Administrative Lawyers Brisbane

If you find yourself facing an investigation or in a dispute with an Australian government agency or regulatory body, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you navigate these legal challenges, protect your rights, and achieve a favourable outcome for you.


Do you need an administrative dispute lawyer?

If you face legal challenges involving government agencies, regulatory bodies, or administrative decisions in Australia, don’t try to deal with these matters alone, get in touch with our administrative lawyers today. We are experienced in navigating the complexities of administrative law and we can help you in various situations. For instance, if you believe a government decision is unfair or incorrect, whether it’s related to licensing, permits, or employment, we can help you appeal and protect your rights.

We can also help you in cases involving immigration issues, professional licensing disputes, matters related to education institutions or working with children clearances, and more.

We’ll ensure you have proper legal guidance and skilled representation to achieve a favorable outcome. Book a consultation with our litigation lawyers today

Administrative Disputes We Can Resolve

We work with individuals who have legal matters concerning government agencies, regulatory bodies, and administrative processes. Specifically, we can help you with:

How to get started

Litigation can be complex and daunting, but we’ll make the process easier for you. Book a complimentary call today.


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Speak to one of our litigation lawyers via phone for free and provide the necessary details and documents so we can better understand your situation.


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It’s ultimately your decision whether to hire us or not based on the strategy and fee estimate we gave you. There’s no obligation and no pressure to proceed.


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to proceed

You make the decision whether or not to proceed with your consultation.


Book a free consultation

Speak to one of our litigation lawyers via phone for free and provide the necessary details and documents so we can better understand your situation.


We will give you options

It’s ultimately your decision whether to hire us or not based on the strategy and fee estimate we gave you. There’s no obligation and no pressure to proceed.


You decide whether to proceed

You make the decision whether or not to proceed with your consultation.

Why Gibbs Wright

Our team of litigation lawyers are committed to protecting your rights and getting the best possible outcome for your situation.

What we do is very simple: we represent our clients in disputes, whether that requires commencing court proceedings, defending court proceedings or engaging in dispute resolution or written advocacy. Litigation is what we do, and we do it really well.

Our team has collectively resolved thousands of disputes in our several decades of combined experience. We are successful in resolving most of our disputes without the need for litigation, but we’ve also successfully run multiple trials at every level of Queensland Courts.

When you engage us, we want you to feel that we are by your side every step of the way. Our litigators are always searching for the best strategy to achieve the most optimal outcomes for our clients.

Hear it from our satisfied clients

Expert litigators, ready to fight for you.

Spencer Wright

Litigation Director

Spencer leads the strategic operations at Gibbs Wright, with a wealth of knowledge on Queensland law and business operations.



Melany Dowse

Special Counsel

Melany represents a range of clients from individuals and small businesses to body corporates and insolvency practitioners.

Mitchell Caldwell

Senior Litigation Solicitor

Mitchell provides practical, accurate and timely advice and unique solutions to assist corporate clients, small businesses and individuals across a range of areas including property, contract, and construction disputes.

David Thomas

Senior Litigation Solicitor
Prior to becoming a lawyer, David was a construction electrician in the mining and oil and gas industries working on some of the largest projects in Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no agreed definition of commercial litigation, but it has been described as when two or more businesses have a legal dispute that has escalated to court proceedings. There are other instances of commercial litigation disputes that exist, including if a business was to commence proceedings against the government for breaching a tender contract.

It becomes more difficult when individuals start getting involved in court proceedings. It would be unusual for lawyers to consider an employee bringing an action against their employer (a business) as commercial litigation, although theoretically there is a commercial aspect and a litigation aspect to the proceedings, and for all intents and purposes could be considered commercial litigation.

Whilst the usage of the term commercial litigation can be very broad, the most common usage of the phrase is intended to convey litigation involving business versus business in court proceedings excluding small claims or minor debt recovery.

Civil law or civil litigation is the umbrella term for litigation disputes that do not have a criminal element (i.e. civil litigation versus criminal litigation). Civil law can include disputes relating to monetary compensation, including breach of contract disputes, through to intellectual property disputes and even defamation.

General litigation on the other hand falls under the umbrella of civil litigation disputes and is used to distinguish between commercial litigation disputes (see our What is commercial litigation FAQ).

Gibbs Wright are civil law lawyers, but we do not do everything under the umbrella of civil law. Gibbs Wright focuses on commercial litigation and general litigation matters that are not family disputes, personal injury or migration law. Where Gibbs Wright does not operate, we can typically recommend lawyers to assist you.

Often prospects aren’t apparent until a complete view of the matter can be distilled by combining materials and conversations.

Start by articulating, collecting, summarising and categorising crucial information. Not only will this make your prospects clearer, but it will undoubtedly save you time and money in the long run.

Discussing your prospects with you, we’re all about bringing the fight on your behalf, with a zealous drive for unique client-based meaningful success. Constantly evolving the methods of preparation and execution as the meaning of it changes from one client to another.

“Yusuf and Pav were so helpful in dealing with my legal issue. They were very clear and concise and helped me to structure and consider the issues realistically. Their advice, expertise, and professionalism were outstanding. I’m very grateful I chose such a great team.” — Jennie Birch

It may come as a shock, but we genuinely care about our clients, and because we care, not only do we do everything in our power to achieve successful outcomes for you; but we also do the little things that make a difference — like returning your phone calls and emails promptly.

One of our core cultural values is, “precision of law, language, and timing to maximise favourable outcomes”.

If you’re thinking you may need to act on a legal matter, whether you’ve received an unexpected letter of demand, experienced a sudden legal event or someone has wronged you in some way, time limitations likely apply.

In Queensland, the statute of limitations is the Limitation of Actions Act 1974, something we don’t expect you to read, but once the cause of action arises or accrues, the clock starts ticking.

“We reached out to Gibbs Wright Litigation Lawyers for urgent assistance for an unexpected property legal matter that was very complex and unique. Mitchell Caldwell and Melany Dowse listened to what had occurred and provided advice and legal action that turned our crazy situation into positive new beginnings. It was a difficult journey and we are extremely appreciative of their support, guidance and expertise that led to positive results.” — Rachel Olorenshaw

You may be tempted to delay taking legal action against or defend against demands received, and while we can’t force you to make a booking with us, we urge you to seek legal counsel soon.

Matters are assessed based on two components: the legal component which considers liability and damages, and the commercial component which considers costs and recovery.

Legally, you will need to prove or disprove liability, and that the liability is directly linked to actual harm or loss.

Commercially, discerning if the costs of pursuit weigh up against the likelihood of recovering enough money.

Sound complicated? Well, it gets more complicated when the matter itself is complex, but that’s why we match you up with a litigator with the right experience to manage your matter.

“It was my first experience to go through the litigation process. When I spoke with Melany Dowse she was so generous with her time, attended to my query with so much patience and gave me important advice on how we can move forward with my dispute with my builder who was holding my 5% deposit after he breached the contract.” — Aman Shekon

Success is more accurately measured by a positive result for the client. More often than not it may be ideal to settle out of court which is why our relationships are based on mutual benefit and respect, not on winning at all costs.

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