Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

In any commercial business every negotiation or transaction carries the risk of a dispute. Smart businesses engage lawyers who can forestall potential issues, put appropriate measures in place to minimise them, but also react quickly and effectively if a dispute surfaces.
Chamberlains has the tools and experience to put rigorous risk management at the heart of your operations, but we are equally equipped to help you navigate all types of large-scale, complex and sensitive litigation actions where necessary.

Commercial Disputes & Debt Recovery

Two of the most time-consuming and potentially productivity-sapping operational realities for businesses are commercial disputes and debt recovery.

The former can find you tied down in disputes over the quantity and quality of products or services, pricing, contracting terms and timeframes among other things. The latter can find you weighed down with the stresses of resistant suppliers or customers who effectively impact your cash flow while you expend staff time and money chasing them.

Given the stakes for our clients, the Chamberlains team approaches both matters with a dedicated, cost-effective approach that seeks to provide you with an optimal commercial outcome. We can act in or advise on any commercial dispute— including providing a certified mediator if required—and advise on preventative measures to avoid any future disputes. We’ll also help minimise the damage if you are on the receiving end of a claim.

We can conduct debt recovery for a fixed fee or a fixed percentage (where permitted). By working closely with you, we can expedite processes to secure payment or pursue a judgement to recover payment.

Professional Indemnity

In many facets of our lives we now rely more than ever on the opinion of professionals. All professionals, whether in trades, business, or service, are expected to practice their specialism with reasonable skill and care.

Yet things can and do go wrong, and identifying exactly what happened and how the law applies, isn’t always straightforward. Having acted for both plaintiffs and defendants in professional indemnity matters, the Chamberlains team has a vast knowledge of the relevant law and procedures.

We focus on using our dynamic advocacy skills to protect our clients’ interests and focus on a swift resolution.

Risk Management

Do you have a clear understanding of all of the legal risks associated with running your business?

Businesses face an increasingly complex regulatory web in both their internal and external operations. In addition to maintaining compliance, businesses need to keep up with new regulations, deal with new issues—including those created by social media and emerging technologies—and manage the human resources, supplier, customer, and financial requirements to get the job done.

The speed of change is rapid and the demands to assess, monitor and mitigate regulatory and operational risks are increasing.

Chamberlains’ risk management service assists you to identify, understand and manage risks early. We can conduct a legal risk management review of your operations to assess and evaluate procedures that will help you avoid or minimise adverse financial, workforce or reputational impacts.

Class Actions and Litigation-funded Solutions

In Australia, class actions have become a useful option for groups of individuals or corporates in obtaining greater access to justice.

Not only does Chamberlains have a wealth of experience in bringing class actions, but we are the only ACT law firm with significant funded cases, which means that there is no cost to the group of individuals we represent.

Strata Disputes

Strata law is a multifaceted legal area with its own dynamics, laws & cases. Many owners, owners corporations and strata managers do not seek out legal assistance until they have a full-blown problem. Our team at Chamberlains knows these subtleties well and can assist you and your community in making sound decisions, implementing effective policies and procedures, and understand how to resolve disputes swiftly and efficiently.

We have in-depth experience in the following areas;

  • Making & defending claims for unauthorised works to common property
  • Making & defending loss of rent/damages claims
  • Mediation
  • Notices to comply
  • Adjudication orders
  • Trader & Tenancy Tribunal hearings
  • Consumer
  • Strata development and by-law issues
  • By-law preparation and amendments
  • Property and building matters (including defective building works and disputes)
  • Trader & Tenancy Tribunal hearings, Supreme Court proceedings
  • NCAT & ACAT Representation


Contact our specialist litigation and dispute resolution lawyers to discuss your claim today. We assist clients across Australia, but you can find physically in our Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, and Perth offices: