Discover how to power your dispute resolution workflow
When your organisation comes up against new or routine disputes and complaints, you need to react quickly and effectively to minimise risk and need to know how to navigate your way to a solution, whether you deal with it in-house or instruct external counsel.
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Consider merits and strategy for resolution
You need to quickly get up-to-speed on the dispute or issue and formulate a winning strategy.
- Practical Law's practice notes and checklists can help you to consider the preferred strategy for resolution, and whether you should deal with the issue in-house or instruct external counsel.
- Practical Law's resources will enable you to address issues such as contractual constraints, insurance, jurisdiction or limitation issues and whether action may be required to preserve money, assets or documents, or to compel or prevent actions being taken.
Understanding any upcoming legislative or regulative changes which offer potential risk or opportunity has never been so important.
- Get help planning your strategy and keep up-to-date with legal and regulatory developments using Westlaw UK’s Bills tracking tool, grey materials, case alerts and Lawtel’s pending actions, permissions to appeal and legislation calendar.
- Practical Law’s in-house blog, hot topics, key dates calendar and monthly horizon scanning email provide the most important information you need about upcoming legal developments.
- Reduce the time you spend searching multiple online resources with Solcara Legal Search, allowing you to check all your preferred case law content sources with a single easy-to-use search interface.
Guidance all the way
Once you’ve decided your strategy, you need guidance all the way from complaint to disposal.
- For the perfect starting point, as well as complete guidance along the way, rely on Practical Law dispute resolution matter plans.
- Practical Law provides you with continuously maintained guidance, including practice notes, checklists, court forms and standard documents (with drafting notes).
- For more tricky points, consult the commentary in Practical Law's legal updates, check the latest rules, or simply Ask Practical Law. You can also use Practical Law tools to help you to calculate interest, estimate costs or check procedural time limits.
- For relevant authorities, rely on Westlaw UK and Lawtel for the most authoritative and up-to-date insight, cases, legislation and journals.
Reaching a settlement
You want to reach a settlement quickly and with certainty.
- Practical Law's toolkit on settlement for in-house lawyers clearly sets out the factors you may need to consider in deciding whether and when to settle, the different forms that a settlement offer may take and the tax implications of settlement.
- Use Practical Law's standard document: 'Settlement agreement if you reach a settlement'. It comes with drafting notes which help you to customise it for your needs.
- If dealing with a Personal Injury claim, rely on Sweet & Maxwell commentary titles; benchmark your claim with Kemp on Lawtel and take advantage of detailed information on settlement agreements with the IDS Handbooks.
Obtain a view on complex points
When you hit complex points or issues you need a reliable sounding board.
- Use the Ask function on Practical Law for those tricky questions on procedural issues as you manage your dispute.
Instructing external counsel
When instructing external counsel, you need to be able to identify and select the best counsel as well as manage workload and monitor your budget.
- If at any stage you decide to instruct external counsel to assist with the dispute, Legal Tracker gives you more transparency over your projects, helps you to manage matters more effectively and to manage your external counsel instruction process better.
- Legal Tracker also helps you make the right decisions on resourcing, reporting to the business and demonstrating costs savings.
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