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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: litigation

Roland Burt and Penelope Pengilley in Melbourne, and Mark Addison in Sydney, are part of the team at Keypoint Law, acts for a range of government and private clients.
Brad Strahorn leads the commercial litigation team at White & Case in Sydney, with notable strength in infrastructure and energy claims.
Wotton + Kearney‘s dispute resolution team is headed by Richard Leder in Melbourne, who joined the firm in January 2023 from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, along with Georgie Austin. In Sydney, Amanda Beattie joined the team from King & Wood Mallesons in March 2023.

Dispute resolution: litigation in Australia


Andrew Maher heads up the ‘competent and smart’ disputes and investigations team at Allens from Melbourne and is a particular expert regarding work in the natural resources and renewable energy industries. Large-scale commercial disputes and investigations are an area of strength for the team, with Melbourne-based Belinda Thompson a standout in this area. In Sydney, Ross Drinnan has notable expertise regarding regulatory and reputational litigation, while Kim Reid is the firm’s sector leader for banks and financial institutions, an area in which Alexandra Mason also specialises. Praised as ‘excellent to work with’, the team acts for a range of clients from regional to international, public to private companies, often in landmark cases including those involving climate issues. Guy Foster retired from practice in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Maher

Other key lawyers:

Belinda Thompson; Alexandra Mason; Peter Haig; Paul Nicols; Malcolm Stephens; Ross Drinnan; Kim Reid


‘The team is really competent and smart.’

‘Depth of the team. Competent at all levels from partner to junior solicitors. Get the job done, efficiently and without fuss, and you know it will be right.’

‘Not arrogant, really great to work with: listen to what the clients want, and deliver great quality product.’

Key clients


The Star Entertainment Group

Crown Resorts




Ford Motor Company of Australia





Tlou Energy



Work highlights

  • Acting in the proceedings against Santos, concerning judicial review of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)’s decision to accept Santos’ Drilling and Completions Environment Plan which allows drilling of gas wells as part of the Barossa Project.
  • Acting for Star Entertainment Group and its subsidiaries (Star Sydney and Star Queensland (together Star)) in relation to civil penalty proceedings commenced by AUSTRAC in the Federal Court.
  • Advising Shell in successful High Court proceedings which secured the client’s $2.3bn tax deduction from the cost of acquiring Chevron’s interest in the Browse Basin natural gas joint venture and, in that process, establishing new law that guides the imposition of income tax and petroleum resource rent tax across the resources sector in Australia.


The ‘high-quality, talented advisers‘ in Ashurst‘s dispute resolution team offer a range of industry specialisms, from financial services to energy and resources. Team lead Jeremy Chenoweth, working out of both Sydney and Brisbane, is particularly sought after for energy and resources matters, along with infrastructure work. In Sydney, Andrew Carter is a key name for corporate and securities litigation, an area in which ‘outstanding litigator’ Wen-Ts’ai Lim is particularly strong, while Rani John specialises in sensitive white-collar issues. Nicholas Mavrakis, also in Sydney, is adept at regulatory work, representing both domestic and international clients. Perth-based Catherine Pedler is praised for her ‘sound judgement on complex issues‘, with expertise across the mining, energy, agribusiness and manufacturing sectors. In Melbourne, Lucinda Hill is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Chenoweth

Other key lawyers:

Rani John; Wen-Ts’ai Lim; Nicholas Mavrakis; Matthew Blycha; Andrew Carter; Mark Elvy; Catherine Pedler; Lucinda Hill


‘The Ashurst Team has outstanding depth of talent with the Partners supported by a strong cohort at the Senior Associate level. This provides comfort when dealing with complex matters as the capacity of the Senior Associates to manage complex litigation allows numerous work streams to be progressed by the Senior Associates with guidance from Partners.’

‘Wen-Ts’ai Lim is an outstanding litigator with a capacity to manage a complex work stream whilst maintaining overall control of the legal and commercial issues.’

‘Nicholas Mavrakis understands commercial issues from a client perspective, articulates clear strategy for moving matters forward, distills legalese into digestible format for clients so that clients feel safe and well covered.’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Westpac Banking Corporation

Northern Star Resources

Macquarie Bank

Commonwealth Government of Australia

NSW Government

Woolworths Group

Downer EDI

AGL Energy

BMW Australia

AGL Energy Limited

AIA Insurance

Airservices Australia

Alcoa Corporation

AMP Life

Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd

ANZ Bank

Australian Rail Track Corporation



CBRE Pty Limited

Commonwealth Bank

Gold Coast City Council

Goldman Sachs

Hochtief AG

Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty Limited

JP Morgan


LafargeHolcim Ltd

Leighton Offshore Pte Limited


MMA Offshore Limited

MMI Indonesia Investments Pty Ltd

Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

Northern Oil & Gas Australia Pty Limited

Northern Star Resources Ltd

NorthWest Healthcare Australian Property Proprietary Limited

NSW Government

Orica Limited

Paladin Solutions PNG Ltd


PriceWaterhouse Coopers

Resolution Life

Rio Tinto

Roads and Maritime Services

S&P Global

Shell International Limited

Societe Generale

SRG Global Limited

Sydney Metro

Sydney Trains


Whitehaven Finance Company Pty Ltd

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Limited

Woodside Energy Ltd.


WorkPac Pty Ltd

WSA Co Limited

Yanzhou Coal Mining Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the ASX-listed multinational mining company, Rio Tinto Limited, in civil penalty proceedings before the Federal Court of Australia commenced by ASIC in March 2018 concerning an alleged failure to promptly impair an overseas mining asset at 2012 half-year in accordance with the relevant IFRS international accounting standards.
  • Acting for PwC, defending a substantial privilege dispute in which the Commission of Taxation is challenging over 15,000 privilege claims in the Federal Court.
  • Acting for Westpac and two of its subsidiaries in civil penalty proceedings commenced by ASIC in relation to their failure to properly disclose, and as a result their improper charging of, “contribution fees” on investments made by retail clients.

Clayton Utz

Greg Williams leads the ‘exceptional’ commercial litigation team at Clayton Utz; fielding expertise on matters from regulatory investigations to anti-bribery and corruption issues, the team operates across Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney, where Williams is based. Matthew Spain joined the team in Melbourne from DLA Piper in May 2023, bringing his superannuation specialism and regulatory expertise to bolster the team’s existing financial services strength. In Sydney, Ross McInnes works with clients navigating major mass consumer litigation, alongside crisis management and commercial disputes more widely. Tim Donisi is a key name in Perth: having risen to partner in July 2023, he specialises in high-stakes oil and gas disputes as well as insurance disputes. Also in Perth, David Benson is recommended for his ‘deep experience’.

Practice head(s):

Greg Williams

Other key lawyers:

Ross McInnes; Katie Wood; Scott Grahame; Fred Prickett; Tim Donisi; Nick Cooper; David Benson; Heather Costello; Matthew Spain; Gareth Jenkins


‘A strength of this law firm is their commitment to client services and client’s needs. Collaboration of legal teams and support for one another is also a strength.’

‘David Benson has a strong practice in Perth and has deep experience in complex commercial litigation. Heather Costello is a rising talent as a Senior Associate.’

‘The Clayton Utz team on our litigation matters is exceptional. They are clever, very well organised and highly responsive and work extremely well with in-house groups. They have great relationships with the barristers on matters and manage both work-flows and costs very well. They are also very honest and ethical litigators.’

Key clients

AkzoNobel NV

Alcoa of Australia

Kipoi Holdings Mauritius Limited

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd

Apple Pty Ltd

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Sunnyfield Disability Services

Canaccord Genuity Financial Limited

Wyloo Metals

Biodiversity Sub TC Pty Ltd

Athena Rose Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for a multinational paint and performance coatings company, AkzoNobel NV, in a misleading and deceptive conduct claim brought by JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd under the Australian Consumer Law in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Acting for the Apple respondents in Apple v Epic Games, the biggest Part IV case presently being conducted in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Successfully defending enforcement proceedings for CBA in relation to CBA’s charging of Monthly Account Fees.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth‘s commercial litigation team is a ‘well-oiled machine‘. Led by ‘standout litigator’ Mark Wilks in Sydney, it acts for a range of banks, energy and resources companies and government entities, and emphasises its lawyers' trial advocacy strength. Wilks’ practice focuses on financial services and resources disputes, especially those which are of particularly high value. Also in Sydney, Simon Johnson and senior associate Frieda Chan form a ‘dream team‘ for commercial disputes, with notable strength for both in the technology space, while James Whittaker is adept at corporate and white-collar crime work; the former is also an area of expertise for David Anthony.  Perth’s Kirsty Sutherland is noted for her capability in large-scale disputes in the energy and natural resources sector, acting for both Australian and global mining and energy companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Wilks

Other key lawyers:

James Whittaker; David Anthony; Kirsty Sutherland; Simon Johnson; Katrina Sleiman; Frieda Chan; Charles Scerri KC; Chris Pagent


‘The team communicates well and provides advice that is balanced and takes account of cultural issues in different organisations.’

