Clients seek out litigation lawyers when something has gone wrong and as litigation is an unfamiliar environment for many litigants, managing their expectations during the litigation process is key to containing risks in this area.
Personal injury litigation is a specialist area of law that requires an in-depth knowledge of the legislation, time limits and case law. It also often involves dealing with the uncertainty of clients’ changing medical conditions and emotional wellbeing. We see claims where firms dabble in the area without the requisite expertise or they fail to set up systems to ensure they meet the time limits or manage clients appropriately.
Commercial litigation involves a broad spectrum of litigation matters and claims occur when acting for both plaintiff and defendant. The mistakes occur at the start of matter by not issuing proceedings in time or joining the wrong party or not adequately articulating the claim, then during the matter with long delays in moving the matter forward and then at the end with clients being unhappy with the settlement or judgement.