Personal Injury & Litigation

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 solicitor Hayden Mellowship. 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

  • Personal Injury
    • Road Traffic Accidents (RTA)
    • Slip, trips and falls
    • Work accidents
    • Catastrophic injury
  • Contractual disputes
  • Professional negligence
    • Experience in all aspects of this complex area and includes:
      • Advising on duties owed by the professional
      • How to prove losses sustained
    • 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
    • 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

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

Meet the Team

Hayden Mellowship

Hayden Mellowship

Steve Wengraf

Steve Wengraf

Beena Rayet
Legal Secretary

Beena Rayet

Hayden Mellowship


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 successfully completed his training contract and qualified as a solicitor on 4 January 2021.

Having gained experience in the Corporate and Commercial Department, Hayden is now working in the Litigation Department to provide support to the department head.

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

Steve Wengraf


Steve Wengraf

Head of Litigation

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).

Beena Rayet

Legal Secretary

Beena Rayet

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