Litigation and Dispute Resolution

MinterEllison has an outstanding track record in the strategic resolution of disputes throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region and is recognised as a leader in dispute resolution. Our practice has renowned depth of knowledge and expertise in every main land capital city of Australia, in New Zealand and Hong Kong. This breadth enables us to meet our clients needs quickly and seamlessly and to access courts in all jurisdictions expeditiously when injunctions are required.

Our aim is to assist clients to avoid disputes wherever possible, but we realise that disputes are sometimes an inevitable part of doing business. We work with our clients to provide practical advice and devise litigation strategies that realistically identify the prospects of success. Where appropriate, we explore alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation or arbitration.

We act in some of the most complex and important litigation in the Australian market, and have significant experience representing clients involved in high profile litigation, investigations by regulators including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and other government inquiries.

We are known for our strength in finding commercially-focused solutions to resolve disputes. The Asia Pacific Legal 500 describes MinterEllison's dispute resolution team as 'results focused' and 'very commercial', while Chambers Global 2010 applauds our lawyers for 'excellent responsiveness' and for being 'very accessible'.

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal - A$700m construction disputes

Advising in relation to disputes brought by multiple contractors arising from the construction of the wharf, jetty and shiploader components of the Project. This has involved high level strategic advice as well as taking carriage of several Supreme Court proceedings and defending major claims brought under the BCIPA.

Acted for Westpac in relation to collapse of BDO

Acted for Westpac in relation to the collapse of the accounting firm BDO in New South Wales and Victoria, including its subsequent merger with Grant Thornton.

Queensland Health Payroll System Proceedings

Acted for the State of Queensland in proceedings filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland against IBM Australia Ltd arising out of the $1.2 billion Queensland Health pay-roll and rostering computer system implementation failure.

Singapore Airlines air freight cartel class action

Defending Singapore Airlines Cargo in its prosecution by the ACCC for alleged airfreight cartel conduct and acting for it and Singapore Airlines in related class action proceedings.

Opes Prime collapse

Acted as the primary advisors for ANZ in the collapse of Opes Prime Stockbroking, with approximately 1,200 clients and debts to ANZ of over A$700 million, including acting on two class actions.