Commercial litigation and dispute is a resource-intensive process from a financial, management and emotional perspective.
At Barrett Walker, our lawyer recognise these aspects of a dispute and believe that good advocacy comes not just from technical legal advice and expertise, but also from understanding and empathy.
What happens when there's a dispute?
At Barrett Walker, we always approach conflict with our central focus being our client's best interests. We act as a mediation to provide alternative legal dispute resolution.
We pride ourselves in our ability to identify and provide a range of solutions for the parties involved in a dispute. Just like you, we always consider litigation as the last resort and our clients are kept informed of the process. Our fee arrangements are flexible and we conduct our cases with transparency and straight-talking advice.
When litigation becomes inevitable, we have extensive expertise in litigation matters of all sizes ranging from small claims to large and highly technical disputes. Our strength lies in our multidisciplinary approach and our ability to identify core issues in contentious matters.
We specialise in the areas below:
Commercial, business, and contract disputes
Competition and consumer law
Insolvency litigation including public examinations
Claims against directors, shareholders and company officers
Taxation and revenue law
Property, building, and construction disputes
Debt collection and credit arrangements
Deceased estate and trusts
Here are some of the cases we recently acted in:
Clifton (Liquidator) v Kerry J Investment Pty Ltd trading as Clenergy FCAFC 5. We acted for Kerry J Investments Pty Ltd in its successful cross-appeal in the Federal Court of Australia in relation to the failure by liquidators to comply with discovery orders and a contentious technical legal issue regarding payment arrangements with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
We recently acted for the former directors of one of Australia's leading music retailers in their fight against a $15 million breach of directors' duties claim laid by a liquidator.
We acted for a distributor of inverters used in home solar kits in its fight against a $23 million dollar claim by one of Australia's leading energy provider.
We acted for the members of a family residing in different jurisdictions in relation to a shareholders dispute across a number of related entities that involved the interrelationship of a deceased estate, family companies, solvent companies in liquidation, and Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding.