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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We aim to ensure that litigation is a last resort. Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team is accordingly just that and has extensive experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Having said that, sometimes settlement is simply not possible and litigation is necessary. Having appeared in various courts, tribunals and arbitrations in relation to many different legal disputes, our team has the experience and expertise that you need to help you through your disputes.

Our services include:

Civil

Providing advice and if necessary preparing, commencing and defending proceedings in all courts in relation to:

  • Debt recovery matters
  • Contractual disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • Judicial Review
  • Property and building disputes
  • Insolvency matters (personal and corporate) and Companies Act matters
  • Trusts and fiduciary matters, including charitable trusts
  • Negotiating the resolution of disputes
  • Attending formal arbitrations and mediations.

Criminal

Providing advice and if necessary preparing, commencing and defending proceedings in all courts in relation to:

  • Traffic offences
  • Excess Breath Alcohol
  • Limited Licences
  • Diversion
  • Mitigation pleas
Our experience includes:
  • Appearing in an urgent interim injunction hearing for students in relation to a dispute with their school
  • Acting for a major Nelson-based resort in relation to High Court proceedings brought by private lessors alleging breaches of the Securities Act 1978
  • Representing various clients in adjudications under the Construction Contracts Act 2002
  • Acting in High Court proceedings in relation to allegations of conspiracy and intellectual property right breaches following the sale of a manufacturing business
  • Acting on behalf of a construction company to stay liqudation proceedings in relation to a dispute under the  Construction Contracts Act 2002
  • Acting for clients in proceedings and complaints against their professional advisers, including accountants, valuers and real estate agents
  • Successfully representing a group of investors of a failed finance company opposing a High Court application brought by the liquidators

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