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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? Because we are:


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.


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.


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 matter?

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

Eliza Austin Lea

Eliza Austin-Lea

Commercial Litigation
Qualified 1997

Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton in July 2021, having qualified in Liverpool in 1997. I have worked as a Solicitor in Chester since 2001. 

Having worked as a PI solicitor earlier in my career, I cut my teeth in claimant housing law in Liverpool in the late 1990s when disrepair was rife. I have worked in all areas of housing law and have a wealth of experience of dealing with legal housing disputes for which I have a great passion. I now specialise in residential housing issues, and the associated Litigation. 

Outside of work I am an active member of our local WI and I previously served as a a school governor for 12 years only recently stepping down. I also help to run a local handball team and ferry my son around various football matches across the Northwest. If not driving the roads of Chester, I am pounding the local paths instead walking with my 2 dogs to keep fit, then enjoying a glass of wine at a local pub.

Sarah Mansfield

Sarah Mansfield

Legal Director
Commercial Litigation
Qualified 1997

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

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. 

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