Commercial Litigation

Our Expertise

Carneys Lawyers have an experienced team of Commercial Litigation lawyers led by partners who are accredited specialists in Commercial Litigation. Years of experience advising clients in commercial disputes gives our litigators an intuitive ability to outmanoeuvre our clients’ opponents. 

Carneys provide clear and strategic advice, guiding clients towards the most successful outcomes available in even the most difficult case. 

We recognise that litigation takes a financial and emotional toll on our clients. We believe that the best service we can provide to our clients is advice that is direct, responsive and efficient. Carneys brings clarity to complex disputes, quickly. 

Our lawyers represent clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and we take pride in our long history of delivering superior service to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Whatever your dispute, and whatever stage you are at, we can help.

  1. Shareholders, trusts and partnerships
  2. Contractual
  3. Fraud and white collar crime
  4. Banking, finance and securities
  5. Property disputes
  6. Trade practices
  7. Insolvency

“The team at Carneys gave us incredible confidence that our matter was being handled by experts. They knew the law but also negotiated hard when we needed to.”

Our Work

Successfully acting in Court of Appeal proceedings resolving disputes arising from the dissolution of a unit trust, including issues surrounding the construction of a deed of trust.

Partnership Dispute

Acting for a minority shareholder in Supreme Court proceedings claiming oppression and breach of fiduciary duties, ultimately culminating in a share sale agreement. 

Shareholder Dispute

Acting for Fitness First in the Court of Appeal concerning a lease dispute.

Lease Dispute

Services

Contract Disputes

Carneys regularly advises on all aspects of contractual disputes. Our lawyers conduct litigation for businesses and individuals to enforce contractual rights and obligations.

Shareholder Disputes

Our commercial litigation lawyers conduct cutting-edge shareholder disputes in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Federal Court. We have extensive knowledge in the areas of shareholder oppression and derivative actions against directors of companies.

Corporations Disputes

Carneys has deep expertise in causes of action arising under the Corporations Act, including for breaches of directors duties and insolvent trading.

Trusts

Our practice is recognised for its experience in complex trust disputes. We work closely with leading consultants and accountants in matters where it is necessary to unravel complicated trusts and business structures.

Partnerships

Partnership disputes often involve messy, complicated disputes that require creative solutions. Our commercial litigation lawyers have successfully advised a large number of parties in the fall-out of partnership breakdowns. We also regularly act for insolvency practitioners appointed during partnership disputes. (Visit Insolvency and Bankruptcy page).

Class Actions

Carneys’ commercial litigation lawyers have conducted some of the most significant class actions in Australia which have had lasting impacts on the way that class actions are run.

Banking, Finance And Securities

We act for parties in disputes with banks and financial service providers. In this hard-fought area of law, we regularly obtain successful results for our clients.

Fraud And White Collar Crime

We have significant experience acting for individuals accused of fraud in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. We also conduct civil proceedings on behalf of defrauded clients to recover assets.

Property Disputes

Our property dispute lawyers conduct proceedings in the Supreme Court involving disputes as to the ownership or use of real property in New South Wales. A huge number of commercial disputes involve real property. Our expertise in causes of action relevant to real property aids our clients in a large number of cases.

Trade Practices

We have extensive knowledge in the statutory rights and obligations that bind parties engaging in trade and commerce. We frequently advise clients involved in claims for misleading and deceptive conduct arising under various legislative instruments.

Insolvency

Our lawyers are skilled in providing specialist legal advice to parties involved in all aspects of insolvency and external administration of businesses. We regularly act for insolvency practitioners in leading litigations and use our experience to also advise directors and creditors on the other side of external appointments.

Arthur Carney

PARTNER

Leader of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team

Arthur Carney

PARTNER

Leader of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws University of Sydney

Master of Laws

London School of Economics and Political Science

ACCREDITATIONS

Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation

LawSocietyAccSpecialist

Arthur leads the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and has extensive experience in the New South Wales Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court and High Court. He was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 1977. In November 1984, he was admitted to the degree of Master of Laws by the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). 

