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Disputes are at times inevitable in business. For many of our clients, including technology start-ups, CRCs and funded research bodies, the reputational and financial risks associated with litigation are more pronounced, therefore our approach to solving disputes involves early intervention, negotiation and mediation. Our primary goal is to keep your business moving and running without the costs and strains of protracted litigation.

Litigation may prove necessary, particularly in the areas of patent and trade mark infringement and insolvency. We will protect your rights and reputation while keeping your commercial imperatives in mind, in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

We have extensive experience acting in the following kinds of disputes:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Directors’ and Partnership disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Employment disputes
  • Regulatory Litigation
  • Tax Litigation
  • Insolvency
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade mark enforcement
Significant matters

On behalf of a listed biotechnology company, FAL conducted an intensive 2 year negotiation (including mediation) with a key Commonwealth Research Agency regarding commercial, licensed technology field and patent management rights. Through our careful conduct of this negotiation, our client’s desired outcome was achieved and the framework was laid for the re-building of a mutually beneficial relationship with the Commonwealth Research Agency.

Our lawyers acted for a major importer in relation to disputes with a shipping company over loss and damage to goods in transit and detention of goods.

FAL acted for a major importer in relation to reviews of Customs’ decisions to refuse Tariff Concession Orders, including internal review and administrative law review

FAL acted for the State Department of Sustainability and Environment in a complex patent dispute to which all States of Australia were parties, which was resolved in favour of State Governments.