Almost inevitably, clients only 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.
The relationship between litigation practitioners and their clients can often be difficult from the start and for many clients the court system, which includes a number of tribunals, is unfamiliar and confusing. A litigant’s discontent is likely to be exacerbated when faced with delays, unexpected costs and no costs jurisdictions. Not surprisingly, commercial litigation which covers a broad area including contractual disputes, debt recovery, employment claims, building disputes and insurance litigation, is a significant area of claims for LPLC each year.
There are steps that you can take to minimise the risk of receiving a claim. Below is some information to assist practitioners understand those steps.