String-Stretching in the Workplace: Your Boss’ Sway Over Your Startup Idea

March 30, 2016 For whatever reason, we’ve witnessed an increasing tendency for people to abandon the daily employment grind and chase the dream of self-employment with their own startup. While this can of course lead to a fulfilling and happy life, it’s more often much easier said than done, as an employer can be left […]

Teaching Defiant Dogs New Tricks – Contempt and Contraventions

February 11, 2016 Most of you probably have your own idea of what contempt is and how it would play out in Court. Perhaps Jim Carey in Liar Liar, copping a blasting for telling an inconvenient truth, or Harvey Specter in Suits getting threatened for flagrantly embarrassing a lesser skilled judge. Because of these traditional […]

En Garde! Dealing with Security for Costs

September 23, 2015 Lawyers (and people generally) often speak of the ‘uncertainties of litigation’, especially when discussing costs. Typically, a client wants to know exactly how much a case will cost them to run or defend, and the lawyer is reluctant to even give an estimate, as opposed to a quote. The lawyer often cites […]

Walking the Tightrope: The Balancing Act with Statutory Demands

September 9, 2015 Over the years we’ve dealt with a number of creditors’ statutory demands. The trajectory taken in each case has differed markedly, depending (as always) on the particular facts, but also the resources of the creditor, the solvency of the company at any given time, and the personal attitudes and outlook of the […]

Different Strokes: What to do When Sales Don’t Meet the Description

May 8, 2015 In a recent commercial litigation matter we handled, a considerable dispute arose when our client – a large construction contractor – was provided with the wrong trade materials by their supplier (special paints and sealants with specific attributes), causing all sorts of problems for them, and ultimately, the loss of a great […]

Getting Blood from a Stone: How to Nail Fraudulent Judgment Debtors

April 24, 2015 Recently we acted for the Plaintiff in litigation involving a partnership dispute and property settlement. One of the major assets of the Defendant in our case (“our Defendant”) was an unsatisfied judgment resulting from other commercial litigation in the vicinity of $1 million. This asset was relevant to the property settlement in our […]