Commercial Litigation

The successful results we have achieved for clients demonstrate our ability to secure our clients' overall commercial objectives efficiently and effectively in the context of such disputes.

AH's litigation lawyers have extensive experience in handling a broad range of major and minor commercial disputes.

We provide a full range of dispute resolution services, including:

  • innovative strategies in alternative dispute resolution processes including negotiation, mediation and arbitration;
  • powerful and effective representation before the traditional courts, whether seeking urgent interim relief, at the final trial stage, or on appeal; and
  • strategic advocacy before regulatory bodies and administrative tribunals.

Atanaskovic Hartnell’s reputation for decisive litigation victories on important matters which have shaped Australia’s corporate and legal landscape is well known, and in some circumstances the appointment of Atanaskovic Hartnell as legal adviser has resulted in the other side displaying an increased willingness to reach a negotiated settlement without the need for further litigation.

The firm is often involved for successful parties in high profile disputes, such as litigation in hotly contested takeovers, for example acting for Glencore in its unprecedented and successful challenge to the jurisdiction of the Takeovers Panel in relation to the use of cash settled equity swaps in a takeover context, in the Super League series of cases, in the Burger King/Hungry Jack's franchising dispute, and in the C7 trade practices case.

We pride ourselves on our successful litigation reputation, and seek to counsel our clients to adopt the strategy which is most likely to achieve the best result available in the circumstances, whether that be pursuing the client’s claim to the High Court, or negotiating an early settlement before proceedings are commenced.

Atanaskovic Hartnell is regularly called upon to give a “second opinion” on litigation which is being undertaken on behalf of clients by other law firms, to ensure that the strategies employed continue to be the most appropriate and prospective. Our dispute resolution experience involves all aspects of corporate and commercial law (including contracts, competition and trade practices issues, information technology and communications, media, employment, administrative law, directors' duties, shareholder claims, and class actions), as well as taxation and other disputes.