Skip to content
Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Dispute Resolution
Band 6


Provided by Hall & Wilcox

The Hall & Wilcox Commercial Dispute Resolution team has been established as a major litigation practice for over 40 years. In addition to acting for major professional litigants like insurers and banks, we have a substantial practice in commercial litigation for clients ranging from major companies to private individuals.

We have a broad, truly national, litigation team of approximately 50 lawyers based in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth and Brisbane, and advise clients nationally from these five offices. We act in all courts and jurisdictions and handle disputes and litigation arising from interstate and overseas.

Our team takes a very strategic and commercial approach to disputes. Disputes are not allowed to just ‘run their course’. Strategy is a key focus at the outset and indeed in all stages. 

In addition to dispute resolution, the team has a large focus on risk management and compliance. Our team is acutely aware of reputational and commercial issues associated with disputes and regulatory actions and manages, and takes into account, these factors in all aspects of their files.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Dispute Resolution - Australia
Band 6
What the team is known for

Hall & Wilcox offers a well-resourced disputes practice, maintaining offices in every mainland state or territory and offering comprehensive coverage of litigation, alternative dispute resolution and inquiry-related requirements. In addition to handling complex and high-stakes commercial disputes, it is particularly active on behalf of clients from the construction, real estate and telecommunications sectors, and on insolvency-related matters. It is also experienced in the handling of class action mandates and in the representation of individual executives and entrepreneurs. Notable clients include Focus Financial Partners, PwC and Togethr Trustees.


One client maintains that "Hall & Wilcox are ahead of others in terms of striking the balance between being easy to deal with while remaining experts in their field whom you feel confident to rely upon. And they have a great attention to detail and efficiency that, quite frankly, some other law firms never seem to provide."

Another client ascribes a series of desirable qualities to the Hall & Wilcox disputes team members, calling them "pragmatic, clear-eyed, commercial and collaborative lawyers with good interpersonal skills."

Work highlights

Hall & Wilcox acted for the former CEO and CFO of the failed Dick Smith electronics retail chain, in Supreme Court of New South Wales litigation initiated by NAB and HSBC Australia on alleged grounds of misleading and deceptive conduct on the part of the clients. The action forms part of a larger set of related proceedings in which damages in excess of AUD400 million are claimed.

Notable practitioners

Sydney-based partner Graydon Dowd is a key contact.


Provided by Hall & Wilcox

Adrian Lasky

David Dickens

Graydon Dowd

Hector West

Jacob Uljans

Katherine Payne

Kathryn Howard

Mark Petrucco

Head of Department

Penelope Ford

Scott Butler

Stephen Klotz

Tom Mcmahon

Wayne Kelcey


Provided by Hall & Wilcox

Banking and financial services

Construction, infrastructure and projects

Energy and resources



Oil and gas

Public sector