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Charles Gardiner

About Charles

Charles Gardiner practises in the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution department with a particular focus on property and construction litigation.

Charles graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws in June 2009 following a successful professional sporting career. Between July 2009 and May 2010, Charles served as an Associate in the Australian Competition Tribunal, assisting the then President, the Honourable Justice Finkelstein, and fellow members of the Tribunal. He joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as a graduate in March 2011 and was admitted to practice in 2012. Charles was appointed as a senior associate in 2015.

Practice focus

Charles’ practice focuses on the following areas:
  • property and property development disputes, lease disputes and building and construction disputes;
  • tortious disputes, and misleading and deceptive conduct claims; and
  • commercial litigation in the Supreme, County, Federal and appellate Courts, as well as alternative dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and conciliation.


Charles has acted for major Australian developers, landowners, builders, receivers and publicly listed companies, including on behalf of:

  • APN Funds Management: in relation to disputes concerning the Scots Church development at 150 Collins Street;
  • Telstra Corporation: in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in relation to a commercial lease dispute;
  • A number of adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002, including large scale adjudications on behalf of Equiset and in relation to the Scots Church development;
  • Intrapac: in relation to an adverse possession claim in the Commercial Court concerning approximately 1,480 square meters of land in the middle of a proposed residential subdivision in Keysborough;
  • Receivers: in relation to the collapse of the Allco Finance Group;
  • Principals and builders: in respect of defective building work disputes;
  • Directors of Newtronics: in successful defence of proceedings for alleged breaches of directors duties; and
  • The Melbourne Football Club: assisting in relation to tanking investigations by the Australian Football League.

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