Contracts are legally binding agreements between two or more parties who promise to do (or not do) something in return for payment of some sort.
What is a Contract?
Contrary to popular belief, a contract does not need to be in writing — it can be oral, part oral and part written, or even implied by conduct.
Entering a contract is a regular part of life, whether you are aware of it or not. For instance, you enter into a contract when you buy a loaf of bread, negotiate a pay rise or buy a movie ticket.
Most contract disputes arise when a party to the contract breaches a term that is written or implied in the contract.
A breach of contract usually occurs through:
- a failure to perform on time;
- a failure to perform to an agreed standard; or
- a refusal or inability to perform at all.
A breach of contract can have a severe impact on people and businesses. Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant in a contract dispute, our team of dedicated contract lawyers in Brisbane can provide expert legal advice to ensure your rights are protected.
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Types of contract disputes we can help you with
A contract dispute is the most common dispute for a business, and usually arises as a result of a breach by one of the parties to the contr act. Differences in the interpretation of contract terms can also be a major cause of conflict.
Gibbs Wright has Brisbane-based contract lawyers who can help with disputes related to, for example:
Who and how we can help
Our lawyers can help any party to a contract dispute. We can help a plaintiff to claim damages or other remedies to ensure they are adequately compensated. We can help a defendant fight a claim for damages, argue that the amount claimed is too high, or lodge a counterclaim.
We can help solve contract disputes in all types of businesses, including retail, mining, and construction.
A dispute may require simple enforcement proceedings, or it may require more complex action to deal with instances of negligence or misleading or deceptive conduct, for example.
Resolving a contract dispute may require:
When the parties negotiate a resolution without the need for formal mediation or arbitration.
When an independent mediator is appointed to help the parties resolve the dispute rather than decide it.
When an arbitrator is appointed by the disputing parties or by a court, with the arbitrator making a legally binding decision.
When negotiation, or mediation and arbitration, cannot resolve the dispute, it will need to be taken to court.
Gibbs Wright contract lawyers can offer professional advice on all options to ensure an effective resolution. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Why choose Gibbs Wright Litigation Lawyers
Gibbs Wright Litigation Lawyers has experience in resolving contractual disputes. You can work with a contract lawyer who can provide you with legal advice and ensure you understand your rights and obligations.
If you’re involved in a contract dispute, the right advice is essential. Discuss your matter with one of our experienced Brisbane-based contract lawyers from anywhere in Australia today.
- Commercially viable outcomes
- Dedicated litigation firm
- Outstanding client satisfaction
- High success rate
- Direct contact with your lawyer
- Brisbane-based litigation team
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