​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 |

Why try negotiation

There are a number of advantages of negotiating, but there may be situations where it is not appropriate.

    ​Benefits ​​of negotiating

    Negotiation may mean:

    • the problem is resolved faster than going to court
    • it costs less to resolve the problem
    • the process is less stressful
    • you get an outcome you may not be able to get at court, such as an apology.

    Negotiation can take place at any time, for example, when a problem first happens, when you are thinking about starting a case, or even after a court case has been started.

    When negotiation is not appropriate

    There are some situations where negotiation may not be the right option. For example:

    • if there has been violence or threats of violence
    • when one of the parties involved will not agree to negotiate
    • where you need a court order to protect you or to make the other party do something or stop doing something.

    If you are not sure if negotiation is the right choice for you, you should get legal advice

    Case study

     Case study - Hannah and Jeremy

    Hannah borrowed $1000 from her friend Jeremy. She had bills to pay and had lost her job. She could not pay him back so she offered to do some work around Jeremy's house at a rate of $20 per hour. Jeremy agreed. Hannah has done work to pay $800 off the loan but recently received a Statement of Claim from Jeremy for the full $1000.

    Hannah has filed her Defence in court and Jeremy has now written to Hannah offering to accept $500 from her to finalise the case.

    Hannah is not sure what to do


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    or more information, see Ways to negotiate.