Luke Furness

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Brisbane

The smoothness of how these witness statements all went was really a testament to how much work Luke put in… we couldn't ask for anything better.

– Client quote


Luke has extensive expertise in a wide range of dispute areas, encompassing tax and duties litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, energy and resources, as well as general commercial disputes. Clients consistently applaud Luke for his remarkable capacity to thrive under pressure, adeptly handling demanding court proceedings and client-driven timelines, all while ensuring the team remains well-prepared and highly motivated.

Notable Work
  • Wright Prospecting: acting in relation to a series of disputes regarding that company's interest in iron ore deposits in the Pilbara.
  • Resource Capital Funds: acting in complex income tax disputes in the Federal Court and High Court.
  • Queensland Treasury Corporation: acting in Supreme Court proceedings involving alleged breaches of statutory and common law duties.
  • Chinese State-Owned Enterprise: assisting in major litigation involving Australian mining subsidiary of a Chinese State Owned Enterprise, following the purchase of a $129m coal mining tenement in Queensland.
  • Tax Advisory: advising several Queensland and Western Australian clients on tax advisory work, including duties issues, drafted technical submissions, and responded to a number of assessments and objection decisions.
  • Professional negligence: acting in three professional negligence suits against former advisors for poor tax advice.
  • Large family business: advising on intellectual property and trade practices claims which included extensive evidence, urgent injunctions, mediation, and settlement.
  • Chinese developer: acting in dispute with its joint venture partner including an urgent injunction.
  • Pro bono: acting on various elder abuse cases involving residential properties, garnering favorable terms for our pro bono clients.
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