Laceys Solicitors Laceys is a leading, forward-thinking law firm with specialist experts serving both individual and business clients across a broad spectrum of practice areas.

Navigation

Dispute Resolution

Whether your issue concerns faulty goods, property, a loan, a contested will, professional negligence, misrepresentation, a dispute with a neighbour over a boundary, or harassment (to name just a few), a member of our team can help.

We value and respect our clients and we are committed to help them find a cost-effective solution to their contentious problems.

Our approachable and straightforward team gets to the nub of the problem, taking the time to understand what you are trying to achieve, and apply creative thinking to formulate the strategy and tactics to put you in the best position to get to a solution.  We are here to provide answers, advice and recommendations.

In those  situations where urgent action is required to protect your interests, we will advise you about obtaining an injunction to freeze the assets of a third party, to restrain a third party from taking some step, or compel them to take some step.  We have wide experience of seeking, and the resources to seek, emergency relief from the courts.

For further advice on any dispute matter you may have, please contact one of the team today to see how we can help.

 

Contact us

    *I consent to Laceys processing my personal information in accordance with its GDPR Compliance policies

    Meet the Team

    Close X

    Byron Sims

    Solicitor — Litigation

    Direct dial: 01202 755215

    Email

    Having joined Laceys in 2018, Byron qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and is delighted to be working within the dispute resolution team, with a focus on employment matters, debt recovery and landlord and tenant disputes.

    Byron completed his first degree in modern language studies with the Open University in 2010 with a 2.1 (hons). He then studied law at Bournemouth University, passing the Graduate Diploma in Law with merit and the Legal Practice Course with distinction.

    Before coming to law, Byron lived and worked around the world, from France to Bolivia, teaching English as a foreign language. From his travels and studies, Byron speaks fluent French and Spanish, as well as bits of other languages. As well as travel, Byron likes to spend his free time outdoors (weather permitting) and playing music.

    Related articles

    Problem tenants you are looking to evict? Landlords need to act quickly before ‘Winter Truce’ sets in

    With the pause (stay) having been lifted from claims for possession of residential property the courts now...

    Read Article

    Residential Evictions Remain on Pause as Notice Periods Increase

    Many landlords and letting agents had been awaiting the 23rd of August with some anticipation, as this...

    Read Article

    Robin Watson

    Partner — Employment and Immigration

    Direct dial: 01202 755202

    Email

    “Cocowai is a wholesale and online retail cashmere company. We recently contacted Robin Watson at Laceys Solicitors to help and advise us with producing an employment contract, and subsequently for advice on other employment issues. Robin has been extremely helpful and efficient throughout the whole - from our initial meeting, through to further telephone conversations and subsequent emails. I have been impressed by Robin's consideration of our "type" and "size" of company, whilst advising on what kind of contract we needed for our business. ”

    Frances Macaulay, COCOWAI

    Robin studied law at the University of Southampton before achieving Distinction in a postgraduate law diploma at Bournemouth University in 2011 and being awarded the Dorset Magistrates’ Association Excellence in Advocacy Award.

    Robin qualified as a solicitor with Laceys in 2011, and is now one of Laceys partners, specialising in employment law advising employers, HR Directors and managers on all aspects of complex employment law and day-to-day HR issues.

    In addition, Robin completed a demanding course and examination process and qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate early on in his career. This entitles Robin to appear in all civil courts and enhances the service he can provide to clients.

    Robin is able to bring his previous experience in management outside of the law and also, understands the real demands and issues involved in HR. Robin takes responsibility for the HR of Laceys which includes circa. 100 employees and so has experienced what it is really like to deal with frontline HR issues and his clients genuinely benefit from that. It enables Robin to give practical and clear advice based on real experience, as well as utilising his legal knowledge and experience.

    Robin has advised and represented a national hotel and restaurant group concerning multiple redundancies and general ongoing employment law/HR support and also recently advised and represented a financial services organisation in a High Court contractual dispute.

    Robin has previously advised a local charity regarding potential pay claims and represented a senior charity executive.

    As part of his service Robin likes to provide training to his clients and their HR teams.

    Away from work Robin enjoys cycling, cooking and eating. Lately, Robin has (again) started sketching and is trying to convince himself that he has a talent!

    To find out more about Robin becoming Partner and why he chose to specialise in Employment law click here;

    Related articles

    flexible working options

    Laceys consider 3 flexible working options that may work for your business

    The viability of many businesses is on a knife edge and flexible working options enabling the scaling...

    Read Article

    7 pitfalls to avoid when making redundancies

    As the Chancellor’s coronavirus job retention scheme enters its final phase and the prospect of a return...

    Read Article

    Rob Kelly

    Associate — Dispute Resolution

    Direct dial: 01202 755217

    Email

    • “A first choice for truly contentious Litigation in Automotive and Asset Finance and Leasing. His pure skill in tricky work wins through time and again and adds real value compared with the so called 'top tier' litigators. Truly capable, amenable and commercially minded business partners, the 'master chessmen' of their specialty.”

      Paul Maxted, previously the In house Legal Adviser and Company Secretary nearly 20 years, all Financial Services related companies in UK for Daimler, Mercedes-Benz

    • “I have had the pleasure of working with several members of the team at Laceys regularly over a period of years. I found Rob Kelly in particular, who worked on a successful litigation case for me over a period of several years to be outstanding in all aspects of the work he undertook, and the manner in which he did it. I now consider him a friend. I would not - and have not - hesitated to recommend Laceys to my family and friends, and continue to use them for all legal matters.”

      Dan Collins

    • “ I just wanted to thank you for your great work on the professional negligence case and other cases you have represented Indian Ocean and Tiien through the last few years.”

