​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Negotiation

Negotiation is when you try to end a problem or dispute with another person, by reaching an agreement. 

    When to negotiate

    The first step to negotiating is to think about how you would like to settle (resolve) the dispute, what you think the other party would accept and then suggest a settlement to the other party.

    If you were involved in a car accident, you can negotiate by talking to the other party, or by writing a letter, or both. If the other party is insured and made a claim on their insurance policy, you should negotiate with their insurer. If the other party has a lawyer, you should speak to the lawyer rather than directly to the other party.

    Negotiation can take place at any time. You can negotiate about who was at fault, how much damage was caused and when payment will be made.

    If you need help negotiating with the other party, you should consider whether to try mediation. This is where an independent third party can assist you and the other party to discuss your issues and hopefully come to an agreement. For more information, see Mediation.

    Negotiating in writing

    Written correspondence with settlement offers, like letters, emails or faxes usually have the words 'Without prejudice' written at the top. This means that the information in these documents cannot be used against you in a court hearing. 

    Sometimes you should not write 'Without prejudice' on the top of a letter. For example, if you decide to go to court you may want to show that you made an offer to settle.  

    Before you write a letter of offer, you should get legal advice on how to write the letter.

    Reaching an agreement

    Although negotiating with the other party can very informal, if you are able to reach an agreement, you can write down what has been agreed. For more information, see Put it in writing.

    For more help negotiating with the other party, see the Negotiation​ section of the Legal skills topic.