Commercial Litigation Lawyers

Our commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are tough and commercially savvy.

Commercial issues and disputes arise for a variety of reasons. The goal is to get to an acceptable resolution.

We can help you to resolve the dispute the other party/s. Where litigation is inevitable or already on foot, we are experienced in acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation cases up to and including trial (and appeal as necessary).

We mediate where we can and litigate where we must.

We act for clients in relation to the following types of disputes:

  • General Commercial Disputes
  • Building & Construction Disputes
  • Contract Disputes
  • Compulsory Acquisition of Land
  • Commercial Leasing Disputes
  • Employment Disputes – Employer
  • Employment Disputes – Employee
  • Franchise Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Property Disputes
  • Taxation Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Commercial Leasing Disputes
  • Debt Recovery
  • Insolvency
  • Company Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Family Law Disputes
  • Estate Disputes (including estate claims)

If you are involved in a commercial dispute, whether you need to make a claim against someone or there are allegations against you (whether or not you have been served with court documents), you should seek expert legal help.

Our commercial litigation team are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of commercial litigation and provide our clients professional and concise legal advice.

Strategy

Or initial advice is comprehensive so you understand the merits of your case. Prior to initiating formal court proceedings we ensure that your position is articulated clearly. We correspond and negotiate with the to the other party and ensure that it is framed correctly.

Mediation is a useful tool in resolving disputes and there can be several attempts at mediation before a trial commences. There are also other dispute resolution methods and strategies such as “calderbank” offers and “offers of compromise” that can be used in litigation that can motivate the other party to settle.

Prior to a trial (or final hearing), formal mediation with a mediator present is compulsory. This gives each party a real chance at reaching a satisfactory resolution. The last mediation before trial is where the issues have been articulated properly, particularly after discovery of documents by each party, and both parties have had the opportunity of extensive legal advice and the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case typically become more evident. This is why many cases resolve at mediation. If the parties are just “too far apart” and the matter cannot be resolved, each party prepares for trial and the matter is decided by the relevant court or tribunal.

Contact us obligation free to discuss your situation. Our commercial litigation and dispute resolution team can be contacted on 1300 907 335 or by filling out the contact form on this page.

FAQ’s

What to do if you have received a letter of demand?

A letter of demand or a cease and desist letter is quite often the initiation of litigation. If you have received a letter or demand or a cease and desist letter you should not ignore it. You should also be considered in how you respond. If you receive a letter from a lawyer you should ensure that you get proper legal advice. Ignoring the situation can seem like the easy way out, but you may find that you are served with more court documents or increase your exposure.

Without advice there is no way that you will know if the claim is baseless or if it is legitimate. If the claim is legitimate and you have exposure you should seek to limit it and resolve the dispute to prevent further claims of damages.

We have assisted many clients in responding to claims and letters of demand with favourable outcomes. Often times the breach they assert may not be accurate or the damages they are seeking are excessive or unjusified.

Each set of circumstances are different and having a litigation lawyer help you to draft a defence and help reduce your exposure is the best course of action.

What is a Statement of Claim?

A statement of claim is a legal document that sets out the grounds of why legal action is being pursued and the details of the claim. The statement of claim is the initiation of formal legal proceedings.

The document contains information and relevant details as to why the court action is being commenced and these are called pleadings and particulars. Pleadings are the details that are relevant to the dispute and are the basis of someone’s claim against the other party.

What to do if you have received a Statement of Claim?

If you have received a Statement of Claim you are the defendant and have a limited time frame to respond. If you do not respond the the plaintiff/applicant, they will be able to obtain judgment against you and damages etc from the court.

You should obtain legal advice from a qualified and experienced commercial litigation lawyer as quickly as possible. They will assist in breaking down the claim and be able to assist you to respond to each element of the claim. Sometimes this may involve making a counter-claim against the plaintiff.

The claim will no doubt outline the other parties version of events and you have the chance to respond to their claims. A lawyer may also engage a barrister for their opinion on your case and a barrister will assist in the more detailed aspects of the legislation drawing on their extensive case knowledge. Your lawyer will be able to give you an opinion on your case and the likelihood of success. This can determine how you wish to proceed and handle the matter.

If you don’t settle the matter at this stage you will most likely have a mediation as a part of Alternative Dispute Resolution and this is another opportunity to be able to negotiate and settle the dispute before it goes to court. A lot of disputes settle at mediation.

If a dispute proceeds to court it will be heard before a judge to determine an outcome in the dispute. If the parties are unsatisfied with the outcome and there are points of appeal that can be pursued a party may consider an appeal. Just being unsatisfied with the result does not give you the right to appeal a judge’s decision: there must be legal grounds and these must be carefully considered.

Call us today on 1300 907 335 or alternatively, contact us using our enquiry form and we will respond to you promptly.

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Our Locations

Melbourne CBD

Level 8,
446 Collins Street
Melbourne Vic 3000

Chadstone

Level 8,
1341 Dandenong Rd,
Chadstone Vic 3148

Dandenong

Level 2,
311 Lonsdale St
Dandenong Vic 3175

Frankston

Ground Flr,
435 Nepean Hwy
Frankston Vic 3199

Moorabbin

Level 1,
441 South Road
Moorabbin Vic 3189

Preston

Ground Flr,
84 Hotham St,
Preston Vic 3072

Sunshine

Level 5,
12 Clarke Street
Sunshine Vic 3020