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Private Individuals > Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

Our Dispute Resolution team advises on a wide variety of Litigation Claims. Whatever the nature of the dispute, whether you are bringing a claim or defending one we have the expertise to deal with it effectively. Our specialist team can offer an accurate assessment of your legal position and rights and advise you on all your options.

Dispute Resolution

Often if we are involved early in the dispute we can help to resolve matters without the need to issue at Court. However, if Court proceedings are necessary, we will pursue them vigorously on your behalf whilst keeping costs to a minimum.

Ward Gethin Archer Solicitors have extensive litigation experience of both pursuing and defending legal claims. We look for opportunities to achieve a swift solution and we are committed to establishing and attaining your objectives as effectively and cost efficiently as possible.

Our solicitors can advise on:

Contractual Disputes

Our Solicitors can help resolve and deal with all of your contractual disputes. Whether this is a supplier failing to fulfil their part of the contract or a client refusing to pay for the goods or services, we can advise you as to the course of action which will be most effective for you. Our Solicitors have substantial experience in considering contracts and advising on contracts and the most effective means of enforcement of contracts.

Professional Negligence

If you believe that your professional advisor has provided you with advice which you do believe is incorrect or which falls below the standard that you would be entitled to expect and you have suffered loss as a result of this or you believe that your case has been damaged as a result of your legal advisor's advice, you may have a claim against them for professional negligence.

Our Solicitors can deal with claims against professional advisors including Solicitors, Accountants, Surveyors and Architects.

Property or Boundary Disputes

Our Solicitors will be able to advise you in relation to any disputes which you may have in relation to your property or the boundaries of your property. Our Solicitors appreciate that boundary disputes are difficult for individuals as of course, no-one wishes to fall out with their neighbours however, often this cannot be avoided. Our Solicitors will deal with your property or boundary dispute on your behalf and advise you in relation to the prospects of succeeding or defending any claim bought against you. Our Solicitors will also advise you about attempting to settling any dispute you may have although, if this is not possible, our Solicitors will vigorously pursue or defend any claim bought against you on your behalf.

Building Disputes

You may have a dispute concerning the building of your property or a dispute concerning work which you have had carried out on your property. You may feel that the work had not been completed as described to you or the builder is attempting to charge you more than was agreed. If you are unsatisfied with the work completed on your behalf, then our Solicitors can act on your behalf in a claim against the builder.

Disputes concerning Wills, Estates and Powers of Attorney

Our Solicitors provide specialist advice in contested Probate claims, Inheritance matters, disputed Wills and disputes concerning Powers of Attorney. We can provide expert advice in respect of contested inheritance if you believe that you have not been adequately provided for by a member of your family. We also deal with disputes over the validity of Wills if you believe that the deceased was put under pressure to sign a Will when they were not capable of doing so or you believe that one of your family was forced to change their Will, then we can help. We also deal with claims for Beneficiaries and children, and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and dispute over Powers of Attorney.

Debt Collection

If you are an individual or a business and are owed money by another party, our dispute resolution Solicitors can assist you with attempting to recover the debt on your behalf. We aim to supply cost effective debt recovery solution for you or your business. Where debts arise, we seek to recover all sums due, including costs and interest as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is important to act quickly in debt recovery matters and our Solicitors act on behalf of a number of local businesses in recovering their unpaid invoices.

If you require advice, then please contact your nearest office who will be more than happy to assist. The contact details for each of our offices can be found by clicking here.

Funding Your Claim

For all dispute resolution matters, we offer an initial appointment at a fixed fee to offer you initial advice. It may be that you have insurance under a home insurance policy to cover the funding of your claim or you have insurance under your business policy which may be able to cover the cost of us acting on your behalf. Alternatively, we may be able to agree with you for you to make payments on a monthly basis in order to budget for your legal costs. Please contact your nearest office who will be more than happy to assist. The contact details for each of our offices can be found by clicking here.


Richard Pennington

Richard Pennington

Richard is a solicitor and Director in our Family, Civil Litigation and Employment departments based in King's Lynn.

Richard became a solicitor in 1986, and has been a Director since May 1991. Richard brings over 20 years of litigation experience and deals with particularly contentious financial issues in divorces for SME owners and their spouses, commercial disputes of all sorts, contentious probate matters and professional negligence disputes for the firm.

Richard is a trained civil litigation mediator, a Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and a Resolution Trained Collaborative Family Lawyer able to deal with collaborative work, and is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

Richard is also the Chair of YMCA Norfolk and a trustee of a number of local charities, a church elder and a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.

As published in The UK Legal 500 2014 East Anglia Private client Family recommended Law firms:

"Richard Pennington at Ward Gethin Archer is 'an old-fashioned litigator with a superb legal brain and great tactical awareness'; he regularly advises on contentious divorce settlements."

Email Richard Pennington 

Telephone Richard Pennington 01553 667202

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of ResolutionMembers of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Professional Negligence Lawyers AssociationResolution Collaborative Lawyer

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim Faivelowitz

Kim is a Chartered Legal Executive and a Director, working in the firm's Litigation and Employment Law Department. Kim joined the firm in 2002 and she advises clients on a wide range of litigation matters, including contract disputes, debt collection, commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes, property disputes, professional negligence and contentious probate. In terms of employment matters, Kim advises both employers and employees in employment disputes including representing clients in Employment Tribunal claims and she drafts employment contracts for employers.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys keeping fit and spending quality time with her family.

Email Kim Faivelowitz 

Telephone Kim Faivelowitz 01553 667225


Chris Dewey

Chris Dewey

Chris is a solicitor, the firm's Managing Director and a key member of both the Personal Injury and Employment Law teams. He is a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel, and specialises in helping Union members with accidents at work and occupational disease claims. He also has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of Employment Law including claims for unfair dismissal, disability claims and TUPE transfers.

Email Chris Dewey 

Telephone Chris Dewey 01553 667209


Maria Short

Maria Short

Having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2010 with a niche commercial firm in Hampshire, Maria joined Ward Gethin Archer in April 2016 and is based in our office in King's Lynn and specialises in civil litigation and employment law, and is able to help and advise clients on a wide variety of dispute matters in various areas of law, for example commercial and consumer contracts, negligence claims, Landlord and Tenant matters. Maria also has experience in employment law and can provide advice on a range of Employment Law matters for clients both from an employer and employee perspective.

Maria is an experienced civil litigation solicitor who has until recently been working in the public sector for an NHS Trust, where she adapted her legal skills to assist an organisation working within a challenging financial environment, and brings a practical solution focus to her legal work

Email Maria Short 

Telephone Maria Short 01553 660033


Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry is a solicitor in the firm's Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation Team and is based in our Ely office. Joseph qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and joined Ward Gethin Archer in June 2017.

Joseph specialises in civil litigation and is able to assist clients on a wide range of contentious matters including professional negligence claims, property disputes, inheritance issues and contract disputes.

Joseph trained and qualified at a Cambridge firm and before joining Ward Gethin Archer was working at a Legal 500 firm in London.

When he is not working, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and cooking.

Email Joseph Henry 

Telephone Joseph Henry 01353 646108

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Professional Negligence Lawyers Association