Litigation & Disputes

On occasion a matter does reach a point when two parties cannot resolve the issue without the need for legal advice. Rutherfords Litigation Department have a vast wealth of experience to assist both an individual and commercial client.

Steve Wengraf heads the Litigation department and is assisted by Tanya Summers (Solicitor), Louise Tyler (Legal Executive) and Hayden Mellowship (Trainee Solicitor). The team can assist with a wide range of different types of litigation and debt recovery matters and will be able to advise you pragmatically and cost effectively

We can assist you with:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Property and land disputes (Including Landlord and Tenant Disputes)
  • Enforcement
  • Dispute resolution and ADR
    • Advise all clients in an attempt to avoid litigation
    • Resolution experience
    • Formal application to Land Registry or Issue of Court proceedings if necessary
  • Regulatory law
  • Debt recovery
    • Tracing bad debts
    • Dealing with individual debts, sole traders and Limited companies
    • Pre-action advice
    • Issuing and pursuing claims
    • Defended claims/counter claims and litigation
    • Enforcement
    • Obtaining High Court Writs
    • Instructing High Court Enforcement officers
    • Obtaining charging orders, third party debt orders, attachment f earnings orders
    • Possession proceedings
    • Insolvency proceedings
  • Commercial disputes
    • Ownership of the business
    • Director Disputes
    • Management responsibilities
    • Funding issues
    • Health & Safety issues
    • Resolution experience through Arbitration and Litigation


For further advice and assistance please call us on 01827 311411 or complete our enquiry form.

Meet the Team

Hayden Mellowship

Trainee Solicitor

Hayden Mellowship

Hayden joined Rutherfords in 2017 as a Paralegal. After completing his LPC at the University of Wolverhampton, Hayden became a Trainee Solicitor in August 2018.  He has since gone on to obtain a Masters in Law (LLM).

Hayden works alongside the Solicitors and Consultants in the Corporate and Commercial Department, as well as the Litigation Department, to provide support and to gain further experience in all aspects of these departments, as well as debt recovery.

Hayden also specialises in Data Protection advice in light of the recent introduction of the GDPR in 2019.

Louise Tyler

Legal Executive (CILEx)

Louise Tyler

Louise qualified in 1997 as a Chartered Legal Executives (CILEx) and has been part of the Rutherfords family for over 30 years.

Louise has extensive experience in the Litigation Department, dealing with both individual and business clients, on various types of litigation.

Louise specialises in business debt recovery and is also qualified to be a Commissioner of Oaths.

Steve Wengraf


Steve Wengraf

Steve qualified in 1993 and became a Partner at Rutherfords in 2003.

Steve has wide litigation experience. He advises both individuals and business clients on various types of litigation and dispute resolution matters. These include professional negligence, business disputes of all types, landlord and tenant disputes, property disputes and general contractual disputes. He frequently attends in the County Court and High Court.

Steve also undertakes Claimant personal injury work. He became a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel in 1997. Steve deals with all types of  personal injury work (particularly catastrophic injury claims) including representing client’s interests in the Coroners Court.

In addition, Steve supervises Rutherfords’ Debt Recovery Department and Employment Department in his capacity as Litigation Partner.

Steve acts as the firm`s Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration (COFA) and Money Laundering reporting Officer (MLRO).

Tanya Summers


Tanya Summers

Tanya has an Honours Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Tanya qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined Rutherford’s shortly after. She has extensive experience in dealing with large scale litigation, on complex matters, as well as experience in Employment Law.

Tanya gained advocacy experience, prior to qualification, using the delegated powers to appear on her client’s behalf, under the Local Government Act 1972. As part of her Training Contract, she acted as legal representative, providing legal advice to School Appeals Panels and Licencing Committees and appeared before the Family Court and Magistrate Court.

Tanya advises both individuals and business clients on employment matters and various types of litigation and dispute resolution matters.

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