Melbourne Litigation Lawyers
At DSA Law, we get it. We understand that very few of you, if any, actively seek out and participate in disputes with people, particularly those that require legal advice. Therefore, we also understand that often spending money on such disputes is something that most are reluctant to do.
With substantial experience across all Australian jurisdictions, our lawyers provide clients with cost-effective and pragmatic advice and representation. Sometimes this is reflected by advising you to take someone to the appropriate Court or Tribunal, but more often than not the starting point is to engage with the other side and/or their representatives, and to see if a commercial, no nonsense, solution can be obtained.
We take this approach because the team at DSA Law boast considerable and ongoing experience as business owners and participants (either willingly or unwillingly) in litigious disputes.
Examples of the types of matters we have experience in include but are not limited to:
- Debt Recovery
- Contractual disputes and damages
- Australian Consumer Law (formerly Trade Practices) claims
- Wills & Estates, Guardianship and Promissory Estoppel Disputes
- Enforcement of securities over property and land (such as mortgages, Personal Property Security Registrations, caveats etc).
- Insurance, Product Liability and Professional Negligence
- Legal costs
- ASIC & Regulatory Investigations and Prosecutions
- Planning & Environment disputes (View Details)
- Insolvency (View Details)
- Employment Law (View Details)
- Neighbourhood/Owners Corporation disputes, including personal safety intervention order matters
- Arbitration, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
In the context of this experience, we must all realise that sometimes disputes are unavoidable and that sometimes, in order to make some people do the right thing (usually comply with their contractual, statutory or moral obligations) someone needs to pull them into line.
The law is often the appropriate tool for doing so. We in turn are experts with that tool.
So just like you’ll pay for a plumber to fix your leaky tap, paying our fees to fix a ‘leaky’ legal relationship is often the most efficient mechanism for resolving the problem and moving on with your life. This is our intention when you retain DSA Law’s services.
Unfortunately, (and in keeping with the plumbing analogy) sometimes the resolution of such disputes is not as simple as just changing a washer. Often, we must dismantle the tap, follow the pipes back to the source, and on occasions install new pipes. In that situation, we at DSA Law are committed to giving you the best possible estimates of the costs associated with the sometimes extensive works to be undertaken before we undertake them.
We are proud of our commitment to going over and above our (already stringent) statutory obligations to provide estimates for legal costs, and have implemented a system, using the extensive experience of our litigation team, to provide you the best possible information regarding how much, how long and the commitment levels required from you to engage in litigation disputes.
If you tell us you can’t afford it, we won’t go ahead. But we won’t give up either. Instead, we’ll do our best to come up with a possibly less effective, but still viable, alternative set of actions that might go some way to alleviating the disruptive and often annoying imposition of a dispute on your day to day life.
Examples of Our Work
Examples of our work in Court can be seen at the following links, though we’re sure you’ve get better things to do than to read through judges’ verdicts. Instead, we offer these as examples of where necessary we’ve taken matters to the extent required to achieve an outcome for our clients in Court. While we hope your name doesn’t end up on a website in this manner, we’ll be there with you if/when it does and we’ll fight to get the best results possible.
- Valleyarm Digital Ltd v Shanaaz Peake  VSC 98 (15 March 2016)
- Montalto v Sala  VSCA 240 (7 October 2016)
- Couttie v Bayside Council & Ors  VSC 772 (14 December 2016)
Therefore, we hope you’ll choose DSA Law the next time you have someone tell you for the 100 th time they can’t pay you this month, or want to change the terms of your engagement after you’ve relied on what they’ve said and committed to expenses or given up opportunities. We’re also here for you if you receive a nasty letter from a neighbour or a person or business trying to chase you for money, or even just if you want some friendly advice about what to do in a situation that hasn’t yet got to the ‘dispute’ stage, so as hopefully to avoid it ever getting there.
Whatever it is, we’ve got the experience and guile to get you a result you can live with at a price you can afford.