At Brown McComish Solicitors we encourage clients to mediate disputes at the earliest opportunity.
In the early 1990’s the Supreme Court ran a pilot program where matters awaiting trial were referred to mediation. The trial proved very successful and almost all civil disputes are now referred for mediation or conferencing by the courts. Whilst not all matters resolve at mediation, mediation offers many advantages over a judicial determination. There is a substantial saving in legal costs and parties can tailor the outcome to suit.
In many circumstances mediations can be arranged before legal proceedings are commenced. Pre litigation mediation now often occurs in estate and family law matters.
Tony Brown is a qualified mediator and is on the list of law institute approved mediators. Tony has acted as a mediator in many commercial, estate and family law disputes for over ten years.
Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal
If you have been a victim of a crime we can help you to obtain financial assistance which you are entitled to through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT). This includes expenses incurred as a direct result of the crime. We will guide you through the application process and should your claim require a court attendance we are happy to appear on your behalf.
We are also happy to appeal determinations from the Tribunal to VCAT should the merits of your claim exceed the amount entitled.
VOCAT is a scheme which grants financial assistance to victims of crime. These are people who have been a primary, secondary or related victim of a crime and have suffered an injury, either physical or psychological, however does not include property damage. This assistance includes reasonable counselling and medical expenses, safety and security, loss of earnings, funeral costs and other expenses to assist with recovery.
VOCAT may also grant ‘special financial assistance’ to primary victims for pain and suffering.
Reasonable legal costs in making an application are usually covered by VOCAT.
If you have been affected by family violence or are concerned for your safety we can help to make applications to the Magistrates’ Court for Family Violence and Personal Safety Intervention Orders. If these applications are disputed then we will assist you to negotiate and explain the court process as well as to settle these disputes in a way which is in line with your wishes.
If you have been served with a Family Violence Safety Notice or an Application and would like some advice on how to respond we are able to help. We can also appear on your behalf in the Magistrates’ Court to contest the terms of an intervention order which may be detrimental. We will attempt to negotiate the terms of these orders and to resolve them in a way that will not limit your daily life in a way which is cost effective to you.
Interventions orders can be a stressful and confusing process. We will help to make this as comfortable and comprehensive as possible.