Gareth Jenkins

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Always available. Razor like legal mind. Great to work with. A winner.

– Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd


Voted by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in Litigation and Insolvency and Reorganisation (Best Lawyers Australia).

Bet the company and project litigation in the resources and financial sectors. Acts in some of the largest disputes in Australia.

Gareth has extensive experience in conducting large, multi-layered commercial disputes. He acts for resource companies, financiers, major corporations, administrators and liquidators, government owned corporations and government instrumentalities in a wide range of disputes, as well as for banks and other financiers in complex commercial litigation and also in matters involving the investigation powers of regulatory bodies such as the ASIC.

Notable Work
  • Acting for Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd  in high profile dispute in respect of the Hope Downs iron ore project located in the Pilbara region of WA.
  • Acted for the Foster's Group in defending proceedings brought by the Liquidator of the Emanuel Group of Companies. This complex matter involved litigation in the Supreme Courts of both South Australia and Queensland and in the Federal Court of Australia as well as investigations by the ASIC.
  • Advising Public Trustee of Queensland in relation to a number of complex commercial/insolvency matters including the liquidation of Octaviar Limited (formerly MFS Limited). Octaviar has been one of the largest and longest-running collapses in Australian corporate history.
  • Conducted the defence of Federal Court of Australia proceedings involving a claim by a potential fuel supplier alleging Tarong Energy had misused its market power in relation to acquisition of future coal supplies.
  • Advised on a complex claim brought against Bank of Queensland arising out of a failed joint venture to replace its fleet of ATMs. The action involved proceedings in the New South Wales and Queensland Supreme Courts.
  • Advised Wright Prospecting on a dispute that arose from a catastrophic lead spill from the Esperance Port which resulted in widespread contamination in Esperance, WA. The incident prompted a Western Australia Parliamentary Inquiry and Gareth acted for Magellan Metals in public hearings, development of a disaster recovery plan and media strategy.
  • Represented the administrators and deed administrators of the Monto Group in a sale program for the assets of the Group, implementing the Deeds of Company Arrangement and advising on the successful recapitalisation of the listed entity (a shell recapitalisation as opposed to a corporate recapitalisation).
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