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Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Dispute resolution options

Many people who are involved in legal disputes do not wish to go to Court. They may want to get a quick resolution so that they can get on with their lives/businesses, or they may wish to avoid unnecessary stress and expense. In this situation, dispute resolution (also referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution) may be a good idea. This can involve:

  • Communication by letters, email and phone
  • Formal negotiations
  • Mediation between sides by a third party
  • Formal settlement agreements

Fourlion Legal can help you decide which path to take, and can help you reach a fair outcome.


To put it simply, litigation means taking legal action. Generally when people talk about litigation, they mean going to Court. Parties may decide to take action if they cannot contact or talk to the other side, or if dispute resolution and negotiation have failed. The process involves identifying everyone involved, gathering evidence and information, deciding what type of action to pursue, preparing and drafting documentation, filing, and then going to Court or a tribunal.

Depending on the nature of your matter, there will be different processes, rules and time frames that you need to follow. Usually, the rules say you must try resolving the issue with the other side first. There are usually limits on the time in between the incident in question, and when you can start legal action. We can advise you on:

  • Your rights, responsibilities and chances of success
  • Where, when and which Court you’ll be going with
  • How long it may take to get a Court decision
  • What your payment options are
  • How much your fees and expenses will be – and how you may be able to recover them
  • How long it may take for you to get your money/property/action

For more information or to discuss your matter confidentially, please contact Fourlion Legal on (08) 9335 6643 or 0413 936 563.