‘Simon Johnson and Frieda Chan are basically a dream team for handling commercial disputes. Simon is unflappable in a crisis, and his deftness in dispute handling strategy can make even the most dire situation feel calmly surmountable. Frieda, similarly, is an even keel, giving excellent and thorough commercial advice. She easily sees through to the heart of the issues and how to resolve them in the most effective manner.’

‘The Dispute resolution team at Corrs provide expert and timely advice. The team are always available and deliver advice that integrates client strategy with legal nous. The team is particularly conscious of providing support that is culturally sensitive and are open to engaging with clients to ensure their services are tailored to exactly what the client needs.’

‘The Corrs litigation practice are recognised as market leaders in this area. They routinely work on high profile and extremely complex matters and have the depth to manage multiple large matters at any one particular time.’

‘Mark Wilks is a standout litigator with exceptional commercial nous. For someone working on some of the largest and most complex matters in the country, Mark is always approachable and down to earth. He has a presence that commands the room which is extremely useful when negotiating/settling outcomes on matters.’

‘The team is excellent. It is a well-oiled machine.’

‘Chris Pagent is a deep thinker who is also highly commercial, and achieves great results. Katrina Sleiman is an excellent junior partner, meticulous grasp of the detail, very easy to work with. Frieda Chan is a very high performing senior member of the team, capably takes the running on complex and high value cases.’

‘The team at Corrs are extremely responsive and have a depth of resources available to address any problem at any time. There is never any hesitation for the primary partner to dial in other parts of the team where needed.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms, Inc (Meta)

Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd


National Australia Bank (NAB)

Members Equity Bank Limited

Victoria Environment Protection Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing Meta (Facebook) in its defence of a class action claim brought on behalf of members of the cryptocurrency industry alleging that Meta and Google engaged in cartel conduct.
  • Defending Hancock Prospecting, Australia’s largest private company, in multiple high stakes disputes worth A$30-40bn.
  • Advising search giant Google to defend the company in a landmark piece of litigation commenced by Epic Games, the $30bn gaming leader responsible for the popular “Fortnite” game.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills‘ dispute resolution team is rooted in commercial litigation expertise, and is beginning to grow in emerging sectors including ESG, TMT and cryptocurrency-related disputes. Anna Sutherland leads the team from Sydney, and is particularly sought after for her work on high-profile commercial disputes involving crisis management issues. Luke Hastings, also in Sydney, specialises in contentious regulatory work, while Hugh Paynter heads up the Sydney disputes group, conducting major strategic and finances disputes and investigations. The disputes team is led in Perth by Ante Golem, whose practice focuses on the energy and resources sector; the Melbourne group is led by banking litigation specialist Harry Edwards; and the Brisbane-based team is headed up by Elizabeth Poulos, whose international experience bolsters the team’s cross-border practice. Juliana Warner, whose expertise lies in highly regulated industries, is recommended in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Anna Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Hanson; Elizabeth Poulos; Harry Edwards; Ante Golem; Hugh Paynter; Jason Betts; Damian Grave; Luke Hastings; Andrew Eastwood; Elizabeth Macknay; Chad Catterwell; Mark Smyth; Juliana Warner

Allen & Overy LLP

Mark Van Brakel leads the dispute resolution team at Allen & Overy from Perth, leveraging his experience of major contract, engineering and project disputes to support a range of clients in the energy and resources sector. Also in Perth, oil and gas disputes specialist David Jenaway is recommended for his ‘exemplary’ legal skills. Sydney-based strength includes dual US and Australian qualified Michael Shepherd, and insolvency litigation expert David Walter. The team enjoys a strong reputation in international litigation, drawing on the firm’s global network to support clients in cross-border cases.

Practice head(s):

Mark van Brakel

Other key lawyers:

Michael Shepherd; Jason Gray; David Walter; Heather Sandell; David Jenaway


‘The A&O Perth team are the ‘gold standard’ for litigation lawyers in the Perth market.’

‘David Jenaway is a clear stand out. His legal skills are exemplary. He is able to combine these skills with a tenacious approach to understanding and implementing his client’s needs. He delivers on big matters and is certainly someone you want in the trenches with you.’

‘The dispute resolution team at Allen & Overy in Perth are some of the very best litigation and arbitration lawyers in all of Australia.’

Key clients

Reed Industrial Minerals Pty Ltd (RIM)

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG)

Greensill Capital

Genesee & Wyoming Australia, Genesee One Rail Australia Pty Ltd

Arnold Bloch Leibler

The dispute resolution and litigation team at Arnold Bloch Leibler is ‘the best at what it does‘; work extends from complex commercial litigation to high-profile disputes which require careful media management. Team lead Leon Zwier, based in Melbourne, advises both corporates and individuals on a range of commercial disputes, while Elyse Hilton, also in Melbourne, specialises in large-scale commercial litigation with additional expertise regarding intellectual property and corporate governance disputes. In Sydney, Susanna Ford has a wealth of experience in both commercial and corporate litigation, as well as regulatory inquiries and investigations. The ‘exceptional’ Jonathan Milner and ‘excellent’ Stephen Lloyd – both in Sydney – are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Leon Zwier

Other key lawyers:

Teresa Ward; Jonathan Milner; Justin Vaatstra; John Mitchell; Susanna Ford; John Mengolian; Elyse Hilton; Stephen Lloyd; Ben Friis O’Toole


‘The litigation team at ABL approaches matters in a commercial and practical way. They are the best at what they do. They stand out from all other commercial litigation firms for the first-class service they provide to clients. They approach every matter with the best interests of the client in mind.’

‘Jonathan Milner is an exceptional commercial litigator. He has exceptional commercial judgment and is the best in his field. Stephen Lloyd is excellent. He is approachable, responsive and commercial. Ben Friis-O’Toole is fantastic to work with. He is across the detail and approaches all of his work in a practical and commercial way. Susanna Ford is an excellent commercial litigator. She pays attention to client concerns and is always conscious of the bigger picture.’

‘They are a superb team. Despite their size, the ABL team are on par with the major firms when it comes to expertise and skill. They are commercial and strategic, as well as being excellent litigators. They are the firm I would brief if I was in trouble.’

Key clients

The directors of The Star Entertainment Group Limited and the board of The Star Entertainment Group

State of Victoria

Glencore and Rolleston Coal Holdings

Aveo Group

Slea Pty Ltd

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers



Aspen Medical

Heritage Aged Care

Work highlights

  • Acted for the directors of The Star Entertainment Group Limited in connection with the Review of The Star Pty Ltd under the Casino Control Act 1992 as well as six current or former non-executive directors of The Star Entertainment Group in civil penalty proceedings commenced by ASIC in December 2022.
  • Acted for the board of Crown Resorts Limited in connection with the Victorian Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne and the Western Australian Royal Commission into Crown Perth.
  • Advised the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and the Major Road Projects Victoria, on behalf of the State of Victoria, in relation to the Western Roads Upgrade and West Gate Tunnel projects.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s dispute resolution offering fields a ‘closely-knit team with international reach’; drawing on the firm’s global offices, it acts for clients across Australia and beyond. David McCredie in Sydney heads up the team, and is valued for his ‘exceptionally careful’ manner which supports a specialism in product liability litigation. The team is particularly strong with regards to disputes in the healthcare and life sciences industries, the former a notable area of strength for Sydney-based Georgie Farrant. Accredited mediator Mark Chapple in Sydney is praised for his ‘inexhaustible commitment’, while Alex Wolff is recommended in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

David McCredie

Other key lawyers:

Alex Wolff; Mark Chapple; Andrew Salgo; Paul Forbes; Georgie Farrant; Helen Joyce; Amy Middlebrook; Ryan Grant; Maria O’Brien; Edwina Tidmarsh


‘Baker McKenzie has a closely knit team with an international reach. They are able to work together and draw on a wide pool of expertise.’

‘David McCredie is an exceptionally careful partner who is focused on making sure he delivers the best product. He is ably assisted by Edwina Tidmarsh who is – for good reason – one of the most in demand senior lawyers in the team. Maria O’Brien is able to deliver great and practical solutions to the most difficult of problems.’

‘Mark Chapple consistently stands out for his outstanding legal skills, his uncanny ability to be across a huge amount of complex detail, his extraordinary attention to detail, his effective strategizing, his leadership of a large and also very effective Baker McKenzie and Counsel team and of the lawyers for other defendants, his unyielding dedication, his inexhaustible commitment, his tact and his singular focus on achieving a successful outcome for clients.’

Key clients





Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)/Australian Energy Regulator (AER)



ALS Limited

Weston Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented VicForests in three proceedings against public interest groups that seeks to protect various flora and fauna.
  • Acting for three former directors and the estate of the late former Chair of Arrium in their defence of a securities class action commenced on behalf of Arrium shareholders against them, and also KPMG, in respect of certain financial statements involving billions of dollars in assets and a $700m+ capital raising.
  • Acted for Mercedes-Benz in defence of Federal Court enforcement proceedings brought by the ACCC in relation to the global recall of Takata airbags.

