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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We are Western Australia’s leading litigation and dispute resolution firm. Our high performing team has the capability and experience to effectively handle the largest and most complex disputes.

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Corporate and Commercial Law

Our litigation experience means we know the common weaknesses in commercial contracts and agreements. That’s why our corporate and commercial teams are able deliver the most effective commercial outcomes for our clients.

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Employment

Our employment team led by Stephen Kemp in conjunction with Nathan Ebbs and Martin Bennett act for ASX-listed entities, private companies, public sector employers and executive employees.

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Intellectual Property

Our specialist intellectual property team collaborates with clients on the cutting edge in their respective fields to commercialise and protect their most valuable assets.

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Media and Defamation

We are the largest and most experienced specialist media and defamation law practice in Western Australia

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Since its foundation in 2011, Bennett has been at the forefront of Western Australia's legal landscape.

Significant decisions

Mighty River’s challenge to the validity of a “holding” Deed of Company Arrangement was successfully opposed by Bennett's client Mineral Resources Limited.

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In the Rayney v The State of Western Australia defamation trial, Bennett successfully obtained for Mr Rayney a damages award totalling $1,777,235. This remains the second largest defamation payout ever awarded in Australia.

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Dr Jemma Green, co-founder and chairperson of Power Ledger, was awarded damages in the sum of $400,000 in her defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media Publications and one of its lead journalists for an article published in the Financial Review.

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Recent updates

The online dating economy as a focus for regulatory action: ACCC v eHarmony Inc

This financial year the priorities of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) include consumer and fair-trading issues relating to manipulative or deceptive advertising and marketing practices in the digital economy; and …

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Fair Work Act – Important Changes

In 2023, a number of amendments to the Fair Work Act contained in the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 and the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) …

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What does the final Government response to the Quality of Advice Review mean for the financial services industry? Part 2

The Australian Government provided a final response to the Quality of Advice review on 7 December 2023 (Government Final Response), as part of the Delivering Better Financial Outcomes package to improve accessibility, …

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