Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Business disputes happen.

Sometimes they’re inevitable and we need someone in our corner to back us up. Whether you get into a dispute with your business partner, your landlord or anyone else during the running of your business, this kind of conflict can feel overwhelming.

If your business needs legal advice about a problem or an impending legal dispute, Stevensen Business Lawyers is here to help. As business dispute lawyers, we can advise you on your legal position. This includes your rights against other parties, the type of claim you can make to recover money owing to you or how to stop conduct that is hurting your business.

How We Help

As expert business dispute lawyers, we can advise and represent you from the outset in any business law dispute. This includes a dispute with your partners, landlord, suppliers, customers, employees or a government authority.

Stevensen Business Lawyers has a proven track record of strategy and tenacity in providing advice and representation on a wide range of complex legal issues and complicated business disputes. We work with clients to arrive at practical solutions to suit your situation and resources.

Where litigation is required to resolve a dispute, we will fight hard to get the best possible outcome for you. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a complex legal action or a straightforward debt recovery claim, we have your back. We will also manage the process to minimise the stress for you.

Who We Can Help

As experienced business dispute lawyers, we can help with the following commercial litigation and business dispute resolution processes:

  • Debt recovery actions generally
  • Issuing or defending a Statutory Demand for Debt against a company
  • Urgent court applications for injunctions to stop adverse action by another party, or stop the destruction of evidence (Mareva Injunction), or preserve assets in possession of another party (Anton Piller Order)
  • Security for Costs applications against non-resident litigants
  • Enforcing previous court judgments
  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Commercial and business disputes
  • Franchising disputes
  • Strata disputes
  • Company disputes and other disputes between owners of a business
  • Shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, Joint Venture disputes
  • Equipment hire disputes
  • Defamation claims and privacy breaches
  • Claims against company directors for insolvent trading
  • Breach of Directors Duties proceedings
  • Intellectual Property disputes: copyright infringement, trademark infringement, passing off action, theft of trade secrets, breach of confidentiality obligations
  • Commercial lease disputes, retail tenancy disputes
  • Legal action against borrowers and guarantors
  • Supply of Services disputes
  • Sale of goods disputes
  • Sale of Business disputes
  • Consumer and Australian Consumer Law litigation
  • Fraudulent conduct, misrepresentations, misleading and deceptive conduct, advertising
  • Disputes with suppliers or creditors
  • Government decisions, Administrative Law, compliance and regulations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), mediation and arbitration
  • Professional negligence litigation

Why Choose Us As Your Business Dispute Lawyers?

We are experienced and results-driven Sydney business lawyers. We strive to find the best way to drive your case to a speedy settlement and get the result you want. If you are on the receiving end of legal action, we can advise you on your defence. From the start, our focus is on providing practical solutions.

Our team has a track record of success helping businesses resolve disputes speedily and cost-effectively through negotiation, mediation or arbitration. We have worked across various industries, including retail, hospitality, publishing, IT, media, entertainment, accountancy and franchises.

When advice from Counsel is needed about complex legal issues, we can draw on the specialist expertise of several Barristers from the Sydney Commercial Bar. And where a negotiated settlement is not possible, our commercial litigation lawyers will litigate your dispute promptly and rigorously in any appropriate NSW courts and tribunals. We’ll work hard to get results for you in any area of business law or commercial litigation.

Get in Touch

If you are currently or expecting to experience a dispute in your business, contact Stevensen Business Lawyers for our practical, expert advice to get you the results you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions


How will you keep in touch with me and let me know what’s going on?

We want you to be a client and a friend, but we don’t need to see you very often. After your initial meeting or consultation with us, we will try to limit face-to-face meeting time. As small business owners ourselves, we recognise your time is valuable. We will use email to inform you of any new developments in your case and we usually phone you when seeking your input.

As Sydney business lawyers, we can prepare an ‘exit plan’ for you that minimises disputes with the remaining partners or shareholders, and clearly outlines your position to the other partners or shareholders from the outset.

A litigation lawyer can represent you in court or arrange a barrister to represent you in court, depending on your needs and circumstances, and the nature and complexity of the case.

It depends. The complexity of the issues, and the type and amount of evidence are factors we consider to give you an estimate of the costs of starting or defending litigation. The costs of going to court include our professional fees and fees of any barrister briefed in your case, the court filing fee, the court hearing fee and any applicable expert’s reports.

Before taking a matter to court, we can explore with you the possibility of a negotiated outcome not involving litigation. A letter of demand, or responding to a letter of demand, before going to court is one way of identifying the scope of the dispute and whether it may be possible to try and resolve the matter by way of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.

We do not offer payment plans. However, third-party providers of cash flow management solutions can enter into an arrangement with you whereby they pay the legal fees upfront, and you repay them through instalments. Such third-party providers include litigation funding.