Restructuring/Insolvency Department

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What the team is known for Specialist expertise in complex insolvency matters and handling liquidations, administrations and debt restructurings. Acts for a plethora of public bodies and insolvency practitioners on a diverse range of insolvency-related mandates and also has extensive experience in unwinding managed investment schemes. Further assists corporates in financial distress.

Strengths A client praises the team's capability on "big-ticket, institutional restructuring," going on to say: "They can deliver in any sector, they have the depth of team to maintain and deliver in any sector. They're up there among the best in the Australian market, and are some good friends to have when you need them."

Another client highlights the team's strength as "technical lawyers," and appreciates that the team is "very good on complicated legal issues."

Work highlights Acted for Deloitte in its capacity as provisional liquidators and subsequently liquidators appointed to the Plutus Payroll Group, which owed an estimated AUD163 million to creditors at the time of its collapse.

Notable practitioners

Brendon Watkins
maintains his position as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer who acts for appointees and distressed companies on diverse range of mandates in sectors including education, property development and retail. "He's excellent and is good for the big and super complex issues," a client says, another adding: "He's all over the detail, never shows up unprepared and is really strong technically."

Caitlin Murray
"is incredibly intelligent, quick-thinking and efficient," one client attests. Another client praises her "very calm, rational, non-aggressive approach" and her "ability to work in a consensual way in a highly stressful situation." She acts for appointees on significant insolvency proceedings such as liquidations in various sectors.

Michael Hughes
is recommended by clients as a strong technical lawyer. He enjoys a noteworthy reputation for his work on complex restructurings and insolvency matters, and regularly acts for appointees on various significant mandates, including deeds of company arrangement and liquidations.