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Resolve disputes without a lawyer

'We had a range of problems with our real estate agent and the Small Business Commissioner helped us to resolve the situation without the need to go to a lawyer'
Peter Grimes, Spruikit

Top tips

  • Get advice prior to entering into a lease
  • Consult the Victorian Small Business Commissioner before seeing a lawyer

The business

Spruikit is a communications consultancy that provides a range of services to help organisations and their people present better.

Started some eight years ago, the business specialises in face-to-face training in presentation, media, voice and communication skills, and image development.

During that time, they have helped thousands of people 'find their voice' and be more comfortable giving formal presentations, talking to media and making powerful sales pitches.

Spruikit conducts training for government, business and not-for-profit clients all over Australia.

How they resolved their issues

With their former headquarters in rented office space in inner city Richmond, Spruikit turned to the Small Business Commissioner for advice on their lease.

'We had a range of problems with our real estate agent and the Small Business Commissioner helped us to resolve the situation without the need to go to a lawyer', says owner, Peter Grimes.

The business is now concentrating on delivering its special brand of speaker training around Australia.

'It's very satisfying to see people at the end of our session with them', says Peter. 'Just one day can make such a difference'.

The Victorian Small Business Commissioner

The Office of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner provides a quick, effective, and low cost dispute resolution service for businesses in dispute with other businesses or government.  

The office assists businesses by providing information, education, preliminary assistance and mediation services.

Many disputes are resolved at no cost through early engagement by experienced officers.  

Since the office was established in 2003, about 80 per cent of mediation has been settled, avoiding the cost, delay and distraction of litigation.

Visit the Victorian Small Business Commissioner website or call 13 22 15

The result

After having a range of problems with his real estate agent, Peter was able to resolve the issue without needing to use an expensive lawyer.