When entering into a business deal or leasing retail or commercial property, problems may arise. Commercial disputes are not only frustrating and time consuming, but they can quickly become very expensive. The costs aren't only legal. Diverting your efforts away from running your business and adding stress to your life also take their toll.
Many disputes can be resolved by talking to the other side about the problem and agreeing to make some changes. Unfortunately, there are times when agreeing to solve a problem is just not possible.
The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner is your first stop if you have a commercial dispute. Our role is to help you find a solution, ideally through the use of negotiation, information and/or mediation, rather than litigation. No matter how serious you believe the dispute is, there are some steps you must go through before you end up in court. This helps you find a solution as early as possible in the process, while helping to keep your costs and stress levels down.