Alexandra White

Alexandra is a Partner in HWL Ebsworth’s Sydney Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Alexandra is an expert in project managing large-scale litigation and specialises in complex commercial litigation, particularly Real Property disputes, Corporations Act disputes, large financial services regulatory investigations (including assisting clients to respond to notices and/or appear before the regulator) and alternative dispute resolution.

Using her specialised knowledge of the Real Property Act, the Conveyancing Act, the Retail Leases Act and the Strata Schemes Management Act, Alexandra advises her clients on interpretational issues, breaches of contracts for the sale and purchase of land, put and call option agreements, development agreements, commercial and retail leases (including, from both a landlord and tenant perspective, the impacts of COVID-19 to businesses who have either a commercial or retail lease), all matters that touch and concern land (including easements, caveats, restrictive covenants etc) and all matters relating to disputes concerning strata schemes.

Alexandra also uses her intimate knowledge of the Corporations Act, the ASIC Act, the ASX Listing Rules and the Australian Consumer Law to advise her clients in relation to oppression suits, disputes over directors’ duties, shareholder rights, financial services and corporate regulatory investigations and misleading and deceptive conduct claims.

Alexandra prides herself on providing efficient and commercial advice to her clients (including via alternative dispute mechanisms or settlement where appropriate).

Alexandra’s clients span many industries and include banks, financial services institutions, ASX listed and private companies, large property groups, developers, mining consultants, industrial groups, leading resort groups, transport companies, well known coffee merchants and high net worth individuals.

Experience

Alexandra’s experience includes acting for and advising:

  • A large private not for profit aged care organisation as landlord, against a high profile tenant, concerning the make good dispute of a large commercial building on the Lower North Shore which is currently progressing in the Supreme Court of New South Wales;
  • A development company in a dispute concerning the validity of a Put and Call Option Deed which was successful in the NSW Court of Appeal;
  • A large Australian property group in a lease dispute with a high profile health food supermarket in the Supreme Court of NSW, which ultimately settled;
  • A high profile owners corporation in relation to various breaches of by-laws by a lot owner;
  • Consultancy companies in relation to disputes over consultancy agreements and other arrangements, which include allegations concerning shadow directorships, breaches of directors’ duties and oppression;
  • A major Australian bank in a number of high profile banking disputes involving alleged mortgage fraud and misappropriation of funds in the Supreme Court of NSW;
  • Major Australian financial institutions/banks in response to various s30/33 notices and a s912C direction to provide a statement to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission;
  • Employees of major Australian financial institutions/banks in relation to section 19 notices requiring those employees to appear for examination before the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and
  • A major Australian bank by leading the team (as a secondee) that facilitated the Bank’s response to all Notices to Produce issued to it by the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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