In what is clearly a very uncertain time for everyone, many are left wondering what happens to the dispute that they either started prior to the pandemic, or, which they were intending to start, and are now holding off on.
At Garratts, we are still operating as normal (subject to Government guidelines) and we would very much encourage you, where possible, to continue as normal.
Our litigation staff are still available and appointments can be arranged either via telephone or Skype. We are also seeing that most other firms of solicitors are operating in a similar manner so if your opponent instructs a solicitor, the likelihood is that they too will still be operating.
In addition, the Courts are also still proceeding albeit on a more remote basis than usual. This does not mean, however, that they will not process your claim or any hearing, it just means that it might take a bit longer than usual.
One thing is clear, we will come through this eventually and the problems/issues that you have will still be present, so if you are able and wish to do so, there is no reason why you cannot proceed as normal.
The ramifications of not doing anything could be significant due to what is known as limitation. The law basically sets time limits for different types of claims and after this time has passed, an individual is statute barred from doing anything about it. There is nothing in place at the moment to halt any limitation deadlines and if you do not therefore issue your claim in time, you would be statute barred from doing anything about it later on. Only time will tell whether the pandemic will be a justifiable reason for delaying matters but given that everyone is operating as normal as they can, it seems unlikely.
If you do require assistance with your litigation dispute, contact our expert team on 0161 665 3502.