When you are involved in a dispute it can be a stressful and expensive process.  Our expert civil litigators are here to provide pragmatic and cost effective solutions to end your dispute quickly.

We advise and act for individuals and organisations including charities, clubs and businesses across a range of disputes including:

  • Building disputes
  • Civil Harassment
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial fraud
  • Contempt of Court
  • Contentious insolvency
  • Contracts and breach of contracts
  • Contract disputes
  • Debt collection
  • Debt management and recovery
  • Factoring and invoice discounting
  • Insurance claims
  • Judicial Review
  • Mediations & Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Negligence
  • Nuisance
  • Partnership disputes
  • Personal Insolvency
  • Property disputes
  • Regulatory matters including advice and representation for professionals
  • Rights enforcement
  • Security disputes
  • Shareholder disputes

 

The Court has wide-ranging powers that allow it to enforce its authority and reprimand those who disobey the Court.  A judge can fine or even jail a person if they find them to be in contempt of court.  Typically someone held in Contempt of Court will have:

  • deliberately breached injunctions or judgments

  • been disrespectful to court officers

  • been rude to a judge 

  • disrupted legal proceedings 

However, Contempt of Court is not a straightforward issue, and the Court will on occasion make an error when making a ruling that someone is in Contempt of Court.

Journalists and Contempt of Court

For instance, a judge cannot usually find a journalist guilty of contempt of court for refusing to disclose the sources of information, but there are exceptions to this legal rule, such as if disclosure is necessary 'in the interests of justice'.

How We Can Help

At McMillan Williams, our experienced solicitors can assist and represent clients who are either concerned that they may fall foul of the law relating to Contempt of Court, or who already have had a ruling made against them.  If you are in any doubt call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

If you have been targeted by persistent and unwanted attention from a third party, there may have been an infringement of your legal right to be free from harassment.

Harassment laws exist to prevent stalking and on occasion persistent and unpleasant conduct towards individuals by media organisations or journalists. They also protect individuals from being harassed by people on social media, or through another mode of communication.

We seek damages (ie, compensation) for clients who suffer anxiety and financial losses resulting from harassment. We also obtain injunctions for clients, to ensure the harassment ceases.

Our experts have successfully obtained judgments in court against those who harass, as well as out-of-court undertakings from them agreeing to cease their oppressive and unreasonable conduct towards our clients.

In addition, if you are being harassed by a journalist or media organisation, we can make a complaint on your behalf to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which handles complaints against the media for breaches of the Editors' Code of Practice. We also conduct complaints cases for clients in relation to breaches of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, which protects people from persistent infringements of their privacy by broadcasters.

We also specialise in seeking the removal of harassing material from social media websites, forums, and internet service providers through Cease and Desist notices.

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