Areas of Expertise

Elias’s practical and strategic advice draws on over 12 years’ experience in commercial litigation disputes, primarily in the Supreme Court and Federal Court. He supports clients with disputes involving trusts, superannuation, taxation and financial services, as well as those facing contractual disputes, building and construction litigation, and insolvency.

Elias aims to resolve disputes in the most practical, efficient way possible, giving his clients the ability to keep focusing on their business as their case proceeds. This approach often allows clients to avoid the expense and stress of going to court. Where that isn’t possible, Elias works to quickly resolve each case without unnecessary cost.

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Master of Applied Laws – Commercial Litigation (College of Law)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)/Bachelor of Laws (Western Sydney University)

  • Law Society of NSW, Litigation Law & Practice Committee

  • Supreme Court Common Law Civil Users Group

  • Law Council of Australia, Australian Young Lawyers Committee, 2016

  • NSW Young Lawyers - President, 2015

 

A word from Elias

"I aim to help clients to take the positives from disputes, where litigated or not, to look at alternative ways of operating. It is hoped that this approach will reduce the incidence of disputes and allow them to focus their valuable time on running and growing their businesses."

 

Career highlights

  • Helping Rockdale City Council resolve a dispute involving a works-in-kind agreement with a developer. The developer disputed the quantity surveyor’s report costing the public works it had completed.

  • Representing Hunter Douglas Limited in supply of goods claims against debtors and guarantors in the Local Court, District Court and Supreme Courts in NSW and throughout Australia. This has included bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, as well as orders for possession of real property and warrants for the sheriff to obtain vacant possession.

  • Representing Talent2 in NSW Supreme Court proceedings to enforce restraint of trade clauses in employment contracts. This involved successfully seeking urgent interlocutory injunctions against former employees to restrain them from working for competitors and breaching confidential information, as well as ordering the return of the company’s confidential information.

  • Authoring Business Disputes sections of LexisNexis’ online Practical Guidance resource for legal practitioners.

 

Specific areas of focus

Commercial law (including projects, construction and debt recovery)

  • Construction contract disputes, including defective work.

  • Security of payment claims.

  • Leasing disputes including in the NCAT.

  • Debt recovery for second-tier lenders and high net worth individuals including insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.

Procurement and contract law

  • Disputes involving commercial contracts, including corporate guarantees.

  • Disputes relating to contracts affecting real property.

  • Shareholder claims in the Supreme Court of NSW.

  • Enforcement of restraints and non-competition clauses.

  • Competition and regulatory claims.

  • Disputes concerning intellectual property, technology, and confidential information.