We are specialist lawyers

 Regulatory, financial services, insolvency and complex disputes.

Complex disputes

We’re here to protect and enforce your rights, defend you from attack, and pursue damages or compensation on your behalf. Our team members have been involved in some of Australia’s most significant commercial, insolvency, funds management and investment-related cases.  We specialise in breaking down complexity and implementing winning strategy.

Regulation

More than ever, the regulatory landscape is complex and changing.  With increased criminal investigations and civil penalties, the potential impact is high for anyone subject to a regulatory oversight or investigation.  Mackay Chapman know how regulators work and think.  We use our experience and expertise to find a path through the minefield to the best outcome possible. 

Insolvency

We have worked on some of the most complex investment-related insolvencies in the past 15 years, at times delivering outcomes others couldn’t.  We act for directors, individuals, investors, shareholders, fund managers, creditors and Insolvency Practitioners.  Whether it’s a distressed asset or any insolvency event, we help clients navigate the commercial, financial, regulatory and criminal threats.

Financial Services & Credit

A sector used to upheaval, financial services are experiencing unprecedented change with the Hayne Royal Commission and mandate for active intervention by ASIC, APRA and the ACCC. Mackay Chapman have together more than 25 years’ experience at the forefront of financial services and credit disputes  We advise fund managers, listed investment companies, accountants and advisors, through to individual investors.

Why Choose Us

Mackay Chapman are different to other lawyers.  We haven’t reinvented the wheel, ours just rolls faster.  We are strategic, proactive and most importantly put solving our client’s problem at the centre of everything we do.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

  • Melbourne, Victoria. But we have clients located around Australia.

Where do you practice?

  • We practice throughout Australia and where necessary, overseas. 
  • We have an affiliate partnership with Perth based EMS Legal which allows our two firms to provide seamless client services from east to west coast.
  • With greater acceptance of digital court processes as result of the pandemic, and our affiliates and network you can prioritise engaging lawyers with the speciality you require rather than their location.

How do you charge?

  • We tailor our method of charging to the client and matter.  Due to our approach and efficiency our costs are consistently less than large firms who offer equivalent specialties.
  • We use a variety of charging methods including from time-based (hourly) to fixed fee and various hybrids. 
  • In certain circumstances we will use capped, conditional (success based or ‘No win no fee’ or other ‘risk based’ fee arrangements).

Who will work on my matter?

  • We tailor our method of charging to the client and matter.  Due to our approach and efficiency our costs are consistently less than large firms who offer equivalent specialties.
  • We use a variety of charging methods including from time-based (hourly) to fixed fee and various hybrids. 
  • In certain circumstances we will use capped, conditional (success based or ‘No win no fee’ or other ‘risk based’ fee arrangements.

How much do you cost?

  • We believe it is critical to be upfront about how much legal services cost. The truth is: legal services are time-intensive and can be expensive. That said, due to our approach and efficiency, our costs are consistently less than other firms.
  • Before you engage us, we will give you a detailed estimate of the costs involved.

What if I have a strong claim but can’t fund a legal action?

  • Litigation funding or litigation finance can provide the solution.  
  • You don’t need to be a member of a potential class action or a consumer to utilise it.  
  • Mackay Chapman has long-standing relationships with a number of Australian and International litigation funders
  • We understand what matters to funders and can tell you upfront whether your claim meets, or could meet, their criteria, and apply for funding on your behalf

What can we expect working with you?

  • We will want to get to the heart of your problem straight up.  Then we will get the facts.  That means asking you for information and documents.  What we need will not always be what you think we need, and we will ask difficult questions of you and ourselves.  We will strive to understand your problem and gather the key facts as soon as possible, so we can give you practical advice and a strategy to pursue.

What if I already have lawyers but I want to change?

  • We regularly take over cases from other lawyers.  Typically, these are highly complex or the previous lawyers have failed to cut through.  We know how to best approach a change of lawyers and the issues that can arise and can advise you simply and directly on what to expect and how to manage that change.  From our previous experience our internal processes in taking over a case at short notice are advanced.

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