In September 1995 Arthur was certified as an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation by the Law Society of New South Wales. There are 101 Accredited Specialists in the field of Commercial Litigation, selected from over 32,000 legal practitioners in New South Wales. He is the Chairman of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Commercial Litigation Committee. This Committee sets and marks the examination and assessment process for lawyers seeking specialist accreditation in the field of commercial litigation.

 Arthur’s areas of practice include:

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations – Directors & Officers Duties and Liabilities
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency
  • Property Disputes
  • Trade Practices
  • Class Actions
  • Insurance and Common Law Litigation
  • Wills and Succession Act Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Arthur has extensive skills in the organisation and management of large and complex litigation.

In December 1998 Arthur was appointed as a District Court Arbitrator and in 2008 he was appointed by the Supreme Court of NSW to the panel of solicitors supervising Anton Piller Search Orders. He served on the Law Society of NSW Professional Conduct Committee for 10 years.

Stephen Titus

PARTNER

specializes in commercial litigation and commercial work.

Wallace Meakes

PARTNER

Wally is an accredited Property Law specialist, his practice covers all aspects of residential and commercial property work.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws University of Sydney

Bachelor of Commerce

University of New South Wales

ACCREDITATIONS

Accredited Specialist in Property Law

LawSocietyAccSpecialist

Wally is accredited by the Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Property Law. He has developed a broad solid base of clients, both individual and corporate. 

Wally is experienced in acting in matters involving the acquisition and sale of property including strata title, torrens title, leasehold and company title. In addition, he acts for developers and investors in relation to acquisition of sites and development of the properties. He also acts in relation to many lease transactions, both for the landlord and tenant, and is retained by a number of overseas clients and corporations including MGM.

 Wally has provided advice to many individuals and corporations over the last 38 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge in the commercial and property area. He has chaired a number of property seminars conducted by the College of Law, providing seminars to property professionals in large corporations including CBRE Richard Ellis. 

As Property Partner, Wally has a strong team of professionals to assist him to achieve a cost-effective service to clients to achieve their commercial expectations with expediency and efficiency. Wally joined Carneys in 1981 and is now enjoying his 40th year with the firm. He was admitted as a partner with the firm in 1985. In addition to Property Law, he also practises in the area of Wills, Probate and Succession and has considerable experience and expertise in the area of Commercial Business Law which includes sale of business.

Henry Wrench

SOLICITOR

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice

Henry Wrench

SOLICITOR

Henry is a solicitor in the litigation and dispute resolution practice group.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) University of Technology

Society of New South Wales Practising Certificate no. 97054

LawSocietyAccSpecialist

Henry acts for clients across a wide range of industries in litigation in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia, including commercial disputes, contractual disputes, shareholders disputes and insolvency litigation. 

He regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, assisting in maximising and preserving value for stakeholders. Henry also has experience in employment law and class actions.

Henry has acted for individuals and private and public companies in a range of matters, including:

  •  Receivers and managers appointed to represent a number of valuable private companies in complex Supreme Court litigation;
  • Receivers and managers appointed to a joint venture operating a large entertainment business subject to a dispute in the Federal Court of Australia;
  • Trustees for sale of commercial and residential properties involved in Supreme Court litigation;
  • Private companies and minority shareholders in oppression proceedings; – Public and private companies in complex commercial lease disputes;
  • Private companies in employment proceedings to enforce restraint of trade clauses;
  • A private company in a dispute with a government body relating to a breach of confidence;
  • Individuals and private companies in commercial disputes;
  • Individuals in common law negligence proceedings;
  • A private company in criminal proceedings;
  • Individuals in criminal fraud proceedings.

Arthur Carney

PARTNER

Leader of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws University of Sydney

Master of Laws

London School of Economics and Political Science

ACCREDITATIONS

Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation

LawSocietyAccSpecialist

Arthur leads the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and has extensive experience in the New South Wales Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court and High Court. He was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 1977. In November 1984, he was admitted to the degree of Master of Laws by the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London). 

