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Dispute Resolution and Debt Recovery

Disputes are, quite often, unavoidable and need resolving quickly.  Jacksons’ specialist dispute resolution team is experienced in dealing with a wide range of litigious claims and has built its reputation in the North East of England, and nationally, for resolving disputes effectively and swiftly. We can offer our expertise to both consumers and businesses.

The vast majority of unresolved contested litigation will invariably end up within the Court system and our team is well versed in the Civil Procedure Rules.   Litigation is perceived to be expensive and, make no mistake, the vast majority of claims will be expensive. However, at Jacksons, we combat this by ensuring that we can put in place a fee structure which means that your legal costs are kept to a minimum.

In every dispute, there is a window of opportunity to resolve the claim on the best terms possible for clients.  We have an excellent track record at recovering legal costs if the dispute is not capable of settlement.  Litigious claims do not always have to end up in Court, we can discuss alternative ways of resolving your claim including mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Some of the more common areas of litigation in which we have a wealth of experience are:

Contractual Dispute

We can all find ourselves embroiled in contractual disputes.  These disputes are wide-ranging and can involve just a few thousand pounds to millions of pounds.  We have experience in dealing with large commercial contract litigation claims at the higher end of contractual disputes running into millions of pounds.  Some of these disputes require the outside assistance of expert witnesses and in this situation, we can call on a number of reliable professionals whom we have worked with over a number of years.  We act for both suppliers and purchasers about disputes over contract terms, products supplied and losses incurred.

Professional Negligence

Unfortunately, we are quite often let down by the professional whose advice and opinion we rely so much on on.  We deal with claims against veterinary surgeons, architects, surveyors, solicitors, accountants, engines, ers, and designers; this is not an exhaustive list.  We also act for professionals defending claims arising from allegations of professional negligence.

Equine Dispute

Jacksons has a national reputation for handling many complex equine claims for over 16 years. We have helped many clients all over the UK on a wide range of equine disputes. The diversity of claims means we must be prepared for the unexpected. Our team provides pragmatic advice on all aspects of Equine Law including, but not limited to:

  • Horse purchase and sale disputes
  • Disputes over ownership
  • Livery disputes
  • Veterinary and other equine professional negligence
  • Review of contractual documentation relating to the sale, purchase, or loan of a horse
  • Animal Acts litigation
  • Road Traffic Act claim for injuries to horse and rider
  • Personal injury and damage to property
  • Tort of bailment claims

If you need assistance or have any queries relating to any area of Equine Law, please give us a call on 01642 356500 and speak to Emily Skillcorn.

Debt Recovery

Jacksons has, for half a century, been synonymous with recovering money owed to clients from businesses and organizations in the North East.  We recognize how fundamentally important it is to maintain a healthy cash flow.  Cash flow generates business -facts.  We have developed a team of lawyers who work hard to ensure our clients receive a fast and efficient debt recovery service.  Whether you are an individual, a sole trader, or a large business, we can ensure that the debt which you are owed is recovered quickly and without any fuss.


Our team has an excellent track recovery of recovering CCJs and has a wealth of knowledge of the enforcement rules.

Landlord and Tenant Dispute

We have vast experience dealing with residential claims for possession, recovery of arrears, and housing management issues.  From straightforward service of a section 21 Housing Act Notice, through to nuisance issues and seeking injunctions and problems arising from the buy-to-let market, we have a team of legally trained staff to deal with your claim.

Property Litigation

Jacksons has a dedicated specialist’s property litigation team to handle claims relating to both commercial and residential property.  We have considerable experience conducting disputes for freehold and leasehold properties, advising upon rent arrears, breaches of covenants, and dilapidations for commercial leasehold premises.  We also have adopted a practical approach to ensure costs do not escalate unnecessarily.

Consumers’ Protection and Product Liability

Just as you would expect from a team of legal advisors, we are well versed in the existing Sale of Goods legislation as well as the recently implemented Consumer Rights Act.  We can deal with all disputes about defective or misrepresented goods/services regardless of whether these have been purchased at a trader’s premises, off-premises, or in dealing with goods/services which have been purchased using finance or credit.

Contentious Probate

Our team can assist clients, be they personal representatives, beneficiaries, or potential beneficiaries with disputes relating to wills and administration of estates.

Typically, such disputes may include challenges to the validity of wills based upon: testamentary capacity, undue influence; lack of due execution, and want of knowledge and approval. Our team is also well placed to advise on matters relating to the conduct and actions of personal representatives, which may include issues such as devastavit – mismanagement or waste of estate assets; breaches of fiduciary duty, and requests for estate accounts and inventory. We are also well placed to assist clients in respect of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Our experience in this field of litigation complements the extensive expertise of our Wills, Trusts, and Probate team.



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