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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Civil Liberties

Hatten Wyatt has over the years obtained considerable expertise in protecting the civil liberties of those who have been mistreated by the police or public authorities in overstepping their authority and conducting their investigation incompetently. In these circumstances we have been successful in securing redress for our clients in this specialised field.

Most potential claims fall into these causes of action categories:

  • False imprisonment
  • Assault and battery
  • Wrongful/unlawful arrest
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Trespass against land and goods
  • Negligence
  • Wrongful exercise of lawful authority
  • Confiscation of property
  • Death in custody
  • Human right issues

Public funding for such cases is very rare these days but it may be available for certain cases under legal aid. We are able to advise you whether or not you would be eligible for the same and if not we will investigate alternate methods of funding on your behalf.

Property Dispute Resolution

We are specialised in providing the best advice and assistance in property litigation. Our property dispute resolution department will often include the use of solicitors including key members from our dispute resolution department and our commercial property department working in tandem to obtain the best possible results for you.

Our aim will always be to work with you towards finding a solution that is acceptable to all parties and where possible we will encourage mediation or arbitration to narrow the issues and find a resolution.

We are able to advise and represent you on a variety of matters including:

  • Landlord & tenant disputes/matters
  • Lease renewals and extensions
  • Rent Reviews
  • Breach of covenants
  • Building disputes
  • Title disputes including easements and rights of way
  • Disputes relating to Trusts in land
  • Charging orders and their release
  • Professional negligence arising on sale or purchase by your professional advisors including solicitors, surveyors and architects

So please don’t delay, call us and we will be pleased to take your call.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) pays compensation to those who have suffered either physical or mental injury as a result of a criminal act in England, Wales and Scotland. An application has to be made within 2 years of the date of the injury.

Your application, for instance, advice on the award made and whether or not to apply for a review of the decision. The award is made in accordance with the published tariff and covers your injuries but can cover other losses as well. In certain cases independent medical evidence can be beneficial in establishing the full extent of the injuries and obtaining the maximum award.

Legal costs are not recoverable from the CICA and therefore we are able to act on your behalf either on a private basis or under a contingency fee basis whereby if you are successful an agreed percentage of your damages is paid in respect of our costs, with no costs to pay if you do not succeed.

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with Injury claims and we are sure we can guide and assist you with any Criminal Injury Claim.

Professional Negligence

When you instruct professionals to act on your behalf, you expect them to act in your best interests and ensure the best possible results. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen, and you may find that you have been let down by your chosen professionals. Whilst most should have professional indemnity insurance, they are usually advised by their insurers to deny liability or they cloud the issues with legal or technical jargon.

Specialist help from Hatten Wyatt will help you narrow the issues which may have arisen, and identify whether or not you have a potential claim for negligence against the professional.

We will assist you in obtaining the necessary professional reports in support of your case and evaluate the merits as the matter progresses and explain the technicalities as they arise.

Most professional negligence claims are settled without resorting to the courts although this is not always the case – every situation is different which emphasises the importance of obtaining specialist advice.

The funding of this type of case can be on a no win no fee basis or you may even already have the benefit of insurance for this type of litigation and not be aware of it. Whatever the case, provided you have good prospects of success we will do all we can to assist you to get everything in place to take such a case on.

Please contact Mr Yousif or Mr Kennett our Litigation experts who will assist you in taking on your claim.

Clinical Negligence

Here in the UK our doctors and nurses are generally regarded as professional who provide excellent services. Nevertheless, mistakes are made and if you, your spouse or child, have been injured, or if you are the dependent spouse, next of kin or child of a patient who died, as a result of medical treatment you are, at the very least, entitled to an explanation. Any treating doctor is in fact required by their governing body, the General Medical Council, to inform a patient when that treatment has gone wrong.

Where the injury or death was caused or contributed to by the breach of a duty of care committed in the course of the provision of clinical or medical services, including dental or nursing services, you and/or your family may be entitled to financial compensation for what is termed “clinical negligence”, or otherwise known as “medical negligence”.

(If you were treated as a private patient, and paid the doctor, either by yourself or through your medical insurer, you may also be able to claim for breach of contract if your medical treatment was substandard.)

Personal injuries, including psychological injury can occur in all spheres of medical practice. Medical claims can arise out of, accident and emergency, anaesthetics, cancer treatment, cardio surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, general practice, keyhole surgery, mental health, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, plastic surgery, psychiatry, radiology, sterilisation, urology, vascular surgery and many more.

A claim against a medical professional for injuries arising out of a medical accident is completely different from a claim for personal injuries caused in, such as a road traffic accident. In the latter case it is usually straightforward to establish whether or not somebody was at fault and whether any injuries were suffered as a result. But to succeed in a clinical negligence claim you must prove, through the evidence of medical experts qualified in the speciality concerned, that, on a balance of probabilities (i.e. it was more probable than not)

That another medical expert would say that the treatment (or lack of it) was below the standard that one could reasonably expect from a medical professional with a similar background and qualification.

As a senior member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), one of the few who have qualified as a Fellow of that body, Chris Kennett has the experience and seniority in his field to deal with any problem that your case may have and he and his team eagerly await your call.

Personal Injury

A personal injury can be a physical injury, disease or illness, or a psychological injury or illness. A personal injury could in some cases result in death. We at Hatten Wyatt and Morlings can aid in all these questions and Chris Kennett and his team have many years experience to assist in making a claim to recover compensation for such claims.

Examples of some types of personal injuries are:

  • an injury at work. This includes work-related illnesses such as a disease caused by working with asbestos
  • a psychological illness caused by stress at work
  • an injury caused in a traffic accident
  • an injury received as a result of faulty goods or services
  • an injury caused if you trip over paving stones
  • a psychological illness suffered as a result of abuse as a child
  • an injury caused by errors in hospital treatment or by vaccinations
  • a physical or psychological injury sustained by a victim in the course of a crime
  • a psychological illness caused by discrimination or harassment in your work-place.

If you have suffered a personal injury, or if you are enquiring about someone to help you or if you need a lawyer to act on behalf of someone who has died because of a personal injury, you should consider the following:

  • do you want to make a complaint to the person or organisation you believe was responsible for the injuries?
  • do you want to make a claim for compensation to cover losses you or someone you represent has suffered as a result of the injury?
  • are there any immediate financial problems arising because of the injury, for example, you or someone you care for unable to work?
  • Do you want to contact an organisation that could offer you or someone you care for support or counselling or do es that person need rehabilitative treatment such as physiotherapy?


Employment related problems can arise unexpectedly and at the most inconvenient times. At Hatten Wyatt our employment team is able to act for you, to help you secure your rights where you feel you may have been treated unfairly in the termination of an employment or in respect of your employer’s equal opportunity policies.

We understand the sensitive relationship to be maintained when dealing with your current employer and our employment solicitors look for the best scenario for you as our client. Our dedicated employment team act on behalf of employers and employees and as a result we know and understand both sides of the situation and can anticipate what to expect. This enables us to act accordingly and in your best interests, whether this is an outcome so that an amicable working relationship can continue, negotiating a Compromise Agreement or, if negotiation fails, we have the experience and resources to represent you effectively at an employment tribunal.

Hatten Wyatt provide a highly professional service to clients at all times to ensure the most suitable outcome is reached.


Christopher Kennett

Legal Executive

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