Disputes involving personal situations are disruptive, upsetting and can become disproportionately emotional. It is an unfortunate fact that we have seen a rise in the number of such disputes over the last 3 or 4 years. Often they involve family companies, family trusts, jointly owned property, farms, challenges to wills, disputes between neighbours or the knock on effects of divorces, fraud or dishonesty by colleagues.
In many cases, the tensions experienced in family dispute situations, often involving family businesses, have increased throughout the recent economic difficulties as the financial position may have worsened and disagreements about which family members work in the business, and how the rewards are shared, can spill over into open hostility.
Our specialist team can assist. We are able to advise you on the legal rights of the parties, but also on options for exploring ways to agree consensual settlements of the issues, perhaps by mediation or other dispute resolution means. We can work to achieve solutions which remain confidential, so avoiding personal details becoming public through litigation. If litigation remains the best option, our specialist lawyers are tenacious and able to pursue all options with aggression and commitment.