Unfortunately, there are times in business when disputes arise.
This could be as a result of non-payment of your invoices or a dispute about the services provided by one or more parties to an agreement.
Each situation is different and more often than not, early intervention is key to resolving a dispute.
Usually, a letter of demand setting out the claim and providing adequate time to pay should resolve the situation.
Our dispute resolution team work with clients ranging from individuals, sole traders to large companies. Contact us for expert advice from dispute resolution experts.
In some circumstances, unfortunately some people will only pay once they receive a letter from a lawyer, or a statement of claim.
We have a lot of experience in dispute resolution and can assist you, even if it’s obtaining a short advice about the prospects of success of a claim or writing to the other side.
If you’ve received a statement of claim or statutory demand, you need to act fast in order to comply with relevant time limits, so don’t delay in getting some tailored advice.
We provide customised legal guidance and are focused on providing the right solutions to your dispute or legal issues.
Dispute resolution refers to the process of settling conflicts or disagreements between parties in a peaceful and fair manner. It typically involves negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation to reach a resolution. The aim is to find a mutually agreeable solution, avoiding the need for prolonged court proceedings and fostering better relationships among the parties involved.
There are alternatives to settling a dispute without going to court.
In some instances, direct negotiation and mediation may result in a resolution. If a solution is agreed to, put it in writing and provide a copy to the other party.
If that fails, you could seek legal advice, even if it’s obtaining a short advice about the prospects of success of writing to the other side.
In many situations, a letter of demand setting out the claim and providing adequate time to pay should resolve the situation.
However in some circumstances, further action may be required. We recommend obtaining legal advice before proceeding with any further action.
A Statement of Claim (SoC) is a document filed with the court when you’re having a dispute with another party who owes you money or goods.
SoC’s are serious and timely legal documents which are the beginning of court proceedings. Therefore, we recommend obtaining legal advice ASAP if you have received a SoC.
Find out more about SoC’s here.
A deed of release, also known as a deed of settlement, plays a crucial role in dispute resolution for businesses. This document formalises agreements reached between disputing parties and outlines the conditions for releasing each other from potential claims.
Find out more about a Deed of Release here.
Dispute resolution clauses are contractual provisions by which parties specify how their disputes are to be resolved. Including a dispute resolution clause in your Terms and Conditions is extremely beneficial as it establishes a process for resolving disputes that the parties are required to follow, often resulting in less clients/customers taking you to Court.
Here are some of the most common examples of disputes we see in small business.
Civil dispute resolution involves resolving conflicts between individuals or entities outside of criminal matters. It’s a way to settle disagreements through negotiation, mediation, or court proceedings, aiming for fair solutions without resorting to criminal charges.
Workplace disputes can include conflicts over contracts, discrimination, harassment, wages, or unlawful termination. We help address these issues professionally, ensuring a harmonious work environment and fair outcomes for all parties involved.
Franchise disputes relate to disagreements between franchisors and franchisees. These can cover areas like contract terms, royalties, or territorial rights. Our expert team navigates these disputes, safeguarding your interests and striving for amicable resolutions.
Shareholder disputes can arise over control, decision-making, or distribution of profits in a company. We specialise in handling such conflicts, employing negotiation and legal action if necessary, to ensure fair resolutions and maintain business stability.
“Within 1 month, Ian had the matter resolved and negotiate a settlement for me.”
Lahra Macnab, Founder at Lala Design