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Kathy in 60 seconds

Kathy specialises in corporate insolvency, general commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has advised on many of Australia's biggest corporate disputes, collapses and investigations.

Kathy has been called upon to advise on many of Australia's major corporate disputes, collapses and investigations. Her clients include major corporations and financial institutions, directors, officers, accounting and professional services firms, administrators, liquidators, other corporate entities and individuals.

Kathy has extensive experience in the areas of insolvency, directors and officers duties, professional negligence claims, and regulatory and other investigations, representing parties whether as plaintiffs, defendants, investigators or the subject of investigation.

Kathy is a strong advocate for pro bono work and has played a lead role in developing our community and pro bono program.

Qualifications

  • BA LLB

Independent Recognition

  • Listed as a Recognised Practitioner in Restructuring & Insolvency by Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016 and 2015
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Dispute Resolution in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Recognised as an expert in Litigation and Insolvency and Reorganisation law in Best Lawyers since 2014

Industry associations

  • Member of Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LEADR)
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)

Kathy's Recent Experience

APRA

Advising the prudential regulator, APRA, in its investigations into the collapse of Trio Capital Ltd resulting from the largest ever superannuation fraud in Australia, and acting on the pursuit of banning orders against directors.

Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund Limited

Acting for the Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund (AICF) for over 7 years on a range of complex and ground-breaking insurance litigation and unlitigated claims to recover millions of dollars in insurance and reinsurance globally, in particular from the reinsurers of HIH (a major insurance company that collapsed in 2001). This included the first ever successful application under s562A(4) of the Corporations Act to cut through the contractual relationship between an insolvent insurer and reinsurer. Prepared claims for AICF in Insurer' schemes of arrangement and prepared and advised upon commutations with insurers.

ABC Learning Centres

The corporate collapse of ABC is one of the largest and high profile collapses in Australian corporate history. As lawyers for ABCs’ banking syndicate of 7 banks (including the 4 major Australian domestic banks, and 3 international banks) and its receivers we have advised on a unique restructure of ABC’s core business prior to its sale along with a number of cross-border issues. We have also provided general advice to the banking syndicate and on examinations conducted by the administrator/liquidator.

New Cap Reinsurance

Acted for the liquidator and scheme administrator of New Cap Reinsurance (New Cap). New Cap was a significant liquidation of an international reinsurance company, involving complex cross-border insolvency issues, as well as significant Australian insolvency and insurance law issues. The matter included a successful appeal to the UK Supreme Court on cross-border issues, as well as an appeal to the High Court of Australia.

Octaviar Administration

Acting for Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) and its Liquidators (OA) in professional negligence proceedings against a top 4 accounting firm.

Kathy's Recent Insights

Regulatory Recap - December 2016

  • 21 Dec 2016

Recent Key DevelopmentsLabor established a Senate inquiry to review the impact of misconduct in the banking and financial services sectorASIC announced BMW Australia Finance Limited would implement...

Regulatory Recap - November 2016

  • 28 Nov 2016

Recent Key DevelopmentsHouse of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics released its first report on its review of the major banksPresident-elect Donald Trump foreshadowed that he may disma...

ICAC triumvirate to herald greater procedural fairness and transparency

  • 18 Nov 2016

In efforts to restructure the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2016 passed through the lower house and upper house of t...

ASIC shifts evidentiary burden to advice licensees

  • 31 Oct 2016

Advice licensees may already be feeling the impact of ASIC's amended Class Order 14/923 (CO 14/923), which expands the obligations on advice licensees to maintain records. Prior to the release ...