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About Jonathan

Jonathan Milner is a partner of the firm’s dispute resolution & litigation and reconstruction & insolvency practice groups in Sydney. He has been involved in some of Australia’s largest and most public commercial matters, including a range of corporate regulatory inquiries and investigations and white collar crime.

Jonathan Milner has ‘excellent commercial sense’.

Client quote, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Jonathan has been ranked as one of Australia’s leading dispute resolution practitioners in Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, describing him as a ‘standout lawyer’ with ‘excellent commercial sense’. He has also been recognised since 2012 by Best Lawyers® International  in the areas of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Jonathan is also ranked by Doyle’s Guide in three categories, ‘Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Australia, 2017’, ‘Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers – New South Wales, 2017’ and ‘Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – New South Wales, 2017. 

Jonathan graduated from The University of New South Wales in 1999, and was admitted to practise as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. He joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2006 and was appointed as a partner in 2009. Prior to joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Jonathan was a senior associate at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Practice focus

Jonathan’s practice focuses on:
  • commercial litigation and dispute resolution;
  • corporate regulatory investigations and white collar crime; and
  • corporate recovery and insolvency.


Jonathan has acted for a wide variety of corporate and private clients, including:

  • Senator Arthur Sinodinos AO: in relation to an ICAC investigation and related Federal Court Proceedings;
  • the former CEO of ABC Learning: in relation to criminal proceedings commenced by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • a non-executive director of James Hardie: in relation to civil penalty proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW, the NSW Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia;
  • a director of Allco Finance Group: in relation to investigations by ASIC and litigation commenced by the receivers and managers of Allco;
  • the financial guarantors of the Reliance Rail/Waratah trains project: in relation to the restructure of that project and associated litigation in the NSW Supreme Court;
  • the estate of the late Richard Pratt: in relation to proceedings commenced by Madison Ashton in the Supreme Court of NSW;
  • Steven Hui Xiao, the former managing director of Hanlong Mining Limited: in relation to ASIC’s investigation into insider trading by the executives of Hanlong Mining;
  • a senior executive: in relation to ASIC investigations concerning the Everest Financial Group;
  • a former senior executive of Aston Resources: in relation to a contractual claim against Aston Resources in the Supreme Court of NSW;
  • Newmont Mining Corporation: in relation to legal proceedings arising out of the restructure of Newmont’s Australian operations;
  • Specialty Fashion Group: in relation to a dispute arising out of the sale of its discount variety business and in relation to Court proceedings concerning the fraudulent misappropriation of funds by a senior executive;
  • Telstra: in relation to the liquidation of One.Tel; Tricom: in relation to the workout of its margin lending business;
  • DP World Australia: in litigation concerning access to port facilities;
  • Challenger Group: in Supreme Court of NSW litigation arising out of Challenger’s investment in an Australian equities fund; and
  • Sons of Gwalia creditors’ committee: in relation to the administration of Sons of Gwalia.

Jonathan has also acted for clients in a range of regulatory investigations and white-collar crime litigation, including a number of high profile insider trading investigations and associated litigation. He also regularly advises directors, banks and financial institutions.

Jonathan has acted for a range of other corporate entities, including the Australian Rugby Union, Breville Group and various US hedge funds, in relation to a wide variety of matters.

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