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

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.

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.

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.

Laura's Recent Insights

Defeating legal privilege to obtain access to documents created to frustrate creditors' claims

  • 16 Oct 2017

People who are targets of liquidators' and other claimants' investigations often attempt to hide behind the veil of legal professional privilege to avoid producing documents.However, the ve...

Government moves forward on reforms to address corporate misuse of FEG Scheme

  • 06 Oct 2017

On 5 October 2017, the Australian Government announced that it would move forward with proposed reforms to address the concern that the Government's Fair Entitlement Guarantee Scheme is increas...

In Defence of Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Professionals

  • 28 Sep 2017

Restructuring, insolvency and turnaround professionals play a fundamental role in the economy and deliver important outcomes for business. So why the bad press?Read our article published in the Sep...

UPDATE: Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reform passes through the Federal Parliament

  • 21 Sep 2017

The 'safe harbour' reforms are now law.On 18 September 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent.The 'safe harbour' provisi...