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Civil Law & Litigation




Phone:  08 9535 4604

Fax:  08 9535 4603

Civil litigation is the process of dispute resolution between members of a community through the court system. Civil law grants to individuals the right to sue for compensation or for specific action in matters such as contract disputes, defamation and negligence.

As a client of Petherick Cottrell, you will be benefited by our wealth of knowledge and professional experience as we protect and actively advance your interests in all areas of law.

Why choose Petherick Cottrell as your lawyer?

  • The team at Petherick Cottrell is made up of lawyers who have significant experience in top tier law firms meaning we can provide top level, quality advice at local, competitive prices;

  • All of our lawyers are based in Mandurah, meaning you do not need to go to Perth (or pay Perth-level fees) for quality legal advice;

  • Our experience means that no matter is too hard or complex;

  • Our lawyers are friendly, approachable and professional. 

Civil Disputes
& Litigation

Civil Disputes & Litigation

Civil Disputes & Litigation

If you feel that you’ve been wronged but it’s not a criminal matter to be dealt with by the Police then you may be able to commence a lawsuit against someone. We have a wealth of experience in this area. Making a claim against another individual must be handled with expertise and professionalism. You’re in safe hands with Petherick Cottrell. The kinds of disputes that are dealt with under civil law include disputes between:

  • Neighbours

  • Customers and suppliers

  • Business partners

  • Landlords and tenants

  • Buyers and sellers of property

  • Home owners and builders

  • Executors or beneficiaries in deceased estates

  • Creditors and debtors

  • Accidents and insurance


Different kinds of legal cases have different time limitations imposed so it’s important that you seek our legal advice quickly to find out if you can commence legal proceedings. Generally, we will seek an out-of-court  resolution to the dispute, saving both time and money. There are a number of alternative dispute resolution methods which can be used including round table negotiation, mediation and conciliation.

If all attempts to settle the dispute fail then the dispute will be taken to trial. Trial proceedings are lengthy and somewhat complex. We are the most experienced dispute resolution lawyers and civil litigation solicitors in the Peel Region and have proven experience across a wide range of Western Australia civil suits including:

  • Commercial litigation

  • Business litigation

  • Unfair dismissal

  • Will disputes

  • Debt recovery

  • Building and property disputes

  • Dividing fence disputes

  • Contract disputes

Debt Recovery Law

Debt Recovery

To protect your cash flow you need to ensure that your business can collect bad debt. This is a common area of business activity and there is a well established legal process for debt collection for businesses. Our civil litigation team can, on your instructions, undertake the following actions:

  • Issue a letter of demand to the debtor

  • Attempt to negotiate settlement on your behalf

  • Litigate in court following a refusal to pay

We have experienced lawyers who are completely at home with the legal processes involved for effective and lawful debt recovery in Western Australia. We can help you at any stage of this process of recovering a business debt, whether it is helping you write an effective and legally sound letter of demand, or pursuing the matter through the court system.

Our lawyers are familiar with the process of enforcing a judgment in your favour against the debtor, including obtaining property seizure and sale and earnings appropriation orders and company winding up proceedings if need be. We are also well aware of the costs of debt litigation and can advise you on whether it is commercially viable to proceed to Court.

One way to protect against bad debt is to review your contracts, trade agreements and terms of trade. We can help you make sure that your terms are clear and your processes solid so you can avoid lengthy and costly litigation proceedings in the future.

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