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The Australian legal system provides resolutions for many different types of disputes. Its always much better to settle your dispute out of court, only this is not always possible. Some disputants will not be able to reach an agreement through a collaborative process. In these type of disputes you need the coercive power of the state to enforce a resolution. When a dispute is settled in court, many people want the help and advice of a professional Dispute Solicitor to help them reach an outcome, particularly if the dispute involves perceived legal rights, legal wrongdoing, or threat of legal action against them.

At Harbourside Legal, our team of skilled and well-respected dispute solicitors will resolve your dispute as efficiently as possible whilst protecting your interests. Our team is well experienced in all areas of alternative dispute resolution and professionally trained in a range of techniques to expedite the process of resolving a dispute while protecting their clients interests. You will find our team members very responsive, easy to work with and cost conscious. Allow Harbourside Legal to manage your disputes so that there are no surprises.

What is Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is the process of dispute resolution between members of a community through the court system. Civil law grants to individuals the right to sue for compensation or for specific action in matters such as breach of contract, defamation and negligence.

When can I sue someone?

If you feel that you’ve been wronged but it’s not a criminal matter to be dealt with by the Police then you may be able to commence a lawsuit against someone. The kinds of disputes that are dealt with under civil law include disputes between:-

  • Neighbours
  • Customers and suppliers
  • Business partners
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Buyers and sellers of property
  • Home owners and builders
  • Employees and employers
  • Executors or beneficiaries in deceased estates
  • Owners of copyrights and patents
  • Creditors and debtors
  • Accident victims

Different kinds of legal cases have different time limitations imposed so it’s important that you seek legal advice quickly to find out if you can commence legal proceedings.

How to file a law suit – the civil litigation process

Prior to court proceedings being commenced, the first course of action is always to seek a resolution to the dispute, saving both time and money. There are a number of alternative dispute resolution methods which can be used including round table negotiation, conflict mediation, conciliation, and arbitration. Dispute resolution lawyers can assist with this process.

If all attempts to settle the dispute fail then the dispute will be taken to trial.

Trial proceedings are lengthy and somewhat complex, but involve the stages of commencing proceedings, pleadings (where the dispute is described by the plaintiff and defended by the defendant), discovery (disclosure of documents by both sides), trial (where the judge will hear the testimony of witnesses and make a ruling in the dispute), settlement and appeal.

The particular court forms which need to be completed to commence a civil suit vary according to the type of dispute and your State so its best to seek legal advice in regard to this.

How we can help

We are experienced litigation lawyers and have proven experience across a wide range of civil suits including:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Business litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Divorce disputes
  • Will disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Building and property disputes
  • Dividing fence disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of copyright

To learn how we can support you, contact Harbourside Legal today. Send us your enquiry through our contact form or via email at [email protected]. You can also call our Sydney CBD office on 02 9955 6692.

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