Edward is a Partner in the Disputes Group. His practice is focused on complex commercial disputes, contentious regulatory cases, investigations and Royal Commissions.
Edward has extensive experience in Sydney, Melbourne and London acting primarily for multinationals and ASX listed companies in major disputes. The key industries he services are financial services, healthcare and education. He also works across a variety sectors including private equity, professional services, government and resources.
He is primarily engaged in proceedings before the Federal and Supreme Courts, typically involving contractual interpretation, equitable remedies, professional negligence, allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct and administrative law issues. He also acts in arbitration proceedings to resolve such disputes.
Edward has particular experience advising on contentious regulatory matters, including involving ASIC, ACCC, AUSTRAC, AFP, TEQSA, ASQA and ACMA. He provides strategic advice toward minimising risk and securing clients’ commercial objectives, mindful of regulator imperatives.
- Australian Banking Association – Represented its interests in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, including in relation to Anna Bligh’s appearance.
- Vocation Limited (in liq) – Defending three complex shareholder class actions focused on issues arising from Vocation’s IPO and alleged VET regulatory breaches.
- ClearView Wealth Limited – Advising in relation to engagement with ASIC.
- nib – Defending the ACCC’s misleading or deceptive and unconscionable conduct proceeding in the Federal Court concerning customer notification.
- Institute of Managers and Leaders – Defending a complex and fast-paced NSW Supreme Court breach of contract, restraint of trade and misleading conduct case brought by the Scentia and the Australian Institute of Management (Education & Training).
- Major non-university higher education provider – Acted in significant, confidential dispute with TEQSA around re-registration, including AAT proceedings.
- Unitas Capital – Defending against allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct in very large-scale, multiparty Federal Court proceedings brought by Asahi in connection with Asahi’s NZ$1.525 billion acquisition of Independent Liquor.
- US-based global banks – Acting for separate US banks in relation to the alleged fixing of the Bank Bill Swap Rate (BBSW), and ACCC investigations of potential price fixing and other collusive behaviour, both offshore and in Australia.
- Macquarie Equities Limited – Acting in Federal Court misleading or deceptive conduct proceedings concerning trading in certain ASX listed company shares.
- Investa Properties – Acting in its defence of an application to the Supreme Court of Victoria for an injunction to prevent the sale of one of its subsidiaries.
- ResMed Limited – Advising in relation to various issues such as legal professional privilege and dealing with regulators.