Litigation and Dispute Resolution

When you find yourself in a dispute, especially a commercial dispute, it can be stressful.

The harsh reality is that protracted commercial litigation can be costly and distracting. Even if you’re not cost-conscious, you will need to spend a lot of your time with your lawyer (much more than you want). Most of the time, you need a commercially viable outcome rather than a ‘big win’ in court.

When dealing with commercial disputes and litigations, our lawyers like to move quickly and work closely with you in order to minimise the impact on your business and costs to protect your reputation as well as your resources. TNS Lawyers is all about being strategic and delivering timely and cost-effective dispute resolutions to clients.

That being said, if a matter does become litigious, we use our technical expertise to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Most importantly, we work hard to explain the process and ensure you don’t receive any unwelcome surprises.

The TNS Lawyers team has extensive experience in running litigation not only in Melbourne but in all major Australian courts and tribunals, while also being experts in alternative dispute resolution techniques such as mediation and arbitration.

We can assist with:

  • Commercial disputes

    Commercial disputes cover just about any kind of deal between individuals and business entities. Our lawyers can help you identify dispute resolution options you can use to effectively deal with all kinds of commercial disputes involving contracts, property and leases, supply chains, intellectual property, business sales and acquisitions, and shareholders or directors.

  • Company, partnership, and trust disputes

    We offer comprehensive advice and support for disputes concerning warranty and indemnity claims, minority shareholders disputes (oppression conduct), and director's duties, to name a few.

  • Property disputes

    Our team can help you draft and implement both proactive and reactive measures so you can effectively deal with property disputes. We have the skills and resources to help you with conflicts related to purchase and sale of properties including enforcing specific performance, breach of contract issues, priority of security issues, caveat or mortgage issues, ownership issues, development issues, construction issues, etc.

  • Leasing disputes

    Our dispute lawyers are able to represent both landlords and tenants in leasing issues. We can assist you with resolving leasing disputes related to breach of contract issues, failure of disclosure issues, specific performance, and rent recovery amongst a few.

  • Automotive and manufacturer disputes

    We can help you protect your rights against dealers or manufacturers. We're well-versed in franchise law and can assist you in any franchise disputes.

  • Building and construction disputes

    We are able to represent builders, developers, subcontractors, consultants, suppliers, and homeowners in matters related to claims as well as adjudication determination. From defective building work claims to owners' corporations, our lawyers can help resolve your commercial or domestic issues as quickly as possible.

  • Priority of interest disputes

    Our lawyers can assist you with the enforcement of your security interest as well as provide good advice in disputing a registration of an interest on the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR), or a mortgage, charge or caveat issue on your property.

  • Debt recovery

    If you have suffered financial loss in your situation, our lawyers can advise you on your legal position and assist you in recovering the debt. We can also help you make a claim or defend a claim seeking compensation for any loss or damages.

  • Acquisition, disposal or management of assets disputes

    Disputes are common with any acquisition or disposal of assets. Our team can help you with any of those disputes including breach of contract terms, acting in 'good faith' prior to completion of an agreement, specific performance and if the assets were sold at market value.

  • Insolvency and bankruptcy

    Our lawyers can represent and advise you on different insolvency and bankruptcy disputes from acting for liquidators and administrators to creditors and directors of companies in situations of a breach of directors' duties, insolvent trading claims, preference payments, and other voidable transaction claims.

If you need legal advice on a commercial dispute, connect with our dispute resolution practitioners by calling +61 3 9052 3214 or sending an email to

Frequently asked questions about litigation and dispute resolution

Alternative dispute resolution generally refers to out-of-court processes that you can enter into voluntarily or by court order in order to reach an agreement. Examples of ADR processes are mediation, arbitration, conciliation.

The duration of litigation proceedings would depend on the size and complexity of the dispute. It also often depends on how 'busy' the courts are. It's best to give us a call to see what the current situation is. Generally, to get a trial date, you're looking at over a year.

A litigator, although not necessarily a lawyer, is often one given it's the practice of litigation.

Why Choose TNS Lawyers

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We specialise

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We care about results

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We personalise

Ever wonder what it’s like being able to “phone a friend” and that friend happens to be your lawyer? We make sure you have a good experience with us every step of the way.

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