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Civil Disputes

Individuals can find themselves embroiled in a wide range of disputes with other parties.

Whether it is an argument with a neighbour or a housing dispute with a landlord, at Specters we have the expertise to give you the right legal advice.

What is a Civil Dispute?

Civil disputes, otherwise known as civil litigation, covers disagreements that arise between private individuals and either other private individuals or organisations.

Civil litigation can cover a wide range of potential types of disagreements.

These can include:

  • Builder and surveyor disputes
  • Contract disputes or breach of contract
  • Financial miss-selling
  • Housing disrepair disputes
  • Land, boundary and property disputes
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Neighbour disputes

Civil litigation is a complicated area of law that often raises novel legal questions. No case is the same and it is sometimes difficult for a layperson to properly evaluate their position. In English law, it is also presumed that the losing party will pay the winning party’s costs. It is therefore very important before starting any civil dispute to get proper legal advice on the merits of a claim to avoid risking an unnecessary adverse costs order.

How can an individual resolve a Civil Dispute?

There is no standard way a civil dispute will evolve. Often it will depend on how the defendant responds to the claim. If we feel that a defendant is receptive to settlement, we may suggest mediation or some other form of alternative dispute resolution. If the defendant is more intransigent, we may advise that you issue court proceedings. We know that every case is unique and we will always involve you as the client in key strategic decisions.

Why Specters?

At Specters, we have years of experience in all types of civil disputes. We will be able to properly advise you on your prospects of success and whether you should pursue your claim further. We will always give comprehensive and candid advice, even if it is not necessarily what you as the client wants to hear. On the other hand, if we think your claim has merit, we have the necessary expertise to manage the claims process and achieve a successful outcome.


Once we have assessed your claim, we can offer a number of funding options, which you can read more about on our funding page here. We often offer our clients flexible and risk sharing funding options, including no win no fee agreements, after the event insurance and third party funding.

To get in touch with the Specters team, submit an enquiry below or call us on 0300 303 3629.

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