Dispute
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BREACH OF CONTRACT

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

DEFAMATION

DEBT RECOVERY

EMPLOYMENT

INSOLVENCY

NEGLIGENCE

PARTNERSHIP DISPUTES

Building

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION

Our dispute solicitors work with a wide range of clients in the building industry (including builders, developers, architects and homeowners) in disputes in courts and tribunals.

They provide advice and assistance in a common sense manner, always mindful of the time and cost implications on projects when disputes or issues arise. With that in mind, our building and construction dispute lawyers have significant experience in all forms of dispute resolution under the Construction Contracts Act.

Contracts

BREACH OF CONTRACT

Clients engage our business dispute lawyers when the other party has failed to honour their obligation(s) under an executed contract.

Compensation will be payable in the form of damages – these may be expressly stated in the contract or in the alternative, the amount to rectify the breach. Liability can extend to consequential loss from the same breach (e.g. loss of income, expenses). We can also pursue the remedy of specific performance when an award of damages would be insufficient to adequately compensate a party (e.g. sale of land contract in which the non-defaulting party wishes title to the relevant land to be transferred).

Litigation

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION

Our consumer protection and competition lawyers can assist if you are a consumer and need advice in determining your rights or you are a business and would like to know your responsibilities.

The source of most of these cases arise from deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct and/or false statements. The Australian Consumer Law has guarantees that apply to all goods and services purchased by consumers. The guarantees are not only applicable to consumers but may also provide suppliers with rights against manufacturers.

Recovery

DEBT RECOVERY

Let our debt recovery lawyers issue a letter of demand to the debtor first, so you can assess how the debtor responds before you commit to issuing legal proceedings.

Many of our debt recovery clients have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to people not paying their bills. We know what motivates debtors to pay. Debtors get worried when they know a court case will be listed on their credit history, affecting their ability to borrow money. The other concerns are having to pay the debt back with interest plus legal fees, bankruptcy and a bailiff knocking on the door.

Defamation

DEFAMATION

We will help you in any case of defamation whether it is libel or slander.

If someone has written or said anything bad that can harm your reputation, you have the right to sue for damages. With the advent of the internet and social media, defamation on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn is a common thing nowadays. Even individuals who share a defamatory post are liable to be prosecuted for such offences. Actions should be filed within a year from which defamatory comments were made against you.

Employment

EMPLOYMENT

Our employment solicitors provide workplace relations advice and represent employers (and in certain circumstances employees) in employment law disputes.

With a strong understanding of the employment law legislative framework, our solicitors can assist your business in defending a range of claims including unfair dismissal, adverse action, and unlawful termination claims.

Insolvency

INSOLVENCY

MLLS’ insolvency lawyers advise those trading through a company or trust of available options to deal with debt issues.

There are a number of reasons why businesses get themselves into financial difficulty. It can be from poor economic conditions, adverse legal action, ATO debt issues or problems with suppliers. Whether you need assistance in reaching an arrangement with your creditors, help with winding down your business, or assistance with administration or liquidation, we can guide you through the process.

Negligence

NEGLIGENCE

The negligence team is committed to achieving successful outcomes for our clients. We will take the stress out of the claim by corresponding with the relative parties so you can focus on treatment. Compensation payouts typically include pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of income and loss of amenity.

Disputes

PARTNERSHIP DISPUTES

Disputes often arise between partners due to disagreement surrounding their roles, how money is distributed and the direction of the business.

We can assist you in avoiding a dispute or resolving a dispute that has already occurred. In the absence of a written agreement, the operation of a partnership is governed by the Partnership Act 1895 (WA). It is important to work out the authority each partner will have, the financial contribution each partner will make and a clear procedure for how to end the partnership