Litigation & Dispute Resolution

When disagreements arise and your resolution methods are exhausted, it's time to turn to our expert team. We're here to support you through the litigation process with care and diligence. Seeking professional legal assistance early can provide cost-effective and timely solutions. Let us navigate the complexities for you.

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Our Approach

Litigation is not about winning or losing - we always remain focused on the outcome, however, we approach every dispute holistically with a strong emphasis on trying to resolve the issues in dispute through a good outcome.

We believe in a team approach and work closely with our colleagues to bring all relevant knowledge and experience to your case. By adopting this approach, we have experienced that:

Strategic evaluations become more clear.
By looking at your case in the context of your wider circumstances, we are able to manage your case more effectively, plan ahead and make allowances for uncertainties that may be an issue.

Disputes are often resolved in a timely and cost-effective manner.
We do not subscribe to the model that litigation should be lengthy and expensive. While we are well-equipped to deal with cases  that are complex and require long-term persistence, our focus remains on progressing your case toward resolution (be it by agreement or defended hearing). 

Disputes are less emotionally draining.
We understand the stresses around going to court and continuously having to devote time and energy to a case. As much as we care about your case, we also care about your mental and physical well-being. Our holistic approach means that we invest time in getting to know you and your case to ensure that our advice is tailored to take into account the impact litigation has on your wider personal circumstances.

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High-Value Money Disputes

When facing high-value financial disputes in New Zealand, you need a legal partner that simplifies the complexities and safeguards your interests. Lawhub specialises in handling intricate financial conflicts, offering clarity and practical strategies to protect your financial future.

In New Zealand, substantial financial claims are resolved in either the District Court (for claims up to NZ$350,000) or the High Court (for claims exceeding NZ$350,000). At Lawhub, we're well-acquainted with these legal avenues and can expertly guide you through the processes. Every financial dispute is unique, and we tailor our services to address your specific challenges, whether it's a contract dispute, financial mismanagement, or other intricate financial matters. Your interests remain our utmost priority.

At Lawhub, we provide comprehensive legal support, including case analysis, strategic planning, document handling, negotiation, and, if needed, vigorous courtroom representation, all tailored to your specific dispute and objectives.

If you find yourself in a more considerable value money dispute or anticipate such a challenge on the horizon, don't navigate it alone. Trust Lawhub as your legal partner to guide you. Get in touch with us via the button below.

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Shareholder Disputes

Shareholder disputes can shadow the most promising business partnerships, often stemming from differing views on company management, performance, profit distribution, growth, or expansion. At Lawhub, we understand that these conflicts can jeopardise your business's future.

Our approach begins with prevention. We advocate for well-structured shareholder agreements and constitutions, clarifying governance, control, and critical decisions. This proactive step can significantly reduce the likelihood of future disputes. However, when disputes arise, our experienced legal team is well-versed in the intricacies of New Zealand's Companies Act. We specialise in mediating and resolving complex shareholder disputes, addressing governance issues, ownership conflicts, financial disagreements, and more. We can guide you through negotiations, striving for a harmonious resolution.

Navigating shareholder disputes requires expertise, and Lawhub is your trusted partner in achieving a resolution that safeguards your interests and your business's future. Contact the team today if you're interested in preventing or resolving existing disputes.

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Civil Debt Recovery

In today's challenging business environment, where economic uncertainties and rising living costs can lead to mounting debts, understanding the ins and outs of debt collection and your rights in recovering your money is crucial. Debt collection can be complex and tricky, but Lawhub assists businesses and individuals dealing with unpaid invoices and uncertain financial prospects. Whether you owe money from personal loans, business transactions, or other financial obligations, we’re here to support you.

In some cases, making direct contact with the debtor, applying interest and late payment fees, and asserting your contractual rights or agreement terms can serve as effective incentives to resolve any concerns amicably. However, when your direct efforts yield no results, turn to us. Our experienced legal team will kickstart the process by sending a formal "letter of demand" to your debtor. This letter lays out the dispute and contractual obligations and sets a clear deadline for payment or negotiation. If the letter of demand doesn't lead to a resolution, we'll help you assess whether legal action is necessary. Depending on the debt's size and complexity, we may recommend the Disputes Tribunal, District Court or High Court. Serving Court documents often prompts debtor engagement.

Lawhub provides comprehensive legal support throughout your debt recovery journey, ensuring you fully comprehend your rights and available courses of action. We also understand the importance of minimising legal expenses and have a pragmatic approach to efficient debt recovery. Whether you're a business or an individual dealing with unpaid invoices or seeking assistance with debt recovery, let us help you reclaim what's rightfully yours.

Additionally, we can assist you in establishing robust Terms and Conditions to safeguard your interests in the future. Don't allow outstanding debts to jeopardise your financial stability; let Lawhub guide you toward a resolution to getting back what’s yours.

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At Lawhub, we understand that disputes can arise in various aspects of life, and navigating these legal challenges can be overwhelming. Our experienced team is here to provide expert guidance and assistance to help you achieve the best possible outcomes. Here are some of the key areas where our litigation services can be of value:

Disputes Tribunal Claims: We can advise and assist you with forming your claim and guide you through the process for fair resolution.

District Court Proceedings: Whether it's money claims, debt recovery, or disputes related to building and property matters, we have the expertise to represent your interests.

Family Court Proceedings: Our team is well-versed in proceedings under the Family Violence Act, Care of Children Act, Oranga Tamariki Act, Property Relationships Act, and Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act.

Criminal Proceedings: If you face allegations of criminal conduct, we provide robust defense representation, whether through private instructions or Legal Aid.

Employment Proceedings: For both employees and employers, we offer representation and support for claims under the Employment Relations Act.

High Court Proceedings: When larger value money disputes or claims arise, or disputes related to wills and trusts, we're here to handle your case.

Appellate Work: Our expertise extends to Court of Appeal and Supreme Court appeals originating from the District and High Courts.

With Lawhub by your side, you can rest assured that your legal journey will be guided with care and dedication, ensuring the protection of your rights and interests. Let us help you navigate the complexities of litigation for a favorable resolution.

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Dispute Resolution & Court Representation

Our strong team of litigators are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and approach each case with care and diligence. Not only does this ensure that our clients are treated fairly, but also that their case and circumstances are well understood.

All cases start with an extensive interview in order to gather all relevant information. Time is then taken to research the issues carefully, discuss them with our colleagues and form a strategic approach. Once this has been done, further research may be done before advice is given.

We place a strong emphasis on trying to resolve issues in a way that results in a good outcome for our clients. This will include negotiation, mediation and arbitration. If a matter is unable to be resolved by these methods, it will have to proceed to litigation.

We advocate strongly for our clients once a matter proceeds to litigation. We have a team of litigators that are experienced and well-versed in court procedure. Our holistic approach means that the arguments being presented in your case are always well-reasoned and compelling.

We are committed to providing high quality litigation services. We firmly believe that seeking accurate and tailored legal advice early in a dispute can present you with valuable options for a cost-effective and timely resolution. If you find yourself facing a dispute, our dedicated team of experienced advocates is here to support you through the process with care and diligence. Contact us today to explore your options and find the best path forward.

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Litigation Specialists

Derick Lotz

Derick is an Associate at Lawhub with extensive general criminal defence expertise. Derick also specialises in Commercial, Litigation and Family Law.

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Associate - LLB, BCom

Criminal, Commercial, Litigation and General Law.
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