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STAGE 2 - Negotiated settlement attempt BEFORE issue of court proceedings

If after your assessment you still wish to proceed with the case and providing, ofcourse, it has merit then we can take on the case for you for a further fixed sum or on a "no win no fee" basis (depending on your circumstances) up to but not including the issue of legal proceedings in court.

Rules of court, the so called "pre-action protocol", require parties to try and settle matters if possible rather than jumping head on into litigation - that is where our skills of negotiation and expert representation can be most effective. We will write the pre-action letter for you and comply with the other pre action rules of court so that if the matter goes to court you will have the best chance of success.

We will only recommend that you pursue matters to this stage where we believe you have a legitimate complaint. Our work will involve putting your case forward and negotiating on your behalf to reach the best possible terms for a settlement which would include drawing up the wording of an apology and correction to be published promptly by the defendant and in certain cases compensation for the hurt caused to you and your reputation. Obviously not all cases can or will settle and if proceedings have be be started the fact that you have attempted to settle and have obtained expert advice will stand to your credit if the matter goes to trial. It will show that you took the matter seriously and made genuine attempts to be settle and be reasonable about your complaint. The courts and juries do not like "gold diggers" - our involvement will ensure that an objective and expert eye is kept on the handling of your complaint especially when it comes to issues such as the wording of any apology and the level of any compensation.

It may be possible to do stage 2 on a "no win no fee" basis but this will really depend on the particular circumstances of your case for which we will give you full advice on at the initial assessment stage.

If stage 2 does not result in a settlement then you will need to consider Stage 3.

Stages

There are 3 stages to the work we can do for you, please see below:


Introduction

Introduction


Stage 1

Initial Assessment


Stage 2

Negotiated settlement attempt BEFORE issue of court proceedings


Stage 3

Litigation AFTER court proceedings issued