Gilbert + Tobin

The disputes and investigations offering at Gilbert + Tobin ‘takes into account the full picture‘ with work running the full gamut of litigation advice including regulatory investigations, royal commissions and inquiries, and commercial disputes. ‘Highly experienced litigator’ Richard Harris runs the team from Sydney, specialising in contentious regulatory issues. Also in Sydney, Colleen Platford is particularly well versed in insolvency and restructuring related disputes. Melbourne-based Janet Whiting is a key contact for global corporate clients, focusing on complex commercial matters. Crispian Lynch in Sydney is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Harris

Other key lawyers:

Janet Whiting; Colleen Platford; Crispian Lynch; Matt Mackenzie; Rebecca Spigelman; Peter Munro


‘This team takes into account the full picture – the legal issues but also the industry and strategic issues at play.’

‘Colleen Platford is an outstanding litigator – she takes the time to understand the whole picture, to draw out the key points and determine an overall strategy.’

‘The partners are very experienced and knowledgeable in the class actions space and also very commercial. Their ongoing advice is succinct and their expertise in the litigation process is second to none.’

Key clients

Westpac Group


Credit Suisse Group

Cargill Australia


Commonwealth of Australia

Macquarie Bank Group

QBE Insurance

SkyCity Entertainment Group




Mach Energy

Commonwealth Bank Group

Crescent Capital Partners

New Hope

Insignia Financial

Work highlights

  • Advising the primary defendant in an arbitration brought by the client’s two eldest children, seeking relief valued at in excess of $20bn.
  • Acting for Nuix in relation to multiple class action proceedings, a major commercial dispute with its former CEO and significant ASIC investigation and enforcement proceedings in relation to disclosure of director’s duties.
  • Assisting the Commonwealth of Australia in the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme.

Johnson Winter Slattery

Robert Johnston leads the Johnson Winter Slattery litigation practice in Sydney and is praised as ‘an outstanding lawyer and thinker’ who is ‘very hands on with his management of cases’. The team acts for both sides of disputes across a range of industries, from financial markets, big tech and data claims to regulation and insolvency matters. Paul Reidy, based in Sydney, is noted for his capability in class action claims, while in Melbourne, Tom Jarvis is praised for his ‘pragmatic solutions’, with experience working with a number of regulatory bodies. Frances Dreyer in Sydney specialises in claims related to financial and investment products.

Practice head(s):

Robert Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reidy; Tom Jarvis; Mark Easton; Frances Dreyer; Andreas Piesiewicz; George Croft; Antoinette Migliorino; Felicity Karageorge


‘The firm is developing a reputation as a pre-eminent mid-sized firm for commercial litigation. They have a lot of interesting high value commercial cases on the books in different courts.’

‘Tom Jarvis is technically very competent and what lifts his advice is his ability to put forward pragmatic solutions and to be comfortable with the “what’s your gut feeling/we need a quick view” questions that are thrown at him.’

‘JWS’ Perth dispute team are excellent advisors. They are confident taking a position and are able to support on overall litigation strategy. They always operate efficiently and take on board feedback.’

Key clients


AIG insurance

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)


BSO Network Inc and Aspara Networks

Google LLC

Healthcare Australia

Korda Mentha as Administrators of Quintis and Lloyds of London insurers

Merivale Group

New Hope Corporation Ltd (directors)

Northern Territory Government


Balance Capital

CASL Litigation funding

Harbour Litigation Funding UK

Omni Bridgeway

Woodsford Litigation Funding

Work highlights

  • Acting for WSP in relation to the ongoing highly complex and high value Lane Cove Tunnel litigation by Transurban against the builders and designers of the tunnel.
  • Secured a landmark High Court win for Google after a long-fought and significant battle in a defamation claim concerning search engine results.
  • Acting for the ACCC in its Federal Court proceeding against Mastercard for alleged misuse of its market power in the credit card transaction market, and other anti-competitive conduct, in breach of the Competition and Consumer Act.

Jones Day

Jones Day combines a ‘global team’ with ‘solid, respected regulatory relationships’ to form its global disputes team, headed up by John Cooper in Brisbane. The team has deep experience advising both global and national companies, alongside individuals, regarding regulatory enforcement actions. Cooper’s expertise encompasses major disputes and litigation across sectors including the defence, social infrastructure and energy and resources industries. Also in Brisbane, Annie Leeks is a key contact for energy sector clients. Sydney-based John Emmerig, an ‘industry great‘, is sought out for high-stakes commercial disputes; an area in which Holly Sara is also noted. Maria Yiasemides in Sydney is recommended for her ‘outstanding service‘ in complex matters.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper

Other key lawyers:

John Emmerig; Tim L’Estrange; Holly Sara; Annie Leeks; Maria Yiasemides


‘Commercially astute, and incredibly responsive for advice.’

‘Maria Yiasemides has delivered outstanding service on complex litigation matters. Her clear and concise communication skills are one of her key strengths, which has certainly been appreciated by our domestic and international internal stakeholders. Calmness under pressure is another of Maria’s strengths. Wonderful to deal with and a go-to litigation partner in the market.’

‘Jones Day have really deep experience in financial services litigation, and regulatory litigation. They have a global team informing their work in the sector, as well as really solid, respected regulatory relationships. They have really leaned in to offer education on local and global developments, and to support international teams. They are great at Board and senior executive level, and have in-house experience so they have a good understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Tim L’Estrange is an absolute stand out. He’s a legend in the Australian market. He is well respected by regulators, always a source of wise counsel and able to be a sounding board. Tim is incredibly committed to client service and manages the relationship really well.’

‘Holly Sara is a rising star in the class action space – working with well known industry great, John Emmerig.’

Key clients

Nuix Limited

Tri-Star Group

Queensland Investment Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Rio Tinto

Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Celgene

Lendlease Limited

DRA Global Limited

Otsuka and Bristol Myers Squibb

Holista Colltech Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors of Nuix Limited in proceedings for breach of market disclosure laws and misleading conduct.
  • Acting for Tri-Star Petroleum Company and related entities in multibillion-dollar disputes concerning joint ventures in Queensland concerning the production and sale of coal seam gas.

King & Wood Mallesons

The dispute resolution team at King & Wood Mallesons is praised for its ability to understand ‘the commercial and internal pressures‘ faced by clients. Led by Matthew Swinn in Melbourne, the team’s industry expertise spans data and cyber, insurance, and financial services claims. Moira Saville and Alexander Morris, both in Sydney, are particularly noted for their class actions expertise, which is also an area of strength for Brisbane-based Emma Costello. In Melbourne, Domenic Gatto specialises in handling regulatory proceedings for large corporates, including those which pose reputational risk.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Swinn

Other key lawyers:

Moira Saville; Alexander Morris; Emma Costello; Domenic Gatto; Ben Kiely; Mikkeli Godfree; Jasmine Forde; Sarah Weinberg; Amanda Engels; Damian Lovell


‘In addition to their technical legal skills the litigation team have a great understanding of the commercial and reputational pressures faced by our internal clients. That understanding greatly assists in advising internal stakeholders whether it be: considering and agreeing the right strategy to adopt; or reducing the re-work or translation for internal consumption we would otherwise have to make.’

Key clients

The Star Entertainment Group Ltd

Tyro Payments Limited

QSuper Board

Transurban Queensland

Suncorp Portfolio Services Limited

Insignia Limited

Yoorrook Justice Commission

Healius Limited

Pendal Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Star in the independent review under the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW). The Review considered a wide range of issues including The Star’s suitability to operate The Star casino; its compliance with regulatory requirements and the presence and detection of illegal and undesirable activities and people in the casino.
  • Defending the class actions in the The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry scrutinising of the sale of “add-on” insurance products and other financial products through motor vehicle dealers.

Minter Ellison

Characterised by ‘broad industry experience that enables insightful advice’, Minter Ellison‘s dispute resolution team is led by James Beaton in Sydney. A commercial litigator with experience in regulatory investigations, Beaton represents a number of key financial services clients. In Melbourne, Ross Freeman is experienced in class actions, regulatory investigations and civil penalty proceedings, and leverages his white-collar crime experience to strengthen the team’s enforcement work. Brisbane-based Tom Fletcher is recommended for his ‘unwavering commitment‘; he is a specialist in education sector work alongside government-related dispute resolution. Beverley Newbold in Sydney has notable experience in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Beaton

Other key lawyers:

Glen Ward; Ross Freeman; Beverley Newbold; David Taylor; Tom Fletcher


‘Clever and insightful. Broad industry experience that enables insightful advice, both in respect of the initial matter at hand, but also the broader picture.’

‘Able to listen, and understand quickly what the business imperatives are.’

‘The team are “all in” during the matter but are not afraid of telling clients where their strategy has weaknesses. They think on their feet.’

‘Tom Fletcher brings integrity and value to everything he does and is unwavering in his commitment to any matter.’

‘The Minter Ellison team is the leading litigation group in Melbourne – it is ahead of the rest in the marketplace. They have a strong commitment to diversity and are highly collaborative.’

‘David Taylor is a leading solicitor, whip-smart and focused.’

