Dispute Resolution

Legal disputes can be costly, time-consuming and hugely emotionally draining to deal with. However, it is important to stand up for yourself and your rights when the need arises. Having the support of skilled dispute resolution experts can make things easier for you, while giving you the best chance of securing the result you need.

At Thornton Jones, our highly experienced dispute resolution solicitors can assist with matters including:

With strong skills in alternative dispute resolution and court litigation, our team can protect your rights and give you the best chance of a favourable outcome in a way that matches your priorities.

In most cases, we can avoid the need for court proceedings, using methods such as constructive negotiation, mediation and arbitration. In many cases, a well-drafted letter before action from our team is enough to prompt the other part of reach a fair resolution.

However, where court proceedings are needed, you can be assured that our team have the seasoned expertise and robust litigation skills needed to defend your interests and secure the most favourable outcome available.

Talk to us about dispute resolution today

For expert advice on resolving a dispute, please speak to our dispute resolution solicitors in WakefieldOssettGarforth or Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorkshire today.

Have a quick question or want to request a call back? Use our online enquiry form.

Our expertise with dispute resolution

Landlord & tenant disputes

Our landlord and tenant dispute resolution expertise covers matters including:

  • Rent arrears
  • Dilapidations
  • Recovering vacant possession
  • Lease extensions & lease enfranchisement disputes
  • Right to manage disputes

Property disputes

Our property dispute resolution expertise covers matters including:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Right to light disputes
  • Right of way / easement disputes
  • Antisocial behaviour disputes
  • Party wall disputes

Contentious probate

Our contentious probate expertise covers matters including:

  • Challenging a Will
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Executor disputes
  • Beneficiary disputes
  • Claims by or against and estate

Construction disputes

Our construction dispute resolution expertise covers matters including:

  • Construction delays
  • Defective works
  • Design flaws
  • Failure to properly supervise works
  • Contractor claims for delays or changes to the scope of work
  • Late payment and non-payment of fees
  • Recovering payment for incomplete or inadequate work

Professional Negligence

Our professional negligence claims expertise covers claims against professionals including:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Financial advisors
  • Insurance brokers
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors

Contract disputes

Our contract dispute resolution expertise covers matters including:

  • Supply agreements
  • Agency agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Franchise agreements
  • Warranty and indemnity claims
  • Consultancy agreements

Debt recovery and money claims

Our debt recovery and money claims expertise includes:

  • Pre-action debt recovery
  • Court applications to recover a debt
  • County Court Judgements (CCJs)
  • Debt enforcement
  • Defence of debt matters

Our dispute resolution methods

Letters before action

Many disputes can be resolved quickly and cost effectively with a well-drafted letter before action from our team.

Our dispute resolution lawyers can clearly lay out the facts of the dispute as you see them, any relevant contracts and laws, the outcome you would like to achieve and the time by which you wish to see a resolution.

Often, knowing that you are working with a firm of solicitors is enough to prompt the other party to agree to your terms or negotiate another fair resolution. However, if a resolution cannot be agreed, a letter before action can form a solid basis for further action.

Constructive negotiation

Our dispute resolution team can advise and represent you during negotiations with the other party, making sure your position is clear and your priorities are respected. We have a strong track record of success with out of court negotiations, so can give you the best chance of agreeing a fair outcome with the other party or parties involved.


Mediation is very popular option for resolving disputes. It involves the parties meeting with a trained neutral mediator who can facilitate an open discussion about the issues involved in a dispute and what resolution the parties would like to achieve.

We can provide trained mediators, whose role is to facilitate discussion of a dispute, advise on points of law and defuse any potential for conflict. We can also advise on the terms of any agreement reached through mediation, so you can be sure your interests are protected.


We are one of the few firms in the region to offer this highly effective form of alternative dispute resolution. Arbitration can be a good option if you wish to avoid court proceedings but cannot agree a resolution.

Both parties will agree to work with an arbitrator, who will review their cases and provide a decision on how the dispute should be resolved. This allows you to place the decision into the hands of a trained, neutral third party, without the delays, expense and public nature of court proceedings.

Court proceedings

Should it be necessary to take your dispute to court, our dispute resolution experts can support you every step of the way. We can assist with preparing your case and make sure you have the very best representation for any hearings you need to attend. We can thus give you the strongest chance of securing the outcome you need in court.

Our dispute resolution fees

Fixed fee dispute resolution

For some types of dispute resolution work, we can offer fixed fees. This will normally cover a specific piece of work, such as drafting and sending a letter before action or providing an individual session of mediation.

Hourly rates for our dispute resolution solicitors

Our dispute resolution solicitors’ fees are between £190 and £250 per hour plus VAT depending on the nature of the work and the level of expertise required.

Our legal assistants’ fees are between £100 to £145 per hour plus VAT. Fees for our Trainee Solicitors & Paralegals are £150 and £190 plus VAT per hour.

We bill in regular instalments and can, subject to your circumstances, agree a monthly payment plan in which interest is charged at 8% on outstanding balances.

All fees are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Conditional fee agreements

For some types of disputes, we may be able to offer conditional fee agreements covering all or part of our fees. This means that part of all of our fees would only be applied if and when we secure a favourable outcome for you.

Learn more about our fees and funding.

Contact our dispute resolution solicitors in West Yorkshire

For expert advice on resolving a dispute, please speak to our dispute resolution solicitors in WakefieldOssettGarforth or Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorkshire today.

Have a quick question or want to request a call back? Use our online enquiry form.