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Bell Lax Solicitors

Bell Lax Solicitors

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Address: New Bank House
21 Maney Corner
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1QL

Landline: 0121 35... Landline: 0121 35...
Landline: 0800 19... Landline: 0800 19...
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 family solicitor, litigation solicitor, legal disputes, professional negligence, business disputes, construction disputes, director and shareholder dispute, Divorce/Separation Solicitor, Solicitors Negligence claims, Breach of Contract Claims

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Business Profile

Specialist Litigation Solicitors We are a niche firm of specialist lawyers dealing with legal disputes. We offer No Win No Fee Agreements or Conditional Fee arrangements on the majority of our cases. We have 3 decades of experience in all types of litigation law including, professional negligence (including claims against solicitors), Construction disputes, all types of business and company disputes, breach of contract claims, shareholder, director & partnership disputes.

We started our family department when our business clients needed our help to advise on their business assets during their divorce.

We offer a practical pragmatic approach to our cases which is why our clients continue to use our expertise and recommend us to many others. We offer big city firm expertise at a reasonable fee.

Professional Negligence Many people and businesses heavily rely on professionals to assist and advise them. When you enlist the help of professionals, you expect a professional service. This is particularly the case when you entrust that professional to deal with a specialist matter. Unfortunately, the professional sometimes negligently or accidentally does not match that standard of service and you are the one that loses money.

If you paid a professional to assist you and consequently suffered a loss because of that professional's negligence, you may have a claim.

The types of 'no win, no fee' professional negligence claims we are most commonly asked to take on are:
•Claims arising from the conduct of solicitors or barristers in negligent litigation - including unsuccessful commercial litigation, undervalued personal injury claims and divorces where solicitors allowed one spouse to sell the marital assets.
•Claims against solicitors and accountants arising from commercial acquisitions, business valuations, share and asset purchases and due diligence.
•Mis-selling of financial products such as pensions, share portfolios, endowments and with profits policies.
•Claims against architects, often jointly with builders.
•Claims against surveyors and solicitors for failing to properly value or identify defects with property being purchased.


In all cases, we first explore ways to resolve the claim out of court. However, where matters do escalate we deliver focused support, practical guidance and effective representation, drawing on our specialist knowledge and resources for the best results.

We handle many professional negligence claims on a 'no win, no fee' basis. Please contact us on our call back form to see how we can help you.

Construction Disputes We act for clients across a wide spectrum of construction disputes ranging from defending local businesses against difficult consumers to bringing multi-million pound claims on behalf of national and international companies. These disputes have included contract disputes (including disputes subject to standard contracts such as JCT, NEC, MF/1 etc) and disputes where we have represented sub-contractors, contractors and employers in relation to high profile and prestigious civil projects. Our broad array of cases enables us to see the dispute from both sides of the fence. This experience means we can often defuse a potentially costly dispute allowing everyone to agree a speedy resolution and continue with their commercial relationships.

Whether you are involved in procuring or delivering design, construction or operations, we can advise on all stages and any aspect of the process from inception through to completion and beyond to reduce and solve problems.

We will advise on the use of standard, modified and bespoke contracts for specific projects and the best way to minimise risk for you under those contracts documents. We can help agree contracts and sub-contracts and negotiate loss claims. Whenever defects or claims occur, we will quickly provide a comprehensive, practical and cost effective response which could include negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution (including mediation), adjudication, arbitration, conciliation or litigation

Shareholder Disputes Disputes are bad for business and never more so than when a business is in dispute with itself. Bell Lax have considerable experience of successfully resolving shareholder disputes involving numerous local and regional companies.

Shareholder disputes and director disputes can arise in a number of ways, typically where:
•A director or shareholder is excluded from the management of the business.
•A director pays himself a greater salary or benefits than others.
•The company changes its dividend policy.
•A director does not pull his or her weight but still draws salary and dividends from the business.
•A director sets up in competition with the company or diverts its business.
•A partnership incorporates as a company or LLP and treats a former partner unfairly.

With our help, most of our clients are able to resolve their disputes without having to go to court. We recognise that business must go on and that the parties' interests are best served by reaching an amicable conclusion rather than litigating. We work with you to provide an early assessment of your dispute and set out your options for resolving it.

