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The Process of Civil Litigation: Holding Individuals and Companies Accountable

Civil litigation refers to the legal process of resolving disputes through the court system. When mediation fails to settle a disagreement, civil litigation becomes a common method to pursue compensation or justice for wrongdoing, while also imposing legal consequences on individuals or companies that have engaged in improper behaviour.

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The collapse of BHS, a well-known British department store chain, in 2016 serves as a prime example of how civil litigation can hold individuals and companies accountable for their actions. Sir Philip Green sold BHS to Retail Acquisitions, a group of investors led by Dominic Chappell, for a mere £1. However, just a year later, the company went into administration, leaving 11,000 employees jobless and a pension fund deficit of £571 million.

In response to public outcry, the UK government initiated an inquiry into the matter, which resulted in a scathing report published in 2017. The report branded Sir Philip Green as “the unacceptable face of capitalism” and accused him of “plundering” BHS’s assets. Retail Acquisitions, on the other hand, was criticised for being a group of “inexperienced and ill-equipped individuals” who were clearly unsuitable to manage a major retail enterprise.

The collapse of BHS triggered an investigation by the Insolvency Service, which, in 2019, announced its intention to take legal action against Sir Philip Green and Dominic Chappell under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. This particular section empowers the Service to seek disqualification orders against directors who are found to be unfit to run a company. If disqualified, these directors may be prohibited from acting as directors in any company for a period of up to 15 years.

The ongoing case involving Sir Philip Green and Dominic Chappell exemplifies the role that civil litigation can play in holding individuals and companies responsible for their actions. Civil litigation involves resolving disputes through the court system when mediation fails to reach a resolution. Its primary objectives include seeking compensation or redress for wrongdoing and imposing legal sanctions on those who have acted improperly.

The process of civil litigation can vary depending on the specific case but generally involves filing a claim with the court, serving notice to the opposing party, and attending court hearings to present evidence and arguments. The duration of a civil litigation case can range from several months to years, depending on its complexity, and the associated costs can also vary significantly.

When involved in a civil litigation matter, it is crucial to seek legal representation from experienced and knowledgeable solicitors specialising in civil litigation. Ashwood Solicitors, for instance, has a team of experts well-versed in various civil litigation matters, such as alternative dispute resolution, breach of agreements, breach of contract, building disputes, clinical and medical negligence, consumer claims, employment disputes, landlord and tenant issues, neighbour disputes, personal injury, professional negligence, property infringement, boundary disputes, unpaid bills or invoices, and property damage claims.

Successful resolution of a civil litigation case can lead to the award of damages or other forms of relief. However, it is important to consider the potential risks and rewards before initiating a civil litigation case, as losing the case might result in the need to cover the other party’s legal fees and costs. Therefore, careful assessment is crucial before deciding to pursue civil litigation.

While it is possible to represent oneself in a civil litigation case, it is highly recommended to seek legal representation from a qualified lawyer who can provide guidance and support throughout the process. Finding the right lawyer is essential, considering their expertise in the relevant area of law and their track record of success in similar cases. Additionally, the lawyer should be responsive to your needs and concerns, ensuring a comfortable working relationship.

It is important to note that civil litigation can also seek non-monetary remedies, such as injunctions, which are court orders requiring a party to cease or initiate certain actions. For example, in a business dispute, one party may seek an injunction to prevent the other from using trade secrets or confidential information. In some instances, an injunction can be the most effective means of safeguarding a party’s rights and interests.

Apart from pursuing remedies through the court system, civil litigation can also be resolved using alternative methods like mediation or arbitration. Mediation involves a neutral third party facilitating negotiations between the parties to reach a settlement, while arbitration involves a neutral third party making a binding decision in the case. These alternative dispute resolution methods are often faster and less expensive compared to going to court, while also allowing for a more amicable relationship between the parties involved.

Overall, civil litigation plays a vital role in seeking justice and holding individuals and companies accountable for their actions. Whether you are a business owner looking to enforce a contract, an employee seeking compensation for a workplace injury, or an individual seeking redress for personal harm, civil litigation provides a pathway to a fair outcome. However, careful consideration of the potential risks and rewards, as well as obtaining legal representation from an experienced lawyer, is crucial throughout the process.


At Ashwood Solicitors, their highly skilled Civil Litigation team possesses extensive experience in a wide range of civil litigation matters. They are dedicated to helping clients achieve favourable outcomes, providing personalised advice and effective legal strategies that align with individual needs and objectives.

If you find yourself entangled in a legal dispute with another party, whether it be a business or an individual, the expertise of Ashwood Solicitors in civil litigation can prove invaluable in securing a positive resolution. With offices in Manchester and Blackburn, their solicitors are available to offer tailored services across England & Wales, assisting you throughout your civil litigation case. Their expertise encompasses various dispute areas, including contract disputes, property disputes, personal injury claims, professional negligence claims, and more.

By engaging the services of Ashwood Solicitors, you gain access to professional guidance and support that enables a comprehensive understanding of your legal rights and options. Their team of solicitors will guide you through the legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with the opposing party or their legal representatives, and represent you in court if necessary.

For the best possible outcome in your civil litigation case, Ashwood Solicitors provides the legal representation you need. Reach out to them today to learn more about how they can support you through your legal dispute.

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