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Civil Disputes


Civil Disputes are common events. Disputes can occur over almost any issue. Some of the more common civil disputes we deal with are:

  • Business disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Claims against others for losses
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment issues
  • Rural disputes
  • Mediation between parties involved in the dispute.

At Stevens Orchard we have both Nelson lawyers and Westport lawyers available who can advise and act in relation to civil disputes. Our knowledge and mediation skills provides an excellent basis for finding a satisfactory outcome.

Disputes can arise in almost any setting, such as between business partners, between neighbours or between employers and staff. We are able to assist with:

  • claims against others for losses
  • debt recovery
  • dealing with bad debts
  • enforcement of judgments.

We can advise clients and act in relation to all types of court proceedings, in the District Court or High Court. We are able to represent clients in those court proceedings.

We can advise you on alternative dispute resolution options including:

  • mediation
  • adjudication
  • arbitration.

Lee Stevens of Stevens Orchard Lawyers is a qualified mediator and can assist with the mediation of a variety of types of disputes. This can include:

  • family court
  • relationship property
  • parenting
  • commercial and civil disputes


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