When there is a dispute in the commercial and corporate arena or the potential for one to develop, our team will work hard to understand your business, evaluate your options, provide timely, strategically focused advice, and ensure focused representation. We assist clients across a wide range of industries with disputes involving shareholders' rights, trustees’ duties, directors' duties and corporate governance, joint ventures, commercial contracts, development agreements, debt recovery, mortgagee sales, employment and insolvency.
Acting for the Centro MCS syndicate management business in the restructure of Centro Properties Group and Centro Retail Trust to create the multi-billion-dollar ASX-listed Centro Retail Australia.
Acting for a responsible entity of a property fund in multiple Federal and Supreme Court proceedings about the acquisition and refurbishment of two commercial office, retail, and hotel premises. The disputes involved interpreting the contracts for sale, calculation of the purchase price, valuation, incentives and one-year price adjustment, development deed, construction contracts, pre-lease agreements and leases.
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.
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.
Acting for a fund manager to defend a claim that a heads of agreement constitutes a binding contract to sell land, including opposing a caveat registered over the land.
Acting for a property developer to bring an action for specific performance to compel the purchaser to complete the sale.
Bringing urgent proceedings in the Federal Court to successfully prevent the infringement of this primary producer's trade mark.
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.
Mediating a dispute involving a family-run manufacturing company valued at $22 million.
Representing employers and employees in unfair dismissal applications, as well as guiding employers through performance management, misconduct investigations, redundancy decisions and termination processes to limit exposure to unfair dismissal claims, adverse action claims and breach of contract claims.
Acting for an AFS licence holder responding to a Freedom of Information request lodged by a major newspaper seeking to reveal details of communications with ASIC.
Acting for a minority shareholder and unitholder in corporate oppression proceedings.
Acting in proceedings about whether a right of first refusal had been successfully invoked against a trustee and in a dispute against an investment manager who sought to orchestrate a removal of the trustee by members to avoid its contractual obligations.
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.
Advising the board and founding shareholders when disputes arise about the future of the business and its capital structure.
Acting for a corporate authorised representative who received a show cause notice from its licensee alleging breaches of statutory and contractual obligations.
Recognised for Real Property Law in Best Lawyers in Australia
‘The ability to understand the key drivers of the counterparty and navigate negotiations and documentation is a critical skill the Real Estate team leverages to benefit clients.’
Chambers Asia Pacific 2020
We are ranked as leaders in our focus industry sectors – funds management and real estate
Partner Sean McMahon is recognised for Investment Funds and Funds Management in Best Lawyers in Australia
Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Corporate Law
‘They are absolute specialists in the area of managed funds, they are on the pulse and experts in this area, and they’re solutions-oriented.’
Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2020
Partner Emma Donaghue is named in Best Lawyers in Australia for Banking and Finance Law