The majority of shareholder disputes are resolved by one shareholder selling its shares to the remaining members. We work with specialist accountants to ensure the business is properly valued and that our client's interest is properly recognised. We also have a proven track record with experienced mediators enabling the parties to discuss and agree a valuation and terms of settlement.

Occasionally, differences are so entrenched and opinions so polarised that it is impossible to reach an agreement without going to court. If you find yourself in that situation, we will fight for you in court claims including:
•Unfair prejudice petitions where the court may order other shareholders to buy your shares or sell their shares to you.
•Derivative claims seeking the court's permission to bring claims on behalf of the company, including against directors who have diverted the company's business or set up in competition with the business but use their board control to prevent the company bringing its own claim.
•Winding up petitions, where the court orders the liquidation of the company and the sale of its assets.

If you need help with a company dispute, contact us on 0121 355 0011.

Divorce
Grounds for divorce

Contrary to popular belief there is only one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. It is not possible to obtain a divorce based on "irreconcilable differences". To prove to the Court that the marriage has broken down you will have to show one of the following five "facts", which are that:
•your spouse has committed adultery;
•your spouse's behaviour is such that it is unreasonable for you to be expected to live with them;
•your spouse has deserted you for a period of at least two years;
•you have been separated for two years and your spouse agrees to the divorce; or
•you have been separated for five years - In this instance your spouse does not need to agree to the divorce.

Divorce Process


As long as your spouse does not defend the divorce, you can obtain a divorce by completing a number of documents, without any need to attend Court.

The main steps are as follows:

1) Petition

The divorce process is started by one party filing a petition at Court who then becomes the "Petitioner". The divorce petition includes details for you and your spouse as well as the fact you are relying on to prove that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The Court will then "issue" your petition and post it to your spouse, who will become the "Respondent".

2) Acknowledgement

The next step is for the Respondent to acknowledge the petition by completing an Acknowledgement of Service form sent to them by the Court. The Acknowledgement of Service asks the Respondent whether they intend to defend the divorce.

3) Decree Nisi

Provided your spouse does not defend the divorce, you will then need to complete a statement to confirm your original divorce petition and send this to Court with an Application for the decree nisi, which is the interim stage of the divorce.

The Judge will look at the papers to ensure that they are content for the divorce to be granted. If so, they will set a date for the decree nisi to be pronounced in Court. It will not generally be necessary for you to attend at Court.

4) Decree Absolute

To finalise the divorce, you will need to apply for the decree nisi to be made absolute which you can do six weeks and one day after the decree nisi has been pronounced. Depending upon your financial circumstances we may advise you to wait until the financial arrangements have been concluded.

Once the decree absolute is granted you will officially be divorced.

We understand that this process may seem daunting but we will prepare all of the necessary documents and keep you fully updated during the process

Disputes/Litigation Pioneers on No Win No Fee Agreements (or CFA's), we offer expert advice on all kinds of disputes including professional negligence, shareholder disputes. contract disputes or breach of contract, director disputes. disputed wills or probate, insurance disputes. and all kinds of company or business litigation or disputes.

Personal Injiury We offer our expertise in accident claims, dealing with accidents at work or on the job, injuries from accidents on construction sites, in warehouses or factories. including fatalities, crushing injuries or falls from height. We also have experience with victims of road accidents including car accidents (drivers, passengers and pedestrians), bus, coach and taxi accidents. We also offer expert advice on medical or clinical negligence claims against hospitals or Doctors.

Firm of Solicitors specialising in business disputes, Personal injury & relationship disputes.

Professional Negligence Many people and businesses heavily rely on professionals to assist and advise them. When you enlist the help of professionals, you expect a professional service. This is particularly the case when you entrust that professional to deal with a specialist matter. Unfortunately, the professional sometimes negligently or accidentally does not match that standard of service and you are the one that loses money.

If you paid a professional to assist you and consequently suffered a loss because of that professional's negligence, you may have a claim.

The types of 'no win, no fee' professional negligence claims we are most commonly asked to take on are:
•Claims arising from the conduct of solicitors or barristers in negligent litigation - including unsuccessful commercial litigation, undervalued personal injury claims and divorces where solicitors allowed one spouse to sell the marital assets.
•Claims against solicitors and accountants arising from commercial acquisitions, business valuations, share and asset purchases and due diligence.
•Mis-selling of financial products such as pensions, share portfolios, endowments and with profits policies.
•Claims against architects, often jointly with builders.
•Claims against surveyors and solicitors for failing to properly value or identify defects with property being purchased.


