Laura in 60 seconds

Laura has extensive experience in insolvency and banking dispute resolution. She advises Australia's leading banks and other financial clients on complex corporate insolvency processes, litigation and recovery matters.

Laura acts for banks, insolvency practitioners, companies and creditors on issues connected with companies in financial distress and has assisted clients on a variety of insolvency and restructuring assignments. She regularly advises on security enforcement, receiverships, voluntary administrations and liquidations.

Laura has significant experience with professional negligence claims on behalf of banking clients, in particular, against valuers. She is also regularly involved in dealing with security enforcement litigation, matters involving Financial Ombudsman Service complaints, fraud related matters and general banking and insolvency related litigation in the Supreme Court and Federal Court.

Laura has recently completed a 6 month secondment in house at an Australian bank. 
She regularly presents and writes on insolvency, litigation and recovery matters.

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons)
    IPAA's Insolvency Education Program

    International experience

    Laura is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and spent a number of years working in London as a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, specialising in insolvency and corporate recovery.

Industry associations

  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales

Laura's Recent Experience

Ferrier Hodgson

Advised Ferrier Hodgson (receivers and managers) in relation to the sale of 2 power plants located in NSW held by the Sunshine Electricity Joint Venture (SEJV), an unincorporated joint venture.

Hastie Group

Hastie was a significant player in the construction industry with companies which provide technical and engineering services to the building, infrastructure and resources sectors. Hastie went into administration with close to $1bn of debt. HDY was appointed by PPB Advisory in June 2012 to manage the legal and commercial issues arising from the administration of the 44 companies in the Hastie Group.

Perpetual Limited

Advised Perpetual on litigation conducted in the UK and US in connection with notes issued by Mahogany Capital Limited and arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Laura's Recent Insights

Insolvency Law Reforms – Update

  • 08 Jun 2017

On 1 June 2017 the Federal Government introduced the Treasury Law Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No.2) Bill 2017 into parliament. If enacted, the legislation will bring a major shake-up...

Not-for-profits under financial stress – what does this mean for you?

  • 18 May 2017

News reports in recent days that the Newcastle Anglican Diocese is facing a $1 million shortfall in this financial year is a timely reminder of the risks facing lenders into the church and not-for-...

Insolvency Law Reforms – how they affect you

  • 10 May 2017

Australian insolvency laws have been criticised for precipitating value destruction and terminal decline in the life of a company.   To address this the Australian Government recently r...

Court approval required for post-administration security interest grants

  • 31 Mar 2017

In a decision of the Federal Court of Australia handed down today, the Court has clarified that lenders to companies in external administration taking registered security interests under the Person...