I am considering suing another party – what should I do?
If you believe that you have a claim against another party or are involved in a dispute, you should speak to a commercial litigation lawyer to see if you have a legal basis for your claim.
You will need to have your information organised and supporting documentation ready. This will make it easier for your lawyer to review the materials and the surrounding facts of the case and prepare an advice for you.
Advice may be simple if the matter is not complex, however the more complex the matter, the more issues there are to be considered. The more material and supporting evidence you have the better for your case.
If you are concerned about events that have taken place or discussions, you should make a “diary note”. Diary notes are admissible in court, be sure to record the events and store them securely.
When you come to see a lawyer having the right material and questions put together will help you get the most out of your meeting. It will make the time more constructive. At the meeting you will be able to take notes and leave being informed and having options and a pathway to resolving your dispute.
It may be that litigation is not the best path. In this case, a litigation lawyer would give you other options or courses of action that you can pursue. Obtaining advice will help you in resolving the matter sooner. It can also help you identify the reasons for the dispute arising such as poor-quality agreements or terms of trade etc.