Nigel Pakes

LL.B (Director)

Phone: +61 8 9221 0033
Personal Assistant: Jennifer Shaw

Nigel holds a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University and has been practising for almost 20 years. He leads our commercial litigation team with Greg O’Shannessy. 

Nigel appears primarily in superior courts in both the Federal and Western Australian jurisdictions as well as tribunals such as the Western Australian State Administrative Tribunal as well as representing clients in mediations (court-based and private) and arbitrations.

In addition to overseeing our litigation team, Nigel is involved in large and complex commercial and contract disputes advising listed and private companies and high net worth individuals.

Nigel’s practice is predominantly in the areas of the Corporations Act, energy and resources, building and construction, insolvency, competition and trade practices litigation. He frequently represents clients involved in large scale partnership, shareholder and joint venture disputes and complex debt recovery matters.

Experience includes acting for:

  • A listed oil and gas explorer and producer in contractual disputes including recovery claim for substantial defects and management of a shut-down program, with successful resolution of the dispute through private mediation conducted by a former High Court Judge.
  • A listed operator/manager of a large scale iron ore project in a dispute with its joint venture partner at the farm-in stage, which included successfully securing the disputed farm-in interest.
  • The managing director and shareholder of a construction company in a shareholder dispute which included taking action in the Supreme Court of Western Australia to restrain oppressive conduct.
  • Directors and minority shareholders of the owner of a large scale entertainment complex necessitating injunctions and relief for oppressive conduct;
  • The construction subcontractor/principal of a $700m industrial EPC project in the recovery of multi-million dollar defects claims against its subcontractor in Supreme Court and arbitration proceedings.
  • The promoters and responsible entity of a managed investment scheme/property development in a dispute with finance providers, requiring Supreme Court proceedings for injunctions and declarations opposing the appointment of receivers and managers.