Crisis comes in various forms. Any happening that threatens the existence of an organization or its ability to survive can pose a crisis situation. Our ADR, Crisis Management & Litigation Team has the background to understand and resolve all complex disputes before they get to the courtroom. And in times of crisis, prepared and trusted legal counsel can provide stability and clarity, bringing together the right resources when they are needed most. 

At Harlem, we proactively guide our clients carefully through each process whether circumstances warrant an early negotiated settlement or a trial of the issues, having built a reputation as the commercially-savvy team that clients want at the negotiating table.In order to avoid the pitfalls often created by ordinary litigation, such as negative publicity, blemished reputation, creation of significant potential liability for a business, our aim, often avowedly, is to resolve matters through a tactful negotiation, if possible, and by decisive and resolute litigation when it is not, ardently seeking integrative strategies where one or more settlements that can create a win-win situation. Our experience in a wide array of areas has equipped us to be able to resolve disputes and manage crises swiftly on behalf of our clients. We are committed to front-end strategizing with our clients so as to make them fully aware of the potential costs and risks involved in each approach to dispute resolution. But whether or not our clients’ legal issues get to the courtroom, we are always custom-designed to address your specific needs competently and aggressively.

Since we are mindful of the cost and time involved in litigation, we connect early on from the outset of each crisis, working smartly and swiftly with our clients to prevent, mitigate and contain situations so as to avert and minimise collateral damage, and ensuring relevant counsel and advice is obtained before any litigation process is considered, buoyed by our understanding that ‘winning’ comes in many forms and that a successful litigation outcome is one that meets our clients’ business objectives. We provide tailored legal services and representation to all players in the corporate world on all aspects of litigation/crisis management either before or after the commencement of the litigation process, including:

  • Preparation of legal opinions with regards to all aspects of crisis management/dispute resolution
  • Representing clients in out-of-court resolutions/settlements
  • Advising clients on alternative dispute resolution processes
  • Assisting new executive teams in transition with due diligence
  • Dispute resolution and settlement agreements
  • Fraud and embezzlement investigations and resolutions
  • Representing clients in arbitrations and regulatory tribunals
  • Advising on and representing clients in settlement negotiations
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