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Philip Cowdery
Partner - Commercial Dispute Resolution

Philip Cowdery
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For more than 15 years, Philip has advised government and public authorities, insurers, companies and individuals on road transport law, regulatory frameworks, rail network contracts, insurance and commercial law. 

He draws on his legal experience to support clients in making early, informed assessments of risk and, if necessary, their alternative dispute resolution options. He understands that there is no single right way to deal with a dispute which can occur under conflicting circumstances. He works collaboratively with his clients to resolve the dispute in line with their desired approach to conflict management. His approach is to ensure that the difficulties of becoming involved in litigated proceedings are fully understood by his client. He does not engage in litigation unless his client clearly understands the legal and commercial ramifications, and only if it is the best option to achieve the outcome desired by the client.

Philip provides advice on contentious and non-contentious issues. He advises clients on issues relating to road transport law investigations and prosecutions, rail network contractual disputes, administrative law disputes, risk and management issues, GIPA issues, media concerns, ICAC inquiries and investigations, Coronial Inquests and Ombudsman's investigations. Phil also advises government and private sector clients on the application of legal project management practices.

Philip was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2015 in the field of "Alternative Dispute Resolution".