Regardless of the industry in which a business transacts, conflicts inevitably arise. These conflicts can have the potential to erupt into major (and costly) disputes if not dealt with in a proactive and effective manner.

Our team of experienced dispute resolution professionals ensures that our clients have access to the best possible advice when they need it most. Our clients come to us with their most sensitive commercial disputes because they know they can trust us to protect their brand, their reputation and their best interests.

Our team assists clients in the following areas:

  • banking and finance, including security enforcement and major creditor claims, as well as fraud and misappropriation matters

  • commercial contracts and business disputes, including shareholder disputes and partnership disputes

  • intellectual property disputes including patent, trade mark, copyright, designs and defamation litigation

  • competition and consumer litigation and prosecutions, including issues relating to alleged false advertising and misleading and deceptive conduct

  • confidential information disputes

  • employee and industrial relations disputes

  • corporate and personal insolvency disputes, including public examinations and asset recovery and protection

  • property and construction litigation

  • regulatory prosecutions and investigations, and government.

Best known for our long history of acting for major Australian banks and other financial institutions, we also act for a range of commercial enterprises, including:

  • listed A-REITs
  • insurance companies
  • property developers
  • construction contractors
  • franchisors
  • liquidators and bankruptcy trustees
  • company directors and senior officers.

One of the key differentiators of our practice is our significant partner involvement and oversight. Our matters are partner-led, featuring appropriate involvement by members of our various teams.

We have a strong track record of assisting clients to settle matters before they go too far down the litigation path, ensuring that the risks of reputational damage and significant expense are minimised.

Sometimes, ongoing litigation is inevitable. In those circumstances, our team works with our clients to plan a litigation strategy that is commercial, cost-conscious and committed to achieving the best outcome. We utilise cutting edge discovery technology to minimise costs to our clients and to facilitate the seamless transition of information between lawyer and client. Matters are handled by those partners and staff best qualified to manage industry- or matter-specific litigation.

Special Counsel
T +61 2 8233 9532
Resolution through mediation

View our Mediation Information Sheet to learn more about our accredited mediators and the services we provide in this area.

Doyles Guide leading list rankings

DibbsBarker - Recommended Firm in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law (Queensland, 2017)

Doyles Guide is an independent guide with rankings compiled through feedback from those in the legal profession.

Recent News and Publications
06 Mar 2018
Mediation has become a popular method to resolve disputes, and with good reason. Depending on the circumstances, mediation can offer numerous advantages over traditional litigation.
28 Feb 2018
The February 2018 edition of the Australian Property Law Bulletin (a LexisNexis publication) contains an article by Ben Shaw and Matthew Butchard entitled 'Resolving GST ambiguity: A & A Property Developers Pty Ltd v MCCA Asset Management Ltd.'
16 Jan 2018
On 2 January, whilst many us were all contemplating ways to use up the very last of the Christmas ham, the directors of the Belmont Sportmans Club Co-operative Ltd (Club) were asking Justice Black of the NSW Supreme Court to appoint John Morgan and Geoff Davis as voluntary administrators to the Club.