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It has been said that "litigation is a machine where you go in as a pig and come out as a sausage" (Ambrose Bierce 1842 -1914). Sadly, this can be true.  However, at Beacon, we recognise that dispute resolution does not have to mean litigation to the bitter end and that it is sometimes possible to build bridges instead of burning them; we are always mindful of the long term goals of our clients' businesses, for time and resources spent on litigation can be better spent on business development.

As such, at Beacon, we try wherever possible, to facilitate win-win outcomes for our clients even when a dispute has arisen and we try to utilise the various alternative dispute resolution initiatives within our judicial system to achieve that.

Having said that, it does not mean that we would advise our clients to settle their disputes at all costs; for we understand that any negotiations to resolve a dispute have to be undertaken in a principled manner whereby both parties are equally committed to an outcome satisfactory to both. At the end of the day, we recognise that whether negotiations should be conducted or continued depends a lot on the attitude of the other party to a dispute.

In other words, "If they want to make war for twenty years, then we shall make war for twenty years. If they want to make peace, then we shall make peace and invite them to tea afterwards." (Ho Chi Minh 1890 -1969)

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