Civil Litigation

The purpose of Civil Litigation  is to resolve disputes between individuals, families or commercial organisations.

Wrigley Claydon’s Civil Litigation experts, Vijay Srivastava and Shalish Mehta, handle cases efficiently and methodically, analysing the issues involved and advising on the most cost effective way to resolve the dispute in question.

Should there be no choice but to issue court proceedings, Vijay and Shalish will competently and systematically deal with the considerable paper work and procedural issues within the dispute resolution process. Whilst doing this, they do all they can to find ways to strengthen the case and resolve the issue as quickly as possible

During what is often a challenging and frustrating time for our clients, we use the benefit of our skills and expertise in this area to offer optimum advice and support.

Civil litigation cases we can advise on (but are not limited to) include:

Contract disputes

We can help in a variety of ways if the terms of your contract are broken:

  • make a compensation claim for loss or damage caused by the breach of contract
  • obtain a court order for the contract to be performed and obligations to be carried out
  • obtain a court order, declaring the contract void requiring your opponent to put the you back in the position you were in before the contract was entered into
  • recovering payment in respect of unpaid invoices for work done and goods sold

Construction disputes

Bringing and defending residential and commercial property disrepair claims. Suing builders and contractors where building work is incomplete, unsatisfactory or delayed.

We can help you if:

  • the work undertaken by the builder might not be of the quality that you believe you have paid for
  • the work has taken longer than it should have done
  • you need to bring claims against sub-contractors, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or project managers.

Read more about Construction disputes.

Insurance disputes

If your insurance company refuses to pay out or offers a sum lower than the loss suffered or delays any claim we can help. These claims may be for:

  • property damage including subsidence
  • holiday illness and cancellation
  • loss of or damage to your vehicles.

Property disputes

We can help in the recovery of unpaid residential and commercial rent.

If you are a homeowner, a tenant, commercial landlord, property developer, a landowner or investor we can assist with disputes relating to:

  • tenants/landlords
  • evictions
  • dilapidations
  • planning appeals
  • rights of way
  • access and disagreements about boundaries.

We can also assist with making and defending claims for the renewal of business leases and injunctions and damages in respect of neighbour and boundary disputes.

Read more about Property disputes.

Technology disputes

We can help you if you are an individual or a business who has suffered from a breach of contract such as:

  • software licence agreements
  • distribution & agency agreements
  • payment disputes
  • breaches of the Data Protection Act
  • domain name and website disputes.

Read more about Technology disputes.

Breach of Directors duties

If you are a shareholder or a director we can help you remove or bring a claim against a director of the company if you have suffered a loss by the director’s alleged breach of duties.

If the director has made some personal profit, they can be required to surrender the gain.

We can help you obtain an injunction to:

  • stop the director from carrying out or continuing with the breach
  • obtain damages if the director has been negligent
  • set aside a contract in which the director had an undisclosed interest.

We can also help you if you are a director and have been accused of a breach.

Freezing orders

If you are an individual or a business involved in a dispute and suspect that your opponent may dispose of its assets to defeat your claim then we can help you obtain a freezing order. This will prevent the disposition of assets or funds until the case goes to trial.

If you have been served with a freezing order we can advise you if the order is legal and help you set aside the order.


Protecting your reputation by bringing and defending defamation and libel proceedings where false and malicious statements have been made.

We can help you if someone says or publishes something that:

  • makes people think badly of you or your business
  • which damages your reputation and causes hurt feelings.

Defamation can be of two types: libel or slander.

Read more about Defamation.

Intellectual property

Claims for compensation, damages and injunctions where copyright and trademarks have been infringed.

If you have a brand, something you have invented, or an original piece of work that you have written and someone infringes your rights we can help by securing an injunction, damages or account of profits and the delivery up and destruction of the offending item.

If you have been accused of infringing someone’s intellectual property rights then we can also help by raising various defences and minimising your liability.

Read more about Intellectual Property.

Product liability claims

Claims in respect of faulty goods and services where one party has failed to keep their side of the bargain.

We can help you obtain compensation if you have suffered a loss or injury or been harmed by dangerous or defective products. Examples include faulty electrical equipment that may have burned you or caused damage to your property.

Professional negligence

Claims against any professionals including solicitors, accountants and architects for substandard service, which has caused you financial loss.

Suffering a financial or contractual dispute can have serious implications on your business.

We can help if your solicitor has missed a time limit, your surveyor has incorrectly valued your property, your architect has created a drawing with a design fault or your engineer has created a faulty product.

Read more about Professional negligence.

Disputed wills & estates

We can help you in bring claims where:

  • Wills do not make proper provision for dependents and acting for estates defending such claims
  • Cases arise about the mental capacity of the deceased, or there are questions of undue influence

Boundary disputes

We can help you protect your home and land should you become involved in a boundary dispute. The types of cases we can help you with include:-

  • overhanging trees and branches
  • disagreements over boundary lines
  • responsibility for fence maintenance
  • house extensions
  • trespass
  • nuisance
  • blocking of light
  • positioning of pipes and drains
  • adverse possession
  • rights of way
  • repairs and responsibilities
  • surveyor disputes

Read more about Boundary disputes.

Other Civil Litigation services we offer include:

Dispute between Business Partners i.e. the expulsion of partners or the dissolution of partnerships.

Enforcing Shareholders Rights i.e. when claims are brought by shareholders in companies whose rights have been breached by the company or other shareholders.

Debt Recovery i.e. statutory demands, bankruptcy and winding up petitions

Our well established team of solicitors have in-depth knowledge and experience in this area of law, so please call us for more information:
Manchester Office:
0161 914 9881
Oldham Office:
0161 624 6811
Todmorden Office:
01706 815712

Team: Vijay Srivastava and Shalish Mehta

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