When it comes to dispute resolution our senior lawyers first objective is to assess the client’s position, including identification of strengths and weaknesses. Our primary objective is always to resolve disputes in a manner which achieves the best possible outcome for the client whilst having regard to the client’s legal position, financial position (including legal and other costs), as well as the time and stress involved with protracted disputes and litigation.
Wherever possible we seek to reach an out of court settlement with the other party or parties involved in the dispute. Depending upon the attitude of the parties involved in the dispute (including their legal representatives), this can take weeks to months to achieve, if at all. Where there is no realistic prospect of settling the dispute out of court, we have no choice but to advise a client to commence proceedings in the appropriate court or tribunal in order to pursue the client’s claim. We provide our clients with frank advice about whether we consider it is in their best interests to commence or defend litigation. If we do not believe that a client’s claim has any merit or prospects of success, we will advise the client not to commence proceedings or not to defend proceedings brought against the client.
Our senior lawyers have represented clients in various tribunals and courts, including the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court and the District Court of Western Australia, as well as in various local Magistrates Courts and the State Administrative Tribunal. Our senior lawyers have experience in representing clients in relation to disputes and litigation in relation to issues arising from the following areas: