Douglas Raftesath - Principal


Contact details

+61 2 9018 9978


  • Class Action disputes
  • Commercial litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Contract risk management
  • Corporations Act disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Joint venture, private equity and M&A disputes
  • Complex contract disputes
  • Corporate fraud and asset tracing
  • Injunction applications and freezing orders
  • Technology, retail and brand disputes

Douglas is a highly experienced commercial litigation lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in assisting clients to resolve disputes. Prior to joining Meridian Lawyers, Douglas spent 13 years at Norton Rose Australia, including 8 years as a partner.

Douglas has acted in a number of high profile, large scale and complex multi-party disputes in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. He has successfully acted for over 1000 group members of two failed debenture schemes in large class action litigation and is presently acting for over 800 group members in a class action involving another failed debenture scheme. He successfully pursued the directors of a failed listed telecommunications company in a multi-million dollar claim for insolvent trading.

He has acted for a number of multi-national corporations, as well as for both listed companies and large privately owned companies. He successfully defended a large multi-national corporation in a multi-million dollar damages claim arising from a fire on board one of the Royal Australian Navy’s ships, which had resulted in the death of four sailors and serious damage to the ship.

Douglas works closely with his clients to ensure disputes are managed efficiently and effectively and the real issues in the dispute are identified at an early stage. Douglas has a very commercial approach and is often commended by clients for his ability to clearly communicate complex issues.

Douglas advises on contract risk management strategies and assists clients to develop processes and procedures to minimise the potential for risk and dispute.

Douglas has completed the LEADR course in Alternative Dispute Resolution and assists clients to resolve disputes through various methods of alternative dispute resolution. He also assists clients with their general contract negotiation and administration including drafting general contract documentation and terms and conditions.


  • Sydney

    Level 16, MLC Centre
    19 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    +61 2 9018 9999
    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    +61 3 9810 6777
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
    +61 2 4047 2600
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    +61 7 3220 9333
    +61 7 3220 9399
  • Perth

    Level 3, 225 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000
    +61 8 6319 0470
    +61 8 6319 0499