We are committed to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures for resolving disputes
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There will be times when things go wrong and disputes arise. If this does happen, the Keelys litigation solicitors will not only give you our expert opinion on your case from a legal perspective, we will also advise how to resolve the dispute as quickly and as economically as possible. We will work with you to seek to meet your needs; keeping disruption to a minimum for businesses for example is just one of the factors we take into consideration.
We are committed to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedures for resolving disputes as there are very obvious benefits in comparison to the traditional court route. If, however, ADR does not work or is not appropriate for you, we will pursue your claim through Court action as robustly as possible in order to achieve the outcome you are looking for.
With a strong team of experienced litigators, we provide dispute resolution and litigation advice over the following areas:
Commercial agreements and contractual disputes
Will and Contested probate disputes
Shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes
Commercial and Residential Property Disputes
Commercial Debt Recovery
We take a pragmatic approach when it comes to disputes; not only will we provide you with legal advice and guidance but we will always consider the practicalities of your individual circumstances.
We understand that parties find themselves in litigation in unhappy circumstances. We will work with you to aim to make the process of litigation understandable, expeditious, cost effective and as stress-free as possible. We will give you clear advice and tell you candidly about the merits and pitfalls you may face with your case.
We are also pleased to be able to provide you with a specialist debt recovery service for undisputed debts with fixed fees depending on the nature and size of the claim. Click here to read our Debt Recovery Guide and here to see our latest charges for pursuing debts of up to £100,000.
Litigation and dispute resolution team
Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation | Head of Department | Partner
Joanne is a Partner and Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Joanne is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in litigation matters. Having trained and qualified in 1994 at Wragge & Co, she also spent several years at Martineau Johnson, as well as having experience of working as in-house Counsel in the finance leasing industry.
Joanne headed up the dispute resolution and litigation team at her previous firm before joining Keelys LLP in January 2018. Joanne has extensive experience of all nature of commercial and contractual disputes, having handled minority shareholders’ disputes, professional negligence claims and overdrawn directors loan account claims. In addition she also handles landlord and tenant cases (both commercial and residential) and trust and contested probate claims. Joanne prides herself on taking a hands on approach to cases and will always take in to consideration the commercial issues that arise in any dispute.
When not in the office, Joanne enjoys walking the family dog, reading, history and travel (and if they can all be combined then so much the better).
Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation | Associate Partner
Patrick is an Associate with over 30 years’ experience in a broad range of matters, but particularly focusing on dispute resolution and company and commercial work. He has spent all of his career in Staffordshire qualifying as a solicitor in 1990. Patrick became an authorized High Court Enforcement Officer in 2004 and has particular knowledge in the enforcement industry, making him one of only a handful of people in England and Wales to be both a practicing solicitor and HCEO. He was the Managing Partner at his previous firm in Stafford before joining Keelys.
Patrick undertakes a broad range of dispute resolution work with a particular focus on contested trust and probate claims, ( having successfully obtained the specialist ACTAPS qualification) dealing with a range of complex issues involving both small and very large estates and debt collection, given his experience in the debt collection industry as an Enforcement Officer in the High Court. He deals with Landlord and Tenant matters (residential and commercial) and a range of contractual disputes.
Head of Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation department: Joanne Davies
Patrick relaxes by watching and playing most sports, particularly football, cricket and golf and has travelled extensively, once working as a lifeguard in California. He enjoys reading, coin collecting and gardening and was a Councillor for Stafford Borough for twenty years, sixteen of which on the Cabinet and eight and a half years as Leader of the Authority. He has been honoured by being awarded the title of Honorary Alderman for his services to the Borough of Stafford, recognising his huge contribution to the local area.
Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation | Trainee Solicitor
Elly studied Law at Liverpool University from 2017 to 2020 and graduated with a First Class Degree with Honours. She is currently working towards qualification as a solicitor.
Elly began her legal career after graduation working at another law firm where she assisted other fee earners and also dealt with debt recovery matters and possession proceedings in relation to residential property matters. Elly is currently assisting Joanne Davies and Patrick Farrington in the Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Department as well as undertaking debt recovery work.
Head of Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Department: Joanne Davies
Outside of the office you will find Elly shopping, at the theatre, at spin class or discovering new eateries with family and friends.
Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation | Solicitor
Kerri is a solicitor having qualified in 2001 and has over ten years’ experience in handling litigation matters. Prior to taking a break to raise her children in 2013, the vast majority of her legal career was spent at a large Birmingham city centre firm in the litigation team where she acted on behalf of some major insurance companies.
Kerri has extensive litigation experience including landlord and tenant, debt recovery and contractual disputes. She has also previously handled high value personal injury claims, occupational stress claims and has also spent time fighting off fraudulent claims against insurance clients, so she has extensive knowledge and experience on a very varied array of contentious matters.
Head of Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation Department: Joanne Davies
In her spare time, Kerri enjoys reading, trips to the theatre and watching rugby. She also enjoys fitness and the outdoors. Kerri is also a governor at her son’s secondary school.
Thank you for all the work that you have put in on my behalf and the excellent result that you have obtained for me. Very impressed with your professionalism.
Many thanks for your skill, patience and professionalism in helping me to move forward from this and bring closure to a difficult situation.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for your exceptional guidance throughout. Joanne, your call on Friday, following the proceedings, was truly invaluable. Both you and [Counsel] displayed remarkable professionalism and support. Your collective assurance throughout the entire journey gave us confidence in the strength of our case.
We both agree that it is an extraordinary letter that should have the highest praise for its research, content and factual eloquence.
Elly has been brilliant and made it very clear and simple for us!
(After 3 days in court) “Jo thank-you for this week, you were brilliant, we both felt like we had a best friend who had our backs, which meant a lot.
Thank you for your work and ongoing help, I’m very grateful to have you by my side.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter Jo, it’s been enjoyable working with you.