Natale Ilardo

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Special Counsel
Commercial Disputes
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Natale is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution specialist. He has a broad range of experience as a commercial litigator, advising and acting on behalf of clients on dispute avoidance, risk mitigation, and litigation. His clients range from individuals to small, medium and large corporate enterprises, including publicly listed entities.


Natale is recognised for his ability to navigate complex factual and legal matters, quickly identify the key issues at hand, and develop an effective strategy to achieve a commercial outcome for his clients. He is also known for his keen negotiation and advocacy skills, which often help minimise client costs.

Natale's experience includes:

  • large scale corporate and commercial litigation;
  • trade practices advice and litigation, including in compliance and regulatory matters;
  • director, officer and shareholder disputes;
  • regulatory investigations and prosecutions;
  • intellectual property advice and litigation;
  • defamation; and
  • contract law advice and complex disputes.

Career highlights

Natale's experience includes:

  • acting on behalf of Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited, as plaintiff, in complex contempt proceedings and proceedings for breach of dealer agreement (among other things) against a former franchisee and its sole director and shareholder. Natale has appeared before McCallum J (both with Counsel and alone) in a complex two-day hearing of three inter-related notices of motion (Ford Motor Company of Australia v Tallevine Pty Ltd (No 2) [2018] NSWSC 2002)
  • advising First State Super and its subsidiaries and directors and officers in relation to its involvement as an equity investor into the Sydney Light Rail project
  • acting in several high-profile defamation proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia
  • acting for Bunnings Group in relation to a dispute with a major home improvement retailer as to the terms of a commercial lease
  • acting in Bankstown Airport litigation in the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • acting as an independent reviewer of claims decisions of a major insurer, in the wake of the findings of the Banking Royal Commission.

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