Baker McKenzie

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Well-resourced, highly experienced group, acknowledged for its financial services, restructuring and insolvency, and technology related expertise. Attracts attention for its involvement in prominent class actions and for the representation of individuals or companies facing regulatory inquiry or prosecution, bringing to the latter work valuable experience of having acted both for and against regulatory bodies. Also active on behalf of both customers and suppliers engaged in disputes arising in the IT and telecommunications sectors and for healthcare and consumer goods sector clients. Especially prized for its membership of a global network, well placed to handle cross-border litigation, and increasingly prominent on international arbitrations, particularly in the construction and resources spheres.

Strengths Interviewees describe the team's approach as "very client-focused," one noting that it "strives to understand the commercial objectives of the client and to act accordingly" and that the lawyers' "attentiveness to clients’ needs is first-class, always making those interests paramount."

The practice is also praised for providing value for money without skimping on quality. One source reports: "We were very impressed with Baker McKenzie's strategic decision-making in very difficult circumstances and how they ran the litigation in a timely and cost-effective manner." Another remarks: "I know from experience that in multiparty litigation Baker McKenzie tends to be both more cost-effective and more relied upon for overall commercial direction."

Work highlights Advised American Medical Systems on pending Federal Court product liability class action proceedings brought on behalf of a substantial number of Australian women who are alleged to have suffered injury as a result of having been fitted with transvaginal mesh implants manufactured by AMS.

Notable practitioners

Practice head
Alex Wolff
maintains a broad practice which extends across such varied sectors as energy, health, forestry and logistics and within which regulatory matters – particularly those which fall within the ambit of the ACCC – feature particularly prominently. He is described by one source as "a consummate litigator who understands the forensic process particularly well and is able to explain complex ideas and strategy," while another notes that he is "always very reasonable, very measured and dedicated to acting in the best interests of his client."

Andrew Salgo
commands widespread market recognition as a "very good, very clever guy" and "excellent black-letter lawyer" with a versatile practice, largely focused on matters of high reputational significance to the clients concerned. He is praised by a client for his "unflappable, courteous manner, which inspires confidence," and for "excellent client care," which includes making lengthy case preparation sessions "as painless as possible."

Jo Delaney
focuses principally on cross-border disputes and offers over 20 years' experience of counsel work in the arbitration field, market sources describing her as "very active in the space, with a good reputation." Clients who have instructed her in this field variously characterise her as a "complex disputes guru" who has "assisted on a wide range of matters," and as a "really good arbitration partner who's always willing to help."

Mark Chapple
acts chiefly on disputes arising out of commercial arrangements such as joint ventures, complex contracts, and investor and shareholder agreements. He is described by one source as "one of the most senior and respected litigation practitioners in Australia an exceptional technical lawyer who is not afraid of detail."