Maha Chaar

Special Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Perth
Australia
T:+61 8 6212 3210
Perth
Australia
T:+61 8 6212 3210
Maha Chaar

Maha Chaar

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Biography

Maha Chaar is a corporate and commercial dispute resolution lawyer based in our Perth office. 

Maha has extensive dispute resolution experience advising and acting on large scale and complex litigation. 

She has been involved at the Federal and Supreme Court level in many major commercial litigation matters, including several high-profile cases. 

Her work involves all forms of litigation and dispute resolution and spans a variety of fields including resources, contractual disputes, Corporations Act disputes, trustee and fiduciary duties, torts disputes, leasing disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct, shareholder disputes, trade practices and competition law, directors' duties, professional negligence, insolvency matters, and conspiracy to cause economic harm.  

Maha has a keen interest in the life sciences and healthcare industry stemming from her prior experience working in the medical industry.


Professional experience

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  • Master of Laws, 2015
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), 2003
  • Bachelor of Science, 1995
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia 2005
  • Federal Court of Australia 2005
  • High Court of Australia 2005

Commercial litigation

  • Advised on commencing proceedings against a global manufacturer of aircrafts, involving claims arising from contractual arrangements for the sale and purchase of global business jets. The claim was for damages in the sum of approximately $600 million. The matter involved complex issues of establishing an agreement by conduct, jurisdictional issues by reason of the fact that the air craft manufacturer is an overseas resident, consideration of misleading and deceptive conduct, and misrepresentations.
  • Acted for the plaintiff against a top tier international law firm for damages in the sum of $25 million for negligent advice. The proceedings arose out of legal advice given on the terms of a written agreement.
  • Represented a corporate client in proceedings against two major insurance companies for $30 million claim over the destruction of a private aeroplane by fire. 
  • Acted for the plaintiff in proceedings in the Supreme Court of WA against a naval architect and his company for losses in the sum of $20 million as a result of the defendants' negligence in the design of a luxury catamaran motor yacht vessel, the supervision of the construction of the vessel, and the resultant sea handling and performance issues with the vessel. 
  • Acted for the plaintiff corporate trustee in proceedings against 15 defendants for damages in excess of $200 million concerning allegations of various causes of action including breach of joint venture agreement, conspiracy to cause economic hard, and statutory unconscionable conduct. 
  • Acted for a large corporation builder in Supreme Court proceedings over a $6 million construction dispute involving ten defendants, including principal, superintendent, subcontractors, engineers and insurers. I also pursued on behalf of my client contribution proceedings against the principal and third party proceedings against the subcontractor. 
  • Acted for a corporate client against a major public resources company in a $150 million claim for breach of contract. Issues of estoppel and rectification also raised.  Matter heard on appeal. I had conduct of the file on behalf of the client since inception at first instance and on appeal.
  • Acted for a high net-worth client against a public resources company in a dispute for the grant of options valued at $12 million. 
  • Represented five high net-worth individuals who lost $10 million through the fraudulent conduct of a securities stockbroking firm. Was successful in reaching a settlement favourable to my clients for the full amount lost.
  • Timor-Leste v Australia - The Impact of International Law on the Current and the Future Arrangements in the Timor Sea. Article accepted for publication in the Australian Law Journal.
  • Board Diversity: Would Your Board Benefit from Having a Lawyer-Director? Published on the front cover of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, WA Director, Issue 56, July 2016.
  • Directors' Personal Guarantees. Published in the Australian Institute of Company Directors, WA Director, Issue 54, Summer 2015; and in the Brief, The Law Society of Western Australia, Volume 43, No. 1, February 2016.
  • Construction of Contracts: Ambiguity as the Gateway to Surrounding Circumstances. Paper presented before approximately 150 in-house general counsel at ACC Corporate Counsel Day on 19 May 2016.
  • Presented various internal and external professional development seminars on issues relevant to lawyers and clients.
  • Committee member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Law Society of Western Australia, appointed January 2016 to present.
  • Participant in the 2017 Director Pipeline Program run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 
  • Participant in the 2017 Behind Closed Doors program.  
  • Law Society of Western Australia
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Arabic
  • English