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Dispute resolution is a complex area of law that deals with many types of legal disputes between individuals, businesses, government and administrative bodies. Each dispute will have its own set of unique variables, so it is imperative to seek independent legal advice whether you're making or defending a claim.

Disputes that may arise in your personal and professional life could include breach of contract cases, business-to-business disputes, professional negligence, shareholder and partnership issues, defamation accusations, franchising disputes, debt recovery, property and leasing disputes and more.

No matter your dispute, there’s help

Disputes are a fact of life. Your first priority when dealing with a dispute will probably be to find a practical solution to the problem you are facing. Your legal team can help you develop an effective strategy to manage all the moving parts of your legal situation.

No two cases are ever the same. Many types of claims fall under the broad umbrella of commercial litigation. There is rarely a one-size-fits-all approach to either enforcing or defending a person's legal rights, but seeking legal advice from a commercial litigation lawyer can help you explore all the different possible outcomes and probabilities of success associated with your case.

Seek advice early

For most legal issues, there are strict time limits for you to pursue a claim. As with any type of commercial dispute, it's in your best interests to get independent legal advice as soon as possible so you know exactly where you stand.

Our Commercial Litigation team has now joined Walter Grant Legal

Our former Commercial Litigation team has now established their own, separate legal practice known as Walter Grant Legal. Walter Grant Legal is a specialist dispute resolution and commercial litigation law firm.

If you need assistance with your legal dispute, please click here to be redirected to Walter Grant Legal.

If you’re a member of a union, please visit our Union Services page to find out how Slater and Gordon can help.

No Win, No Fee

Walter Grant Legal may also help you with obtaining Litigation Funding and determine whether a No Win, No Fee arrangement would be suitable. For more information, contact Walter Grant Legal.

Business disputes

Business disputes take many different shapes and forms. They often involve a lot of money - whether owed, lost or mismanaged - and can escalate into a time-consuming and stressful situation for the parties involved if not expertly managed. Areas of expertise in commercial litigation include:

  • Contract disputes
  • Property and leasing disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Complex commercial and family business disputes
  • Director and shareholder disputes
  • Trade practices claims
  • Joint venture and Partnership disputes
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Rural law issues
  • Administrative review

Professional negligence

Professional negligence describes the failure of a professional to act with reasonable care and skill when working with a client. If the standard of service a professional has provided to you is below what they ought reasonably to have done, they may have acted in breach of their duty of care. You may be entitled to compensation if you have lost money or suffered financial harm as a result of that breach.

Common types of professional negligence can involve claims against:

  • Financial services negligence
  • Accountants negligence
  • Lawyers negligence
  • Other professionals

Trust and asset disputes

Trust and asset disputes typically involve disagreements over the administration of a trust or estate. Most disagreements can be informally resolved using alternative methods of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Insurance disputes

Insurance disputes can occur in a range of situations, including when an insurer rejects your claim such as a business insurance claim. A lawyer can help you challenge a decision, make a claim for payment, or investigate whether you are entitled to receive a death benefit.

Administrative law

Certain government bodies and regulatory authorities are responsible for managing various industries. As part of their role, these government bodies and regulatory authorities make decisions. If you disagree with a decision made by a regulatory or government body, a lawyer may be able to help you to dispute it, which may result in a different decision being made.


If you're looking to apply for voluntary bankruptcy or recover debts owed to you by an individual that has declared bankruptcy, it's important to understand your legal rights and the processes. Getting advice early can make a significant difference.


Whether you have been defamed by someone else or you are the one being accused of defamation, a lawyer can help you make or defend a claim.

Know your entitlements

Depending on the unique set of circumstances that inform your dispute, there could be a number of possible outcomes for your case. Generally speaking, your lawyer can help you to:

  • Recover money or assets owed
  • Put a stop to conduct that negatively affects you
  • Receive fair and reasonable compensation for damages
  • Set aside or vary a previous decision
  • Organise Litigation funding