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the best outcome for their problems

Litigation

Civil and Commercial Litigation

TThe firm has extensive experience of both individual and corporate litigation. Our solicitors are able to apply their extensive skills to enable you to identify and manage the risks and costs associated with litigation and dispute resolution.

We are able to advise on dispute avoidance as well as actively representing you or your business in the pursuit or defence of claims by identifying your objectives and in assessing your options.

We advise on merits and risk at an early stage in the proceedings to help you find solutions including funding a claim or for the defence of a claim. We are able to represent you in litigation, arbitration, mediation and in informal negotiations

Below is an example of the areas of work the firm carries out in civil and commercial litigation

  1. Commercial contract disputes

  2. Commercial debt recovery

  3. Construction and engineering disputes

  4. Insolvency situations

  5. Director and shareholder disputes including director's disqualification

  6. Contesting wills or the administration of estates

  7. Personal injury and clinical negligence

  8. Professional negligence claims and defence

  9. Franchising disputes

  10. Property disputes

  11. Trust and estates

  12. Public law issues

  13. Judicial review

  14. Property litigation

  15. Shipping and maritime law

  16. Sports law


Professional Practices

We are engaged by a variety of clients to pursue professional negligence claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors, valuers, and construction professionals and in relation to insurance and reinsurance risks. We have considerable experience in advising on risk management, investigations and enquiries, disciplinary proceedings in the SDT and in other professional tribunals.


Private Client

Residential/Commercial Property

We act for clients on the sale or purchase of residential and commercial property. We provide a stress free service as well as providing clear advice on the legal and tax implications of selling and purchasing property.

Drafting Wills

Making a Will is sometimes a difficult decision to take for some. We encourage clients to make Wills. We discuss with clients about their intentions and aspirations and make practical and realistic suggestions to suit the client's needs. We advise on allowable exemptions and Inheritance tax rules (to complex tax-saving schemes and estate planning) and where relevant also advise on international Will making.

Probate

Often this is a very emotional and difficult time for families. We help families to obtain probate whilst at all times retaining understanding and sensitivity in what can be a stressful process. We also assist individuals who are domiciled abroad and are frequently instructed by firms abroad to obtain probate for their clients for assets situated in the UK.

Employment

Advising on all aspects of employment law including advising on Compromise agreements, representing clients (both employers and employees) at Employment Tribunals. We are well placed to advise employers on their company employment contracts and internal procedures.

Matrimonial and Family

We advise on all the traditional problems arising from family breakdown, pre-nuptial agreements and civil partnerships. We work with our clients to achieve practical and realistic solutions. Our expertise covers;

  1. Divorce: Ending the marriage/civil partnership

  2. Financial Orders (Matrimonial home, pension sharing, maintenance claims for client and/or children)

  3. Arrangements and disputes involving children including moves abroad

  4. Education and religion

  5. Pre-Nuptial and post nuptial agreements

  6. Shariah Divorces


Personal Injury

Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence

Members of the firm have acted for individuals in a wide range of claims for personal injury and clinical negligence. This also covers fatal accident claims and Health and Safety related claims. We have advised in cases involving complex questions of causation and disputed expert evidence. We advise our clients at every stage of the litigation process, with thorough, practical and user-friendly advice. The firm continues to act for members of the Gurkha regiment in the British Army against the Ministry of Defence. The vast majority of cases are conducted under a Conditional Fee Agreement (No win no fee). These include

  1. Road traffic accidents

  2. Employers liability (accidents at work)

  3. Breaches of Health and Safety legislation

It can be difficult to pursue a claim in a foreign jurisdiction for personal injury even with the benefit of legal expenses insurance. The firm is well placed to assist in pursuing such claims with the benefit of reciprocal arrangements with lawyers in other jurisdictions.

Clinical negligence claims include

  1. Claims against NHS trusts

  2. Ambulance services

  3. General Practitioners

  4. Private clinics


Corporate

Companies/Limited liability partnerships and sole traders

Business activity inevitably entails the incorporation of corporate vehicles. We assist in the formation of such entities including the drafting of commercial agreements for regulating its operation.


Insolvency

The firm has substantial expertise in contentious issues arising out of both personal and corporate insolvency. We also advise in conjunction with a team of accountancy firms and insolvency practitioners on rescuing distressed businesses. Our advice includes matters relating to

  1. Partnership insolvencies

  2. Receiverships

  3. Administration orders

  4. Winding up orders

  5. Statutory demands and bankruptcy

  6. Transactions at an undervalue, preference and transactions defrauding creditors

  7. Liquidations

  8. Wrongful trading


Sports Law

Sports law is a complicated and multi-faceted area of law which is rapidly changing. The team of Lawyers and Consultants here at De Cruz aim to offer expert advice to individual sportsmen and women on issues such as contract negotiations, disciplinary hearings, sponsorship, image rights and immigration.

We are passionate about sport and this is reflected in our work. We aim to go the extra mile for our clients.

Our lawyers are registered under the FA Football Agents Regulations.


Immigration

The firm also advises clients in all aspects of Immigration law. This includes clients facing deportation, control orders, appeals against refusal of student visas, residency visas, spouse visas and/or removal of children abroad on breakdown of marriage and family relationships.


Property

We advise on all aspects of residential and commercial conveyancing including the sale and purchase of residential freehold and leasehold properties, legal charges and re-mortgages.