Litigation costs are high. We live in the real world, and we want to help you avoid the painful, risky business of litigation at all costs. At Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham Hill, we have seen people facing huge uncertainty exposing themselves to the crippling costs of court action. That’s why we have always worked hard to find solutions through mediation — before your case spirals out of control. Here are some recent examples of our work and cases that our litigation solicitors have settled:
Settlement Against Local Authority That Failed To Repair Client’s Home
Our client owned a 900-year lease on a London flat. The freeholder, a local authority, failed utterly to comply with its responsibility to keep the property in a good state of repair. This meant our client was living in disgraceful conditions. We obtained substantial damages against the council and ensured full repairs were made to the property. Commercial property disputes can range in difficulty, but we’re here to help settle your claim as efficiently as possible.
Landlord’s Failure To Comply With Building Regulations
We recently settled a claim for a six-figure sum on behalf of a client whose landlord’s building works rendered his property uninhabitable. We also ensured the client was rehoused while remedial works were carried out and that the rent on the temporary accommodation was paid by the landlord.
Malicious Prosecution and False Arrest
Successful proceedings brought against the police, in the High Court, on behalf of a client suffering from multiple sclerosis. He was awarded damages and costs. Despite the arresting officer being aware of this, our client was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour, detained in police custody overnight, arrested and charged. In fact, he was suffering from MS symptoms. Initially, after our complaint, the Police investigated themselves and found that they were not at fault. With all due respect, a wholly predictable outcome and one which did not deter us from bringing proceedings.
Slander, the Procurement of False Arrest, and False Imprisonment
Successful proceedings in the High Court were brought on behalf of our client, in which he was awarded damages and costs. Our client’s claim for slander arose out of an allegation made by his employer. We bought a claim in High Court in proceedings against his employer. We also sued his employer and his employer’s business partner for procuring our client’s false arrest and false imprisonment by the Police, based on the slander made jointly by them, against our client.
Joint Property Venture Dispute Based on a Fraudulent Declaration of Trust.
Successful proceedings in the High Court were brought on behalf of our client. Our client was successful and eventually awarded a 50% share of the property, which the opposition claimed he had no interest in. Costs were also awarded in favour of our client on an indemnity basis, in part due to the fraud allegations made by the opposition. Our civil litigation solicitors are on hand to assist you in a range of property disputes, from construction law to commercial disputes.
Professional Negligence Claim Against Former Solicitors
Ongoing proceedings involving a substantial claim for damages in respect of a breach of contract.
Shareholder Dispute and Reliance on a Guarantee from a Bank Which Later went into Administration.
Potential proceedings acting for clients who have been left liable for significant debts despite being given a guarantee in respect of future liability.
Our clients’ were, at that time, directors of a large pharmaceutical company. We were able to achieve a favourable result for our clients without recourse to litigation.
We have been able to advise our client as to the validity or otherwise of the above and placed him in a good position to bring a meritorious future claim against former solicitors for negligence, should he want to. We are instructed that he most definitely would have done, were it not for the fact that he is in his eighties and not able therefore to withstand the rigours of litigation. Will disputes are frequent and are caused by many different factors. Therefore, you need to ensure that you have the very best legal advice in your corner.
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Fraud Carried Out by an Executor of a Will and Donee of a Power of Attorney
We acted for the sister of the deceased, the main beneficiary of her deceased brother’s will. We were able to secure a sum of £5,000,000 taken by a fraudulent executor and done of a power of attorney. It took considerable time and effort to locate the stolen funds as the fraudster had used multiple different accounts in which to transfer the deceased’s funds. Unsurprisingly, we were able to persuade the executor to return the monies to our client without recourse to litigation. If you have any questions regarding a contentious probate dispute, please visit us here.
Proceedings Against a Tenant in Occupation for 35 Years and Claiming a 99-year Interest in the Property, Which had been Left to our Clients Under a Will Trust.
Successful proceedings to regain possession of our client’s property despite the defendant being funded through Legal Aid.
Our civil litigation solicitors successfully defended a claim against our client, an elderly lady, for a reduction in maintenance payments bought by her former husband. It was a complex case, as the husband was also an elderly man and had remarried and was living in Southern France. He pleaded reduced circumstances, which with the help of enquiry agents we were able to establish, was simply not the case. Costs were awarded to our client as well as an order for payment of arrears and an order that the maintenance payable continue at the rate directed payable by the Court in financial remedy proceedings.
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Find out more about our work and how our civil litigation solicitors can help you. You can contact us online or by phone on 0208 769 6739