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Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

Ashurst maintains a deep bench, lately strengthened by lateral hires, offering leading international corporate and government clients global reach and expertise across key industry sectors, with noted strengths in the handling of construction, energy and resources, and financial services disputes. In addition to having a comprehensive commercial litigation capability, it is active on both domestic and international arbitration, prominent in the class action sphere and in disputes concerning road and rail infrastructure, and sought after to advise on both domestic and international regulatory investigations. Key clients include ANZ, BMW Australia and Freedom Foods.


An interviewee who has "regularly worked with top-tier litigation firms," testifies: "I consider the team I worked with at Ashurst to be top of the class," citing, among other considerations, "a positive team dynamic which results in each member of the team always being happy to help, even if it means losing sleep or a weekend."

Another source notes: "I recommend Ashurst for this kind of work because of their background in commercial matters, focus on the issues in dispute and insight into commercial resolution."

Work highlights

Ashurst represented CPH Crown Holdings in the widely publicised inquiry, initiated by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, into a number of issues, including allegations of money laundering and the suitability of one of the client's subsidiaries to operate a major new casino in Sydney.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Carter , based in Sydney, acts extensively on investigatory and contentious regulatory mandates, frequently representing leading banks and other prominent financial services providers. He is described by one interviewee as "one of the leading partners in contentious regulatory work" while another remarks: "I would be happy to have him as a partner."

John Pavlakis stands out for the versatility of his class action practice, encompassing the representation of both public and private sector clients across an unusually varied range of issues. Interviewees regularly testify to his commerciality and strategic nous. He is based in Sydney.

Nicholas Mavrakis acts prominently for leading players in the financial services and resources spheres on high-profile investigatory and regulatory mandates. Lately arrived at Ashurst's Sydney office, he is seen by market sources as a significant addition to the disputes team, while another interviewee observes: "He's knowledgeable, can steer the client prudently considering risk profile and he manages time spent well - it's comforting to know the matter is in capable hands."

Peter Voss is based in Sydney and has advised on contentious issues for over 35 years, practising in both litigation and arbitration and maintaining a strong focus on disputes arising in the energy and resources sector. He also represents directors, solicitors and other professionals in D&O insurance claims.

Rani John stands out for combining the regular handling of mandates with investigatory or regulatory aspects with a noted flair for the representation of individual executives. Described by one interviewee as an "unbelievably supportive" lawyer who is "highly strategic in litigation decisions," she is characterised by another as "smart, incredibly hard-working and tenacious – somebody you want on your side in important litigation and somebody you do not want to see on the other side!" She is based in Sydney.

Wen-Ts'ai Lim enjoys widespread market recognition as a highly effective litigator of long standing in the disputes space, where he has practised for over 30 years. His recent, highly varied caseload embraces mandates handled on behalf of clients from the gaming, health and resources sectors and he is particularly well known for his experience in the technology space. He is based in Sydney.

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Strategic and innovative approach

Our approach to dispute resolution is commercial and strategic. We align ourselves with our client's objectives and work closely with our client teams in executing an agreed strategy which delivers the best results. We focus on the issues which matter, not just the process. Avoiding a dispute or preventing one escalating is often the objective and, to this end, our teams are effective in the use of alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Experts in global dispute resolution

We have acted for many of the world's leading companies on their most significant disputes and investigations. Our teams work seamlessly and collaboratively across geographic boundaries. Our team is equally at home operating in national courts, in domestic or international arbitrations, or before specialist tribunals.

Experience across every major industry

Our leading dispute resolution practice combined with contentious regulatory and relevant industry experience provides effective solutions to our clients. Our dispute resolution partners are key members of our industry teams and this industry experience assists in identifying areas of risk and preventing disputes before they arise.

Cost conscious and efficient

Our teams are responsive, easy to work with and cost conscious; we manage disputes so that there are no surprises. We offer transparent and innovative proposals on fees and employ project management skills and training to resource and manage all disputes efficiently.


Bennett, Meredith

Bolster, Ian

Bradley, Mark

Carter, Andrew

Chai, Adrian

Chenoweth, Jeremy

Clarke, James

Elvy, Mark

Firth, Adam

Forbes, Gabrielle

Gardiner, Nicole

John, Rani

McKean, Melanie

Pavlakis, John

Pedler, Catherine

Quick, Georgia

Ross, Angus

Smith, Bill

Dispute Resolution



Level 11, 5 Martin Place


New South Wales


NSW 2000

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Dispute Resolution

Andrew Carter
Band 2
John Pavlakis
Band 3
Nicholas Mavrakis
Band 3
Peter Voss
Band 4
Rani John
Band 3
Wen-Ts'ai Lim
Band 5