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General commercial disputes

When there is a dispute in the commercial arena or the potential for one to develop, our team will work hard to understand your business, evaluate the options, provide timely user-friendly advice, and ensure focused representation. We assist clients across a wide range of industries with disputes involving:

  • shareholders' rights
  • directors' duties and corporate governance
  • joint ventures
  • commercial contracts
  • debt recovery and mortgagee sales
  • employment
  • insolvency
  • intellectual property.

Examples of our work

Mining contractor dispute – successfully resolving Federal Court proceedings for alleged breaches of employment contracts, directors' duties, misuse of confidential information, and conspiracy, including settlement of an urgent injunction application.

Seven Fields – bringing urgent proceedings in the Federal Court to successfully prevent the infringement of this primary producer's trade mark.

Shareholder dispute – enforcing obligations under a share sale agreement (including the payment of $46 million) that were secured by personal and corporate guarantees, including successfully defending urgent injunction proceedings.

Takeover dispute – obtaining declarations in the Victorian Supreme Court on behalf of stapled security holders regarding resolutions passed at investor meetings to de-staple the securities, in the face of a takeover bid.

Manufacturing company dispute – mediating a dispute involving a family run manufacturing company valued at $22 million.

Fair Work Commission – representing employers and employees in unfair dismissal applications as well as guiding employers though performance management, misconduct investigations, redundancy decisions and termination processes to limit exposure to unfair dismissal claims, adverse action claims and breach of contract claims.

Key team members