Dispute Resolution

Litigation and dispute resolution

Nimble and non-bureaucratic.

Chambers Asia-Pacific

When managing complex disputes, our goal is to minimise the cost and disruption to our clients, and to achieve a commercially sensible outcome whether through litigation, mediation or arbitration.

Our dispute resolution experience includes major Australian and international disputes across many practice areas, industries and sectors including:

  • banking and insolvency
  • class actions
  • competition and regulated industries 
  • consumer protection
  • corporations and contractual disputes
  • directors' and officers' liability
  • employee relations
  • energy and resources
  • information technology
  • insurance
  • international arbitration
  • print and electronic media
  • professional negligence
  • property and construction 
  • tax

We are recognised by Chambers for niche strength in handling disputes in the competition, energy and resources and media sectors, and extensive experience of class actions and funded litigation matters.

  • Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc: acting for one of the largest Aboriginal Trusts in the Northern Territory, the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Inc, in prosecuting various claims against advisors arising from fraud, breaches of trust and financial irregularities.
  • Gunns Liquidation: representing the liquidators of the Gunns Group (PPB Advisory) in a claim in the Supreme Court of Tasmania against its former auditors, KPMG, arising from their 2009 audit of the Group.
  • Jetstar Airways: acting for Jetstar in defending civil penalty proceedings brought by the ACCC, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct by Jetstar (and Virgin) in relation to the imposition of a ‘booking and service fee’ on online ticket sales.
  • Octaviar Liquidation: acting for the liquidators of the Octaviar Group in Federal Court proceedings against its former auditors, KPMG. 
  • RiverCity Motorway Proceedings: acting for the liquidators (PPB Advisory) of the financially collapsed RiverCity tunnel infrastructure project in litigation involving claims by the project lenders for nearly $2 billion and by the unitholders in a $280 million funded class action.
  • State of Victoria: successfully represented the State of Victoria in two significant disputes with Tabcorp Holdings Ltd and Tatts Group Ltd over compensation following the expiration of their gaming licenses in 2012.
  • Kate Fitzgerald, Kevin Lynch, Paul Reidy, Robert Wyld, John Powell, Chris Connor, Tom Jarvis, Roxanne Smith, Toni Vozzo, Will Coulthard and Richard Lilly are named as leading lawyers in Litigation. Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • Ben Renfrey, Tom Jarvis, Richard Lilly, Kate Fitzgerald, Tony Johnson and Paul Reidy are named as leading lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • Robert Johnston is named as a leading lawyer in class action litigation. Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
  • The JWS team wins praise for its "clear, effective and well-directed communication and advice". Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
  • JWS enjoyed a number of strong results in 2015, including the "highly strategic" Paul Reidy’s defence of Metagenics in a claim arising from the sale of the Australian arm of the business, and Chris Connor and founding partner Tony Johnson’s defence of the State of Victoria in High Court proceedings relating to expired gaming licences.  Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
  • Paul Reidy is "very well regarded in the commercial litigation space," and sources characterise him as "strategically strong and clever" and "extremely responsive." Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016
  • "A good team - and a good team effort - for a large piece of litigation."   Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016
  • (JWS) provides national coverage of contentious issues, particularly for clients from the energy and natural resources and media sectors. Also active on disputes involving competition law, and in funded litigation and class actions. Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015
  • "Niche performers at the highest level: what they do, they do superbly." Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015
  • "Tough litigators who do a very good job for their clients."  Chambers Asia Pacific,  2015
  • Johnson Winter & Slattery has an "impressive caseload", with names to note including Paul Reidy and Tony Johnson. Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014
  • Paul Reidy earns high praise for his litigation skills from clients in the media and property sectors. Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
  • The "commercially focused"   Roxanne Smith  is recommended. Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2014

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