If you have a civil claim against a company, firm or other type of business, you could consider arbitration. Court action might also be a viable alternative. Deciding on whether to use court or arbitration to resolve your dispute will involve assessing the circumstances of your case.
If you want your matter to be resolved expediently and completely confidentially, you should consider arbitration. Court action may be more appropriate if you are seeking specific remedies which only a court has the power to grant.
Costs are another factor to take into account. It is generally perceived that if you want your matter to be resolved as cheaply as possible you should opt for arbitration. Court action, however, may also prove inexpensive in some cases. For example, if you are claiming below £5,000 your claim can be heard under the small claims track in the county court (commonly incorrectly referred to as the small claims court). Under this track, costs are low and you will not have to pay your opponent’s costs if you lose - unless you have acted unreasonably.
Furthermore, many law firms are able to offer no-win, no-fee agreements in certain court cases. You should therefore think carefully before deciding on whether to use arbitration or court proceedings. Which ever you decide to choose, you should instruct a specialist solicitor to help you with your case. They will be able to assist you with presenting your case in the best possible manner.
If you would like to obtain legal advice and information on arbitration or court proceedings, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist civil/commercial litigation / arbitration solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local civil/commercial litigation / arbitration solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 02/03/2010