Dispute Resolution & Litigation services
Commercial dispute resolution
ABL advises on a wide range of corporate, trade, trust and partnership disputes, involving contracts, trade practices, shareholder class actions, negligence, directors’ duties, intellectual property, insolvency, property, defamation and employment matters. Our advice is designed to safeguard clients’ legitimate interests while minimising disruption to management and business activities.
Media and communications
Our practice is recognised for its strategic advice and media management of high profile disputes to protect our clients’ reputations and brand positioning. We have a dedicated Senior Communications Adviser with extensive experience working in the media, and senior industry and government communications roles, who can assist clients deal with sensitive communications and issues management.
Regulatory inquiries, corporate governance and fraud-related issues
The firm has a global reputation for its strategic advice to corporations and individuals facing allegations of white-collar criminal activities, particularly involving issues of corporate governance, taxation and securities fraud. We have represented clients in royal commissions and public inquiries, class actions and negligence claims, and have also conducted internal investigations on their behalf. ABL is a member of Fraudnet, the world's leading network of law firms specialising in fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, money laundering and cybercrime. (Visit White Collar Crime & Investigation)
Contested takeovers often involve messy, complicated disputes that demand creative solutions. Our litigators have successfully led or defended a number of large scale corporate takeovers in a wide variety of sectors. Their strategic advice has been a significant factor in enabling clients to outmanoeuvre their opponents.
Reconstruction and insolvency
Our lawyers are skilled at all aspects of asset recovery and reconstruction litigation, including obtaining or challenging asset-freezing injunctions or orders for search and seizure, undertaking discovery or advising in relation to the appointment of receivers or liquidators. (Visit Reconstruction and Insolvency).
Administrative and public law
We have extensive knowledge of the legal principles and policy considerations that underpin government decision making. We are experienced in conducting a wide range of constitutional and public law matters for clients in both courts and administrative tribunals, as well as work for several government and semi-government authorities, local government and non-government organisations.
Our lawyers are experienced in representing clients involved in a wide range of competition issues, from securing Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) approval of a proposed merger or acquisition, to defending or raising allegations of anti-competitive behaviour. (Visit Competition).
Construction and building disputes
We act for major landowners, entrepreneurs and commercial property developers in a range of development, building and construction disputes, involving claims management, construction agreements, commercial leases, professional negligence and trade practices claims. (Visit Property & Development).
In concert with our highly regarded taxation team, our litigators represent clients in a variety of tax-related disputes, including tax audits, administrative appeals and litigation at trial and appellate levels. We also act on behalf of clients facing allegations of tax fraud. (Visit Taxation).