Complex Disputes

We specialise in complex litigation and disputes.  Our approach is simple – we work out what matters at the outset of our involvement and develop a strategy with our clients to respond to their needs and what matters most. We are not slaves to a process. We don’t do things because ‘that’s the way they’re done’, we do things that make a difference.

We have worked on some of Australia’s most significant commercial, insolvency, funds management and investment related cases.  We break down complexity and implement a winning strategy from the start.

We specialise in:

  • Class actions and shareholder derivative actions
  • Actions in relation to distressed or collapsed investments or investment vehicles
  • Litigation funding, particularly funding of commercial, investment and insolvency related claims
  • High value family law property disputes requiring asset investigation (national and international) and/or involving complex asset and corporate structuring
  • Negligence and breach of duty claims
  • Corporations and securities, including oppression, shareholder claims and director’s duties
  • Lending and guarantee related claims
  • Large construction related litigation 
  • Administrative law, including acting against regulators and quasi-regulatory or professional bodies

Complex Case Experts

Our strength is providing insight and solving complex disputes, regulatory issues and critical financial services matters. Meet our highly regarded Directors here.

The clarity you need

While we work on some of Australia’s most complex cases, we believe you should be able to understand every aspect of your matter without a single doubt.

We’re not a big law firm

As senior lawyers from big national law firms, our Directors know that a small hand-selected team is much more effective. We give your matter the focus is deserves.

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our experience

Why Mackay Chapman?

Some key/current matters include:

  • Representing victims of Melissa Caddick in Federal Court proceedings concerning the receivership and distribution of her estate
  • Investigating potential claims on behalf of victims of Melissa Caddick against their SMSF auditors
  • Acting for entities and persons involved in the iProsperity Group including a $125M claim by an investment trustee and matters arising from the Group’s external administration
  • Acting for the landowner and a major creditor in disputes with the Colmont School (formerly The Kilmore International School) and in relation to its subsequent external administration
  • Acting for various litigation funders in relation to the approval of settlements in significant class actions concerning Spotless, Estia HealthCare, Sims Metals and BT Funds Management
  • Representing a high-net-worth individual contesting a post business sale Capital Gains Tax assessment
  • Pursuing claims against a big four bank for substantial loss involving reinstatement of the borrower company, complaints in AFCA and related advice
  • Acting for Primary Securities Limited to resolve a dispute with a key commercial counterparty over a $18 million forestry contract.
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How we can help

We can all be adversely impacted by regulators, that’s why it is important to get the right advice quickly. Some of the areas we advise clients on include:

  • Financial services laws – licensing, authorised representatives, obligations (including best interests), compliance, AFCA disputes, Alleged illegal fundraising or unlicensed activity in financial services
  • Corporations Act – consumer protection, fundraising, directors and officers’ duties

  • Tax – ATO investigations, challenging amended assessments, high net wealth matters
  • Capital markets - insider trading, market manipulation, compliance with listing rules
  • Competition and Cartels
  • RSE compliance
  • Managed investment schemes and investment funds
  • Professional issues – investigation and defence
  • Building industry – licensing and insurance

Unlike other generalist lawyers we are specialists in helping businesses of all sizes strategically navigate their way through difficulties with regulators. We specialise in investigations, actions and issues concerning ASIC, ACCC, ATO and APRA.

We represent clients in Royal Commissions and Inquiries.  We regularly represent clients in AFCA.  We also act in discrete matters involving a wide range of regulatory bodies including professional bodies (CAANZ, IPA) and state regulators.

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