An expert in project managing large-scale litigation, Karen Ingram specialises in complex commercial litigation and disputes, particularly Corporations Act disputes, private equity disputes and alternative dispute resolution.  

Using her specialised knowledge of Corporations Act disputes, Karen advises her clients on disputes over directors' duties, shareholder rights and remedies and schemes of arrangement. 

She is also an expert in advising private equity investors on disputes over the acquisition, disposal and daily operation of portfolio companies. 

Karen's particular interest in dispute resolution, such as informal negotiations, facilitation of dispute resolution procedure and structured mediations, means her clients get a practical, tailored approach to the resolution of their disputes.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Complex commercial litigation

Olbia Pty Ltd:
 Karen acted for Olbia's subsidiary Tenix Holdings in a dispute over the sale of one of Australia's largest defence contracting conglomerates. The dispute, ultimately settled on commercial terms, involved a working capital adjustment, related contractual and warranty issues, an expert determination, Supreme Court litigation and an overseas mediation arising from the purchase of various business units by a global defence company. Karen continues to represent Olbia as it pursues a Professional Indemnity Insurance Claim against the captive and overseas reinsurers over the matters the subject of the overseas mediation.

Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Ltd: Karen represented REST's operating subsidiary in a dispute concerning the exercise of pre-emptive rights under a partnership agreement in an expedited hearing in the Supreme Court and an expedited appeal to the Court of Appeal.

Woolworths Limited: Karen has represented Woolworths in various Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation matters, including investigations and crisis management, which were either settled on commercially acceptable terms or pursued to successful judgment.

Mayne Group Limited: Karen represented the client in Supreme Court commercial litigation over the disposal of its logistics business.

Corporations Act litigation

Morningstar Inc:
 Karen acted for the international ratings agency for fund managers, in relation to Corporations Act proceedings concerning breach of directors' duties and shareholder rights and remedies.

Symbion Health Limited: Karen acted in the defence of Federal Court litigation for Symbion Health Ltd and its board of directors, involving claims of breach of directors' duties.

Healthscope Group: Karen continues to act for group subsidiaries and key personnel in the defence of two Supreme Court Proceedings concerning allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of directors' duties.

Private equity litigation


Ironbridge Capital:
 Karen represented Ironbridge Capital and other institutional and non-institutional vendors in relation to the recovery of unpaid escrow amounts following the disposal of the Affinity Group Hospitals in 2005. The litigation was ultimately settled  on commercial terms.  Karen continues to act for Ironbridge and various of its portfolio companies as the need arises.

Pacific Equity Partners: Karen represented PEP and its then-portfolio company, TCG, in the defence of Federal Court litigation brought by global advertising agency WPP.  The litigation was ultimately settled and Karen continues to act for PEP's portfolio companies as the need arises.

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Investigations and Crisis Management

Woolworths Limited: Karen has represented Woolworths in various Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation matters, including investigations and crisis management, which were either settled on commercially acceptable terms or pursued to successful judgment.

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Symbion Health Limited: Karen acted in the defence of Federal Court litigation for Symbion Health Ltd and its board of directors, involving claims of breach of directors' duties.

Healthscope Group: Karen continues to act for group subsidiaries and key personnel in the defence of two Supreme Court Proceedings concerning allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of directors' duties.

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