One typically considers retaining counsel when a dispute surfaces. In most instances, parties become hostile and fail to communicate effectively. We are well versed in negotiating and resolving disputes, especially cross cultural ones where there is a great deal of misunderstanding of intentions and misinterpretation of actions. It is often wise to explore and discover the true meaning behind the perceived dispute, prior to resorting to legal action.
Given the potential cost, and more importantly the valuable time necessary to further commercial litigation, parties are often encouraged to resolve their disputes through avenues other than announcing the battle cries of a lawsuit.
Depending on the circumstances, facts of the case, clauses contained within enforceable agreements, or the parties' respective desires for an efficient resolution, disputes can often be settled through a series of meetings and negotiations.
It is important to remember that what may be perceived as monstrously indelicate, may be traditionally accepted and the norm to another. Cultural literacy is absolutely crucial for effective and efficient dispute resolution.