Several years ago, Thomas started a business partnership with a friend for the breeding and sale of horses. The relationship between the parties deteriorated over a dispute about the time and cost each party was investing into the partnership and what the next steps should be.
Thomas’ finances and mental health were strained as the dispute remained unresolved, so Thomas commenced proceedings.
Unable to afford private legal representation, Thomas was forced to represent himself.
Unaware of the appropriate court rules or procedure, Thomas commenced three separate proceedings in the Supreme and District Court, which were dismissed.
Thomas then commenced a fourth proceeding, appealing the previous decisions to the Court of Appeal. At this point, Thomas was referred to LawRight by court staff.
LawRight provided advice to Thomas about his situation and assisted him to understand the court process and the options he may have to pursue the matter.
During an appointment, LawRight assisted Thomas to negotiate with the other side and reach an agreement for the Court of Appeal proceedings to be dismissed with no order as to costs, and for the parties to attend mediation.
LawRight obtained a pro bono mediator to conduct the mediation. Given Thomas’ mental state, the complexity of the matter and the significant stress he was experiencing in representing himself, LawRight also arranged for a law firm to provide Thomas with pro bono representation at the mediation.
At mediation, Thomas reached a settlement with the other party. Thomas told LawRight that resolving the matter at mediation was a ‘really good result’ and that he was very appreciative of the assistance of LawRight and the pro bono firm.