Disputes can arise for all sorts of reasons and sometimes this involves the matter being heard in Court.

Bellamy Forde
Bellamy Forde
Partner & Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation

At MW Solicitors we understand that this can be a very stressfull and intimidating experience. Our expert Civil Litigators are here to help you navigate the legal system and make sure that you receive the best advice so that you can resolve any dispute or claim as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Actions against the Police and Civil liberties

McMillan Williams is a leading specialist in bringing civil actions against the Police and protecting the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.

We represent individuals and representative bodies in matters concerning public and state bodies including the police, prosecution and detention authorities (including within the mental health care system) in safeguarding civil liberties and human rights, including:

Contentious Probate (Contesting a Will)

We specialise in Inheritance Disputes and understand how distressing it can be to pursue a claim when you have lost a loved one and are in dispute with your surviving family members. We will fight your corner in a sympathetic and caring manner.

We offer an entirely FREE CASE REVIEW where we will discuss your specific circumstances as well as your options going forward including ways in which your case could be funded, such as through a No Win No Fee Agreement.

General Litigation

When you are involved in a dispute it can be a stressful and expensive process.  Our expert civil litigators are here to provide pragmatic and cost effective solutions to end your dispute quickly.

We advise and act for individuals and organisations including charities, clubs and businesses across a range of disputes including:


Professional Negligence

If you put your trust in a professional and they let you down, it can cause great upset, suffering and financial hardship to you and your family.

At MW we can help you to find out where you stand legally and what actions you can take to quickly right a case of Professional Negligence.  Our solicitors undertake work against professional bodies including:

Debt Letter

A Pre-Action letter, also known as a ‘letter before action’, provide an opportunity for people and companies in dispute to correspond before resorting to court action and potentially avoid costly litigation.

Meta Panchamia
Meta Panchamia
Partner & Deputy Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation

The Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) is Changing on 1st October 2017

The exact Pre-Action Protocol used depends upon the type of claim, each type of claim is subject to a different Pre-Action protocol. 

What does the Change Mean in Practice for Debt Claims? 

Creditors are to be afforded greater protection when the new Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) for debt claims is.

Under the new protocol, which comes into force on 1st October 2017:

  • Debtors will have up to 30 days to respond to a pre-action letter (currently a debtor has between 7-14 days to respond to a letter before action).
  • Creditors must allow another 30 days after receiving the debtor’s response before commencing with any court application, significantly lengthening proceedings.
  • The time taken to issue court proceedings will be extended by up to five weeks.

Who do the new protocols apply to?

The new PAP will not apply to business-to-business debts unless the business is a sole trader.  Sole traders are to be treated as individuals meaning that they will also enjoy the generous provisions included in the new protocol.

The result is now it will be more important than ever for a business to know the legal status of the entity they are dealing with to ensure their credit terms are not open to abuse.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To Make Quality Legal Services Accessible To Everyone" including individuals and businesses trying to recover debts. Our team of specialist Debt Recovery and Insolvency Lawyers are experts in using the Pre-Action Letter Protocols to avoid expensive and unnecessary court actions.  

We can assist you with reviewing your credit terms so they are fit for purpose and pursuing debtors for you in line with the new protocol, writing the necessary Pre-Action letter on your behalf.  In the event the debt is not settled we can also apply to the court for enforcement of any debts owed to you or your business.  If you are a creditor pursuing a debtor talk to our team today, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Unfortunately, conflicts cannot always be resolved. We can help quickly resolve your dispute so you can go back to enjoying your property.

Geoffrey Stagg
Geoffrey Stagg
Partner - Property Disputes

Whatever the nature of your property dispute, our specialist contentious property team is here to make the process as stress-free as possible for you.  We regularly act for landlords and tenants, bringing and defending claims and assisting individuals, small and large businesses as well as professional organisations.

Our professional team is experienced in dealing with residential, commercial and mixed-use property.  This places us in the ideal position to advise on your property dispute regardless of the circumstances.

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