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Disputes

Every day we change the lives of our litigation clients by helping to resolve disputes and to recover debts.

We understand that disputes can be both disruptive and stressful and that the recovery of bad debts needs to be properly balanced with the costs of collection. Our team of experts will assist you in resolving disputes and recovering debts in a timely and cost-effective manner.

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For a FREE initial consultation with our expert Disputes team, simply complete the form on this page, call 01244 356 789 or email info@cullimoredutton.co.uk.

Why choose us to help resolve your Dispute? Because we are:

Experienced

Our team has more than 70 years’ experience of helping clients to resolve disputes and to recover debts in as cost effective and stress-free manner as possible.

Specialists

Our team are all experts in this area of law and specialise in helping, supporting and advising businesses, property specialists and tenants in finding solutions and resolving issues.

Understanding

We understand the distress and disruption that disputes, and bad debtors can create. We will work with you to resolve these issues and provide solutions which work for you and your business.

Who will work on your Dispute?

A fully qualified lawyer. Your matter will either be handled or supervised by a solicitor with at least 20 years’ experience in this area of work.

Some areas of work may be supported by our Paralegal team.

Administrative duties will be undertaken by our support staff.

As Head of Department, Brenda Spain has overall responsibility for the supervision of all work carried out by her team.

Our Commercial & Property Litigation Department

Sarah Mansfield

Sarah Mansfield

Legal Director
Commercial Litigation
Qualified 1997
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Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton in April 2021 as a Legal Director in the Litigation team. 

I am an experienced solicitor and litigator with over 24 years specialising in: 

  • Landlord and Tenant Law 
  • Leasehold Law and Block Management 
  • Housing Management 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Housing and Health and Safety 
  • Regulation 
  • Title Disputes 
  • Nuisance and Trespass 
  • Party Wall and Boundary Disputes 
  • Contract Disputes 

I act for Private and Social Landlords, Freeholders, Management Companies and Developers. 

I am a Member of the Liverpool Law Society General Committee and Vice Chair of the Civil Litigation Sub-Committee. In addition, I was a founder member of the Law Clinic at Liverpool University, I am a Charitable Trustee for Merseyside Water Rescue, a Liverpool-based charity, and a board member and recent committee member of Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Association. 

I am an experienced external speaker and have appeared regularly on behalf of Central Law Training, Northern Housing Consortium and ALARM. I am a regular contributor to specialist publications and have had several articles published in the national press. 

In my spare time I enjoy sewing and upholstery, travelling and walking with my two dogs. 

Viv Oulton

Viv Oulton

Legal Assistant
Commercial Litigation
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Hello, I joined the firm in 1983 and am the longest serving member of the support team, with over nearly nearly 40 years service. 

I work as a Legal Assistant in the Commercial Litigation Department assisting team with all types of commercial litigation work including debt recovery matters and High Court Enforcement matters. 

I enjoy working closely with clients, offering help and support at what can often be a very stressful time for the individuals involved. 

I have expertise in:
• Civil Litigation
• Commercial Litigation
• Debt Recovery
• High Court Enforcement
• Assisting Management Companies when selling property

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with friends, reading, horse racing, and motor sports. I’m a keen follower of the Isle of Man TT Races and an ACU accredited Race Marshal. I’m also a big football fan and a proud season ticket holder at Liverpool FC, much to the chagrin of our MD, Andy, who is an Evertonian. Poor chap. 

Isabella Martindale

Isabella Martindale​

Trainee Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
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I joined Cullimore Dutton in November 2021 as a Legal Assistant in the Commercial Litigation team while studying for my Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Master’s in business law. I completed both qualifications in August 2022 achieving a Distinction in my Masters and was delighted to be promoted to the role of Paralegal in the same month.

In the third year of my undergraduate degree at Sheffield Hallam University, I obtained the highest marks amongst my peers when studying Mooting – developing skills for legal arguments, legal research and looking at the nuances of case law and judgements. Litigation is an area of Law which has always intrigued me, as such I am extremely excited to be part of a team working in this area.

I am very much aware how fortunate I am to be working alongside such skilled and experienced colleagues and I am looking forward to learning from them while developing and progressing in my career.

Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors whether hiking up a mountain or sailing a boat. I also enjoy spending quality time with my friends, family, and my chocolate Labrador Nelson.

Ajith Prasad

Ajith Prasad​

Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Qualified 2016
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Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton in May 2023 as a Solicitor in the Litigation team having spent several years with an international law firm based in Liverpool.

My background is in the public and private healthcare sectors where I have acted for large insurers, private healthcare companies and NHS Trusts in a variety of contentious matters. In my role at Cullimore Dutton I act for Private and Social Landlords, Freeholders, Management Companies, Developers, Limited Companies and Shareholders. I deal with all manner of litigated matters including contractual/commercial disputes, property disputes and debt recovery.

I am experienced in bringing and defending a variety of applications and claims and endeavour to resolve disputes in a commercial manner through a process of negotiation, mediation, and litigation.

Outside of work, I am a keen sportsman and play for my local cricket and football teams. I also enjoy watching England and Lancashire in the cricket whenever they play at Old Trafford.

Megan Bedwell, Paralegal

Megan Bedwell​

Paralegal
Commercial Litigation
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Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton in July 2023 as a Paralegal in the Property Litigation team.

Prior to joining Cullimore Dutton I worked as an Assistant Paralegal within an in-house legal team at a large UK housebuilder, a role I held for five years. Alongside my full-time role, I have been, and continue to study for my CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice which, once completed, will give me Chartered Legal Executive status. Ultimately my long-term aim is to qualify as a Solicitor.

In my previous role I was also an ambassador for young people looking to start a career in law. I am very passionate about promoting CILEX as a viable route into the legal profession and believe that it provides huge benefits, enabling students to earn whilst they learn and gain real “on the job” skills and knowledge.

I have experience in dealing with contract disputes, boundary disputes, nuisance, trespass, debt recovery, litigation/dispute resolution and much more. My role at Cullimore Dutton also involves Landlord and Tenant matters and acting for Management Companies.

Outside of work, I spend a lot of time designing and decorating my new home, and I enjoy going for walks, playing netball and spending time with my friends and family.

I wanted to repeat my thanks for the advice you very kindly gave me regarding the Deed of Guarantee that my stepdaughter’s new landlords had asked me to sign. Thank you for giving me the confidence to contact them to request several changes. Your expert advice was a great help and was very much appreciated.

Cullimore Dutton Commercial and Property Litigation client

Thank you so much for sorting this so quickly and professionally. I really appreciate it.

Cullimore Dutton Commercial and Property Litigation client