      Mehdi Vahdati, Director and Proprietor - Indian Ocean (Bournemouth) Limited

    • “I've worked with a fair few lawyers over the years and Rob Kelly is the most on the ball and efficient lawyers I've ever come across. I'm looking forward to working together for many years to come.”

      Roger Woodall, CEO - Diamond Sporting Group

    Rob is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (September 2009).  Rob also holds an LLB (Hons) degree in law.  He successfully completed training as a mediator under the ADR Chambers / Harvard Law Project Scheme and was one of the first mediators to have been appointed an IMI Certified Mediation Advocate in the UK with a commercial practice.

    Rob specialises in dispute resolution through litigation, arbitration and mediation, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, claims involving allegations of professional negligence (which he has prosecuted on behalf of commercial and private clients and defended on behalf of insurers, re-insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates). He is regularly instructed in connection with substantial disputes involving contractual, professional negligence, contentious probate issues.  Rob also deals with contentious property and landlord and tenant issues.

    Rob’s style is a mix of listening, asking (tough) questions, diplomacy and reality testing. He’s interested, flexible, and pragmatic. He offers a common sense, realistic approach to assist his clients in searching for solutions to their disputes and brings straight talking and integrity to his work.

    Related articles

    A day in the life of a Trainee through the eyes of Aisling Scott

    As I approach just over the half way mark of my first seat in Laceys Private Client...

    Read Article

    Make sure you protect your creativity through Intellectual Property Rights

    It can be easy to let your guard down once a business relationship has developed. You’ve manoeuvred...

    Read Article

    Mark Timberlake

    Managing Partner — Dispute Resolution

    Direct dial: 01202 755200

    Email

    Mark Timberlake profile picture
    • “The advice Mark gave was very good value for money and the combination of strictly accurate legal advice and common sense were exactly what I needed.”

      Nick Stocks. Director, Spitfire Court Properties Ltd.

    • “Mark Timberlake is an exceptional solicitor. He has a huge depth of knowledge in his speciality and looks after his clients in a very kind and patient manner. Mark is unfailingly courteous and always a pleasure to deal with. I am always confident in any matter that Mark has dealt with.”

      Jane Balmforth

    • “We have had many years of top class professional advice and assistance in many respects of our property ownership. However great our worries initially, matters have been dealt with in a most professional manner and to our satisfaction.”

      Michael Filer, Bourne Court Consortium

    Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and since then has specialised in property and landlord and tenant disputes, possession and debt recovery in relation to both commercial and residential property. He has extensive experience in relation to issues involving blocks of flats including representation in the Property Chamber and the courts. He has also dealt with many commercial disputes, professional negligence and insolvency claims.

    He has frequently given talks on the law as it affects managing agents through the Association of Residential Managing Agents and other groups.

    He has been recommended for many years by the Legal 500 Guide to the Legal profession which has said that Mark ‘is very highly rated by clients’, ‘explains complex issues in understandable terms’ and ‘is excellent in really difficult situations’. He is a committee member of the Bournemouth Law Society and a governor of Dumpton School.

    Mark is married with 2 teenage children and at weekends can often be found on his boat which he sails competitively.

    Related articles

    commercial lease

    Useful warning for commercial tenants from the court

    The Court of Appeal has given a salutary warning to tenants of commercial premises to be careful...

    Read Article

    Landlords and lettings agents to comply with new Electrical Safety Standards as of 1 June 2020

    Landlords  and letting agents need to comply with new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector...

    Read Article

    Brendan Herbert

    Partner — Dispute Resolution

    Direct dial: 01202 755201

    Email

    Brendan Herbert image profile
    • “Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

      Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

    • “Brendan is an excellent support and shows empathy when dealing with difficult situations. He explains clearly costs and possible outcomes and makes me feel like I have somebody on my team.”

      Jacqueline Entwistle

    • “Always professional and prompt on a wide range of legal matters.”

      Matthew Hornsby

    Brendan has a BSc in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and went on to obtain his Post Graduate Diploma in Law, and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law), in Chester.  Brendan completed his training with a national firm in Manchester and London, and was admitted as a solicitor in 2005.

    Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

    Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost-effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

    When he is not knee-deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

    To find out more about Brendan being described in the 2021 Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ and what this means to him here;

    Fact Sheets

    • Struggling to pay legal fees?

      Unbundling explained.

      Download

    • How to fund disputes.

      Different options explained.

      Download

    Latest News

    Understand the scope of Litigation Privilege

    If a document is “privileged” a party may be entitled to refuse to disclose it to third parties, including an opponent in litigation.  It...

    Find out more

    Newly qualified Byron Sims joins Laceys Dispute Resolution team

    Laceys are pleased to announce Byron Sims has now qualified as a Solicitor having completed his 2-year Training Contract with Laceys allowing him to...

    Find out more

    Is a verbal contract a valid contract?

    When parties make an oral agreement but fail to record it in writing it can be very difficult, or even impossible, for the court...

    Find out more

    Changes to the Consumer Code for Home Builders

    The Consumer Code for Home Builders is an industry-led scheme which gives protection and rights to the purchasers of new homes, ensuring that new...

    Find out more

    New Rights for Policyholders to claim on late Insurance Claims

    From 4th May 2017, the rights of policyholders to receive payment of their claims within a reasonable time have been strengthened. The Enterprise Act...

    Find out more

    “Best endeavours” … best avoided?

    The issue in the case of Jet2.com Limited v Blackpool Airport Limited EWCA Civ 417 was whether an airport operator’s obligation to use...

    Find out more