Contract & Business Dispute Lawyers | Breach of Contract | Commercial Litigation

Contract and business disputes can be costly, stressful and time consuming. Our team of Commercial Dispute Resolution specialists are skilled at assisting clients to achieve the best outcome, preferably without expensive and prolonged litigation. 

Contract disputes can range from small misunderstandings through to serious breaches of contract and stressful and expensive liabilities. Our aim is to resolve the conflict as quickly and simply as possible while minimising your liabilities and maximising anything owed to you.


Whether it is a dispute over the enforcement of a contract, or the interpretation of a contract, or if you need advice on how best to terminate a contract, seeking quality advice early on is your best approach to get the best outcome.


Often, conflicts can be simply and quickly addressed by bringing in Smith and Partners as a third party, taking the heat out of the argument between you and your contractual partner. We will  work with you to decide on most effective approach/strategy to use for your particular situation and guide you through the process until the best possible outcome is achieved.


We focus on the bigger picture, and quickly identify the issues, costs and likely outcomes of each option, providing you with the most cost effective strategy to achieve your goals.


As skilled negotiators, our first approach is to try to resolve disputes out of Court, but when a resolution can’t be reached, we have extensive experience appearing in the District, High Court & Court of Appeal. Where the dispute has a monetary value of less than $20,000 we can also assist with small claims at the Disputes Tribunal.


Our commercial dispute resolution team can help you with:

  • Contract disputes and breach of contract claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Director’s disputes
  • Breach of director’s duties
  • Partnership disputes
  • Joint venture disputes
  • Franchise disputes
  • Inland Revenue Disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Insurance disputes
  • Injunctive relief
  • Negligence, nuisance and negligent misstatement
  • Defamation
  • Regulatory body prosecutions
  • Judicial review of public bodies decisions that affect business
  • Financial disputes including the Personal Property Securities Act
  • Enforcement of guarantees
  • Competition law and fair trading
  • Employment disputes 
  • Intellectual property disputes 

Contract Dispute Specialists