Our expert litigators have many years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution, securing countless successful outcomes for clients.
Our litigators are known for their strategic, commercial and practical approach. We build relationships with clients to run cases in a way that suits their situation and resources. Often that involves resolving disputes through negotiation outside the court process. Other times – where our clients want to run cases to trial – we have the experience, expertise and resources to strongly represent their interests.
We represent a wide range of clients in litigation and disputes including listed companies, private companies and individuals, local and foreign governments and quasi-government regulators. We have represented clients in high profile, hard fought, and complex commercial litigation cases, as well as helping many commercial clients resolve more straightforward contentious situations that arise as part of day to day business operations.
We work in every legal forum, from state to federal courts, to alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and tribunals of all kinds.
Our litigators have the significant advantage of being part of a large commercial law firm, which means they are able to draw on the specialist expertise of many other market leading practice teams. Where necessary, we assemble multi-disciplinary legal teams to work on cases.
We handle all types of disputes and legal representation including:
- business disputes and litigation
- complex commercial litigation
- construction disputes and litigation
- corporate and regulatory litigation
- crisis situations
- debt recovery
- intellectual property protection and infringement
- international and cross-jurisdiction litigation
- investigations by statutory authorities and commissions of inquiry
- mediation and alternative dispute resolution
- professional liability cases
- property and leasing disputes
- security enforcement and banking litigation
- taxation disputes
- wills and estate litigation
To speak with a lawyer specialising in litigation and dispute resolution, call Cooper Grace Ward on (07) 3231 2444.
We regularly represent clients in the full spectrum of business disputes and litigation. We have experience in litigating cases involving virtually every industry and profession including financial services, accounting, technology, telecommunications, building and construction, real estate, manufacturing, mining services and insurance.
We act for businesses of all sizes in contract disputes, disputes between business partners, negligence cases, distributor disputes, product liability, professional liability, unfair business practices and misrepresentation cases.
We have represented clients in high-stakes (‘bet-the-company’) commercial litigation involving difficult legal questions or complex factual scenarios. We have run cases that have involved large teams of lawyers and thousands of documents. We have the skills associated with intensive document processing and the other management needs of large-scale, complex disputes.
Our approach to complex commercial litigation is to use our wealth of project management experience to foster effective collaboration among our litigators, providing our clients with proactive advocacy and practical advice. We are at the forefront of emerging trends in the use of technology in litigation and strive to find cutting-edge solutions to manage and resolve our clients’ cases.
Construction disputes and litigation is one of our strongest practice areas. We represent construction companies, developers, property owners, investors, subcontractors, financiers, project managers and other construction professionals in high value construction disputes including BCIPA claims and litigation, defect litigation, professional negligence, claims for variations and contract payments, liquidated damages and directions to rectify by statutory authorities.
Often construction, engineering and architectural cases are very complicated – with multiple parties, many witnesses, thousands of documents and difficult technical issues. Our significant experience in running complex cases and large scale litigation allows us to bring order and clarity to these situations.
We handle disputes and litigation arising out of almost any kind of corporate situation from corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, officer and director duties, shareholder litigation, oppression proceedings, corporate control litigation, class actions, investigations by government or government agencies and enforcement actions.
We have a wealth of experience in advising and representing corporations in a variety of industries, boards of directors, corporate officers, corporate counsel and other corporate advisers in contentious corporate situations.
Our experience includes representation of corporations or individuals who face regulatory enforcement action. We understand that the best result for the client in these situations is to avoid any prosecution, and our significant government experience helps our clients navigate the difficult and often frightening process of investigation. Our extensive experience with compliance programs also helps us to advise our clients on best practices to prevent problems from developing. But if our clients face prosecution, we have the capability and experience to mount a vigorous defence on their behalf.
We have significant experience in helping clients address the legal issues that arise in a corporate or business crisis. We understand the importance of acting quickly and decisively in the face of a major crisis and are capable of delivering responsive and timely legal advice when it is needed in the critical early stages.
