Atkinson Vinden has one of the largest litigation practices North of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We take instructions in hundreds of disputes every year, and have a very high success rate in either settling cases to our clients’ satisfaction, or realising an excellent outcome at court.
Litigation arises when one or both parties to a dispute feel incapable of resolving their differences without the assistance of an outside authority. Sometimes litigation is the only option to bring matters to a head. Examples include:
- Building Disputes
- Disputes over Commercial Contracts
- Consumer Protection Claims
- Debt Recovery
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- Make-good and other Lease related disputes
- Directors disputes
- Breaches of Copyright and Trademark
- Employment disputes and Fair Work Commission matters
- Restraint of Trade Injunctions
- Estate disputes and Family Provision claims
When taking instructions in dispute cases, we consider the following issues:
- Is the dispute caused by one or other party misunderstanding their legal obligations and rights? If so, we attempt to educate the parties involved so that they can understand their respective positions and therefore have the best opportunity of resolving the conflict.
- What is in the best long term interests of our client? For example, should the dispute with the other party be seen in the context to a wider commercial relationship, which partially dictates how the dispute should be dealt with?
- What is the likely cost of litigation and can it be justified?
- What evidence is available to support our client’s position should the matter ultimately have to be determined by a Judge?
It is our experience that most commercial disputes are resolved without the Court hearing the matter and imposing a decision. This is for several reasons:
- By preparing a matter for hearing, the parties are forced to think deeply about the issues in dispute and assess objectively the strengths and weaknesses of their position. This encourages compromise.
- A known outcome, being a compromise between the respective parties original positions, is normally a preferred outcome to the uncertainty of a final decision by a Judge, which may be totally unfavourable.
- Often the act of commencing proceedings against another party is sufficient to bring the other party to the negotiating table to resolve the dispute.