There’s truth in every adage including this one!
There are plenty of reasons pushing people to sit with their lawyer in order to come to an agreement with another party: the high costs of a trial, delays, insolvency of the debtor, impossibility to execute the judgment, etc.
The courts offer many ways to promote amicably settlements, such as mediation in the small claims division and the settlement conference, which is presided by a judge of the tribunal and is very successful.
An agreement out of the court isn’t always the appropriate solution but shall at least be considered every time.
However, a settlement shall be properly set forth in a writing to avoid further disasters, and thus we recommend to retain your counsellors to do so.