What legal work do you actually do?

We meet at a BBQ and you ask me what I do for work….I’m a lawyer I say and you ask… what sort of law do you do?… civil litigation I tell you flippantly… erm what’s that?… you ask…. understandably!

Civil litigation is a general term lawyers use to describe any dispute before a Court but excludes matters with criminal sanctions.

What we do here at Black Bear Legal is far more bespoke than the general title of ‘civil litigation’ provides and is probably better understood by what we don’t do:

  • We don’t handle personal injury claims.
  • We don’t handle family law matters, such as divorce and property settlements.
  • We don’t handle employment disputes regarding Fair Work.
  • We don’t handle transactional legal matters, such as:
    • Drafting a will.
    • Completing a conveyance.
    • Drafting a lease agreement.
    • Drafting any sale contract (property or business).
    • Drafting an employment agreement.

Whilst we don’t deal with any of the above areas of law we know plenty of people that do and are happy to provide our clients with a recommendation or referral if you require those legal services.

So, again, what legal work do you actually do?

We feel it is best described as all money disputes that fall between the cracks of the major specialised areas above. Almost all of our matters concern a claim for money, but some are based on principle alone.  They range from small claims for debts owing to large claims for damages because of negligent conduct.

In essence, if you think somebody owes you money or has caused you to lose money, then it’s likely we’ll handle your claim.  Conversely, if someone claims you owe them money but you deny it, then it’s likely we’ll handle your defence.

If you are still confused if we are able to handle your dispute or not, then feel free to give us a call and make an appointment to talk about your legal issues.

If we can’t help, we’ll tell you straight up and recommend someone better placed to do so, so it can’t hurt.

DISCLAIMER: The above article was written at a specific point in time in the past and is provided as general guidance only. It is not intended to be specific legal advice to any person’s particular circumstances who may be reading it. We do not recommend you use this article as a replacement for obtaining proper legal advice on your issue and encourage anyone reading the article to obtain legal advice to ensure the above information and guidance remains valid and suits your particular circumstance. In our experience, there is no ‘one size fits all’ to legal problems!