In September 1995 Arthur was certified as an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation by the Law Society of New South Wales. There are 101 Accredited Specialists in the field of Commercial Litigation, selected from over 32,000 legal practitioners in New South Wales. He is the Chairman of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Commercial Litigation Committee. This Committee sets and marks the examination and assessment process for lawyers seeking specialist accreditation in the field of commercial litigation.

 Arthur’s areas of practice include:

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations – Directors & Officers Duties and Liabilities
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency
  • Property Disputes
  • Trade Practices
  • Class Actions
  • Insurance and Common Law Litigation
  • Wills and Succession Act Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Arthur has extensive skills in the organisation and management of large and complex litigation.

In December 1998 Arthur was appointed as a District Court Arbitrator and in 2008 he was appointed by the Supreme Court of NSW to the panel of solicitors supervising Anton Piller Search Orders. He served on the Law Society of NSW Professional Conduct Committee for 10 years.

Wallace Meakes

PARTNER

Wally is an accredited Property Law specialist, his practice covers all aspects of residential and commercial property work.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws University of Sydney

Bachelor of Commerce

University of New South Wales

ACCREDITATIONS

Accredited Specialist in Property Law

LawSocietyAccSpecialist

Wally is accredited by the Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Property Law. He has developed a broad solid base of clients, both individual and corporate. 

Wally is experienced in acting in matters involving the acquisition and sale of property including strata title, torrens title, leasehold and company title. In addition, he acts for developers and investors in relation to acquisition of sites and development of the properties. He also acts in relation to many lease transactions, both for the landlord and tenant, and is retained by a number of overseas clients and corporations including MGM.

 Wally has provided advice to many individuals and corporations over the last 38 years, accumulating a wealth of knowledge in the commercial and property area. He has chaired a number of property seminars conducted by the College of Law, providing seminars to property professionals in large corporations including CBRE Richard Ellis. 

As Property Partner, Wally has a strong team of professionals to assist him to achieve a cost-effective service to clients to achieve their commercial expectations with expediency and efficiency. Wally joined Carneys in 1981 and is now enjoying his 40th year with the firm. He was admitted as a partner with the firm in 1985. In addition to Property Law, he also practises in the area of Wills, Probate and Succession and has considerable experience and expertise in the area of Commercial Business Law which includes sale of business.

Henry Wrench

SOLICITOR

Henry is a solicitor in the litigation and dispute resolution practice group.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) University of Technology

Society of New South Wales Practising Certificate no. 97054

LawSocietyAccSpecialist

Henry acts for clients across a wide range of industries in litigation in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia, including commercial disputes, contractual disputes, shareholders disputes and insolvency litigation. 

He regularly acts for insolvency practitioners, assisting in maximising and preserving value for stakeholders. Henry also has experience in employment law and class actions.

Henry has acted for individuals and private and public companies in a range of matters, including:

  •  Receivers and managers appointed to represent a number of valuable private companies in complex Supreme Court litigation;
  • Receivers and managers appointed to a joint venture operating a large entertainment business subject to a dispute in the Federal Court of Australia;
  • Trustees for sale of commercial and residential properties involved in Supreme Court litigation;
  • Private companies and minority shareholders in oppression proceedings; – Public and private companies in complex commercial lease disputes;
  • Private companies in employment proceedings to enforce restraint of trade clauses;
  • A private company in a dispute with a government body relating to a breach of confidence;
  • Individuals and private companies in commercial disputes;
  • Individuals in common law negligence proceedings;
  • A private company in criminal proceedings;
  • Individuals in criminal fraud proceedings.

Arthur Carney

PARTNER

Leader of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team

Stephen Titus

PARTNER

Specializes in Commercial Litigation and Commercial Work

Henry Wrench

Associate

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice

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