‘Glen Ward is a senior litigation partner. He is the best litigation partner in Melbourne. He has outstanding technical skills, a strong commitment to producing first class work product and leads an energetic team.’

Key clients

Australian Securities and Investment Commission

Colonial First State Investments Ltd (CFSIL) and The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited (CMLA)

G8 Education Limited

Insignia Financial Ltd formerly known as IOOF Holdings Limited

Northern Territory Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities

Qantas Airways Limited

Qantas Airways Limited, Jetstar Airways Pty Limited, Airlink Pty Limited, Network Aviation Pty Ltd, Express Freighters Australia Pty Limited (Qantas Group)

Rio Tinto

Slater & Gordon

Stanwell Corporation Limited

Zurich Australia Limited (ZAL)

Norton Rose Fulbright

The litigation team at Norton Rose Fulbright pairs a sector focus on the consumer markets, energy, mining, financial services, infrastructure and technology industries with five core practice areas: complex commercial litigation and restructurings, international arbitrations, class action defence, contentious regulatory matters and investigations, and complex government litigation. The combination of these form the bedrock of the practice, which is led by Melbourne-based Cameron Harvey, who is a litigator particularly well versed in cross-border disputes. In Sydney, Grant Bonner‘s practice focuses on the Corporations Act alongside regulatory investigation work, while Brisbane-based Dylan McKimmie is a specialist within energy sector litigation.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Grant Bonner; Dylan McKimmie; Michael Sullivan; Andrew Riordan; Peter Cash; Ann Donohue; Tamlyn Mills; Kate Green


‘My experience is that the NRF team led by Kate Green and Andrew Riordan, allies itself with the client objectives, making them their objectives also. They look for ways of cutting through drawn out processes, they have an effective system for cascading tasks down to the appropriate level but making sure that junior members are drawn into the overall strategy. They are prompt, responsive and open in their dealings.’

‘Kate Green has shown exceptional judgement in dealing with complex technical and human issues – she makes calls that are consistently reliable and has the ability to identify how to best problem solve, without unnecessary complication. She has exceptional communication skills and is a trusted intermediary in representing your interests.’

Key clients

7-Eleven Stores

Acciona Infratructure Australia Pty Ltd


Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Australian Taxation Office

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Blue Diamond Growers



Department of Defence

Department of Communities and Justice NSW

Department of Health NSW

Eiser Infrastructure Limited, Energia Solar Luxembourg S.à.r.l, Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l, and Energia Termosolar B.V.

GM Holden

GPT Group

Harlin Solar

KPMG, National Australia Bank Limited

National Australia Bank

NSW Police Force

NSW Department Education

NSW Self Insurance Corporation

Office of the Australian Information Officer

Petronas & TotalEnergies

Resilience NSW

Qantas Airways Limited

Queensland Building and Construction Commission

State Trustees

Thales Australia

Transport for NSW including Roads and Maritime and Sydney Trains

United Petroleum

Volkswagen Group Australia

Victoria Police

Ya Hua International Investment and Development

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Australian corporate regulator the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in its proceeding against 11 directors and officers of The Star Entertainment Group Limited, which operates casinos in New South Wales and Queensland, for breaches of their duties under s180 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Acting for Chevron in a Perth seated arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning an A$411m dispute between Chevron and two of its contractors in connection with a multi-billion dollar contract to supply labour to the Gorgon Project.
  • Appointed to advise the State of Western Australia on the defence of an investor-state claim against the Commonwealth of Australia.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s litigation and dispute resolution team is ‘very commercial and practical’ in its advice, with particular strength acting for financial investors. Angela Pearsall in Sydney heads the team with Perth-based Sam Luttrell. Pearsall specialises in contentious regulatory investigations and large-scale commercial litigation, the latter is also an area of expertise for Grave. In Perth, Spencer Flay is a major projects and contentious construction specialist, advising clients across the natural resources, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors. Naomi Griffin in Sydney is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Angela Pearsall; Sam Luttrell

Other key lawyers:

Spencer Flay; Stephanie Huts; Naomi Griffin; Cameron Hassall


‘Very deep thinking about the real issues in the litigation and the ability to eschew the marginal or irrelevant issues.’

‘Angela Pearsall is intelligent, deep thinking and great leadership.’

‘Diligent, tactical team.’

‘Angela Pearsall and Naomi Griffin are very diligent.’

‘Stephanie Huts is a, if not the, go-to person. She combines a deep knowledge of the way the industry works with considerable litigation and advisory experience. She has sound judgement and is able to take difficult and important decisions, while always retaining the confidence of her clients.’

‘Very commercial and practical in their advice.’

‘Cameron Hassell is very responsible and pushes for a positive outcome.’

Clyde & Co LLP

The commercial disputes team at Clyde & Co LLP is co-led by Lucinda Lyons and Michael Tooma in Sydney. Praised for its ‘proven track record‘ and ‘deep knowledge of the global legal finance market‘, the team has expertise spanning insurance, construction, shipping and aviation law. Lyons heads up the Australian insurance offering for the firm, covering all areas of casualty insurance law, and Tooma is sought after for specialist safety-related regulatory matters. After the research has concluded, former joint head Maurice Thompson departed in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Lucinda Lyons; Michael Tooma

Other key lawyers:

Ernest Van Buuren; John Moran; Nicole Wearne; Janette McLennan; Gareth Horne; Patrick Boardman

Key clients

Murphy Operator Pty Ltd, Tobari Pty Ltd, SPW Pty Ltd

Australian Foundation for Disability (Afford)

UnitingCare West

QBE European Operations

Reeds Consulting Pty Ltd

CGU Professional Risks

Maersk A/S

Hamburg Sud A/S


Work highlights

  • Acting for Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) on litigation and investigations involved in the failure and collapse of Greensill Capital UK Limited, Greensill Capital Pty Ltd and Greensill Bank AG.
  • Defending Maersk A/S and Hamburg Sud A/S in the Federal Court of Australia proceedings on claims in bailment and negligence to recover losses and damage for shipped cargo.
  • Acting on behalf of the Australian Foundation for Disability in its appearance before the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

DLA Piper

Praised for its ‘commercially astute and pragmatic advice’, the litigation and regulatory team at DLA Piper has expertise across a range of sectors including the energy and natural resources, infrastructure, technology and insurance industries. Cameron Maclean leads the team from Perth – also based in Perth is Richard Edwards, who co-leads the firm’s global construction disputes practice. In Sydney, Gitanjali Bajaj has particular experience in the energy sector, alongside a notable arbitration practice. John Fogarty and Gowri Kangeson are highlighted for their ‘expert advice‘ in Melbourne, and Liam Prescott is a key contact in the Brisbane office.

Practice head(s):

Cameron Maclean

Other key lawyers:

Gitanjali Bajaj; Richard Edwards; Liam Prescott; Gowri Kangeson; Kieran O’Brien; Natalie Caton; Shane Murphy; Tricia Hobson; John Fogarty


‘Deep industry insight in respect of oil and gas industry – commercially astute and pragmatic advice, delivered in a manner which is easily digestible by the business.’

‘They are able to develop a deep understanding of their client’s business and needs. They have expert knowledge in regulation and associated litigation and they take a very strategic approach to matters. They are particularly easy to work with, they are always willing to go the extra mile, make themselves available and work exceptionally hard.’

‘John Fogarty and Gowri Kangeson both provide expert advice in relation to regulation and associated litigation. They are very calm, measured and strategic in their approach. They both are great to deal with and really have their client’s backs.’

Key clients




Arnold Block Leibler

AVZ Minerals Limited

Basslink Pty Ltd


Cotton On Group

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd

Downer Group


Hyundai Rotem Company



JKC Australia LNG Pty Ltd



Lantern Claims Pty Ltd (subsidiary of Inloop Pty Ltd)


Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd

Perth Airport


Queensland Airports

Soletanche Freyssinet

Steadfast Australia

Suez Water

Swiss Re

Thales Australia

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR)


Work highlights

  • Acting in two concussion class actions that have been issued against the Australian Football League in the Supreme Court of Victoria along with all other concussion litigation issued around Australia.
  • Acting for a South Korean rolling stock manufacturer Hyundai Rotem Company in relation to various contractual issues at consortium level and owner level arising from a contract to design, build, deliver and maintain a fleet of high capacity double deck trains.
  • Successfully represented Perth Airport in proceedings against Qantas to recover unpaid airport usage charges on the basis of a claim in Quantum Meruit.

Hall & Wilcox

The ‘well-regarded and highly experienced’ Mark Petrucco in Sydney leads Hall & Wilcox‘s commercial dispute resolution team, which has bases in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Alongside commercial litigation expertise, the team is experienced in Royal Commissions and regulatory proceedings. ‘Stand outJacob Uljans and ‘go-toGraydon Dowd, both in Melbourne, are sought after for commercial litigation. Also in Melbourne is public sector specialist Kathryn Howard, who is praised as ‘exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Petrucco

Other key lawyers:

Graydon Dowd; Kathryn Howard; Penelope Ford; Wayne Kelcey; Stephen Klotz; Tom McMahon; Jacob Uljans; Hector West; Scott Butler; David Dickens; Katherine Payne; Ann Watson


‘Mark Petrucco is a well-regarded and highly experienced insolvency and financial services litigator.’

‘Overall the team is practical and effective.’

‘Graydon Dowd is thorough, reliable and determined.’

‘Stephen Klotz takes a highly practical, thoughtful and strategic approach. He gets across the detail quickly and is an effective advocate in ADR proceedings. He is very accessible and responsive.’

‘The practice are experts in the law but also have a very commercial approach and take the time to really understand businesses so that the advice they give is targeted and useable. They are not afraid to give clear directions.’

‘Jacob Uljans is a stand out lawyer. Clever, personable, available, strategic. He is a top pick for any litigation.’

‘Graydon Dowd in Melbourne is a “go to” at the firm, he has proven to be a safe set of hands especially in dispute resolution/management. If Graydon is unable to assist, he is usually able to refer the matter to the appropriate subject-matter expert within the firm. ’

‘Kathryn Howard is an exceptional solicitor. She immerses herself fully in her matters. She provides clear, sound and timely advice to her clients.’

Key clients

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)

Fujitsu Australia Limited


Nutrien AG Solutions Limited

McKinsey & Company

Australian Unity

Dennis Family Homes


Head, Transport for Victoria (part of the Department of Transport)


JBS Australia

Mitre 10/Metcash



Savcor Communications Pty Ltd

Sushi Sushi


Work highlights

  • Acting for PwC, as liquidators of the Hastie Group, in claims totalling $156m against 16 of Australia’s largest building groups.
  • Acted for the former Prime Minister of Australia, the honourable Mr Malcolm Turnbull AC, in response to a notice he received from the Royal Commission into the Robodebt Scheme.
  • Acting for Head, Transport for Victoria in relation to three disputed claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria seeking approximately $120m+ in compensation in relation to the Mordialloc Bypass, pursuant to the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic).


HFW‘s dispute resolution team is headed up by Paul Evans in Perth, who is ‘an expert in the field’. Operating across the firm’s key sectors – the construction, energy, commodities, insurance, and shipping industries – the team supports a range of domestic and international clients. Jo Delaney is a key contact for arbitration work in Sydney, while in Melbourne, Sophy Woodward is recommended. Ken Hickman joined the team from Jones Day in May 2023, bolstering the construction dispute practice in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Paul Evans

Other key lawyers:

Jo Delaney; Nick Longley; Peter Sadler; Sophy Woodward; Monika Mecevic; Michael Maxwell; Ken Hickman


‘Offer a very good specialist litigation and dispute service. Willingness to engage additional resources from both within and outside the firm to match complexity with different work packages with experience of people performing.’

‘Paul Evans is recognised as an expert in the field. Peter Sadler was always extremely accessible, responsive and pragmatic, and quick to understand industry-specific concepts.’

‘The team is a good mix of intelligence, commerciality and approachability. They have a broad reach across Australia, Asia, the UK and Middle East. They understand and, when appropriate, utilise litigation funding for their clients.’

Key clients

WSP Buildings, a subsidiary of WSP Global

John Holland

Lian Fa International Dining Business Corporation

Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia





Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Represents AECOM Services Pty Ltd (AECOM) in New South Wales Supreme Court proceedings arising from alleged defects in the Lane Cove Tunnel Project, an A$1.1bn project.
  • Acted for a public liability insurer of a defendant to class action proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW arising out of flooding in Queensland in January 2011.
  • Representing John Holland Pty Ltd in an ongoing multi-party proceeding in the Federal Court of Australia arising from the administration of the Hasties Group in May 2012.

K&L Gates

The ‘strong and stable‘ complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution team at K&L Gates is led by Sydney-based Tim Webster. Its expertise spans class actions, Royal Commissions, government inquiries and coronial inquests alongside routine enforcement and Corporations Act matters. In Melbourne, Christien Corns specialises in professional indemnity litigation, with additional experience in media and defamation law. Lucy Williams in Sydney is ‘a leading insurance litigator‘, recommended for her ‘carefully considered advice’.

Practice head(s):

Tim Webster

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Brown; John Kelly; Christien Corns; Lucy Williams


‘Lucy Williams is a leading insurance litigator, a pleasure to work with.’

‘K&L Gates have a very strong and stable litigation team, who provide timely, accurate and commercially focused advice.’

‘Lucy Williams provides carefully considered advice which always covers all of the issues. Her manner is calm, focused and polished; she is never flustered which makes her particularly effective in mediations and in dealing with difficult personalities.’

‘We have worked with Tim Webster. Whilst he leads his team to provide considered legal advice, he ensures that he understands his client’s objectives and provides clear and concise recommendations at each stage of the dispute process.’

Key clients

Honda Australia

The Government of the Kingdom of Spain

James Hardie Industries Limited

Ericsson Australia

Cricket Australia



Quest Software



Ernst & Young


Fortius Funds Management

Dyldam Developments

BASF Australia

Energy Resources of Australia Limited

Caledonian Sky Shipping Inc

Morris Property Group

Doma Property Group

Amalgamated Property Group

Rhipe Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Kingdom of Spain in a landmark litigation that explores the enforceability of The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration awards in Australia against sovereign States in circumstances where domestic legislation protects the operation of foreign State jurisdictional immunity.
  • Representing Cricket Australia in a high-profile dispute with its free-to-air television broadcast partner Seven Network (Operations) Limited (Seven Network) regarding Coivd-19 related force majeure claims made by Cricket Australia under the parties’ significant media rights agreement.
  • Acted for a law firm in respect of a claim against it and another firm of solicitors in the Supreme Court of Queensland arising from allegations of mismanagement of an estimated A$1bn estate.

Piper Alderman

The ‘commercially minded’ Martin del Gallego leads the Piper Alderman dispute resolution and litigation team from Sydney, with a wealth of experience in disputes involving financial services, insurance, energy and resources, and construction clients. Gordon Grieve in Sydney, is sought after for his ‘exceptional technical and tactical skills’, while Meriel Steadman is a key contact for the Perth office. In Sydney, the ‘highly experiencedKate Sambrook was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Martin del Gallego

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Grieve; Greg Whyte; Meriel Steadman; McKenzie Moore; Lillian Rizio; Anne Freeman; Kate Sambrook; Caterina Meduri


‘Great technical understanding, coupled with high integrity.’

‘Piper Alderman’s litigation team is highly competent, trustworthy and responsive.

‘Kate Sambrook is a highly experienced, efficient and driven practitioner, who is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Martin del Gallego is commercially minded, an excellent communicator and very approachable.’

‘Both Martin del Gallego and Kate Sambrook are strategic and able to change tack quite quickly, which is invaluable in fast paced litigation.’

‘Gordon Grieve has exceptional technical and tactical skills, as well as range and depth of litigation experience not available in other firms I have dealt with. Greg Whyte is also an outstanding litigator with great commercial awareness. More recent partners McKenzie Moore and Caterina Meduri are already outstanding practitioners with a maturity of approach beyond their years of practice.’

‘McKenzie Moore is client focused, has good legal judgment, and is not a pushover.’

‘Anne Freeman is a great partner, all over the complexities of the case and the detail while keeping perspective and strategy in mind at all times. A very safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Maxi EFX Global

Bogasi Pty Ltd

JRI Orthopaedics

Damican Pty Ltd

Millinium Capital Managers

Ferratum Australia Pty Ltd

Phoenix Eagle Company Pty Ltd

Equatorial Launch Australia Pty Ltd

Stillwater Pastoral Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for six Marshall Island entities against Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance in relation to trade credit insurance claims involving 37 trade credit transactions.
  • Acting for the minority shareholders in an oppressive conduct claim against a leading Queensland thermal coal producer, and its majority shareholders.
  • Acting for Maxi EFX Global in proceedings brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for the purposes of investigating alleged breaches of the Corporations Act and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act in the conduct of Forex and CFD trading.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

With ‘client service standards that are extremely high’, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP‘s Sydney office fields Michelle Fox, who heads up the dispute resolution team. A founding partner of the the firm's Australia offices, Fox is an ‘exceptionally talented specialist’, qualified across England and Wales, Australia, and the US, and acts in complex commercial litigation. Elan Sasson and Andrew Corkhill, also in Sydney, are both recommended for their financial services industry expertise. Former team co-head Michael Mills departed the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Fox

Other key lawyers:

Beau Deleuil; Damian Scattini; Elan Sasson; Andrew Corkhill; Robert True


‘Andrew Corkhill and Elan Sasson are exceptional litigators. They work very well as a team and their commitment to client service is unparalleled. Andy brings his New York experience to bear in Sydney, where client service standards are extremely high.’

‘The team has been unceasingly demonstrating its unity and its ubiquitous hands-on approach towards handling the most complicated matters. One of the most outstanding assets is the availability of the firm’s team and its eagerness to collaborate, which makes it easy to keep in touch with attorneys and receive significant updates on cases.’

‘Michelle Fox, the founding partner of the Quinn Emanuel Australia offices, is an exceptionally talented specialist, who handles the matters thoroughly and professionally and who is always available and open for negotiations whenever needed.’

Key clients

The SoftBank Vision Funds

Greensill Bank AG

Everblu Capital



Ardent Leisure Group

Federal Treasury Enterprise (FKP) Sojuzplodoimport and Federal Public Unitary External Economic Union Sojuzplodoimport (Stoli)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the SoftBank Vision Funds in connection with their multi-billion dollar investment in collapsed Australian financing company Greensill Capital.
  • Acting for Greensill Bank AG in a series of claims in the Federal Court against its insurers arising out of the collapse of Greensill Capital.
  • Acting for construction company Grocon in its $270m claim against Infrastructure NSW related to Grocon’s failed Barangaroo development in the Sydney CBD.

Bird & Bird

The dispute resolution team at Bird & Bird has ‘deep domain knowledge in all aspects of litigation, regulatory matters, IP and privacy’, and particular sector strength in the IT, media and sports industries, regularly representing clients in cases which involve defamation issues. Sophie Dawson and Jonathon Ellis co-lead the team from Sydney; Dawson specialises in technology and media matters, while Ellis enjoys a strong reputation in commercial litigation. Also in Sydney, Julie Cheeseman bolsters the team’s growing cybersecurity expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Dawson; Jonathon Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Jane Owen; Lynne Lewis; Mark Buchanan; Julie Cheeseman; Jonathan Tay


‘Bird & Bird offer a very responsive litigation and advisory service – providing pragmatic and commercially realistic advice. They have deep domain knowledge in all aspects of litigation, regulatory matters, IP and privacy.’

‘Jonathon Ellis is a stand-out partner; an expert in his field, but very approachable and commercial. Jonathan Tay, Senior Associate, is incredibly hard-working and very good at client relationship management.’

‘The team are incredibly proactive which provides a sense of feeling prepared about what is to follow.’

‘Great to work with, very client-focused. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Jonathon Ellis is brilliant at bringing together great teams and keeping everything on track, while always focused on achieving the client’s goals and protecting their interests. Jonathan Tay is a delight to work with – always competent, very professional and courteous. He will go far.’

Key clients

Take-Two Interactive Inc, Rock Star Games, Inc

Epic Games Inc

CJZ Pty Ltd (formerly Cordell Jigsaw Productions)

Nine Network Australia

Elixinol Wellness Limited

Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd

Troy Laboratories


Work highlights

  • Acted for Take-Two Interactive Software Inc; RockStar Games, Inc to protect Grand Theft Auto V – successfully obtained orders and relief for copyright infringement in proceedings concerning unauthorised mods written for the Grand Theft Auto V game.
  • Acted for Epic Games Inc in relation to the unauthorised online sale of items relating to its popular Fortnite game.
  • Acting for CJZ (formerly Cordell Jigsaw Productions) in Supreme Court of New South Wales, Court of Appeal proceedings concerning a dispute relating to the consumer affairs television series, The Checkout.


‘Strategic litigator’ John Dalzell leads the Sydney-based disputes and risk advisory group at Dentons, which leverages the firm’s global resources to support clients across Australia and Papua New Guinea. The group has experience in a range of commercial litigation matters, alongside employment, insurance and financial disputes. Louise Massey is global co-lead of the firm’s dispute resolution group, and has notable expertise in financial sector work.

Practice head(s):

John Dalzell

Other key lawyers:

Louise Massey; Lisa Wright; Ben Allen; Brooke Spain


‘John Dalzell is a strategic litigator who is results focused. He is great to work with.’

‘Practical, quick, strategic advice.’

‘John Dalzell and Brooke Spain are both stand out lawyers.’

Key clients

Logos Australia Group Pty Ltd


FDC Construction





Mortgageport Management Pty Ltd

NSW Ports

Aeris Environmental Limited

Restaurant Brands

Work highlights

  • Defending proceedings brought against LOGOS Australia Group Pty Ltd in a claim worth over A$20m in the Supreme Court of Victoria brought by Citius Property Pty Ltd for a breach of an agreement.
  • Acting for a director in two proceedings running concurrently, which were complex in that they involved, generally, allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct, breaches of directors’ duties and misappropriation of funds in a building/construction company.
  • Acting for FDC in Supreme Court of NSW Commercial List proceedings relating to allegations of breach of contract and directors duties as well as issues pertaining to misappropriation of funds.

Gadens Lawyers

The disputes and investigations team at Gadens Lawyers is praised for its ‘hands-on, practical and user-friendly approach to litigation’ with particular strength regarding regulatory investigations and prosecutions, Royal Commissions, class actions and complex contractual disputes. Patrick Walsh heads up the team from Melbourne, which is also home to Simon Theodore, who is recommended for his ‘commercially savvy and sensible advice’. Kathy Merrick is a key contact in Sydney.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Kathy Merrick; Simon Theodore; Kelly Griffiths


‘The team is very collaborative and able to produce good quality work efficiency and effectively.’

‘The stand-out partner in the group is Simon Theodore – he is an excellent practitioner. He has strong technical skills and is very commercial in his approach. He leads a strong and effective team.’

‘Gadens provides a hands-on, practical and user-friendly approach to litigation, with a very commercial attitude.’

Key clients

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)



Carlton & United Breweries (CUB)

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Flight Centre


Rabobank Australia Limited

Pitcher Partners

Composite Technology R&D Pty Ltd

Singtel Optus Pty Ltd

Tabcorp Holdings

Volkswagen Financial Services Australia

Work highlights

  • Advised The Star Casino in relation to the implementation of uplift programmes addressing changes to the relevant laws and reporting requirements following recommendations from The Bell Report.
  • Advised the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in regards to Federal Court proceedings against Sunshine Loans for breaches under the National Credit Code.
  • Advised Dairycorp in relation to a lawsuit that was meant to transform a sizeable greenfield land plot into a mixed-use residential and commercial centre at the intersection of rail and metro lines in south-west Sydney’s growth corridor.

Jackson McDonald

The Perth-based dispute resolution and litigation team at Jackson McDonald is noted for its focus on providing exceptional service to clients. Eva Lin leads the team; she is a commercial litigator with expertise in energy and regulation, intellectual property, and financial services disputes. Matthew Reid has a wealth of experience in property and planning disputes, while Matthew Lang is recommended for construction and engineering sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eva Lin

Other key lawyers:

Neil Gentilli; Tom Jacobs; Anthony Bereyne; Matthew Reid; Matthew Lang


‘The team at Jackson McDonald have provided outstanding service. They are a very dedicated and professional firm, with focus on providing exceptional service to their clients.’

‘The lawyers have been extremely helpful, approachable and professional. They are very attentive to the needs of the client, when dealing with legal matters. They have experienced lawyers that have dealt with significant Contract Law and Industrial Relations, which has greatly benefited our organisation.’

Key clients

Racing + Wagering


Karara Mining Ltd

Mercedes Group Pty Ltd


Norman Lucas and Gina Wilson co-head the dispute resolution and litigation team at Maddocks, based in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. Lucas’ practice has a particular emphasis on corporate, property, consumer and contractual disputes, while Wilson focuses on regulatory disputes and enforcement work. Rosalie Byrne is a key contact in Canberra, bolstering the team’s strength in government litigation.

Practice head(s):

Norman Lucas; Gina Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Shaun Temby; Michelle Dixon; Rosalie Byrne; Timothy Atkin; Erin Hourigan


‘Maddocks knowledge of complex technology contract disputes is outstanding and they are able to provide sound advice that focuses on the core issues in a factually dense set of circumstances.’

‘Norman Lucas gives clients confidence in his judgment and advice which was essential in complex matters.’

Key clients

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific P/L



Boral Limited

Grant Thornton Australia

Macquarie Telecom

Kingmill Pty Ltd (Thrifty)

Mainstream Group Holdings

Samsung Electronics


Atomos Limited

Greencross Operations Pty Ltd

Quest Serviced Apartments Pty Ltd

Device Technologies Australia Pty Ltd

Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare

Adcock Private Equity



Work highlights

  • Acted in the $650m dispute for Mercedes-Benz brought by 38 of its Australian dealers.
  • Acting for NICC on the inquiry into The Star casino under sections 30&141 of the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW), into whether the operator is suitable to continue to give effect to the casino licence and whether it is in the public interest that the licence should continue.
  • Representing ASIC in multiple civil penalty proceedings issued against: Westpac Banking Corporation and its related entities, Firstmac Limited, a financial product distributor, for alleged breaches of the design and distribution obligations, insurance company OnePath Life Limited, alleging it failed to comply with its duty to act with utmost good faith during the claims handling process.

McCullough Robertson

Split between Brisbane, where Guy Humble heads up the team, and Sydney, where Jason Munstermann is team lead, the McCullough Robertson litigation and dispute resolution offering is well equipped to handle a range of disputes within the government, transport, software and technology, construction, education and agriculture sectors. The team is particularly recommended for regulatory investigations, clearances and enforcement work; it also has a notable alternative dispute resolution practice, which includes a number of qualified mediators.

Practice head(s):

Guy Humble; Jason Munstermann

Other key lawyers:

Peter Stokes; Scott Whitla; Dominic McGann; Tim Case; Chris Nielsen


‘Jason Munstermann is recommended for his approachability and commercial pragmatism.’

‘Having worked with this practice for the first time, I found them exceptionally client focused, consistently doing the best for their client. They work collaboratively with the client and go above and beyond.’

‘Jason Munstermann took over a complex class action litigation with enthusiasm and has totally dedicated himself to achieving the best results for his client. He impresses with his enthusiasm, professionalism and making himself available, often at very short notice, to assist with any client queries. He is very personable, approachable and a joy to engage with.’

Key clients

Commonwealth Government: Department of Defence and Comcover

Elution Metals Pty Ltd

Metro Environmental Logistics Pty Ltd

Hough Consolidated Pty Ltd

Ampol Limited

Namrog Investments

Fox Coal

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Commonwealth, as represented by the Department of Defence, in defending a class action brought by approximately 280 members and former members of the Navy.
  • Advising Ampol, an Australian petroleum company, in relation to a significant contractual dispute with Cushman & Wakefield, which formerly undertook maintenance services for all Ampol service stations throughout Australia over a three year period.

Mills Oakley

Mills Oakley’s commercial disputes and insolvency team represents a broad spectrum of clients, from governmental entities to individuals. Andrew Brown leads the team from Melbourne, with particular expertise in risk management issues and disputes in the financial services sector. Dale Cliff is a key contact in Brisbane, and tax specialist Bernice Ellis is based in Canberra. The team was bolstered in 2022 by the acquisition of litigation boutique Ben Patrick & Associates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brown

Other key lawyers:

Darren James; Stuart Walter; Dale Cliff; Mark Wenn; Bernice Ellis; Ariel Borland; Stuart Lewin


‘The litigation practice at Mills Oakley has very strong capabilities in insolvency in particular. The team has good depth, with some very strong special counsel and more junior lawyers. The firm tends to run matters with smaller teams in a very effective and efficient manner.’

‘Ariel Borland is an exceptional litigator and has very strong analytical and interpersonal skills which set her apart from other partners practicing in the area.’

‘Stuart Walter is a very good operator in the more general commercial litigation space.’

‘High quality legal services from a focused team of specialists.’

‘Stuart Lewin and Ariel Borland are both highly experienced and outcome orientated partners.’

Key clients

Australian Cricketers’ Association

Australian Strategy Policy Institute

Bank of Queensland

RP Data

Real Estate Toolbox

Timbercorp Finance (in Liquidation)

Suncorp Group

Quest Serviced Apartments


Work highlights

  • Acted for RP Data in a breach of copyright case that went to the High Court of Australia which set aside the orders of the Full Court of the Federal Court and in its place ordered the appeal and cross-appeal be dismissed with costs.
  • Acted for CoreLogic in a copyright infringement case and had the entire statement of claim prepared on BCI Media’s behalf set aside.
  • Acting for Real Estate Toolbox as respondents in proceedings commenced by Campaigntrack Pty Ltd and won at first instance.

Aptum Legal

‘Dynamic’ litigation boutique Aptum Legal is co-led by founder and former barrister Nigel Evans, who is recommended for his ‘excellent insights’, and Tuan Van Le, whose experience as a judicial registrar of the Federal Court of Australia bolsters the team’s notable tax specialism. Both are based in Melbourne, and the firm has recently expanded to additionally work out of Sydney and Brisbane. Exclusively focusing on medium to large-scale commercial and tax disputes, the team ‘is small enough to give the client personal service but good enough to match up to any of the major litigation outfits’.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Evans; Tuan Van Le

Other key lawyers:

Josh Baravelli; David Adason; Nikolas Kalcic


‘Very responsive and as an ex barrister, Nigel Evans has excellent insights.’

‘Nigel Evans has always been quick to respond and provides no-nonsense advice that cut to the crux of the matter in hand.’

‘Aptum are a dynamic litigation and dispute resolution focused firm that draws on the wealth of experience of the founder, Nigel Evans and seeks to bring a new and innovative approach to client engagement and project management.’

‘Nigel Evans is a particular standout in the firm. Having spent time at the Victorian Bar, Nigel brings a high level of partner involvement to the matters he conducts and adds value through his wealth of experience. Nigel has an excellent manner with clients and is very adept in identifying areas of focus to ensure results are maximised for the particular needs of the client.’

‘This is a sophisticated boutique firm which is small enough to give the client personal service but good enough to match up to any of the major litigation outfits.’

‘Nigel Evans is a great lawyer, strategist and mentor to those who work under him. He is also easy to get along with and a delight to work with.’

‘Focus on strategy not just technical legal advice, which is very unique to a litigation practice.’

‘Nigel Evans is a stand out. He is easy to work with, generous with his time and a very experienced and talented commercial litigator. He has worked hard to create an innovative business model which is refreshing.’

Key clients

Asian Gas Partners Ltd

Fernwood Women’s Health Clubs (Australia) Pty Ltd

Asahi Beverages

156 Jonson St Pty Ltd

Waste Wise Environmental

Country Care Group


Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual accused of involvement in an alleged conspiracy with Bill Papas and Forum Finance which saw more than 100 allegedly fraudulent transactions extract over $340m from Westpac.
  • Advising Asian Gas Partners on the freezing of payments due to be made to foreign entities relating to a gas project in Papua New Guinea that is the subject of a US-based dispute.
  • Advising taxpayers on the defence of recovery action by the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation for director penalty liabilities of A$10.5m arising from a fraudulent GST scheme.

Colin Biggers & Paisley

Insurance, construction, and property claims are three key areas of expertise for the disputes and investigations team at Colin Biggers & Paisley, which is led by Timothy Seton in Sydney. With clients ranging from private companies to government entities and individual directors, the team additionally advises on risk management issues, and Seton is particularly experienced in intellectual property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Seton

Other key lawyers:

Michael Russell; David Miller; David Grant; Leanne Walker; Katherine Jones


‘Katherine Jones’ advice is excellent and she is highly accessible, which was extremely important in matters where the quantum is significant. She is able to be nimble and across all the details and personalities. Her practical approach is very much appreciated.’

Key clients


RCR Tomlinson

Chandler Macleod





Transport for New South Wales


Work highlights

  • Representing RCR Tomlinson in the defence of three shareholder class actions commenced in the NSW Supreme Court in relation to the $1bn collapse of RCR.
  • Acting in a complex shareholder dispute for Skytraders who provide specialist air services to the Australian Government.
  • Acting in a complex deceased estate dispute which currently involves three Supreme Court proceedings and an application to the Court of Appeal.

Cooper Grace Ward

The Brisbane-based litigation and dispute resolution team at Cooper Grace Ward is co-led by Rocco Russo, Graham Roberts, and Miranda Klibbe. Russo specialises in high-profile and sensitive litigation and is experienced acting for businesses and individuals, while Roberts’ expertise lies in enforcement of securities, insolvency and bankruptcy matters, and Klibbe focuses on property and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rocco Russo; Graham Roberts; Miranda Klibbe

Other key lawyers:

Ben Williams; Mali Karunaratne; Bridget Camilleri


‘Their depth in people that can pick up the the issues at hand and go to the fine detail and understanding the processes and functions of what was to be provided to our client was just great.’

‘Cooper Grace Ward have a leading Brisbane-based litigation team with depth across the Partner and Special Counsel group that allows them to resource teams with the expertise required to cover complex matters with the right lawyers necessary to engage with and solve the litigation issues.’

‘Brisbane-based Cooper Grace Ward has an impressive spread of work in all Australia’s states. The firm’s legal proficiency and capability to manage major disputes means its service offering sits up with many firms with larger office footprints. Its teams span a wide cross section of commercial sectors and readily collaborate for complex intersectional matters which means clients receive comprehensive and well-rounded support.’

‘Rocco Russo is one of the very best litigators in Queensland. He never gets trapped in the fight for the sake of the fight. He is always obviously mindful of the commercial reason for every step. He pushes the matters which require it to judicial or arbitral determination, but otherwise matters are developed to the most appropriate moment for mediation or ADR and then resolved for the best overall commercial result. He shows old-school legal ethics with modern commercial insight.’

‘Miranda Klibbe is a fearsome operator, with a good and developing commercial acumen. Miranda is a future market leader.’

‘Rocco Russo is a highly experienced litigator who is extremely responsive, exceptionally knowledgeable and has a knack for providing succinct, strategic advice no matter how complex the problem or how pressured the timescale. He can deal with the most challenging of cases with good humour and real skill. In short, he is a pleasure to work with.’

‘CGW has great depth and experience in its solicitors that rivals larger firms but offers excellent value.’

‘Rocco Russo is a very experienced and accomplished partner in commercial litigation in Queensland. He has a proven track record of delivering good results.’

Key clients

Horizon SolSolutions Pty Ltd, trading as Cocoon SDA Homes

YFG Shopping Centres Pty Ltd

Newclip Technics Australia Pty Ltd

AirEng Pty Ltd

Lancini Property Group

Lakeba Group Limited

Circa Contemporary Circus Limited

Credit One Group

Korda Mentha

House Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for the administrator of a significant property estate in high-profile Supreme Court litigation instigated by a prominent Australian developer.
  • Acting for Australia-wide NDIS provider Horizon SolSolutions Pty Ltd, trading as Cocoon SDA Homes, and its related companies in a $57.5m claim in the Supreme Court of South Australia against a group of former employees and business partners that are alleged to have misappropriated sensitive business information and intellectual property for the benefit of a competing business controlled by them.
  • Acting for unlisted public technology start-up incubator Lakeba Group Limited in high-profile litigation in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Ironbridge Legal

Laura Coleclough in Melbourne and Trevor Withane in Sydney lead ‘a talented and responsive team’ of litigation and insolvency specialists at Ironbridge Legal. Withane has long-standing international expertise (especially in the UK) and is in demand for his ability to navigate contentious insolvency, liquidations and other related actions such as freezing orders in addition to broader commercial cases. Also with a career that started with London firms, Coleclough’s background includes Court of Appeal and Supreme Court actions in London, especially in the banking/financial services sectors while ‘top quality‘ senior associate, Patrick Gallego is highly rated for his insolvency and general litigation skills.

Practice head(s):

Trevor Withane; Laura Coleclough

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Gallego


‘This team is talented and responsive, and great value both practically and cost-wise. I cannot recommend Trevor highly enough.’

‘Top quality associates (Patrick Gallego).’

‘Very knowledgeable on all aspects to do with company liquidations.’

Communication is great. The writing of response letters is well researched with lots of cases supporting their view point.’

Key clients

Sydney Fish Markets

Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd (Bosch)

Creative Property Holdings


SV Partners


Cor Cordis

Rogers Reidy

Grant Thornton

Raft Consulting

Work highlights

  • Acting for PwC as liquidators of The Co-Op Bookshop, launching mothership unfair preference proceedings against 29 defendants.
  • Acting for a former banking executive to obtain an urgent freezing order concerning an investment by the client into a fund to trade in FOREX.
  • Represented Creative Property Holdings in respect of a dispute in relation to the financing of a significant development project in Launceston, Tasmania.


The ‘outstanding’ dispute resolution team at Kennedys has experience rooted in commercial and insurance disputes, alongside expertise in employment, health and aged care, and media law disputes. Jane Kupsch, noted for her ‘excellent instincts‘, and marine expert Jonathan Wyatt co-lead the team from Melbourne and Perth, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jane Kupsch; Jonathan Wyatt

Other key lawyers:

Raylee Hartwell; Chris Finn; Matt Andrews


‘The litigation team is outstanding. Great attention to detail and very good customer service.’

‘Matt Andrews has extensive experience in insurance law. Jane Kupsch is exceptional with her attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Very proactive and tactical. Very tough negotiators who achieve great outcomes.’

Key clients

Siemens Limited

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

HDI Global SE, Australia

BCC Trade Credit Company

Synergy Group Services Pty Ltd

G H Varley Pty Ltd & Varley Electric Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Siemens Limited in long-running multi-party Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings concerning a flashover event at the Victorian Desalination Plant.
  • Acted for the plaintiffs to pursue the recommencement of payments of profit distributions and the refraining from incurring further debt in connection with loans guaranteed.
  • Acting for the plaintiffs in a high-value shareholder dispute in the Federal Court of Australia. The plaintiffs successfully obtained urgent injunctive relief.

Lander & Rogers

The commercial disputes team at Lander & Rogers is led by the ‘excellent’ Johnathan Quilty in Melbourne, who is a commercial litigation specialist whose expertise lies in corporations law. The team also has experience across insolvency, regulatory and property litigation. Insolvency and financial disputes are an area of expertise for Lily Nguyen, while Sarah Fregon specialises in regulatory work and Grant Levy has notable property dispute experience; all three are based in Melbourne.

Practice head(s):

Johnathan Quilty

Other key lawyers:

Lily Nguyen; Sarah Fregon; Elon Zlotnick; Keiran Breckenridge; Grant Levy


‘Strong legal and commercial skills, good approachable people.’

Johnathan Quilty is excellent.’

Keiran Breckenridge is technically excellent, very responsive and quick to turn around work, pleasant to deal with, highly commercial, calm and not afraid to explain where there’s a better way of doing things.’

Key clients

Cobalt Holdings Limited

Broken Hill Prospecting Limited

Bacchus Marsh Grammar

Work highlights

  • Advised the winning trustees in bankruptcy in the Federal Court.
  • Successfully positioned Bacchus Marsh Grammar’s interests to prevent the dumping of toxic soil near an educational facility.
  • Acting for a wholly owned Australian subsidiary of Armstrong Flooring in a complex cross-border insolvency matter.


Andrew Lacey, Chiara Rawlins and Foez Dewan co-lead the Sydney-based litigation and dispute resolution team at McCabes. Lacey has particular experience working for private clients and companies, while Rawlins specialises in consumer and Corporations Act disputes, and Dewan is noted for his experience in estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lacey; Chiara Rawlins; Foez Dewan

Key clients

Sydney Tools Pty Ltd

Aqua Botanical Beverages Australia

Polyseal Water Proofing Victoria Pty Ltd

Transport for NSW

Reserve Hotels Group

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ litigation and international dispute resolution teams acts across Sydney, Perth and Darwin in conjunction with the firm’s wider global offering. The group's particular strength lies in acting for businesses and high-net-worth individuals, including notable strength in construction-related disputes. Graeme Slattery leads the team from Sydney and Perth, and Cris Cureton is a noted practitioner in Sydney and Darwin.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Slattery

Other key lawyers:

Cris Cureton; Michael Ferguson; Greg Steinepreis; Caroline Brown; David Starkoff; Hazel Brewer; Rebecca Heath; Melissa Koo; Jon Baker


‘Graeme Slattery is solutions-focused, commercial and always available. Fast turnaround when required. Jon Baker has great knowledge of the law, attention to detail and is always available. Both make a great team.’

‘Graeme Slattery and Jon Baker are exceptional lawyers and the “go to” dispute resolution team. They always deliver.’

‘Rebecca Heath – client focused, understands the particulars of our business, builds relationships.’

Key clients

Alvo Minerals Ltd

AustSino Limited

Bentley Capital Ltd

Big Start Capital Ltd

Cockburn Cement

Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd

Kingdom of Spain

Melbourne Olympiad Development (MOD)

Metso Outotec

Northern Territory of Australia

Port Headland Pilots

Work highlights

  • Advising AustSino Resources Group Ltd in relation to foreshadowed proceedings by Sundance against AustSino in relation to the alleged expropriation of one of Sundance subsidiary’s iron ore mining tenements.
  • Advising Cockburn Cement in two prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA).
  • Acting for the Kingdom of Spain in relation to applications in the Federal Court of Australia to recognise three substantial awards under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Thomson Geer

The litigation and dispute resolution team at Thomson Geer was recently bolstered by the arrival of ‘market leader’ Bronwyn Lincoln in Melbourne and the ‘smart, responsive, and strategic’ Scott Castledine in Sydney, from HFW and Clifford Chance respectively. The team acts for clients across a range of industries including the banking and finance, energy and resources and insurance sectors, with work including regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. Jodi Walkom in Sydney is recommended for her ‘wealth of experience‘ and ‘strategic’ approach.

Other key lawyers:

Bronwyn Lincoln; Jodi Walkom; Geoff Brennan; Harold Werksman; John Howard; Stephen Voss; Sylvia Fernandez; Scott Guthrie; Michael O’Donnell; Scott Castledine


‘Jodi Walkom and her team are exceptional. They take the time to understand the situation and any complexities and offer practical and sensible legal advice and support. Jodi has a wealth of experience and is strategic in her approach.’

‘Bronwyn Lincoln is creating a top team focused on international commercial disputes in Australia. Her team has deep big firm/big law experience.’

‘Bronwyn Lincoln is a market leader in international disputes work in Australia. Her expertise in domestic litigation and international arbitration allows her team to help clients resolve legal disputes in a quick, effective and successful manner. Scott Castledine is also a rising star young partner who is smart, responsive, and strategic.’

Bronwyn Lincoln is a standout performer with very deep industry knowledge in insurance litigation.’ 

Key clients


Grenof Pty Ltd and Aquadex Pty Ltd

BCEG International


Mitsubishi Motors

Dye and Co


Work highlights

  • Acting for Mitsubishi Motors in a A$1bn consumer class action in the Federal Court in relation to fuel consumption labelling on certain of its Triton utility vehicles, in parallel to Victorian Supreme Court proceedings which the client has successfully applied for special leave to appeal to the High Court of Australia.
  • Acted for gaming company Konami in a precedent-setting patent dispute with fellow gaming company Aristocrat.
  • Acted for ClubsNSW in a high-profile dispute with a former employee involving whistleblower claims, defamation and parliamentary privilege.