Learn more about one of HDY's newest partners Noel McCoy


  1. Why did you become a lawyer and why do you keep practising law?
    I became a lawyer by default – it followed from what I studied at uni. But in my career I been fortunate to find what the Japanese call 'Ikigai' – that place where you can combine what you love, what the world needs, what you can be paid for and what you're good at.
  2. Why do you choose to practise in your area of expertise?
    I practise in banking, turnaround and insolvency because it is often challenging and complex and requires relatively unique skills and experience to solve clients' challenges and deliver positive outcomes.
  3. What has been a highlight of your career?
    Working in Australia's leading cross border insolvency cases – Saad Investments and Centaur. I am very excited to be joining one of the world's leading global insolvency practices with our proposed combination with Norton Rose Fulbright.
  4. What's the biggest misconception about being a lawyer?
    That we are just legal experts. Of course we are, but more than anything, we have to know our clients' businesses to ensure that we are giving them solutions that will help address their challenges.
  5. If you could change one law what would it be? OR If you could create one law what would it be?
    I would bring in tax cuts. We shouldn't punish success and should incentivise innovation, productivity and self-reliance.

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