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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Sydney

Mark Wilks

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Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution / Restructuring & Insolvency.




Mark is our head of commercial litigation. His skills in commercial litigation have earned him a leading position in "bet the company" and financial services cases.

He gets in amongst his clients’ businesses and, with a deep understanding of commercial drivers, provides strategic, poignant and innovative advice on commercial litigation matters.

Recognised as a leader in his field, Mark regularly appears on clients’ behalf before superior and appeal courts of Western Australia and New South Wales, including the High Court of Australia and in confidential commercial arbitrations.

He is also a noted insolvency lawyer. He has been involved in some of Australia’s largest insolvencies, advising banks, investors, creditors, trustee companies, directors and insolvency professionals, assisting them to mitigate risk and achieve the best possible outcomes.


Insolvency Practitioners Association - Member INSOL International - Member Corrs Chambers Westgarth Diversity Council - Member.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's¬†‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô practice, led by¬†James Whittaker, handles complex, high-value litigation and class actions, and regularly represents the government in contentious matters. It is acting for Trevor Flugge, the former head of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), in civil penalty proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) against him, centred on allegations of payments by AWB to the Iraqi government in breach of UN sanctions. The team is also acting for Hancock¬†Prospecting in its defence of claims brought by two children of Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart and two third parties. Names to note include Mark Wilks, Stan Lewis, Chris Pagent¬†and Bronwyn Lincoln. The team has been bolstered by¬†Felicity Healy¬†from now-defunct Henry Davis York and Joshua Paffey¬†from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Dispute resolution: class actions

Within: Dispute resolution: class actions

Corrs Chambers Westgarth's notable work highlights include Mark Wilks acting for Hancock Prospecting in claims brought by the children of Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart regarding the ownership of its key mining assets, advising litigation funder IMF Bentham on multiple class actions related to new residential developments in the Australian Capital Territory, and Chris Pagent defending Serco Australia and Broadspectrum in actions relating to immigration detention facilities the clients operate on Christmas island and Manus island and the treatment of detainees. Other key practitioners include practice head James Whittaker, Stan Lewis and financial services and product liability expert Brad Woodhouse.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Building on the substantial recruitment it saw in 2017, Corrs Chambers Westgarth has notable breadth in restructuring and insolvency with considerable strength advising on restructurings in the mining and logistics transport sectors. Cameron Cheetham heads up the department and acted for Rogers Reidy as voluntary administrators of eChoice, Ben Emblin advised McGrathNicol on the liquidation of Babcock & Brown group's assets, and Michael Catchpoole represented HLB Mann Judd in its role as liquidators of Bruck Textile Technologies in litigation relating to an allegedly unlawful restructuring. Other key individuals include Sam Delaney, Craig Ensor, litigators Mark Wilks and Jade Rowarth, and Patrick O’Grady .

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