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Christina McElwain

senior associate, litigation and dispute resolution

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about Christina

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about Christina

Christina sees her purpose as a lawyer to achieve an early resolution of disputes by developing and implementing innovative strategies to reduce the financial and emotional toll of litigation. This makes her a sought after adviser and litigator, especially in the corporate and personal insolvency space.

She is renowned for her forward thinking, expertise and accurate and timely responses to clients, collaborating closely with them to deliver the most relevant and efficient solutions.

“Clients need frank, open discussion to ensure I understand the full extent of their situation. That’s when I can use the law to find creative strategies to protect their rights and ensure the best commercial outcomes.”

Commercial disputes, tax disputes and business structuring feature highly in her portfolio and benefit from her inherently analytical nature.

Areas of Expertise



recent experience

  • a creative solution avoids litigation and bankruptcy

    A director’s company had gone into liquidation, leaving him with no immediate income and facing the loss of personal assets. He also feared bankruptcy because he had personally guaranteed debts for the company.  Banks and other creditors were pursuing him, one of them litigious. Christina negotiated a compromise settlement with all creditors on grounds of financial hardship, demonstrating that accepting a reduced sum in settlement of the overall debt was the best commercial outcome in the circumstances. Due to Christina’s strategic communication skills, the debt was reduced by 50 per cent and the client was able to avoid litigation and bankruptcy, enabling him to start to rebuild his career and life.

  • a great result for administrors

    Christina acted for administrators appointed over a company that was a large manufacturer of cleaning products. The administrators had to investigate the company’s affairs and financial viability while continuing to trade and arrange for the business and assets to be sold in a very short period of time. The administrators also had to defend a winding up application made by one of its creditors. Christina implemented a systematic and collaborative approach to deal with the multiple commercial and complex insolvency-technical matters, while committing to tight statutory and court deadlines. Christina’s clients were able to successfully complete the sale of the business, defend the wind up proceedings and obtain a highly satisfactory outcome for creditors in a very short time.