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Dispute Resolution

If you’re involved in a dispute, or you need to take or defend a claim, we’re here to help plan a course of action to resolve the problem. We’re here to listen as well as give you sensible and down-to-earth advice.

Our job is to do that as efficiently as possible and in a way which satisfies you. This doesn’t necessarily mean going to court. Of course, there are some cases where there just isn’t a choice. But at Johnston Lawrence, they’re very much the minority. Whenever we can, we work hard to keep our clients out of court. We’ll make sure you understand all the options before you make the choice.

And we know that you don’t want to spend more than you have to. We’ll do our best to make sure that you don’t. We have plenty of strings to our bow:

  • We can help you negotiate a settlement
  • If you prefer, we’ll help you work out the strategy and leave to you to do the negotiating
  • We’ll work alongside you in a mediation
  • We’ll represent you in arbitration
  • If you want, we’ll go to court for you, as we have for countless clients in every New Zealand court (from the Supreme Court down)

If you need help, give us a call.

We don’t pretend we know everything about everything.  If there’s something that we can’t handle, we’ll tell you – no messing about.  But when it comes to disputes, we can help with most things.  Here’s just a sample of what we handle:

  • Leaky buildings
  • Commercial disputes
  • Disputes about contracts
  • Corporate insolvency (liquidations and receiverships)
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment problems and personal grievances
  • Commercial and residential property disputes
  • Property claims between married and de facto couples
  • Medical and personal injury claims
  • Disputes about wills and estates
  • Inquests

Staff Contacts

“I had a rather tricky situation with an estate and needed to know what my obligations, options, possible outcomes and potential risks might be. I was given very thorough, well considered options, within a fairly short timeframe, that have helped me form my next steps. I needed accurate answers and they were able to give them to me. I am indebted to them.”
Gina-Marie Seymour, Advisor, Veterans Affairs