Grant Walker Senior Associate
A track record of ‘winning the unwinnable’, Grant is highly skilled commercial litigation and insolvency lawyer with a particular focus on banking and finance and sports law.
Rising to prominence following the successful defence of a Madgwicks client against the enforcement of a guarantee claimed by the National Australia Bank in a Goliath-like battle, Grant has proven his ability to understand his clients’ desired outcomes, devise a strategy to achieve it and negotiate all stages of a matter with this outcome in mind.
Grant advises commercial and individual clients from a diverse range of industries on litigious and insolvency related matters and has worked on a broad range of complex litigious commercial disputes, insolvency and corporate reconstruction matters, including acting for liquidators, administrators, receivers, private companies and directors.
Grant advises across a range of commercial legal areas, in particular:
- banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, including advising and acting on behalf of business and individual consumers in relation to banking disputes. or matters involving companies in credit distress
- director and company related disputes such as complicated director and partnership disputes and shareholder oppression cases
- tort-based litigation
- Australian sports law, in particular disputes relating to anti-doping, governance, and appearing at disciplinary tribunals
He has conducted litigation in all Victorian Courts and Tribunals, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Key focus areas:
- Commercial litigation
- Banking and finance
- Corporate insolvency
- Sports law
- Acting for Dean Robinson during the Essendon Football Club supplements saga, from the beginning of the saga when Mr Robinson was stood down, advising him throughout the course of the ASADA/AFL investigation and his legal proceeding issued against the Essendon Football Club in the Supreme Court.
- Successfully defending Madgwicks client against the enforcement of a guarantee claimed by the National Australia Bank. The precedent setting case has had a significant impact on the Australian banking sector. It has brought into focus the rights of consumers against the Banks under the Banking Code of Practice and contributed to consumers recognising that they have rights in circumstances where their financial institution may have failed to meet its contractual obligations,
- Acting for a director/shareholder in a complicated dispute with a group of companies in the coal processing industry. At the heart of the matter was cutting edge technology and processing deals worth tens of millions of dollars. Elements of the dispute included patent infringement, breach of copyright and breach of confidence in relation to new coal processing technology.