Court Disputes Articles

We have spoken before about the critical 21 day time limit of a statutory demand (see: “How to deal with a Statutory Demand” and “Statutory Demand: the 21 day guillotine”) which is often ignored by a debtor company and generally results in payment of the debt, costs and interest. Debtor Company Has 21 Days to… Read more »

Mediation – Why Bother?

by | Court Disputes

In legal disputes, Mediation is often raised as an alternative to Court proceedings. Why? Why not leave it to the Judge or, alternatively, simply sit down with the enemy and arrange a truce over a coffee? Let’s look at these possibilities – Trial or Negotiation – and come back to Mediation. The Trial Model The… Read more »

Drawing the Line: Finality in Litigation

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The Court promotes finality in litigation. That is, once a Court has given a judgment which is ‘perfected’ (broadly speaking, a court’s equivalent to ‘signed, sealed and delivered’), then the matter is over. This is subject to certain exceptions, the most significant of which are: (1) a statutory right of appeal; and (2) a right… Read more »

Justice must not only be done; it must be seen to be done. One key part of that commandment is that a court, when reaching a decision, must give reasons for that decision. Why is it Important for Courts to Provide Reasons? A court hearing any appeal from, or judicial review of, the decision needs… Read more »

Malicious Falsehood as an Alternative to Defamation Defamation The law of defamation, whilst complex (at times, needlessly so), is generally known and understood. In Australia, the States have codified defamation law into statutes. While these are not completely uniform, for the most part they align. They contain limitations on the right of action for defamation. … Read more »

Lawyers Adelaide Beger & Co Lawyers Adelaide provide legal services in a wide number of areas.  These range through personal and business legal matters for our clients. Some of our more commonly requested legal services include: Wills and Estate Lawyers Adelaide A large part of our legal practice’s activity is acting as wills and estate… Read more »

In a previous article (How to Deal With a Statutory Demand), we assured you that the 21 day window to apply (by filing the application and serving it on the applying creditor) to set aside a Statutory Demand could not be extended. The scheme set up by the Corporations Act is strict and inflexible on… Read more »

Recently, Beger & Co Lawyers acted for commercial tenants who were being evicted by their landlord because their lease arrangements were coming to an end.  Despite vigorous opposition by the landlord, our clients won a Court Order to extend their lease term so that they can stay in their shop for at least 5 years…. Read more »

Defaming Public Figures

by | Court Disputes, Peter Jakobsen

In defamation law, there is a defence of Qualified Privilege.  A defamatory statement will not make the defendant liable if there was a legal, social or moral interest or duty to say it, and the person spoken-to had a corresponding duty or interest to hear it.  And the statement must be reasonably necessary to the… Read more »

The world is a smaller place and more and more of us do business overseas, in the United States among other countries, despite the disdain of the US President for certain free trade agreements. But business can, unfortunately, sometimes lead to litigation (which has been described as business by other means). What to do if… Read more »

Expert Evidence

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Generally, the Courts aren’t interested in anyone’s opinion except their own.  That is, the Courts are there to hear facts and then deliver their opinion (which is called a Judgment). One major exception to this principle arises in the case of an expert witness.  Experts are allowed to give an opinion and have that opinion… Read more »

Injunction Undertaking as to Damages

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We have written on injunctions in general [see our article ‘When Only an Injunction Will Do‘] but want to remind you that generally, if you seek an interim or interlocutory injunction, you will need to give an undertaking as to damages, so that if the injunction turns out (after a trial) to have been granted… Read more »

Standards of Proof in Different Court Cases

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When something has to be proved before a Court or Tribunal, the question to be addressed is to what degree (“how much” or “how well”) does it have to be proved? This will depend on the type of case, the issues in the case, and the type of Court or Tribunal. In a criminal matter,… Read more »

In the film Reversal of Fortune, the actor playing Alan Dershowitz gives an example where a woman on the point of divorcing her husband is suddenly accused of molesting her son. He describes the nightmare fallout – suddenly she is all alone – everyone assumes she is guilty – even the mailman is starting to… Read more »

In our experience, resolving a dispute favourably is usually due to a number of factors. These are some of the factors that contribute to a successful outcome when you have no choice but to litigate. Respect the little things: Most successful entrepreneurs focus on the big picture, but they know that the minutiae must also be covered…. Read more »