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 don’t do things because ‘that’s the way they’re done’, we do things that make a difference.

We have acted in some of Australia’s most significant commercial, insolvency, funds management and investment related cases.  We specialise in breaking down complexity and implementing a winning strategy from the start.

We assist with:

  • Class actions and shareholder derivative actions
  • Claims and 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 examples of recent or significant cases are:

  • Acting for directors and various entities in a funds management group, in relation to a $125 million dollar dispute
  • Acting for the wife in a complex family law property dispute involving one of Australia’s most wealthy families and an asset pool in the hundreds of millions
  • Defending a former authorised representee of AMP Financial Planning in proceedings brought by AMP Bank.  We counter-claimed against AMP FP and AMP Bank in relation to their conduct in respect of the ‘Buyer of last resort’
  • Acting for a victim of financial abuse against a big four bank seeking to enforce securities in the millions in a case involving alleged fraudulent documentation, unconscionable conduct, duress and complex limitations issues
  • Representing litigation funders in class action settlement approval hearings in the Spotless and Estia Healthcare class actions
  • Defending proceedings brought by a mid-tier lender against an alleged guarantor in respect of its largest ever loan to a failed development company
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our specialities

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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