With more than 20 years' litigation experience across Australia, Douglas Bishop is regarded as one of the country's best litigators.

His special interest is in contract and torts, and he acts for energy, mining, agribusiness and associated industrial companies in claims such as personal injury, property damage and economic loss, including business interruption loss.

Douglas also is noted for his knowledge of the complexities of defamation, reputation risk and contempt issues, acting for and regularly advising corporate entities, including broadcasters. This has given him a particular insight into the legal aspects of social media, and he leads the firm's multidisciplinary social media team to give clients integrated advice on them.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Mining and primary resources

Douglas is representing various mining, energy, engineering, transport, agribusiness and primary resources companies in relation to contractual and tortious disputes including royalty claims, joint venture arrangements, risk apportionment, and indemnity claims.


Douglas acts for manufacturers and distributors of mining and industrial equipment in relation to various contractual, tortious, brand and trade practices issues and monetary recovery actions.


Douglas acts for Australian retail banks:

  • in Federal Court proceedings involving contractual claims arising from the purchase of a financial service business;
  • in Federal and Supreme Court proceeding defending defamation and associated claims; and
  • in various regulatory inquiries.

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Energy and Resources

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Insurance and Risk

Doug's practice is in complex insurance disputes, specifically policy enforcement for corporate clients.

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White Collar Crime and Investigations

Confidential client: Doug is advising and acting for the Australian arm of a multinational company which is the subject of an investigation in multiple jurisdictions, involving criminal charges against senior management.

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Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Doug is an experienced defamation lawyer, who handles complex defamation claims arising from simultaneous publication on traditional media and new media such as social media.

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Social Media

As well as heading up our Social Media group, Douglas advises and acts for various private sector and government entities on defamation, misleading conduct and brand/reputational protection and regulatory issues arising from social media.

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Cyber Security

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