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Clayton Utz Special Counsel , Brisbane T +61 7 3292 7067

Will is a commercial litigator who is trusted by his clients to provide commercial and pragmatic advice.

Will's breadth of commercial litigation experience includes complex contractual, environmental, financial, major projects, and insurance recovery actions. He brings a well-rounded perspective on disputes and assists clients to navigate through the life of a dispute; from inception through to trial or commercial resolution.

Will has led complex litigation trials and hearings in the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Queensland Court of Appeal, and the High Court, as well as built on experience with disputes in the Federal Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales.

In addition to his trial experience, Will has also developed expertise in a broad range of alternative dispute resolution processes, including complex remediation programs and other novel ADR processes, mediations, and negotiations.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Financial institution insurance recovery: Will worked closely with a major financial institution to recover its costs associated with a large-scale customer review and remediation program. The recovery was complex and novel in Australia, and Will was heavily relied on to advise on the recovery strategy to obtain a successful resolution against the institution's insurers.

Shareholder oppression claim: Will worked closely with a director and two former directors of a publicly listed company in defence of a shareholder oppression claim, and for a director and former officer of the company in defence of a misleading and deceptive conduct claim. The claims were successfully struck-out with costs orders in favour of the directors and officers. The appeal against that judgment was successfully defended, all the way through to the High Court.

Department of Transport and Main Roads: Will acted for TMR in a complex contractual claim brought against it by its Project counterparties involving substantial construction losses, recovery claims and commercial negotiations.

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Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation

Brisbane Airport Corporation: Will acts for Brisbane Airport Corporation in an environmental nuisance and contractual claim against Airservices Australia and AIG Australia, including proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland, regarding PFAS contamination.

Other airport operations: Will is also advising other airport operators on PFAS contamination.

Environmental nuisance litigation: Will acted for an Australian subsidiary of a NYSE-listed US manufacturer in defence of an environmental nuisance claim by an ASX-listed entity and two of its subsidiaries. Will led the electronic trial, and the matter concluded by a successfully negotiated settlement following a three-week trial in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

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Insurance and Risk

COVID-19 business interruption insurance (BI) "test case" proceedings: Will has recently acted for two groups of insureds in group "test case" proceedings brought by insurers with the approval of AFCA.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia – Royal Commission: Will acted for the Bank on insurance coverage and recovery for costs of the Commission.

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