Partnerships, Corporations & Trusts

If a dispute arises between a business and its owners, the fallout can be devastating to both the individuals involved and the organisation they represent. So too disputes between trustees or beneficiaries which can cause long-term damage to the relationships of all concerned and add to the overall cost of a trust’s administration.

Our Litigation and dispute resolution team is recognised for its ability to quickly identify the issues involved in these disputes and understand the rights and duties of those involved.

While an amicable solution may not be possible, we will work with you to minimise the disruption and personal costs of a protracted legal dispute and encourage an early and effective resolution.

We advise on all aspects of partnership, corporation and trust disputes, including issues concerning ownership and management, shareholder rights, participation and communication, remuneration, entitlements and compensation, conflicts of interest, takeovers, buy-outs and dissolutions, Trade Practices Act claims, and trust administration and management.


  • Successfully representing a company shareholder claiming to be owed a substantial sum by the company. When extensive negotiations with the company’s controlling (overseas) shareholder and its lawyers to recover the debt and sell the shares were unsuccessful, winding-up proceedings were instituted, leading to the appointment of a liquidator and our client being paid out most of his debt and his shares acquired.

Key contact

Graydon Dowd leads the Hall & Wilcox commercial dispute resolution practice and provides expertise in litigation and mediation.

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