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Jonathon in 60 seconds

Jonathon has extensive experience in banking, financial services and corporate insolvency litigation, fraud and commercial dispute resolution. He has acted for leading institutions, corporates and insolvency practitioners both domestically and internationally.

Jonathon is a banking, financial services and corporate insolvency litigation expert. He is dual-qualified having been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.

He advises a range of clients including leading financial institutions, insolvency practitioners and corporates on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. He has particular experience of advising on corporate insolvency litigation, commercial litigation, contractual disputes, fraud related matters, breach of director duty litigation, corporate restructuring, security enforcement and cross-border insolvency law.

Prior to joining HDY in December 2015, Jonathon practiced as an associate in the disputes resolution group at Linklaters LLP, London where he specialised in corporate insolvency, banking and financial services litigation. During his time in London he acted in a number of high profile and complex matters arising out of the global financial crisis in 2008. Jonathon has acted in matters before the UK Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court.

He has produced a number of articles on insolvency, litigation and recovery matters.


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Industry associations

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • NSW Law Society
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • ARITA Advanced Certificate in Insolvency

Jonathon's Recent Experience


Acting for a leading Australian retailer in relation to the collapse of Dick Smith Electronics. In particular, with respect to the termination of their national trading relationship with Dick Smith Electronics.

Directors' Duties

Acting for the former directors of a Responsible Entity in relation to Federal Court proceedings concerning the collapse of a managed investment scheme related to the RiverCity Motorway group.

Personal Property Securities Act (PPSA)

Acting for Alleasing, an asset finance and leasing company, in a dispute in the Supreme Court of NSW against the voluntary administrators of OneSteel Manufacturing, an Arrium group entity, in relation to security interests under the PPSA over iron ore crushing equipment. 

Cayman Islands

Acting for the petitioners, including a leading investment bank and government entities, in relation to a just and equitable winding up petition concerning an exempted limited partnership and related litigation before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

Jonathon's Recent Insights


  • 23 Mar 2016

It is an exciting time to be working in the financial services industry. Cognitive science, innovation and change are currently powerful forces in financial services, driving fundamental and perman...

Insolvency reforms needed to preserve enterprise value

  • 01 Mar 2016

KEY TAKE OUTSInsolvency reforms at a glance.Introducing a safe harbour from personal liability for directors for insolvent trading if they appoint a restructuring adviser to develop a turnaround pl...

The Review - Summer 2016

  • 02 Feb 2016

The last substantive reforms to Australia’s insolvency system arose out of the Harmer inquiry, which was conducted in the 1980s. Since then, the corporate world has become a lot more complica...

Safe Harbour Finally In Sight For Company Directors

  • 01 Jan 2016

After a “false start” with former Minister Chris Bowen’s 2010 discussion paper, it appears as if Australian insolvency law will be reformed to provide directors with relief agains...