Resolving commercial disputes

The Australian Government is often called upon to provide assistance to Australian companies involved in commercial disputes. Very often there is little the government can do to assist.

The government can assist with:

  • navigating India's legal system
  • providing referral lists of local law firms and arbitrators
  • sharing basic information on potential trade agreements
  • providing advice on India’s business practices.

The government can only intervene in commercial disputes in very limited circumstances. This is generally where Australian businesses have:

  • been discriminated against
  • been treated unfairly by local authorities
  • exhausted all legal avenues.

In India, Austrade can provide referrals to legal or financial firms for professional advice.

The government cannot:

  • provide companies or individuals with legal advice
  • interfere in Indian legal processes and law enforcement including:
    • matters in relation to the return of property stolen in India
    • refunding deposits or payments for goods and services rendered in India.