Denise Woodward

Denise Woodward

We are sad to announce the death of Denise Woodward, Consultant Solicitor, on 22nd April 2023.

Denise was a valued member of our Family Law Team and a hugely popular member of staff. Denise will be sorely missed by all her work colleagues and the legal fraternity in Chester and beyond.

Darlene Storrar, Managing Partner, says:

"Denise was an excellent Family Law Solicitor and a highly valued member of our team. Denise was dedicated to her work and her many clients and we will miss her enormously. Denise was always cheerful and engaging. Our thoughts are with her large supportive family at this very sad time."


Litigation: ​​Commercial Dispute Resolution

When you are in a dispute or facing litigation you need an expert on your side.

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We offer a bespoke service tailored to the individual needs of our clients. Our experienced Litigation Team provides fast and efficient advice from pre-action and court proceedings to enforcement action.

We understand that no individual or business welcomes litigation. We appraise your prospects of success and give consideration to whether there is an alternative course of action which may achieve the result you want. We provide clear, practical advice and focus on the real issues by thinking creatively to find alternative solutions.

Where there is no realistic alternative to litigation, we will pursue your claim in a manner to ensure that your commercial and financial interests are protected at all times whilst achieving a speedy resolution. Equally, if a claim is being sought against you, we will vigorously defend your position sensibly and at all times we will provide you with practical and constructive advice to ensure that the course of action taken best suits your needs and resources.

Our strategy is to ensure that our clients receive a swift and cost effective outcome for their business or individual needs.

At Storrar Cowdry, our Commercial Litigation Team are experts in their field.

They have a wealth of knowledge and experienced between them to assist you in achieving the best outcome for you and your business.

Contact us for a no-obligation discussion to find out how we can help you.

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If you wish to discuss your situation further with an expert solicitor please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Kate Naylor

Solicitor and Partner

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents and other communications do we need to preserve and disclose?

Always remember that parties are compelled to disclose to each other damaging documents as well as helpful ones.  The duty of disclosure is strict and the courts take it very seriously.  The duty is to disclose ‘documents’. ‘Document’ has a very wide meaning and includes all media including paper documents, tapes, computer records and email.  It includes electronic documents stored on server and back-up systems and electronic documents that have been deleted.  Parties are required to disclose documents over which they have ‘control’. These include documents that a party has had a legal right to possess, inspect or copy including documents held by third party professional agents. Parties are required to conduct a reasonable search. For electronic documents it may be reasonable to proceed by means of agreed keyword searches.  In a major case, disclosure can be the most costly part of the litigation.  Compliance with the rules is vital and it is necessary to ensure that documents are secured and stored appropriately from the outset and that none are inadvertently destroyed or deleted or altered.  It is vital to asses and protect documents from the moment that litigation is contemplated. It is also important that existing documents are not annotated, altered or added to.  We can assist and guide you through the process and professional advice should be sought when proceedings are first contemplated.

Should we propose mediation?

In commercial litigation, the costs can be substantial and the process time consuming for all, with a number of deadlines and the prospect of the court imposing a judgment upon the parties.  Mediation is a voluntary and flexible form of alternative dispute resolution.  The mediator is a neutral third party appointed by the parties to work towards a negotiated settlement.  The benefits include:

a) Communication problems between the parties can be overcome.
b) Business relationships may be preserved.
c) The process is entirely confidential and covered by privilege.
d) The parties can choose a mediator, but not a judge.
e) Legal costs may be saved.
f) Mediation can produce outcomes which are not available to the court.
g) The parties have active participation in the process and control of the outcome.
h) Mediation can usually be set up expediently and quickly.
i) The process is low risk, no party can lose at a mediation.
j) Mediation has a high success rate – between 65%-85%.

The potential disadvantages are:

a) If no resolution is reached, the time and costs are aborted.
b) Mediation can sometimes result in disclosure of strategies to the other party.
c) The mediator cannot order disclosure of documents – so the timing of the offer may be important in current proceedings.

We have experience of mediation and the appointment of mediators and can guide you through the process.


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"Excellent service. Kate Naylor was very professional, efficient at a very difficult time. Thank you. "

Litigation & Family Law

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and professionalism with my case. You and your assistant have both been brilliant."

Litigation & Family Law

"Very pleased with the advice received from Kate Naylor. Really helped put our minds at rest and provide us with a way forward with the issues we were having. Response to emails and queries was prompt and very helpful. Couldn’t ask for a better service."

Litigation & Family Law

"Darlene – thank you. You were so kind, supportive and always made things very clear to me – not always the case with solicitors."

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