We do things a little differently. Our team starts with you and focuses on your objectives. We commit to helping you achieve your goals and tailor our advice and resolution methods to best serve your needs.

We invest in you and your matter upfront to:

  • try to avoid protracted, damaging and costly disputes; and
  • where that is not possible, identify what is really driving a dispute and develop creative options to address resolve it in your favour.

We can help you

Whether you are an individual or an organisation, our team can assist on a wide range of disputes relating to:

Property and construction

  • construction and commercial developments, particularly for:
    • property & construction – developers and tier 2 builders
    • education – schools and tertiary
    • family offices
    • aged care providers – for-profit and non-for-profit
    • social housing providers
  • leases, equitable claims, co-owned property disputes
  • contamination claims

Contracts and organisational structures

  • breach of contracts including misleading or deceptive conduct
  • member disputes

Individual structures

  • family business

We also collaborate with our colleagues on disputes relating to Workplace Relations, Child Safety and discrimination disputes, Elder Financial Abuse, Family and Estate Disputes

What you can expect

Outcome oriented

Too often, disputes are costly, drawn out and conclude without any real winners. Parties can get so caught up in the emotion and process that they forget what they were fighting about, and why. We stay focused on your objectives (because sometimes you might lose sight of them) and finding creative ways to achieve them.

We are genuinely interested in:

  • adding value
  • building long-term and trusted relationships with clients
  • helping those clients avoid costly and protracted disputes

Early and tailored advice

We start by providing clients with early and tailored advice that considers all options, not just the law, and then work closely with our clients to implement an agreed strategy.

We can also provide bespoke project counsel support to individuals or organisations. We can operate as an advice line or a quasi in-house counsel role in any of the above dispute categories – particularly on ‘distressed projects’ which may have been impacted by insolvency or tensions between parties. We support clients to manage their projects by providing ‘real time’ and ‘proactive’ advice to mitigate the escalation of a dispute to more formal external processes. For more information on our project counsel support, please see below.

Where disputes can only be resolved via external processes, Moores’ Disputes team have expertise in the following:

  • alternative dispute resolution strategies (mediation, conciliation, arbitration, expert determination and so on)
  • court proceedings
  • specific resolution pathways including security of payment adjudication (in building and construction disputes) or family mediation (in family business disputes).

Simple fixed fee pricing

Because we take time to understand your situation and the objective/s you are trying to achieve up front, we are able to provide you with a tailored proposal that gives you the option of how to proceed. You will know the costs before we start work, and those costs are fixed. This:

  • means we share the risks with you – and will not benefit from drawing disputes out unnecessarily
  • allows you to make an informed decision on how you want to proceed
  • promotes open communication – because you won’t be charged for every call or question

A personal and responsive approach

Our clients appreciate our responsiveness and having access to our team when they need it – from junior lawyers to practice leaders. We use language you can understand and will feel like part of your team.

Learn more about Disputes at Moores

Hear from Practice Leader, Daniel Raso, and Associate, Ellen Turner, from the Moores Disputes team as they answer some of their clients frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer fixed fees for litigation?

Yes. Moores only acts on the basis of agreed scope and fixed fee for all matters. Some say it’s impossible to provide fixed pricing for litigation, because of the unpredictability of how the matters may unfold.

What they mean is that they are not willing to share in the risks that the unpredictability brings with it. We are.

Do you act on ‘mum and dad’ building disputes?

Generally, no – because it’s difficult for us to add value where there is a relatively small amount in dispute.

However, we have significant experience on large and complicated domestic building disputes. We are always happy to discuss your matter to see if we can add value.

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Need assistance with a dispute?  Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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