Commercial litigation & dispute resolution

Clients benefit from our commercial litigation and dispute resolution experience across a diverse number of industries. Whenever appropriate, we strive to settle disputes before they become litigious. We maintain a clear focus on the required outcome, while working through a strategic dispute resolution process that is both practical and collaborative.

We have significant experience in acting and advising on:

  • complex contract disputes;
  • Corporations Act issues;
  • partnership disputes;
  • class action litigation;
  • joint venture and shareholder disputes;
  • technology disputes;
  • white collar and commercial fraud investigations and litigation;
  • injunctions;
  • asset tracing; and
  • retail and brand disputes.

How our clients benefit

We ensure that appropriate resources are used to manage the litigation and to maintain the balance of providing exceptional personal service with expert legal advice. Our smaller size means we can provide more focused team supervision, resulting in more efficient and proactive management of clients’ cases.

Our rates are competitive, making us an attractive alternative to many larger law firms. We work closely with clients to manage risk, identify potential problems and provide appropriate solutions to resolve issues expeditiously.

Recent experience

We have successfully represented:

  • over 800 group members in relation to a failed debenture scheme. We achieved a settlement of $28,158,500 which resulted in a net return to debenture holders from the proceeding of between 30.2 and 34.3 cents in the dollar. It is our understanding that this net return to individual debenture holders is a record return to group members from a class action relating to a failed debenture scheme;
  • over 200 group members in relation to a failed Note scheme. We achieved a settlement of $11,000,000 which resulted in a net return to Note holders from the proceeding of between 24.86 and 41.26 cents in the dollar. It is our understanding that this net return to individual Note holders is a record return to group members from a class action relating to a failed Note scheme;
  • over 900 group members in the failed Provident Capital debenture scheme. We achieved a settlement of $15,750,000 for more than 900 group members who suffered substantial losses resulting from the collapse of Provident Capital;
  • a US Court appointed receiver in recovering monies the subject of fraud from an offshore bank account;
  • one of Australia’s largest meat wholesalers in relation to a contractual dispute with a supplier;
  • a company in Supreme Court Commercial List proceedings in defence of a claim that certain assets of the company were being held on constructive trust for the plaintiff;
  • a major water regulator in defence of a negligence and breach of contract claim;
  • an international corporation pursuing recovery of monies owed to it following contract breaches and fraud by directors of another company.
  • a number of clients regarding financial guarantees provided by them in relation to a failed pharmacy business;
  • a multinational corporation during a major product recall; and
  • numerous pharmacists in relocation disputes.

We are presently assisting classes of debenture holders in three separate class actions with respect to failed debenture schemes.

  • Provident Capital – Court approval of settlement

    We are pleased to advise that the settlement of the class action prosecuted by Meridian Lawyers on behalf of approximately 900 group members in the failed Provident Capital debenture scheme has now been approved by the Supreme Court of NSW. The settlement will enable each of the group members to…

  • Provident Capital Class Action

    Meridian Lawyers is pleased to advise that the class action that was commenced on behalf of John and Rosemary Smith against Australian Executor Trustees Limited in relation to the failure of Provident Capital has settled in principle, subject to the completion of settlement documentation. The settlement will still need to…

  • Class Action News

    On 26 July 2018 the Federal Court of Australia approved the settlement reached by Meridian Lawyers relating to two separate class actions relating to failed debenture and note schemes. In one of the approved class action settlements, Meridian Lawyers acted for 804 Group Members and achieved a settlement of $28,158,500.…

  • Commercial Insights – November 2017

    In this edition of Commercial insights, we discuss how a recent decision of the Queensland Supreme Court emphasising the importance of contractual rights under a shareholders’ agreement to protect minority shareholders, we examine the newly increased powers of the Fair Work Ombudsman. We include some handy tips on how to ensure…

  • Commercial insights – August 2017

    In this edition of Commercial insights we focus on recent legal developments which, where relevant, may impact on SMEs, professional practices, private businesses, companies and associations and highlight recent legislative changes to the Retail Leases Act in NSW, which import new protections for commercial tenants. Also, we discuss some recent…

  • Commercial insights – February 2017

    In this edition of Commercial insights we provide an overview of common business structures for health and other businesses, as well as an update on the abolition of stamp duty on the purchase of business assets in New South Wales, and important employment advice regarding workplace monitoring. Contents Choosing the right…

