Dealing with any dispute is stressful and worrying. We do not want the legal process and the wording we use to make the situation worse so we strive to keep legal jargon to a minimum. We appreciate you will come across terms you may not understand so we have tried to explain these as clearly as possible in the definitions below, so that you fully understand the process you are going through.
If you need further explanation then please do contact us.
In non-criminal cases, doing something which harms someone else. It may result in a claim for financial compensation (damages).
A solemn promise to the court to do or refrain from doing something; breach of undertaking is treated as contempt of court.
A contract term which if breached gives the aggrieved party the opportunity to make a claim for damages or losses.
Discussions or communications undertaken on a Without Prejudice basis are treated as private to allow negotiations to take place without binding parties. The contents of that correspondence cannot be divulged to the Court until the final hearing has been dealt with or the case has been settled.
A statement from anyone able to give evidence about the case. They are normally treated as evidence in chief.