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Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Mitigating risk and finding solutions to challenges

Our approach to dispute resolution is swift, strategic and with a commitment to containing costs and delivering excellent results for our clients.

Our Risk and Dispute Management team have a proven track record for success. We’ve consistently been involved in many of the largest and most complex commercial disputes in South Australia and elsewhere.

We are driven by your commercial needs and will work closely with you to design strategies to aggressively pursue your commercial objectives. Our depth of experience, resources and specialist industry knowledge mean we’re well-placed to find practical and commercially-relevant solutions for you.

How can we help you?

Finlaysons has consistently, over the years, run some of the largest and most high-profile cases in South Australia, and has had the conduct of significant, complex litigation in the Northern Territory. We have also (with agents) run cases in all jurisdictions in Australia and also New Zealand, the US and London. We often act on the other side to major national law firms.

We work with a diverse range of clients, reflecting our deep involvement with a number of different industries. We regularly advise on risk management and disputes in the resources, energy, defence, financial services and wine sectors, working with other specialist lawyers where appropriate to ensure you have the best team for the job.

We are driven by your commercial needs and will work closely with you to design strategies to aggressively pursue your commercial objectives. Our depth of experience, resources and specialist industry knowledge mean we’re well-placed to find practical and commercially relevant solutions for you.

We have extensive experience in ‘non-court’ dispute resolution – arbitration, expert determinations and mediation and through use of these processes can often avoid the expense, distraction and uncertainty surrounding litigation.

Our team works side by side with clients as they confront the challenges of a constantly changing legal and regulatory landscape, with regulatory reform and new enforcement approaches by regulators high on the agenda.

Recent Experience

  • Settled a significant multi-national product liability dispute arising from one of the largest overseas product recalls in Australian wine and beverage history.
  • Defeated examination orders in London against the chairman and directors of one of the largest banks in the world
  • Acted for a ‘big four’ accounting firm in what was the leading auditors’ liability case in Australia.
  • Engineering and design litigation for major mining companies, multi-party disputes in relation to professional liability claims.
  • Acting for a statutory authority (and insurer) in a dispute in relation to the design, construction and collapse of offshore infrastructure.
  • Acting for publicly listed companies in gas price arbitrations
  • Acting for a major defence company in a substantial design, construction and engineering dispute,
  • Acting for a major developer in relation to a claim (in excess of $100 million) in the NT Supreme Court relating to the construction of, and leasing arrangements for, a large complex of serviced apartments.
  • Acting in complex multi-party professional indemnity claims and medico-legal matters, including coronial inquiries as well as public liability and catastrophic personal injury claims.
  • Regularly briefed to appear for parties (including public authorities and public

Recent Industry Recognition and Awards:

Andrew Williams – Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation 2021, 2020

Doyles SA Recommended Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers 2019, 2018

Kirsten Gordge – Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution 2021, 2020

Doyles SA Recommended Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers 2019, 2018

James Jarvis – Doyles SA Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers 2019, 2018, 2017

 

Kathryn Lincoln – Best Lawyers Medical Negligence 2021

David Rostron – Best Lawyers Professional Malpractice Litigation 2021

Nikki Owen – Doyles Recommended Wills & Estates Litigation Lawyers SA 2019

Doyles Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Firms – ‘Third Tier’ 2020, 2019. 2018

Doyles Recommended Wills & Estates Litigation Law Firms SA 2019

 

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Key Services

  • Administrative law
  • Auditors' liability
  • Contractual disputes
  • Complex multi-party litigation
  • Discrimination & defamation
  • Directors’ liability matters
  • Fraud& white collar crime
  • Insolvency and recovery actions
  • Investment advisor and stockbroker liability
  • Joint venture disputes
  • Judicial review and AAT appeals
  • Product liability
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Risk management and corporate governance
  • Royal Commissions, commissions of inquiry and coronial inquests
  • Trade practices, including competition issues and misleading and deceptive conduct claims