Private Client Dispute Resolution

 
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.

Key contact

Tom is a private client dispute expert with extensive experience in acting for private and public corporations and trustees.

Our team

Private clients lawyer Joel Whale specialises in estate litigation and disputes related to inheritance, family trusts and probate.

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