You may have heard that lawyers are the only winners in a commercial dispute, especially if legal proceedings are involved.
But it doesn’t have to be that way
I will advise you where you stand legally, and what it’s likely to cost to resolve the dispute. You can then make an informed decision about whether to commence, defend or continue legal proceedings and/or try to negotiate or mediate a resolution.
I never forget that it’s your money and time at stake, and often a great deal more than that.
I am big on attention to detail. Because disputes are often decided on a handful of crucial documents.
Like the documents that showed:
- a conspiracy between 3 employees to divert the business of their employer to a new company they set up in competition with their employer
- my client’s money had been used to purchase units in the name of the investment promoter’s wife, rather than in the shares my client wanted
However, even with the facts on your side, trials and appeals are inherently risky and unpredictable:
Witnesses and judges are human, after all.
- good cases collapse when witnesses didn’t perform as expected in the witness box
- good cases lost, and weak cases won because the judge took a different view of the case
- good advocacy turn a judge’s view around for the better, and vice versa
- great wins at trial overturned on appeal
Dispute resolution experience counts when difficult judgment calls need to be made, in and out of Court.
Sometimes ‘cutting a deal’ before trial is in your best interests.
At other times trial is your best option, or you have no real choice.
As Kenny Rogers said:
“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run…”
It’s how disputes are handled that makes all the difference –
- between a continuing relationship, and a broken one
- between you spending years distracted from your business, or getting on with your business
- between you spending a lot of money with no strategy or end game, and getting a return on your legal investment
I aim to give you first-class service you can afford
- being approachable, available and responsive
- keeping you informed every step of the way, so that you know what’s happening with your case
- fixing my fees wherever possible, so that you know what each stage is going to cost
- understanding your matter, including the facts, law, complexity, timing, risks, and what’s at stake
- understanding your budget, needs and objectives, and appetite for risk
- giving you advice, options and strategies you can understand, and clear recommendations
- implementing your preferred option/ strategy
- re-evaluating the above as your matter progresses, and making adjustments as required in consultation with you
- resolving the dispute in accordance with your instructions and best interests