Jon Erbacher - Senior Associate

Jon Erbacher Jon advises on litigation and dispute resolution for clients in the resources and energy, insurance, property, construction, hospitality, sport and leisure industries.

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Jon advises on a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including disputes related to contracts, trusts, partnerships and joint ventures. He also advises clients on alternative dispute resolution.

Jon’s experience includes conducting litigation and advising clients in the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts of Queensland, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and interstate Courts, including mining-related litigation in the Warden’s Court in Western Australia.

Jon’s clients come from a variety of industry sectors including resources and energy, insurance, property, construction, hospitality, sport and leisure. Jon has a keen interest in sports law and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association, as well as a tribunal member for the National Basketball League Single Member Tribunal and the Touch Football Australia Disciplinary Tribunal.

Jon holds qualifications in Laws (Hons) and Business Management from the University of Queensland, and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. 

Areas of Practice

  • Advising the owners of hotels in Queensland in relation to disputes in the Supreme Court of Queensland with joint owners of those pubs and hotels regarding claims for an account of rebates and other supplier benefits and defending a claim for management fees.
  • Advising the owning entity of the Palmer Coolum Resort in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland against Pinehurst Nominees in respect of a lease of a locker attaching to which were certain golfing rights at the resort.
  • Advising Diploma Construction in a dispute in the Supreme Court of Western Australia with Best Bar Reinforcements in relation to the supply of reinforcement steel for the construction of various residential apartment buildings in and around Perth.
  • Advising Clive Palmer in a dispute in the Supreme Court of Queensland with Hyatt, the former manager of the Palmer Coolum Resort, in relation to the purported termination of the management agreement for the resort.
  • Advising Clive Palmer in relation to various disputes with the Body Corporate of the Paradise Island Resort.
  • Advising McGrathNicol in relation to the sale of a lender’s security property in circumstances where the purchaser failed to attend settlement and complete the contract.
  • Advising JM Kelly Project Builders on a Supreme Court dispute with Ed Ahern Plumbing.
  • Advising clients in relation to the breakdown of joint ventures, including acting in proceedings in the Supreme and District Courts in respect of the termination of joint ventures and claims arising from the conduct of joint ventures.
  • Advising Orion Metals in a dispute with a former consultant in the Warden’s Court in Western Australia, relating to the alleged misuse of confidential information to obtain exploration permits for mining tenements in the vicinity of Orion’s tenements.
  • Advising Paddington Gold in a dispute in Western Australia with a previous licensee of a mining tenement, who lodged a caveat over a tenement in which Paddington Gold had purchased an interest and was seeking to mine.
  • Advising a holder of a mining lease in Western Australia in a dispute in the Warden’s Court related to the purported termination of a licence to mine resources on the tenement.
  • Advising the Gold Coast Turf Club in an appeal to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal opposing the Racing Queensland Stewards’ decision against the Club’s Chairman for unseemly conduct.
  • Advising the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in relation to allegations made by an unsuccessful bidder arising out of the bidding process for the sale of the State’s shareholding in Ecofund Queensland Pty Ltd.
  • Assisting with and advising on investigations and prosecutions on behalf of the Board of Architects of Queensland.
  • Advising Petroleum Nominees (a company controlled by Clive Palmer) in proceedings in the Supreme Court related to a claim against Central Petroleum that it had acted oppressively, and its directors had breached their directors' duties, in respect of their conduct in an $11 million share placement to institutional investors.
  • Advising Eddy Groves in litigation against his ex-wife relating to guarantees provided to several margin lenders and dividends from their chain of ABC Childcare Centres.
  • Advising GBST in relation to Supreme Court proceedings regarding issues arising out of the sale of shares within that company by a group of shareholders.
  • Advising a property owner in relation to statutory rights of use arising out of a high rise development on a neighbouring property.
  • Advising a provider of engineering and design services and products in the resources and energy industry in relation to a dispute regarding the design and manufacture of mobile frac tanks.
  • Advising a group of farmers in relation to the reinstatement of a deregistered company, and obtaining default judgment against the company in order to pursue its directors, who resided in Bahrain, with respect to an alleged international scam.