Project Description

MDW LAW’s highly-regarded dispute and litigation team provides dispute resolution services across a vast array of industries and a broad range of legal issues

Our lawyers act for businesses and their owners in informal negotiations to resolve disputes, at regulatory board investigations, at disputes heard in tribunals, within facilitated dispute resolution processes, at conciliations, at expert determinations, at mediation, in arbitrations and in general Courts throughout all jurisdictions of Australia.

We know that disputes distract you from your business and must be resolved quickly and cost effectively.  Any strategy we formulate is done so with careful consideration of our client’s reputational risk, their objectives and always with their understanding and consent.

Our lawyers pride themselves in identifying innovative solutions to resolve disputes.  In many circumstances our clients have benefited commercially from such an approach.  In our view, alternative dispute resolution circumvents costs associated with procedural litigation.  Moreover, disputes that can be resolved quickly and cheaply eliminate resentment and frustration between the parties.

We do, however, recognise that not all disputes can be resolved without litigation.  If we are required to litigate on your behalf we provide fair, but thorough and stern representation.


The most common area of commercial dispute involves unpaid bills.  Our lawyers provide practical advice to businesses for debt recovery, enforcement of judgments and insolvency law.  We also help you deal with creditors if you hit a rough patch.

Our debt recovery team runs matters in the Local, District, Supreme and Federal Courts.  We have acted in bankruptcy and company liquidation actions ranging from small recoveries to complex building, tax, lending and recovery of damages claims.  The matters we have represented our clients in include:

  • Debt recovery
  • Insolvency (see Insolvency and Restructuring)
  • Preparing deeds of release
  • Enforcement of judgments (writs, garnishees, examinations, instalment orders)
  • Litigation arising from guarantees, mortgages, charges and property interests
  • Wind up applications
  • Post-liquidation actions: creditor’s meetings, voting, proof of debt, examination of bankrupts and company officers
  • Liquidators and trustees, and the examination of directors and officers and other bankrupts
  • Obtaining freezing orders and other injunctions