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Dispute resolution

We advise and act for clients in civil disputes including claims relating to wills and estates, contract, property, landlord and tenant,  possession proceedings and we act for employees in relation to settlement agreements.

Should you decide to instruct us to deal with your matter, we can then advise on costs, timescale and your prospects of success.

Call us on 01326 316655 or email us for an appointment.

We seek to resolve disputes in a cost-effective way using mediation, adjudication and other forms of dispute resolution.  We will steer you through the legal process efficiently and effectively.

Raised awareness of rights and entitlements has prompted a dramatic increase in the number of contentious probate cases going to court in recent years. Wills can be validly contested, provided that there are certain prescribed circumstances.

For more information regarding disputed probate, wills, inheritances and trusts, please click  here.

Weighing the Costs

Before we begin work on your behalf and as the case progresses, we will give clear and frank advice about  the merits of your claim and the chances of success. We will help you weigh this against the likely level of legal charges and expenses and any other concerns that you may have regarding your case. We strive on finding the best way to resolve the matter as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.

Our Approach

Many disputes and claims can be resolved effectively out of Court and we will consider with you the options available including mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, in addition Legal Expenses Insurance or conditional fee agreement, ‘no win, no fee’, may sometimes be available.

Angelo Micciche

Angelo Micciche


Angelo is an experienced solicitor who practises in a wide range of litigation, with over 25 years’ experience. He was brought up, educated and trained as a solicitor in Falmouth. Angelo provides pragmatic and cost-effective advice of high quality, which he delivers in an approachable style. His specialism is in disputed probate, wills, inheritances and trusts. He is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and has the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes. He also does a lot of work for residential landlords and work relating to rights of way and boundary issues.
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Dispute resolution

We deal with disputes relating to wills and estates, property and residential landlord and tenant. We will give you clear advice on the merits of your claim, the likely level of your costs and alternative ways of resolving your dispute, eg. through mediation.


Family law

Family law is a complex and sensitive area. Over the years, our trusted family law experts have helped many families to resolve issues involving the home, finances and the care of children. They have also earned a reputation for a sensitive and understanding approach when dealing with clients involved in emotional and stressful situations.


Commercial law

What appears to be a good deal today may be a lost opportunity tomorrow – or revealed to be a less attractive investment. Whatever the age or size of your business venture, good legal advice is a vital part of the decision-making process. It can save you time, money and stress – and help your business thrive.



Your home is probably your most expensive asset and whatever the prevailing economic climate, planning a move is a stressful event. Our friendly and efficient team of residential conveyancers will ensure your transaction runs smoothly and quickly.


Probate, Wills & Trusts

Our Private Client Department combines a wealth of experience in dealing with Probate and the administration of Estates; from straightforward standard Estates, to high net worth and complex Estates, where expertise, judgement and efficiency are paramount.


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