Cowen Schwarz Marschke Lawyers
Address Level 8 / 300 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland
Phone Number +61 (0)7 300 300 00
First Contact: Richard Cowen
Fax Number +61 (0)7 300 300 33

City: Brisbane, Queensland
Main areas of expertise: Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Corporate, Commercial Property

Member Summary

Cowen Schwarz Marschke Lawyers is a specialist legal practice located in the Brisbane CBD, Queensland, Australia. We pride ourselves on being an energetic firm of practitioners, who are results focused, concentrating on delivery of quality advice, as quickly as possible. Our lawyers are accessible to clients directly, and as necessary. The firm focuses on the following areas of practice:- Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Corporate & Commercial Property.

Practice Overview

Commercial Litigation

Cowen Schwarz Marschke Lawyers have vast experience in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. These disputes range from some of Australia’s largest and most ground breaking trials, through to disputes between business partners in large, medium and small businesses, and other small business disputes.

Areas of practice and experience include:

  • Partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Corporate disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Franchise and commercial agreement disputes
  • Lease, tenancy and land disputes
  • Banking and securities enforcement and litigation
  • Building disputes
  • Trade practices litigation
  • Contractual disputes
  • Defamation actions
  • Tax audits and disputes

We have acted for large commercial organisations (and in one matter achieving one of Australia’s largest ever awards for exemplary damages), through to numerous corporate and partnership disputes. Those partnership disputes include disputes in small business, large corporations, professional practices and franchising disputes.

Our partners are recognized as leaders in the field of modern complex commercial litigation. We draw on our considerable experience in acting for all our clients, and our reputation for toughness is only matched by our ability to achieve successful outcomes. We promise a clear assessment of your case, and its likely outcomes, as well as the best strategy to get the best result for our clients. Our lawyers think strategically and pro-actively to ensure the case is concluded as quickly and effectively as possible.

We have staff at all levels with considerable experience in each of these areas, and are able to direct any dispute to a staff member of an appropriate experience, who is able to assist with the matter.

Our Partners and Associates are always available to both clients and our staff to ensure that matters are handled with the utmost efficiency.


Cowen Schwarz Marschke has focused on insolvency as one of its main practice areas since the inception of the firm. Richard Cowen has extensive experience practising in insolvency.

The firm’s experience includes acting in relation to all types of insolvency matters including:

  • Receivership
  • Liquidations
  • Public examinations
  • Voluntary administrations
  • Provisional liquidations
  • Bankruptcies
  • Part 10 arrangements under the Bankruptcy Act
  • All other forms of insolvency administration

The firm has acted for a wide range of clients in insolvency matters, ranging from individuals and company directors, through to large business and corporate clients affected by insolvency issues. We have acted for most of the leading insolvency practitioners in Queensland, and throughout Australia.

The specialist nature of the firm allows Cowen Schwarz Marschke to provide flexible specialist business and advisory services at a competitive cost, due to our knowledge and experience in the industry. The firm’s success is attributable to the quality of advice in these fields, and the numerous referrals of work from insolvency practitioners and our legal colleagues who specialise in other areas.


Whilst the experience and history of the firm is based in insolvency, litigation and dispute resolution, the experience gained in those fields, and the experience of our staff generally, extends through negotiation of commercial agreements and in the documentation of commercial transactions.

We can draw on our wide experience in commercial matters to ensure the best and most comprehensive result in any commercial matter. Our expertise ranges from the documentation of complex commercial transactions, to settlement to advising on large, medium and small transactions and structuring. Our particular expertise in the fields of both insolvency and commercial law allows us to be in the unique position to comprehensively advise in relation to structuring of transactions and asset protection.

We are able to document, and advise on transactions from the straightforward through to the extraordinarily complex.

Matters that we have advised on and documented include:

  • Business sales, structures and reorganisations
  • Competition and Consumer law advice
  • Commercial terms and conditions
  • Intellectual property
  • Company and shareholder arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Succession planning
  • Asset protection
  • Large commercial property transactions

Location and Main Practice Areas