Dispute resolution

It's no secret that business relationships can lead to disputes. There might be a disagreement over whether a business has lived up to its end of a contract or you might have a dispute over a retail or commercial lease.

Anyone who has been involved in a dispute will tell you that business disputes are frustrating and time-consuming. The stress takes a toll and the time lost to the dispute can be expensive. And there may be legal costs to consider.

Many disputes can be sorted out by talking to the other side and trying to find out what can work for both of you. A business relationship doesn't have to end because of a disagreement.

No matter how serious you believe the dispute is, it is almost always in everyone's best interests to find a solution as early as possible. Early action keeps the costs and the stress down and to keep a current relationship on track can beat starting over with someone else.

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner offers a service to help the parties talk about their problems, and work towards a solution through negotiation, communication and perhaps mediation rather than litigation. We don't take sides, whether both parties are small businesses or one is a big business or government agency.

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    How to access dispute resolution services

    If you have a commercial dispute and your negotiations have broken down, we may be able to help. Learn about our dispute resolution services.

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    How to avoid business disputes

    Read our top ten tips on how to avoid disputes when you enter into a contract or agreement.

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    How mediation can help resolve disputes

    Learn more about mediation can help resolve a dispute and avoid a costly court procedure.

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    Frequently asked questions

    We've helped thousands of businesses, read some of the most common questions we hear from business owners.

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    Forms

    Bond forms, disclosure statements, application for mediation for a small business dispute or lease or bond dispute, expert determination forms and more.