Lachlan is a strategic litigator with over five years’ tenure in Ramsden Lawyers’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division.
With a thorough and considered approach, Lachlan sees the whole board to deliver strategic advice across a broad practice, with a particular focus on building and construction disputes, competition and consumer law, real property disputes, succession law, and corporate and personal insolvency.
During his time as a litigator, Lachlan has had the pleasure of supervising a team of top litigators and working closely with clients to adopt a strategy tailored to their needs and preferred outcomes in the following matters:
Restraint of Trade
- Acted for an applicant in securing an urgent ex parte injunction prohibiting the use, and later deletion, of an employer’s customer database valued at circa $60 million.
- Successfully defended a breach of confidentiality and restraint of trade action commenced following an ex parte Anton Pillar application.
Consumer and Contract
- Acted for plaintiff entities in a claim for misleading or deceptive conduct and breach of contract flowing from the purchase of a commercial complex, which has continued through to the complex assessment of costs in excess of $4 million involving several litigants, various competing general and specific interlocutory costs orders, and disputes regarding the application and liability for common costs.
- Acted for the plaintiffs in a four-day defamation jury trial seeking a cumulative general compensatory damages award in the sum of $500,000, in addition to aggravated damages and injunctive relief.
Equity, trusts and succession
- Acted against the registered proprietor of real property in a Supreme Court and Court Appeal dispute relating to an interest claimed in the subject property on the basis of a common intention constructive trust.
- Successfully defended a claim by beneficiaries of an Estate with assets in excess of $20M for breach of fiduciary duties alleged to have caused a deficiency to Estate assets.
- Acted for the applicants in an oppression action in the Supreme Court of Queensland against a co-director and majority shareholder of the company, which acted as trustee of the family trust, and owner of an unencumbered commercial property and a share portfolio with a value in excess of $4 million.
- Acted in a claim against an SMSF development fund and its officeholders with respect to alleged breaches of the ASIC and Corporations Act by reason of alleged misrepresentations relating to the underlying investment’s economic viability.
Building and Construction
- Recovered unpaid monies for a subcontractor via the Queensland Building and Construction Commission’s adjudication process, despite a purported exercise of rights to set off those amounts by reason of an alleged defective works claim in the sum of circa $2 million.
Corporate and Personal Insolvency