We can assist with all legal aspects of managing the crisis, bringing together our extensive experience in a range of areas, including:
- internal investigations – conducting efficient and effective internal investigations to help you understand the facts and issues involved
- regulatory issues – engaging with regulators and other government agencies
- civil litigation – ensuring that your actions in the early stages of a crisis do not prejudice your position in subsequent court proceedings
- public inquiries – responding to requests from parliamentary committees, royal commissions and commissions of inquiry and appearing at public hearings
- media – dealing with both social and traditional media in managing a crisis and managing the legal issues that arise when making public statements
- insurance claims – advising on your legal obligations under a policy of insurance under which you may wish to make a claim
- employment issues – providing advice on dealing with employees following a crisis, including the suspension or dismissal of employees and enforcing obligations of confidentiality
- debriefing – conducting audits of the level of compliance with processes and procedures and identify ways in which your organisation can be better prepared for the next challenge.
Effectively responding to a crisis requires getting the right advice from experienced advisers within tight timeframes and a carefully considered, coordinated approach. We have a proven track record of delivering the advice clients need to make the right decisions under pressure to see the business through a crisis.
We handle a large number of debt recovery matters on daily basis through each stage of the debt collection process from issuing demands, court proceedings, court representation, through to enforcing court judgments. We also have extensive experience in bankruptcy and winding up proceedings.
We have significant experience working in debt recovery both in Queensland and nationally. Some of our debt recovery clients have included some of Australia’s largest companies and financial institutions for whom we have set up systems to handle high volume debt collection.
We have significant experience in disputes involving regulated financial institutions including banks, building societies and credit unions, insurers and reinsurers, asset managers, brokers, advisers and other investment firms, mortgage firms and commercial lenders.
We provide advice to financial and non-financial sector businesses on all aspects of financial regulation including all aspects of financial services disputes.
Our financial services/banking litigation practice covers:
- debt recovery and security enforcement
- investigations and enquiries including in relation to fraud
- disputes arising from the banker-customer relationship including disputes before the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Understanding and protecting intellectual property is crucial to the long term success of most businesses.
Clients seek our advice in business critical (‘make it or break it’) disputes and rely on our broad array of substantive experience in both litigation and transactional matters to help them protect their interests.
We have experience in representing both claimants and respondents in many industries in patent infringement litigation, trade secret cases, copyright cases, trademark infringement cases, disputes arising out of the intersection of intellectual property and competition law and we have also represented clients in false advertising cases.
It is vital for businesses to resolve disputes in ways that are both cost effective and aligned with commercial objectives.
Understandably, many clients want to avoid the expense, risk and burden associated with prolonged litigation in favour of a commercial resolution, if that can be achieved on acceptable terms.
As we prepare cases for trial and pursuing them strongly as our clients require, we also always alert to opportunities to resolve cases before, or even during, trial in a way that serves our client’s commercial imperatives.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration and more traditional settlement negotiations.
Our litigators have significant experience in property and property related matters of all types representing clients in disputes arising from development, acquisition and sales, financing, leasing and other property transactions.
Collaborating closely with the lawyers in our specialist property work practice, our litigators work with real estate developers, brokers, lenders, owners, tenants, managers and institutional and non‑institutional investors.
We are known for our extensive experience with analysing and resolving, through negotiation and litigation, a wide range of complex matters including work outs, inter-creditor disputes, foreclosures, bankruptcy proceedings affecting real estate, partnership disputes, valuation proceedings, commercial landlord tenant disputes, brokers’ claims and title matters.
Representative proceedings and class-actions brought against organisations by a large number of claimants arising out of similar facts and circumstances are becoming increasingly common in Australia, following trends overseas.
Courts and tribunals are adopting specialist rules to facilitate these types of claims.
These kinds of proceedings can benefit both claimants and defendants by avoiding the expense of duplication of proceedings, but require the parties to be represented by experienced and capable litigators with an understanding of the high stakes and complex procedures involved.
We have experience in providing representation and advice in representative proceedings and class-action matters on both the claimant and defendant side. Further, our team’s wide experience with large and complex litigation means they are uniquely placed to assist in a class action or representative proceedings concerning financial services, product liability, shareholder actions or any other types of claim.