Disputes can be unpleasant and time consuming. They tie up resources and sap your energy. Nevertheless, disputes should not be ignored.

Led by Justin Sadler, our specialist team will advise you on the best way to resolve your dispute, drawing on proven experience with many difficult situations, including:

  • Breaches of contract, including unpaid bills, poor workmanship, unfinished and negligent work, defective goods etc.
  • Professional negligence
  • Wills and probate disputes
  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Rent arrears
  • Possession proceedings
  • Service charges
  • Consumer problems
  • Discrimination
  • Nuisance actions
  • Building work disputes


Initial advice can be given via a one hour fixed fee meeting for £95. Thereafter, we will give you an estimate and we will not exceed that estimate without getting your permission first. If appropriate, we will offer you a fixed fee for a fixed amount of work. We also offer Pay As You Go Legal Service, whereby you only pay for the legal services you actually want.

Going to court

One way to resolve a dispute is with civil litigation. This is where either the County Court or High Court gets involved. It is a big step and you should consider several important points before going ahead. These include your chances of success, the likely costs and whether the defendant will actually be able to pay any judgment if you succeed.

We can prepare your case for trial, represent you and deal with any subsequent enforcement action. We will advise you every step of the way and attempt to negotiate a settlement on your behalf as required.  If you want to represent yourself, we can provide you with just the amount of advice you can afford.

We can also help if someone has made a claim against you. We will advise you on your defence, any potential counterclaim, the risks involved and the approximate costs.

For more information on bringing a claim to court, click on the following links:

Other options

The Court isn’t the only option for resolving a dispute. Alternatives include adjudication, mediation and expert determination, collectively known as Alternative Dispute Resolution. For more information, please click here. You could also consider bringing a complaint to an ombudsman, a consumer group or a trade association in appropriate cases. We will advise you on your options and help you select the best one.

Get in touch

Justin deals with all aspects of Dispute Resolution for both businesses and individuals, including including Contentious Probate, Employment Law ( for both businesses and individuals) and Commercial Litigation. This means that he is familiar with the many different courts and tribunal as well as the many different methods for resolving disputes, including alternative dispute resolution such as adjudication and mediation.

If you would like to know more or arrange a fixed fee appointment, please call us on 01189  589711. Or email Justin Sadler at [email protected]

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  • review rating 5  I consulted Justin Sadler, of Barrett & Co, in respect of an Employment Law matter. I found he had an excellent knowledge of the subject area; and the outcome achieved, was more or less as he had indicated. I would therefore have no hesitation in highly recommending him. In addition, I found him to be most personable and it is so much easier to do business with someone you like as well as respecting their expertise.

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  • review rating 5  I contacted Barrett and Co to get my Will prepared. Charlotte Fox is the Solicitor that dealt with it. My meeting at there offices with Charlotte and her Trainee was exceptionally smooth and reassuring. I found Charlotte very understanding and approachable. I am delighted with her service and the firm's ethos. Will recommend confidently to my friends and to myself for any legal or statutory matter.

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