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Gilbert + Tobin

Dispute Resolution

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What the team is known for

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 practitioners

Colleen Platford is variously viewed by market sources as a "great, dynamic and very strategic lawyer" and "premium litigator," while a client, who similarly characterises her as a "terrific litigator," adds: "I would always want her in my corner in a dispute." Her complex commercial litigation practice is largely focused on disputes concerning insolvency or trade practices.

Crispian Lynch stands out for his expertise in the class action and regulatory spheres. Clients engaged in litigation in both these areas tend to cite him for similar qualities: one, who speaks of his "handling a pretty difficult and unusual situation really well," adds: "He gave us solid and timely advice"; another, who also calls him "very pragmatic and responsive," also references "excellent, very user-friendly and sound advice."

Janet Whiting is a "very prominent" 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. An interviewee notes that, in addition to being "very practical and strategic," she "excels in her customer service, can explain things in layman's terms and is very good at hand-holding and guiding through."

Practice head Richard Harris is readily acknowledged by market sources as a "heavyweight player with a great reputation" in the contentious space, while a client who calls him "a key strategic adviser" cites his "depth of legal, commercial and strategic knowledge," his "very calm and patient manner" and the fact that he is "very pragmatic and good to deal with." Best known for his representation of leading financial services providers, he acts across an impressive range of class action, official inquiry and regulatory litigation mandates.

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Overview

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.

Members

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

Pomeroy, James

Tydde, Patrick

Whiting, Janet

Dispute Resolution

Gilbert + Tobin

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Location

Level 35

Tower Two, International Towers

200 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

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.

Australia

Dispute Resolution


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