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Civil Litigation

Civil litigation refers to any legal dispute between two or more parties seeking a monetary settlement and it’s not a criminal case

We can help you resolve your dispute

When you’re involved in a dispute, it is tiring, stressful, and expensive. You need an experienced lawyer to understand exactly about your dispute. For example, you may be involved in a legal dispute with:

  • Neighbours
  • Property issues
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Builders and homeowners

The earlier you receive our legal advice, the better off you’ll be 

For saving both time and money, we encourage to resolve legal disputes without going to court, usually by dispute resolution methods such as negotiation or mediation if possible.

Negotiation

Negotiation is usually the most saving time and money way to resolve a legal dispute.

In negotiation, the involved parties will discuss to explore whether they can reach a resolution. This process is often conducted by the solicitors of each party. 

It’s not always that the involved parties can negotiate to reach an outcome, the process may bring a better feeling about resolving the dispute without having to go to court.

In case the parties cannot feel comfortable with negotiation, they may choose to mediate the issue.

Mediation

With mediation, the involved parties agree to use a mediator, an independent third party, to guide them through the process. The parties also have their solicitors with them during the mediation.

In a mediation, all parties and the mediator will meet to discuss the dispute and seek the resolution. If necessary, each party can meet with the mediator separately to discuss further.

Keep in mind that the mediators only guide the resolving process, they will not give their opinions about how to fix the dispute and have no power to make orders on the involved parties. However, the parties will be more confidential and have more control over the process. This is always less stressful than going to court.

The time for a mediation will depend on the complexity of the disputes. It may be a half day, a day, or several days.

If the parties can agree, their solicitors may draw up a settlement document at the mediation which can be signed by the parties.

Going to Court

If the involved parties can not reach a resolve by negotiation and mediation, a court will be asked to resolve their dispute.  

Firstly, a court will require the involved parties to participate in a form of dispute resolution, this process is similar to mediation and  with help from an independent mediator and the parties are encouraged to reach an resolution

In case of no resolution, court will require involved parties to prepare for trial

At the trial, court will consider many aspects related to dispute such as: 

  • Evidences and witnesses from parties
  • Analysis of documents
  • Listens to the parties through their lawyers
  • Law

Finally, the court will make orders which are legally binding on the parties.

Going to court often take months or even years, and more expensive depending on the complexity of the dispute

We understand how stressful, time-consuming, and expensive disputes can be. Let us help you!

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