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Christian Dryer often says to new clients “If I had a magic wand, what would be the best outcome for you?” His sole motivation is to get them the result they need.
By combining extensive expertise in commercial and property litigation with a candid approach, Christian often resolves matters early through informal negotiation and mediation, though he also has the experience and skills to litigate a complex matter to conclusion.
“I enjoy the challenge of looking for the ‘needle in the haystack’ and solving a problem by being analytical. It makes success even more meaningful and rewarding.”
Christian’s clients include body corporates, real estate agents and businesses across a broad range of industries. He has particular expertise advising clients on matters including contractual disputes, partnership and trusts disputes, enforcement of security, property and lease disputes and consumer rights.
Christian acted for a foreign owned subsidiary to preserve their security interests in equipment worth $1 million. He commenced proceedings in the Federal Court to prevent the liquidator from selling the equipment and simultaneously challenged the application of the claw back provisions the liquidator was relying on. Christian successfully resolved the matter through favourable negotiations and secured a great outcome for his client.
Christian represented a large foreign owned subsidiary whose licenses had been suspended by the QBCC. He challenged the validity of the QBCC’s actions, which had resulted in the immediate suspension of the licenses and halted his client’s trade. He filed proceedings in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and by applying an innovative approach and detailing the regulatory requirements, he obtained a ‘stay of the decision’, stopping all further legal proceedings. As a result his client’s income stream was quickly restored and the business preserved.
Christian acted for a company director who guaranteed his company’s obligations under a sale of business contract. The contract was terminated for a breach and the seller pursued Christian’s client under the guarantee and made a claim for significant damages. On careful analysis, Christian ascertained the guarantee was non compliant and invalid. He filed an application and dismissed the claim successfully to the delight and relief of his client.
Christian represented two company directors who pursued a claim for professional negligence against a top tier Brisbane legal, arising from a failure to advise on the application of the Corporations Act to termination payments. Christian filed proceedings in the Federal Court and following an extended period of litigation achieved an acceptable settlement shortly before a trial scheduled for 10 days.