Stephen Mackie

Consultant Solicitor

Tell us about yourself

I am a solicitor and have been involved in resolving disputes since 1985. I joined John Hodge Solicitors in 2011 from a firm in Bristol where I was the Partner in charge of the Litigation Department.

What is your specialist area of law?

1) Contract disputes (including faulty building work and faulty goods)

2) Debt Collection

3) Landlords possession claims

4) Negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and other professionals

5) Will and Probate disputes

6) Contested wills

7) Employment law (including compromise agreements and unfair dismissal claims)

8) Property disputes (including boundary disputes).

What do you offer clients of John Hodge Solicitors?

When you see a lawyer you want to hand over your problem and know what it is that the solicitor will do for you, what the alternatives are and the costs and risks involved with each. Courts are not necessarily the best option. Most disputes are resolved without the need for Court action. An exchange of detailed letters in what the Court Rules call the “Pre action protocol” and if that fails mediation, have a surprisingly high success rate. You will know that case is being handled by a solicitor with over 25 years experience of Court and Tribunal and mediation cases including six Court of Appeal cases which have been reported as breaking new ground. If Courts are not the appropriate forum you have a solicitor who also has experience of conducting cases before the Employment Tribunal, Traffic Commissioners, Showmans Guild of Great Britain and what used to be called the Lands Tribunal as well as a solicitor who has represented clients in mediation - some of which involved sums in excess of £1m.

Do you belong to any Panels or Associations which show you have reached a notable level of expertise and experience in your specialist area of law?

The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.

The Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.

What do you think makes a good lawyer?

One who listens.

A Message for clients:

Keep anything which might be evidence as soon as you think there might be a dispute. A good case needs backing up with evidence.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

We do not pay referral fees, we are successful because we are good - not because we pay a middleman for our cases.