  • Commercial insights – Spring 2015

    Meridian Lawyers' Spring 2015 edition of Commercial insights discusses governance issues for business including directors’ duties, good employment policies and practice, the benefits of ownership agreements with partners, brand and logo issues on marketing material, and privacy compliance. Contents Directors’ duties and the consequences of a breach Business owners’ agreements Do you have…

  • Commercial insights – Summer 2015

    This edition includes a 'must-read' for anyone considering buying a business. This article overviews the process from due diligence to completion of the sale - the purchase process will be considered in more detail in our next edition. Also in this edition, why you should really make a will. Contents …

  • Commercial Insights – August 2014

    In our Commercial Insights, we introduce our new team members, Principal Sharlene Wellard and Special Counsel Ian Goddard. Also in this issue we look at some upcoming events including the Pharmacy Business Network (12 September 2014). Articles: Dismissal may be warranted but still unfair without proper procedure Is this the end of…

  • ACCC given greater powers to enforce new Franchising Code of Conduct

    Since 1998 the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct has been the key instrument regulating the conduct of franchises in Australia, as prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). A new Franchising Code of Conduct was made public on 3 November 2014 (“new Code”). The implementation of the new…

  • Commercial insights – Spring 2014

    This edition contains an important update on changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct, which will come into force on 1 January 2015. The new Code is arguably the most significant reform to franchising and licensing law since the original Code was enacted and includes significant enhancement of the ACCC’s…

  • Positive partnerships: the comforts of a good partnership agreement

    Talking to your business partner about how day-to-day business will be managed is an invaluable step in your business planning and road to success. As change is one of the certainties of life, also talking to your business partner about the future, and what should happen if circumstances change, is…

  • How healthy is your relationship with your business partners?

    The relationship between most business partners does not last forever and it is rare to expect it to. Each year we deal with many disputes between business partners, whether they are co-owners of a business set up under a corporate structure or a traditional partnership. Just because partners decide to…

What our clients say

  • “Thank you to all the Meridian team for your support... I’ve never experienced such superior service from any partner/supplier in my professional career.”

    Marissa Limberis, Marketing Manager, Blooms

  • “The level of reserving strength is unusual in the industry. I have only ever seen it once before in the professional risks section of a large insurer.”

    Clive Amery, founding director,
    AM Actuaries

  • “Meridian has a fantastic team of professionals. You did the impossible with a calm and thorough approach throughout. Thank you.”

    Cameron McCullagh, former Chief Operating Officer, Steadfast

  • “Meridian Lawyers always provides an outstanding level of service and quality of advice to both the Australian Veterinary Association and our members.”

    Graham Catt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Veterinary Association

  • “You have been nothing but brilliant, supportive and positive in your professionalism… I have no words to describe how fantastic you have been. Thank you is not sufficient.”

    Claudine Sachwald, Physiotherapist

  • “Meridian are more than just lawyers to us – they are there when our customers need them the most, providing advice and reassurance. They are a vital piece of the puzzle in the analysis of our claims trends, they are well respected in our markets as experts in the field and most importantly they deliver results. It is a unique partnership that I have not seen replicated in the industry.”

    Allison Prince, Head of Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “Guild Insurance has a unique working relationship with Meridian Lawyers. We have always found their service to be cost conscious and they focus upon commercial resolutions taking into account overall cost considerations. They provide a wonderful service to our team.”

    Chris Harcourt, National Liability Claims, Guild Insurance

  • “The Meridian experience combines a depth of experience across a wide group of industries and Associations with integrity, robust advice, support and a tenacious defence of their clients’ legal entitlements.”

    Bill O’Reilly, client

  • “Thinking about the person from Meridian Lawyers who managed your claim, on a scale of 0-10 how satisfied were you: 10 out of 10 for Helpfulness, Knowledge, Courtesy, Professionalism, Clear Communication, Frequency of Communication.”

    Source: GIL customer survey January 2014

  • “Whilst I would never have chosen to be in the position I have found myself to be in, I consider myself fortunate to have come to know and deal with Kellie Dell’Oro. Her absolute professionalism, integrity, palpable expertise and compassion are sincerely appreciated. She has been able to alleviate much of the stress associated with an inherently stressful process and for that I am truly grateful.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria

  • “I would not hesitate to recommend Meridian Lawyers. Their service has been both professional and personalised – I could not have hoped for better legal support than I have received. Should I need legal advice again, Meridian Lawyers would most definitely be my first choice.”

    Physiotherapist, Victoria


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