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Gilbert + Tobin

Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

Gilbert + Tobin maintains a well-resourced, independent practice, acting for an extensive domestic and international clientele including leading players in the banking, resources and telecommunications industries. Active on class actions and other multiparty litigation, regulatory investigations and other official inquiries, including the growing number of Royal Commissions, where it is noted for advising both government bodies and the organisations being examined. Regularly visible on restructuring and insolvency-related mandates and those involving alleged breaches of directors' duties. Noted for strategic insight and rapid, proactive issue assessment, often enhanced by the labour-saving use of technology. Notable clients include EG Group, TAL Life and Westpac.


A client says Gilbert + Tobin is "a go-to firm" for contentious matters, stressing both "the breadth of the team" and its "well-known ability to manage significant matters, often with junior partners running them while senior partners provide strategic oversight." The same source also emphasises the advantage of having advisers who can be consulted "without needing to upskill or spend time being briefed on the background of our organisation and its drivers."

Another client calls Gilbert + Tobin "recognised experts in litigation" and ascribes the thoroughly "positive outcome" of a specific matter largely to the lawyers having been "commercial, strategic, responsive and practical in their advice."

Work highlights

Gilbert + Tobin acted for QBE Insurance with regard to a large class action which touches, among other matters, on QBE's alleged engagement in misleading, deceptive and unconscionable conduct in respect of its sale of consumer credit insurance policies to ANZ customers.

Notable practitioners

Colleen Platford is based in Sydney, where her complex commercial litigation practice is largely focused on disputes concerning insolvency or trade practices. A client says of her: "She is just super-impressive - incisive, gets to the point and brilliant; I'm stoked that we've got her on our side."

Crispian Lynch stands out for his expertise in the class action and regulatory spheres and is particularly active on behalf of clients from the financial services sector. A client who calls him "very responsive and commercial" adds: "He presents well to the board and management and is able to explain complicated concepts in a clear and concise manner." He is based in Sydney.

Janet Whiting is a highly regarded commercial litigator in the Melbourne disputes space, advising extensively on high-stakes litigation, regulatory issues and matters of major reputational significance to the clients concerned, representing both high-profile companies and individual executives.

Richard Harris heads the practice from the Sydney office and is personally best known for his representation of leading financial services providers, acting across an impressively broad range of class action, official inquiry and regulatory litigation mandates. Widely acknowledged by the market as "one of Australia's leading litigators," he is similarly characterised by a client as "a stand-out" and "the go-to for the most complex, sophisticated, large-scale disputes, where the most experienced technical and strategic mind is required."

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Gilbert + Tobin is the firm of choice when the stakes are high. 

Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations practice is comprised of 14 partners and over 90 supporting fee earners based across its offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

We specialise in assisting clients to navigate complex and significant contentious issues. Many of the cases we conduct involve multiple parties and novel legal or factual issues. Our case strategy begins with identifying our clients’ commercial and regulatory objectives and ensuring the focus throughout is on the protection of their interests. We understand that litigation should always be a last resort but, where necessary, must be handled strategically and commercially, with regard to protecting their reputation.

We have extensive experience advising on sensitive investigations and inquiries - from internal issues to regulatory investigations to Commissions of Inquiry - we understand the need for clarity of thought, discretion, insight and professionalism. We know that the way in which investigations are handled can be the best protection against bigger issues.


    Harris, Richard (Head of Department)

    Banks, Dianne

    Floro, Andrew

    Garling, Antonia

    Harrison, Kate

    Hofbrucker, Philippa

    Lynch, Crispian

    Mackenzie, Matt

    MacPherson, Daniel

    McCudden, Christiana

    McKenna, Marshall

    O'Leary, Tim

    Platford, Colleen

    Tydde, Patrick



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    Dispute Resolution

    Gilbert + Tobin


    Level 35

    Tower Two, International Towers

    200 Barangaroo Avenue


    New South Wales


    NSW 2000

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    Dispute Resolution

    Colleen Platford
    Band 2
    Crispian Lynch
    Band 4
    Janet Whiting
    Band 4
    Richard Harris
    Band 2