We understand that disputes involving trusts and relationship breakdowns between business owners are highly stressful for our clients.
They have the potential to disrupt profitable businesses and harm relationships between family members.
Accordingly, our team takes a proactive approach to providing clients with high-quality, timely advice in relation to these disputes. We pride ourselves on communicating clearly and empathetically, with a view to demystifying the dispute process during this stressful time.
We are unashamedly commercial in our approach to disputes. Where the prospects of a settlement exist, we can readily deploy our resources to negotiate an effective resolution to a dispute, including by means of a demerger, transfer or settlement deed. When required, we also use the expertise of our Taxation practice group to ensure the resolution is tax-effective.
However, disputes can’t always be resolved by negotiation. While a dispute is unresolved, we are determined advocates for our client’s interests.
We can assist with shareholder disputes, corporate governance disputes, joint venture and partnership disputes, contested Wills, allegations of breach of trust, requests for information by beneficiaries and applications to remove trustees, and constructive and resulting trust claims.
Thinking| 19 Aug 2016
The Victorian Supreme Court decision in Brimelow v Alampi  VSC 135 (Brimelow) marks the first case to consider recent law reforms regarding disputed estates.
Thinking| 19 Apr 2016
In most cases, the precondition for the appointment of a liquidator and the winding up of a company by a court is that a company is insolvent.
Thinking| 29 May 2015
Another chapter was written yesterday in the ongoing Rinehart family dispute.
Thinking| 03 Feb 2015
Amendments to Victorian Laws dealing with challenges to Wills, or testator family maintenance claims, came into effect as from 1 January 2015. There are two significant changes under the legislation: