Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Litigation and Resolution of Commercial Disputes

Civil litigation is a process where disputes between individuals, corporate entities or other legal personalities are resolved.

Civil litigation is often perceived as attending a Court and obtaining a judicial decision. However, it can involve other forms of dispute resolution including settlement negotiations and/or mediation conferences.

We have experience at the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. We have a good working knowledge of the processes and procedures of these various courts.

Our knowledge of these processes and procedures will be used innovatively with a results-focused approach. We are committed to the application of this knowledge the best advantage of our clients.

In recognition of our specialist knowledge and results obtained for our clients, Norling Law has been recognised in the 2018 and 2017 New Zealand Law Awards as a leading Litigation and Dispute Resolution Specialist Law Firm. Brent has also been recognised in the New Zealand Law Awards individually in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

We recognise that litigation can be protracted and expensive. We are focused on providing strategic advice at all stages. This will reduce the delay and cost of litigation. In most cases, commercial settlements are the best outcome for all concerned. Where appropriate we facilitate alternative dispute resolution strategies that suit our clients’ needs.

If possible, we will negotiate with a view to providing the best outcome for you. The earlier a dispute is addressed professionally, the more likely it is to settle; before the parties become too entrenched to their position.

We have significant experience in dealing with all aspects of insolvent companies and individuals. We often are involved in cases where we bankrupt and liquidate debtors. We also deal with a significant volume of Shareholder Disputes. We also have experience in obtaining orders for arrest, attachment on wages, charging, sale and freezing property pending the outcome of the litigation.

Please refer to our People for more information on who we are, our experience and how we can help you.

Civil disputes can be resolved in a number of ways. These can include:

Mediation or Arbitration

Often mediation or arbitration is a very cost-effective mechanism to resolve commercial disputes. In appropriate cases, we will advocate for an alternative to the traditional (and costly) legal system.

The District Court

A District Court has jurisdiction to determine a wide variety of cases where the amount is less than $350,000.

A District Court proceeding is commenced by filing a Statement of Claim and Notice of Proceeding. ​

The plaintiff must then serve the document on the defendant. The defendant then has 25 working days to file a defence.

If the defendant does not file a statement of defence, in many cases, the plaintiff may simply apply for judgment by default from the Court. This is a common way in which litigation is concluded and our litigation lawyers regularly adopt this approach.

If the matter is defended, there are three types of trial that could be allocated and it depends on the complexity of the case as to how the litigation will proceed. Often a Judicial Settlement Conference is scheduled which is also a great way to facilitate settlement.

The High Court

The High Court process is commenced in a similar way as the District Court, by filing a Statement of Claim and Notice of Proceeding. After service on a defendant, the defendant has 25 working days to file a defence.

The High Court has a rigorous case management programme in which Associate Judges will implement strict timetables to ensure the litigation proceeds meaningfully to trial.

To be successful at the High Court, you need to be strategic and employ a clear theory of the case whilst having a clear understanding of each stage and what is expected of you in each stage in order to win at trial.

Free Legal Consultation to resolve commercial disputes

We offer a no obligation legal consultation where we can discuss:

  • The nature of the dispute;

  • The ideal resolution;

  • Potential strategies to resolve issues and obtain the best outcome. 

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