Disputes are an unfortunate reality even for Churches and charities. The types of dispute that arise for our Church and charity clients vary greatly in nature, but can involve proceedings in the County Courts and High Courts often where the issues being disputed are legally important or financially very significant. Our experience is wide ranging and includes judicial review actions, breach of contract claims, vicarious liability and child protection cases, in which we have many years experience.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
A significant number of disagreements are capable of resolution without the need for court proceedings. It is important to take advice about your position as soon as a dispute arises. This is particularly so for charities, churches and schools, which have extra fiduciary responsibilities.
We have years of experience of achieving excellent outcomes for clients through round table discussions, mediation and/or arbitration. Often agreement or settlement can be achieved very quickly even without ADR.
Sometimes parties are not able to resolve their differences or one party may be determined to take a contentious route. Whilst litigation should in most circumstances be a last resort, those who must protect the interests of charity, church or on some occasions even public money, may have to consider court action and all that that can encompass. Similarly, defendants in litigation should act in a way which protects their interests. This is generally done by participating in the proceedings as soon as possible and seeking resolution.