Marguerite Xavier


Marguerite is a Special Counsel in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation group. She has particular interest and expertise in shareholder disputes, commercial disputes, intellectual property and insolvency matters. 


Marguerite has more than 11 years of experience in commercial litigation and has acted for a broad range of clients in both state and federal jurisdictions. 

Her recent experience includes:

  • acting on behalf of a liquidator and secured mortgagees in New South Wales Supreme Court proceedings brought to enforce leasehold interests in retirement village units
  • acting on behalf of minority shareholders in Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings seeking orders for the winding up of a company on ‘just and equitable’ grounds and on grounds of oppression and unfair conduct
  • acting on behalf of a company and its employee in defending a misuse of confidential information proceeding commenced in the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • acting for large landlord clients in relation to a variety of issues arising in the course of tenancies
  • advising administrators and liquidators, including in respect to the recovery of loans and preference payments 
  • acting for directors and creditors to defend claims brought by liquidators and regulators, including in relation to preference payment claims, and assisting to respond to public examinations 
  • acting on behalf of a company and its director in defending a trademark infringement action in Federal Court of Australia proceedings
  • acting on behalf of a manufacturer of industrial equipment and its director defending Federal Court proceedings brought against the company and director for negligent design and manufacture and misleading or deceptive conduct
  • acting on behalf of a client in Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings brought for breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duties.


18 April 2018 - Blog

Australian companies take note: You could be liable for failing to prevent your associates from engaging in foreign bribery

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Australian companies who conduct business abroad need to be aware of the imminent substantial change to the law regarding foreign bribery offences. If Australian companies fail to prevent their associates from engaging in foreign bribery, they could be subject to large penalties.

12 February 2018 - Blog

Key cases that transformed the legal landscape in 2017 - and how they will impact your business

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With 2017 now behind us, it is timely to reflect upon significant decisions in the past year which will impact your business. From a record award of damages for defamation, to the first decision under...

22 January 2018 - Blog

Why executives - and former executives - in the banking, superannuation and financial services sectors should be on standby for scrutiny

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As the business world kicks into action for the new year, there may have been little rest over the holidays for directors and officers in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry.