Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Commercial Disputes

Solving commercial disputes requires lawyers to be tough advocates and creative problem solvers. Our lawyers are exactly that.

Commercial disputes need to be handled in a way that reflects your wider strategic objectives, your commercial needs and your reputational imperatives, meeting the risks and legal challenges that arise in the process.

The hallmark of King & Wood Mallesons’ commercial dispute resolution team is our focus on delivering results quickly and cost effectively. Across multiple jurisdictions and in complex, high-value disputes we use our litigation skills to achieve the optimal outcome in the circumstances for you – whether this is in court, before a tribunal, in negotiations or in response to the relevant regulators.

As well as expertise in law, we understand a broad range of industry sectors – from financial institutions to energy and infrastructure – and the ability to isolate and deal with the complex factual issues that often underpin commercial disputes.

Market highlights

We advise clients on a wide range of commercial disputes. Highlights include representing:

  • Lochard Energy: in its A$1 billion damages claim against EnergyAustralia relating to the acquisition of the Iona Gas Storage Facility.
  • Energy and resources giant: in defending arbitration proceedings in relation to tax indemnities in a sale and purchase agreement (ICC Rules, New York seat).
  • Commonwealth Department of Employment: and the special purpose liquidators of Queensland Nickel, in relation to the now settled debt recovery actions against Clive Palmer, one of the most high-profile matters in Australia in recent years.
  • acted for Big Four Bank and financiers of the Raine Square development in Perth in defending $600m Supreme Court litigation brought by the property developers considering a broad range of claims.
  • successfully defending minority oppression proceedings brought by American retail giants in the Federal Court of Australia in a dispute stemming from the joint venture between major Australian retailers regarding the Masters Home Improvement business and the exit process. 

Industry recognition

  • Ranked Tier 1 – Legal 500
  • Australian Firm of the Year – Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific Awards, 2021
  • International Firm of the Year – Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific Awards, 2021
  • Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year – Asia Legal Awards, Asia Pacific, 2021

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