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Dispute Resolution

Sometimes, even with the best will in the world, individuals and businesses can’t agree. If you are in a dispute – or facing civil court proceedings – let us help you.

Civil litigation is a process for resolving disputes between individuals and organisations via negotiation or the courts. Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sectors.

Advice at an early stage can often help. Hewitts provides a professional yet friendly service built on straightforward legal advice and effective dispute resolution. Our team will work on your behalf to resolve a dispute in the best way for you, either through the courts or other avenues, such as mediation.

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Company and Business Law

Companies have to deal with red tape, changes in legislation and regulatory requirements all of the time. If you run a business it can be a real headache to stay on the right side of the law.

At Hewitts our corporate team have a thorough knowledge of the full spectrum of company and business law. Whether you are setting up a business, expanding an existing business or disposing of your company, we can deal with everything from property rights to employment issues.

Our services are available to private companies, individuals, partnerships, shareholders and investors.

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Commercial Property

Buying, selling or leasing commercial property usually involves complex legal factors, such as planning, tax and environmental requirements.

Our commercial property solicitors provide advice and help you can trust on all kinds of commercial transactions across a wide range of business sectors, including manufacturing and industrial, retail, healthcare, energy, leisure, investment and refinancing.

Hewitts’ multi-disciplined team provide a comprehensive response to all clients’ problems. Whatever the issue, we will deal with it quickly and efficiently to ensure that your transaction progresses smoothly.

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Hewitts' Agricultural legal team has many years of combined experience working within the farming community.

We are uniquely placed to offer expert advice, not only on the latest issues facing the industry today but also valuable commercial opportunities as a result of current market conditions and impending legislation.

Our expert legal advice is cost-effective and helps you stay one step ahead.

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Employment Law

Employers have to comply with a wide range of legislation, not just UK law but EU requirements as well. If you have a problem relating to employment, we are ready to help.

Hewitts’ employment specialists are experts in disciplinary matters, dismissals and representation at employment tribunal claims. We will prepare the strongest possible case and act on your behalf in negotiations.

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Landlord and Tenant

It doesn’t matter if you are leasing a commercial building or a residential property, becoming a landlord is subject to complex rules and regulations. Our expert solicitors provide advice to property owners on a wide range of landlord and tenant issues.

At Hewitts we offer advice and representation to landlords in relation to a broad range of problems while keeping a close eye on cost-efficiency.

As a landlord, what do you do if a tenant damages your property or falls behind with the rent? We can help you recover rent arrears or, if the worst happens, recover your property.

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Road Transport Law

As an operator or a driver of a public service or goods vehicle you are working in one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK.

Breaching regulations can have very serious implications for your business or your employment. Hewitts has decades of experience advising clients on transport law. Our experts can advise you on all areas of transport law from a variation of an operator’s licence, to Working Time Directive guidance all the way to representation at a public inquiry or in a criminal prosecution. We know how important your operator’s licence is to your business and every member of our team is committed to delivering effective solutions to keep all our clients on the road.

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Wills, Probate and Lifetime Planning

If there is one thing that every adult should do when planning the rest of their life, it is to make a Will.

A good Will ensures that your assets are passed onto those you love and care about. It protects them from additional stress at an already painful and distressing time. Making a Will provides you and your family with real peace of mind.

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Residential Property

Buying a new home is stressful enough without having to ask if you have chosen the correct conveyancing team.

It pays to have an expert – choosing unwisely can derail the sales process to the extent that your sale or purchase falls through. It may even add hundreds to the final bill.

Hewitts are members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme, which is only awarded to solicitors who consistently reach the highest standards.

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Family Law and Divorce

Hewitts has assembled one of the most experienced family law teams in the North East, able to offer friendly, expert advice on a wide range of issues.

If you are going through a divorce, suffering from domestic abuse, involved in a cohabitation dispute or matters involving children it is vital to have the best specialist advice available to achieve the best result.

The specialists in our team have a wealth of collective experience. We have members of the Law Society Children Panel, the Family Law Panel, and Resolution accredited specialist family solicitors.

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Criminal Law

If you are accused of a crime you need the best representation available to guide you through the process from initial advice at the police station to representation in court.

Hewitts’ dedicated criminal department specialises in defending clients in all aspects of criminal law including violent crime, drug-related offences, public order, sexual offences, fraud, health and safety and trading standards prosecutions.

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Personal Injury

An accident or illness can have life-changing implications.

If you, or a member of your family, is unfortunate enough to have suffered an accident or injury through no fault of your own, compensation is probably the last thing on your mind.

But, if you have had to make adjustments to your life as a result of an injury or illness, compensation may help, giving you access to medical care and support that will get you back on your feet.

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Mental Health

Having a mental illness can be frightening enough without having to deal with the legal system. Hewitts’ specialists can help.

Mental illness can be a distressing and confusing experience for patients and families. It can also have far-reaching legal consequences, such as involuntary detention in hospital under the Mental Health Act.

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Motoring Offences

A driving licence is more than just a luxury – it is a necessity. If you lose your licence you could lose your livelihood.

Hewitts are experts in defending all kinds of motoring offences from the most serious, such as causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified, to minor speeding charges and parking disputes.

Our team of specialists regularly deal with speeding and drink driving offences. We have the depth of knowledge required to provide you with the best possible advice and increase your chances of retaining your licence.

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Clients’ Testimonials

  • We have been very satisfied with Hewitts’ levels of service

    Nigel and Julia Chisman
  • Hewitts came highly recommended and with good reason.

    Lee Wardman
  • Their efficiency and knowledge has proved invaluable…

    Julie Finley
    Finley Structures

Hewitts for the Community

Blue Light Card Scheme

Hewitts Solicitors offer a 25% discount on family law services if you are a member of staff or volunteer of certain agencies.

Armed Forces

Hewitts Solicitors are proud to be members of Armed Forces Legal Action. For those who qualify we offer a discount on our fees on all services that we provide.


The core of being a good solicitor is having a strong desire to help people. We help with your legal, family and business matters. We believe there is power in communities as people join together to make strong teams that get things done.

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