In all cases, we first explore ways to resolve the claim out of court. However, where matters do escalate we deliver focused support, practical guidance and effective representation, drawing on our specialist knowledge and resources for the best results.

We handle many professional negligence claims on a 'no win, no fee' basis. Please contact us on our call back form to see how we can help you.

Shareholder Disputes Disputes are bad for business and never more so than when a business is in dispute with itself. Bell Lax have considerable experience of successfully resolving shareholder disputes involving numerous local and regional companies.

Shareholder disputes and director disputes can arise in a number of ways, typically where:
•A director or shareholder is excluded from the management of the business.
•A director pays himself a greater salary or benefits than others.
•The company changes its dividend policy.
•A director does not pull his or her weight but still draws salary and dividends from the business.
•A director sets up in competition with the company or diverts its business.
•A partnership incorporates as a company or LLP and treats a former partner unfairly.

With our help, most of our clients are able to resolve their disputes without having to go to court. We recognise that business must go on and that the parties' interests are best served by reaching an amicable conclusion rather than litigating. We work with you to provide an early assessment of your dispute and set out your options for resolving it.

The majority of shareholder disputes are resolved by one shareholder selling its shares to the remaining members. We work with specialist accountants to ensure the business is properly valued and that our client's interest is properly recognised. We also have a proven track record with experienced mediators enabling the parties to discuss and agree a valuation and terms of settlement.

Occasionally, differences are so entrenched and opinions so polarised that it is impossible to reach an agreement without going to court. If you find yourself in that situation, we will fight for you in court claims including:
•Unfair prejudice petitions where the court may order other shareholders to buy your shares or sell their shares to you.
•Derivative claims seeking the court's permission to bring claims on behalf of the company, including against directors who have diverted the company's business or set up in competition with the business but use their board control to prevent the company bringing its own claim.
•Winding up petitions, where the court orders the liquidation of the company and the sale of its assets.

If you need help with a company dispute, contact us on 0121 355 0011.

Divorce
Grounds for divorce

Contrary to popular belief there is only one ground for divorce, which is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. It is not possible to obtain a divorce based on "irreconcilable differences". To prove to the Court that the marriage has broken down you will have to show one of the following five "facts", which are that:
•your spouse has committed adultery;
•your spouse's behaviour is such that it is unreasonable for you to be expected to live with them;
•your spouse has deserted you for a period of at least two years;
•you have been separated for two years and your spouse agrees to the divorce; or
•you have been separated for five years - In this instance your spouse does not need to agree to the divorce.

Divorce Process


As long as your spouse does not defend the divorce, you can obtain a divorce by completing a number of documents, without any need to attend Court.

The main steps are as follows:

1) Petition

The divorce process is started by one party filing a petition at Court who then becomes the "Petitioner". The divorce petition includes details for you and your spouse as well as the fact you are relying on to prove that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The Court will then "issue" your petition and post it to your spouse, who will become the "Respondent".

2) Acknowledgement

The next step is for the Respondent to acknowledge the petition by completing an Acknowledgement of Service form sent to them by the Court. The Acknowledgement of Service asks the Respondent whether they intend to defend the divorce.

3) Decree Nisi

Provided your spouse does not defend the divorce, you will then need to complete a statement to confirm your original divorce petition and send this to Court with an Application for the decree nisi, which is the interim stage of the divorce.

The Judge will look at the papers to ensure that they are content for the divorce to be granted. If so, they will set a date for the decree nisi to be pronounced in Court. It will not generally be necessary for you to attend at Court.

4) Decree Absolute

To finalise the divorce, you will need to apply for the decree nisi to be made absolute which you can do six weeks and one day after the decree nisi has been pronounced. Depending upon your financial circumstances we may advise you to wait until the financial arrangements have been concluded.

Once the decree absolute is granted you will officially be divorced.

We understand that this process may seem daunting but we will prepare all of the necessary documents and keep you fully updated during the process

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Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday
09:00 to 17:30

Friday
09:00 to 17:00

Saturday to Sunday
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