge demands.

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07 10 2014

Providing a reference

 

The key issues a business should consider before providing a reference for an employee or former employee.

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07 10 2014

Administration

 

The process of company administration and what administration means for a creditor business.

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The First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) has held that two directors were not directly liable for income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) that their insolvent employer failed to pay to HMRC because the tax and NICs had been “deducted” for PAYE purposes.

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Practical issues that a tenant should consider when exercising a break clause in a commercial lease.

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Several changes to planning law came into force on 6 April 2014. The changes introduce the following new permitted development rights for change of use:

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