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Our Expertise

Dispute Resolution

Russell Kennedy has the experience and resources to provide clients with tailored dispute resolution advice across a range of commercial sectors.

As an experienced dispute resolution firm we actively work with our clients to avoid disputes.  If a dispute cannot be avoided, our skilled lawyers guide our clients through the court processes and seek to minimise the legal costs and business disruption.

We build strong relationships with our clients and understand their businesses, providing advice across our sectors of focus including business services, banking and finance, Government, property development, health, aged care and retirement living.

We have extensive experience in the following types of disputes:

Commercial disputes

We listen to our clients’ concerns in order to understand what they want to achieve.  We then devise the best strategy to achieve the desired result. We attempt to resolve disputes without the need for litigation or arbitration, however, if a dispute cannot be avoided, we offer practical and cost effective advice.

Debt recovery

The key to running a successful debt collection practice is to have a thorough knowledge of the court procedures and good systems for processing the work. We have both. We successfully handle large volumes of debt collection work including letters of demand, negotiating settlements, issuing debt recovery proceedings as well as bankruptcy and winding up proceedings.


We assist our clients in disputes and provide advice to insurers and policyholders. Our insurance practice covers general, life, income and disability, professional indemnity, motor vehicle, personal injury, property damage, employer’s liability insurance, and disputes with brokers.  We also have particular experience in dealing with fraud-related insurance claims.


We act for a large number of companies and individual in relation to a range of property disputes.  A number of those disputes involve the enforcement of contracts of sale, the removal or maintenance of restrictive covenants over titles, the removal of caveats, and co-ownership issues.  

Financial services

Our extensive knowledge of banking and financial services comes from our longstanding relationships with clients within the sector. We provide advice covering banking and finance disputes, the enforcement of mortgages and other securities, and all aspects of asset recovery and loss minimisation.


Insolvency disputes often involve a number of parties competing for a diminishing pool of assets or funds. We have significant experience in advising parties about insolvency issues concerning bankruptcy, voluntary administration, receivership and liquidation. We can prepare documents appointing receivers and voluntary administrators at short notice.

Building and construction

We regularly act for a range of parties involved in disputes arising from construction, infrastructure and property development. We offer commercially-focused and timely services to our clients. Our advice covers litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Local government

Russell Kennedy works closely with councils and other government authorities seeking legal advice and assistance in relation to a wide variety of claims and potential claims.  We provide clear advice and valuable insights that allow our clients to make prudent decisions.