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1 Dawson Street
Private Bag 2013
DX NP90056
New Plymouth Central
New Plymouth 4342  

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Court and Disputes Resolution

If a dispute exists, there are a myriad of ways in which it can be resolved. We have extensive experience to provide clients with tailored advice to resolve the issue in the most appropriate way, whether through alternative dispute resolution processes or by obtaining a determination from a tribunal or Court.

Our team of specialist litigators have extensive experience and expertise in all areas of commercial, public and private law. Whether you’re involved in a contractual dispute, needing an advocate, wanting to initiate proceedings or challenge the decision of a regulatory body or Court, or facing a criminal charge, our specialists can help you.

We focus on achieving the best outcome for our clients in the most effective manner possible. Our approach is to undertake a careful and thorough analysis of the issues which are at the heart of any dispute or proceeding at the outset. We then make sure our clients are fully appraised of their options, the processes and risks involved and we work with our clients to develop a strategy that will best achieve their goals.

We have experience in a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, property, construction, farming, resource management, insolvency and the public sector. This experience ensures we have the skills to navigate through the specific issues associated with each sector as they arise.

Our services include:

  • Providing our clients with clear, sound advice about the critical legal issues at hand, the processes and options for resolution and the remedies available to them;
  • Civil proceedings at all levels, including before regulatory authorities, tribunals, District Court, High Court and the Court of Appeal;
  • Arbitrations, mediations and adjudications; and
  • Negotiating settlement agreements.

We act on a full range of disputes and issues including:

  • Contractual disputes, including misrepresentation, cancellation and specific performance claims;
  • Lease and property law disputes;
  • Debt recovery and enforcement proceedings, including against guarantors;
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings;
  • Environmental and Resource Management Act proceedings (including Council hearings, prosecutions and Environment Court appeals);
  • Disputes invovling access agreements under the Crown Minerals Act;
  • Employment disputes;
  • Building Act and construction contract disputes, including prosecutions and adjudications;
  • Administrative law and judicial review proceedings;
  • Defamation claims;
  • Fair Trading Act and Consumer Guarantee Act disputes;
  • Private criminal matters;
  • Driving and traffic matters, including limited licence applications.

Litigation and dispute resolution takes many forms and can be a complex, costly and time consuming process without sound legal advice and guidance. For assistance with issuing court proceedings; representation in an arbitration, adjudication or mediation; or undertaking negotiations at a more informal level, call one of our specialist litigators below to find out how we can help you.


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