Special Counsel

Alissa Harnath

Alissa is an experienced litigator having conducted complex, multi-party litigation in superior courts, including the High Court of Australia. A tough and resilient litigator, Alissa has an outstanding record at achieving out of court resolutions.

Alissa has a broad-ranging practice, specialising in large trust disputes. Clients seek out Alissa for her experience and expertise in efficiently and effectively resolving sensitive and difficult disputes.

Alissa is recognised for her pragmatic approach and attention to detail, and prides herself on her strong communication skills and client focus.

Alissa acts for a wide range of clients including insolvency practitioners, directors, shareholders, SMEs, professional trustees, and high net worth individuals.


Alissa’s expertise includes:

  • Large-scale commercial litigation in superior courts
  • Equitable and trust claims
  • Director and shareholder disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Insolvency litigation, including conducting public examinations, voidable transaction claims and other claims available under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)
  • Complex digital asset and tax litigation

Recent Projects

  • Acting for a licensee company in relation to claims for breach and termination of contract, including multiple urgent injunctive relief applications.
  • Acting for a company in complex breach of contract claims, involving allegations of secret commissions.
  • Acting for the administrators of a high-value deceased estate in defending claims for breach of trust against the deceased.
  • Acting for the controlling director, shareholder and beneficiary of a series of trusts in a dispute regarding a complex property investment structure.
  • Acting for the vendors in a complex dispute regarding the sale of a business.
  • Acting for liquidators in public examinations and claims against directors and professional advisors for breaches of directors’ duties and negligence.
  • Acting for a high net worth individual in relation to professional negligence claims against legal advisors.


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