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Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Dispute Resolution
Band 5

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Provided by Cooper Grace Ward

Cooper Grace Ward’s litigators are known for their strategic, commercial and practical approach. The team builds relationships with clients to run cases in a way that suits their situation and resources. Often that involves resolving disputes through negotiation outside the court process. Other times – where their clients want to run cases to trial - their commercial litigation lawyers have the experience, expertise and resources to strongly represent their interests.

Cooper Grace Ward is one of the largest commercial litigation law firms in Brisbane, as such, they handle all types of disputes and legal representation including:

  • business disputes and litigation​complex commercial litigation
  • construction disputes and litigation
  • corporate and regulatory litigation
  • crisis situations
  • debt recovery
  • defamation
  • insolvency         
  • intellectual property protection and infringement
  • international and cross-jurisdiction litigation
  • investigations by statutory authorities and commissions of inquiry
  • mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • professional liability cases
  • property and leasing disputes
  • security enforcement and banking litigation
  • taxation disputes
  • wills and estate litigation.

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Dispute Resolution - Australia
Band 5
What the team is known for

Cooper Grace Ward maintains a respected Brisbane disputes practice, active on behalf of several of Australia's leading companies across a broad range of disputes, generally involving a significant Queensland connection, though the group is also experienced in the handling of superior court litigation in both New South Wales and Victoria. In addition to mandates affecting major players in the consumer goods, financial services and property industries, the team is increasingly active on behalf of high net worth and other publicly prominent individuals, and often also of their associated family trusts. It is also well known for advising clients on their interaction with official commissions of inquiry. Notable clients include Golden Vision Retail, Shewbox and Southern Oil.


One contributor notes: "Cooper Grace Ward are focused on efficient and effective commercial dispute resolution. They aim for early, practical resolution of disputes where possible; they keep their clients well informed of the steps to be taken, the reasons for those steps, the options available and the cost-benefit analysis, and they are well regarded in the industry for these reasons."

A client observes: "Cooper Grace Ward's key strength is that they put the problem we are trying to solve at the front; importantly, they are not trying to prove they are the smartest legal minds in the room; rather, they are the people with legal knowledge who are part of our team, trying to solve a business problem."

Work highlights

Cooper Grace Ward acted for NSC Composites, a supplier of barrier coats for swimming pools, in Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings brought by Barrier Reef Pools on the alleged grounds that coats used in the manufacture of 2,000 pool shells were faulty and that damages in the order of AUD65 million should be paid.

Notable practitioners

Rocco Russo both leads the Cooper Grace Ward disputes practice and generally takes the lead on key mandates, operating across an impressively varied range of business and industry sectors and dispute types. Regularly acknowledged as "one of the best individual litigators in Brisbane," he is described by one interviewee as "an excellent client communicator, a hard fighter with a fearsome reputation as an opponent, but also a thoroughly commercial deal-maker," while a client reports: "He was able to explain clearly and concisely the strengths and weaknesses of my position and suggest the strategies and tactics that gave me confidence to proceed."

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