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Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Mitigating risk, taking control in difficult circumstances, and finding solutions to challenges. Our team has a long track record having been involved in very large and complex commercial disputes in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Nationally and Internationally.

We have the skill, expertise and experience to protect and enforce our clients’ rights and interests in dispute matters and contested regulatory actions.  We work with you to pursue a strategy to suit your commercial objectives, resources, and needs.

How we can help

Disputes and litigation can involve significant costs, in money, time and distraction. Where court action is the best option, or cannot be avoided, we manage and drive the process to best meet the commercial and legal objectives of the client.

We have a depth of experience in resolving disputes outside of the traditional court process, this includes arbitration, specialist tribunals and adjudication processes, implementation of expert determination processes, informal settlement conferences, and mediation. We seek opportunities for our clients to utilise these processes wherever circumstances suit, to conclude matters on commercial terms and avoid the expense, distraction and uncertainty of ongoing litigation.

We act in a range of commercial and industry spheres. We advise on legal issues including contractual disputes, fiduciary and tort obligations, statutory rights and quasi-criminal and “white collar” offence provisions.

Our clients include public and private corporations, individuals, partnerships, not for profits, and statutory and government agencies and entities.

We have experience in the major Courts, in specialist courts and tribunals, in disciplinary tribunals and enquiry processes, in administrative and review proceedings, and in the conduct of private arbitrations, mediation and structured negotiation processes.

Key services

  • Contractual disputes
  • Competition and Consumer Act, including misleading and deceptive conduct claims
  • Corporation and partnership disputes
  • Construction and major projects
  • Fraud and white collar crime
  • Defamation
  • Judicial review and AAT appeals
  • Product liability / recalls
  • Negligence claims
  • Professional indemnity claims
  • Risk management and corporate governance
  • Crisis management and response
  • Wills and estates disputes
  • Royal Commissions, commissions of inquiry and coronial inquests

Our Dispute Resolution & Litigation Experts

Sam Burford


Andrew Williams
Andrew Williams


Ralph Bonig litigation lawyer
Ralph Bönig

Special Counsel

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David Rostron

Special Counsel

AndrewD’Alessandro Finlaysons Lawyer
Andrew D’Alessandro


Jessie Murphy-Allen

Special Counsel

Michael Rydon, Finlaysons Lawyer
Michael Rydon

Senior Associate

Emily Hunt, Finlaysons Lawyers
Emily Hunt

Senior Associate

Recognition and Awards

  • Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Firms (SA), Doyles Guide, 2018 - current
  • Andrew Williams, Best Lawyers, Litigation 2018 - current
  • Andrew Williams, Best Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution 2014 - current
  • Kirsten Gordge, Best Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution 2018 - current
  • Leading Construction and Infrastructions Litigation Law firms SA Doyles Guide 2020 - current
  • Recommended Wills & Estates Litigation Law Firms (SA), Doyles Guide 2019
  • Nikki Owen, Doyles Guide, Wills & Estates Litigation lawyer (SA), 2019 - current
  • Ralph Bonig, Brian Withers Award recipient, Law Society of SA, 2018