Mitchell Downes


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Mitch is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation.

He maintains a court-work practice and regularly appears in courts and tribunals as advocate without counsel.

While Mitch is a technical lawyer and robust litigator, he always aims to provide commercial solutions to his clients. He partners with his clients to provide tailored and practical advice that identifies and manages risk, resolves disputes (where appropriate) and provides representation at trial and on appeal.

He delivers high-quality advice and service while maximising the value clients’ receive by partnering with them and taking the time to understand their business and individual circumstances.

Mitch is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Litigation Rules Committee and the Law Council of Australia’s Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee

Key service areas

  • Insolvency and reconstruction
  • Corporations, shareholder and partnership litigation
  • Trust, equity and fiduciary litigation
  • Real property (land sales, leases, compulsory acquisition) litigation
  • General commercial (contract, real property and commercial tort) litigation
  • Appeals

Qualifications & memberships

  • Accredited Specialist – Commercial Litigation (Qld)
  • Advanced Certificate in Insolvency
  • Master of Laws
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland and the High Court of Australia
  • Queensland Law Society – member (and committee member of the Litigation Rules Committee)
  • Law Council of Australia Business Law Section – member (and committee member of the Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee)
  • Australian Reconstruction, Insolvency and Turnaround Association – professional member
  • Turnaround Management Association – member

Recent experience

  • Hilas & Anor v GGPG Developments (No 133) Pty Ltd & Anor [2020] QSC 313
  • James Cook University v Ridd (No 2) [2020] FCAFC 321
  • James Cook University v Ridd [2020] FCAFC 132
  • Blu Con Pty Ltd v Brisbane City Council [2020] QPEC 32
  • Ridd v James Cook University (No.2) [2019] FCCA 2489
  • Champions Quarry Pty Ltd v GSQ Holdings Pty Ltd, in the matter of Champions Quarry 2 Pty Ltd [2019] FCA 459
  • Ridd v James Cook University [2019] FCCA 997
  • Ridd v James Cook University & Ors [2018] FCCA 3080
  • Nixon (Trustee) [2018] FCA 720
  • TLL Investment Pty Ltd v Body Corporate for the Grange (No 2) [2018] QCAT 444
  • TLL Investment Pty Ltd v The Body Corporate for the Grange [2018] QCAT 318
  • Fordyce v Kordamentha Real Estate Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] QSC 289
  • SDW2 Pty Ltd v JLF Corporation Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] QSC 1
  • Lambert Property Group Pty Ltd v Body Corporate for Castlebar Cove CTS 37148 [2015] QSC 179
  • Re Bulwinkel Enterprises Pty Ltd [2015] QSC 112

Mitch is a tenacious litigator with total command of the law. He strategically approaches litigation to achieve commercial results.


Mitchell's recent publications

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High Court Success for Dr Ridd

By: Mahoneys
12 February 2021

Mahoneys secures a victory for its clients in the Supreme Court

By: Mitchell Downes
23 November 2020

Business interruption insurance and COVID-19

By: Mitchell Downes
19 November 2020