Nimrod Amanuel
Lawyer
Henry Mitchell
Law Graduate
Jiashu Wang
Law Graduate
Rachel Stower
Lawyer
Chris Lin
Lawyer
Eamonn Carpenter
Sam Poulsen
Paralegal
Joel Whale
Special Counsel

Brit Ibanez

Partner, Head of Litigation

Brit is a practical and innovative litigator with extensive experience across regulatory investigations and disputes and all types of litigation. She strives to identify the ultimate cause of commercial disputes to resolve them quickly and commercially. She is known for her exceptional attention to detail and ‘big-picture’ strategic thinking.

Brit’s clear and responsive advice leads to exemplary results for her clients, to whom she provides a full suite of litigation services from advice to representation in complex large-scale litigation in all superior courts of Australia.

Brit’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Providing officers and boards with comprehensive advice in advance of making critical board decisions and general corporate governance
  • Defending investigations and prosecutions brought by ASIC against companies and individuals for breaches of the Corporations Act 2001.
  • Resolving shareholder oppression actions.
  • Conducting litigation in regards to disputed contract rights and obligations.
  • Advising responsible entities and trustees on the operation and management of their schemes.
  • Contested meetings of managed investment schemes.
  • Acting for parties in joint venture, partnership and M&A disputes.
  • Financial services disputes and complaints.

Her responsiveness bodes well in highly critical situations and she delivers high-quality counsel to clients, exploring all possible resolutions.

Outside of the law, Brit is the director of a not-for-profit early childhood education provider and a member of the people, culture and governance committee of the Yourtown board.  Yourtown is a charity providing services for young people including Kids Helpline.

As Hamilton Locke’s Head of Litigation, Brit works with a large team of talented and hard-working litigation lawyers with experience across all jurisdictions in Australia.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Commercial Dispute Resolution; Insolvency Litigation; Contract Law; Trust Law; Equitable Remedies; ASIC Regulatory; Financial Services and Funds Management.

AWARDS
  • IFLR1000 Awards and Recognition, Notable Practitioner, Financial Services Regulatory 2022
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of International Business – Griffith University
  • Master of Laws (Litigation and Dispute Resolution) – The University of Queensland
  • GAICD (AICD Company Directors Course) – Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales and High Court of Australia
SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS
  • Acting for Vaughan Strawbridge, Sam Marsden and Jason Tracy of Deloitte in their capacity as administrators of the Colette by Colette Hayman business. The business sought and obtained orders from the Federal Court of Australia to receive relief from the personal liability obligation, particularly in relation to store lease agreements.
  • Successfully resisting urgent interlocutory injunctions and Federal Court proceedings involving allegations of breach of contract, breach of Corporations Act, tort of conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty, misuse of confidential information and breach of restraints for a mining services client.
  • Represented the executor and enduring attorney in a complex statutory will case regarding the substantial assets of an elderly person who had lost capacity.
  • Acting for directors defending proceedings brought by liquidators alleging breaches of duty under the Corporation Act, at common law and in equity.
  • Acted for the plaintiff in proceedings for damages under the ASIC Act arising as a result of misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to financial services.
  • Successfully resisting an urgent interlocutory injunction alleging fraud, breaches of directors’ duties and mismanagement of an ASX listed company.
  • Assisting in the resolution of shareholder oppression actions and derivative actions brought by companies against their directors for breach of their duties.