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Philip Murray

Senior Associate
Fax +61.8.9216.0901

Mr. Murray is a dispute resolution lawyer practicing principally in commercial law. His practice covers corporations law and corporate insolvency, contractual disputes, property disputes, trusts, and equity, often in the energy and resources sectors. Mr. Murray has acted in disputes involving projects and assets situated throughout Australia and internationally, including in New Zealand, England, Thailand, and various African jurisdictions.

Mr. Murray has appeared in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Wardens Court and in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, both informal and under the London Court of International Arbitration, Singapore International Arbitration Centre and the International Chamber of Commerce mediation and arbitration rules.

Speaking Engagements

  • Litigation Funding 101: what is it, and what does it mean for me? (2018)
  • Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses in Joint Venture and Shareholder Agreements (2014)
  • From Crowdfunding to Corporate Governance – topical issues on the corporate law playing field (2014)

Complex Litigation

  • Advised plaintiffs in misleading and deceptive conduct cases.
  • Acted in an LCIA arbitration for an Australian ASX-listed mining exploration company regarding its interest in a Ghanaian tenement, and advising in connection with associated injunctive proceedings in Ghana and enforcement proceedings in New York.
  • Acted in an ICC mediation for an Australian ASX-listed oil exploration company regarding its interest in 2 projects located onshore Tanzania.
  • Acted for Adamus Resources Limited in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia in relation to a dispute over the ownership of a mining tenement in Ghana.
  • Advised Australian ASX-listed energy and resources companies in connection with contractual and joint venture disputes in Australia, Angola, Mali, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana.
  • Acted for Apache Energy Limited in relation to the explosion and fire at the Varanus Island processing facilities in June 2008 in respect of a civil claim by a gas customer.

Restructuring & Insolvency

  • Advised receivers in relation to issues concerning the interests of secured parties in relation to a significant corporate insolvency.
  • Acted for the receivers of a construction contractor in connection with a dispute regarding an EPC contract concerning a gas power plant located in New Zealand. 
  • Acted for liquidators and creditors in connection with voidable transactions and various other claims.
  • Acted for creditors in connection with winding-up applications.
  • Advised individuals and corporations in connection with corporate insolvency and associated director and parent company liability issues.

Securities & Transactional Litigation

  • Advising a litigation funder regarding the implication of other Personal Property & Securities Act 2009 (Cth) on its standard litigation funding agreements.



  • Otto Energy (Tanzania) Pty Ltd v Swala Energy Ltd [2016] FCA 1266.
    (Contract, misleading and deceptive conduct, constructive trusts and service out of Australia).
  • MOL Bulk Carriers Pte Ltd v Sin-Tang Development Pte Ltd [2016] FCA 619.
    (Contract, maritime law and service out of Australia).
  • Bux Global Ltd v Hooke & Anor (2018) 128 ACSR 18.
    (Corporations Act, corporate insolvency, winding up, standing).
  • Jones, in the matter of Great Southern Ltd (in liquidation) [2017] FCA 169.
    (Corporations Act, corporate insolvency, debt subordination and equity).
  • In the matter of Richmond Management Pty Ltd (in liquidation) Federal Court of Australia WAD267/2014 (December 2014, January, February and May 2015).
    (Liquidators’ examinations).
  • Tasfoods Ltd v Tasmanian Land Company Ltd (Supreme Court of Victoria, Judd J, December 2015).
    (Contract and injunctions).
  • Tsvetnenko v United States of America [2019] FCA 206
    (Extradition, bail, judicial review).