Hollingdales provide commercial law advice, mediation and facilitation and other alternative dispute resolution services.

Commercial Law Advice

Hollingdales offer legal advice on:

  • Building and construction contracts
  • Major infrastructure project delivery methods
  • Procurement processes
  • Commercial disputes, including representing parties in negotiation, mediation, expert determination, arbitration and litigation.

Mediation Service

Hollingdales offer a mediation service to help parties resolve their commercial disputes. The firm accepts appointment from law firms, in-house corporate counsel and company executives.

Hollingdales mediate on a wide variety of disputes, including:

  • Building defects
  • Delay and disruption claims
  • Environment and planning issues
  • Farm debt
  • Family law property division
  • Franchises
  • Inheritance
  • Intellectual property
  • Inter-governmental department disputes over policy
  • Joint ventures
  • Mining tenements
  • Mining operations
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct
  • Partnerships
  • Planning and environment
  • Procurement process
  • Retail leasing
  • Sale of business
  • Shareholder issues
  • Wills and succession
  • Variation claims on a variety of construction and development projects.

Facilitation Service

Hollingdales offer a facilitation service. This service includes:

  • Commercial contract negotiations
  • Contract re-negotiations and insolvent trading safe harbour
  • Early neutral evaluation (ENE)
  • Expert conclave as a facilitator/recorder
  • Family conference facilitation - when family members hold a family conference the facilitator chairs the meeting. The conference may be held to clarify sensitive matters for succession/estate or other planning purposes. Particularly helpful for family business succession planning, including farming businesses
  • Facilitation of major project contract negotiations following selection of preferred proponent
  • Group meeting facilitation: a group may be a board of a company or institution (public or private), professional associations, schools, and include shareholders or other stakeholders who seek a neutral facilitator/chair to assist them to clarify or resolve issues or set direction.

Additional Dispute Resolution Processes

In addition to mediation and facilitation, Hollingdales can provide a neutral dispute resolution practitioner in a combination of the following processes or hybrid processes:

  • Agenda setting and advising on conflict management issues and practical dispute avoidance steps and strategies
  • Arb-Med or Arb-Med-Arb:
  • Chairing experts' conclave (sometimes referred to as 'hot-tubbing') for the purpose of producing a joint experts’ report for use in mediation or court/arbitration proceedings
  • Independent Chair to help groups conduct effective meetings
  • Conciliation, either stand alone or following negotiation or mediation
  • Dispute Boards (DAB/DRB) - Advisory or Avoidance or Adjudication/Review or Resolution boards
  • Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE)
  • Expert determination for construction claim disputes
  • Expert appraisal for construction claim disputes.