STUART'S PRACTICE

Stuart undertakes work for members of the public directly via the Public Access scheme.  Not all cases are appropriate for Public Access instructions.  Contact Stuart and his clerking team to discuss your case.  If we feel it is appropriate for Public Access instructions, Stuart will provide for a free 30 minute initial consultation.  To get an idea of whether your case is appropriate, Stuart most commonly accepts  instructions in the following areas:

 

Money Claims, Contract Disputes and Debt Recovery

 

Stuart is regularly instructed both for Claimant’s and Defendant’s to advise and represent people directly in their contractual disputes and from accepting solicitor's instructions.  

 

This work ranges between small claims track typically up to £10,000.00 in value, fast track cases with a typical value of between £10,000.00 and £25,000.00 and multi track cases worth £25,000.00 and greater with his highest value case to date being a successful defence of 3 day multi-track contractual dispute brought for damages and interest worth over £145,000.00 in the Northampton County Court.

Usually this work will consist of acting for tradespeople seeking to recover unpaid fees or customers disputing the charges.  If you are facing a case like this, contact Stuart to discuss your case.

Landlord and Tenant Disputes

 

Stuart acts for both landlords and tenants on a Public Access basis and through professional instructions.  He most regularly undertakes eviction and possession work dealing with part 55 claims, section 8 and section 21 applications.  Typical matters include:-

  • Possession claims

  • Forfeiture of long residential leases

  • Service charge disputes

  • Disrepair and dilapidation issues

  • Appointment of managers

  • Leasehold enfranchisement

Family Law

 

Stuart regularly conducts Family work in a number of areas but most commonly undertakes Family law Act proceedings including Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders and Private Law Children proceedings representing parties in applications for contact and residence, Specific Issue Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and enforcement, at all stages of proceedings.  

 

He has represented parties in multi-day fact-finding hearings and final hearings, entailing the cross-examination of numerous witnesses where the allegations have included serious domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Separate to his practice Stuart sits as a Board Member and Trustee of Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service (formerly Northampton Women’s Aid).

Road Traffic Matters & Credit Hire

 

Stuart is regularly instructed both for Claimant’s and Defendant’s to deal with road traffic matters in both a criminal law and civil law context.  Much of his work centres on credit hire. He is often instructed to advise on evidence and litigation strategy. He is familiar with all arguments commonly raised in credit hire cases including enforceability, need, period, intervention, dishonesty, storage, rates and impecuniosity.

In his criminal Road Traffic work, Stuart provides advice and representation throughout the process from first appearances to appeals and regularly conducts trials, special reasons and exceptional hardship applications.

Personal Injury

 

Stuart conducts personal injury work on a regular basis acting for both claimants and defendants at all stages of proceedings, from interim applications and CMC’s through to trials.  He appears in court on an almost daily basis and provides advice on quantum, liability and fundamental dishonesty.  As well as representation, he is happy to provide advice either following pre-trial conferences or on the papers.