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Brock Morgan

Special Counsel
Brock has extensive experience in commercial disputes and insolvency. He regularly assists clients to achieve successful outcomes in all aspects of commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and insolvency processes.

Brock Morgan is a special counsel in Cooper Grace Ward’s litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency team.

Brock has more than 15 years’ experience in which he has assisted a range of clients to resolve commercial disputes through court processes and alternative dispute resolution. He also assists clients to navigate the complexities of the insolvency process to achieve successful outcomes.

Brock has acted for clients across a range of industries. His clients have included insolvency practitioners, creditors, financial institutions, public and private corporations, government departments, government‑owned corporations, directors, officers, shareholders, trustees and individuals.

As well as giving Brock the ability to identify key areas of risk and develop strategies to overcome them, his diverse experience means that his skills are adaptable to most commercial disputes.

Before joining Cooper Grace Ward, Brock worked at a national top‑tier law firm where he acted in several large-scale and complex commercial litigation and insolvency matters, as well as working on secondments with several government owned corporations.

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of New England
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of New England
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – College of Law
  • Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association Advanced Certificate – University of Technology, Sydney
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland, High Court of Australia
  • Acting for court‑appointed receivers in the receivership of The Presbyterian Church of Queensland, including three separate QSC proceedings involving claims totalling more than $60M. The proceedings involved allegations of breach of trust, knowing receipt, ultra vires, unconscionable conduct, misleading or deceptive conduct, breach of contract and estoppel.
  • Acting for a government‑owned corporation in defence of FCA proceedings involving claims totalling more than $30M relating to the adequacy of wave protection for a marina that was leased to the plaintiffs. The proceeding involved allegations of breach of contract, misleading or deceptive conduct, estoppel, nuisance, limitations of actions and laches.
  • Acting for privately appointed receivers in QSC proceedings seeking more than $8M under an insurance policy in respect of a fire that destroyed a high-end residential property. The proceeding involved allegations of fraud and arson.
  • Acting for a statutory trustee appointed by the NSWSC to sell a c.$50M operating pub to resolve a dispute between co-owners, including advising on indemnity and risk issues and seeking judicial advice.
  • Acting for a private corporation to obtain an injunction to restrain a privately appointed receiver from selling the company’s business.
  • Acting for Sunwater in the Commission of Inquiry into Paradise Dam.
  • Acting for the project company in the Commission of Inquiry into New Generation Rollingstock Trains.

Areas of Expertise

Publications

Defamation perspectives: separate 'serious harm' hearings and the Federal Court

Defamation actions include a ‘serious harm’ threshold that often enables respondents to more readily dispose of complaints that do not result in significant damage to the claimant’s reputation. The recent decision in Peros v Blackburn highlights one pitfall for parties defending defamation actions in seeking separate ‘serious harm’ hearings in the Federal Court, and raises whether the Federal Court Rules require amendment to better align with the defamation legislation of the states and territories.

Digital age pitfalls with BIF Act claims

The digital age has certainly enhanced our ability to convey information, something that is very important in the building and construction industry. However, technology can also create pitfalls, particularly when it comes to claims under the Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 (Qld), where compliance with technicalities is critical. The case of Iris Broadbeach Pty Ltd v Descon Group Australia Pty Ltd gives a recent illustration.

Business sales and Australian Consumer Law disputes – when will a court grant relief?

Business sales are often fertile ground for allegations of contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law, but it will take more than a misleading statement for a court to grant relief. A recent Queensland Court of Appeal case demonstrates a common scenario.