Rodney in 60 seconds

Rodney practices in commercial litigation and equity. He advises banks, secured lenders, creditors and insolvency practitioners in the areas of debt recovery, security enforcement, fraud recoveries, voluntary administrations, deeds of company arrangement, receiverships, liquidations and bankruptcies. He also has experience from a broad variety of commercial disputes, including dealing with issues arising in respect of trusts and fiduciary relationships.

Rodney acts for our major banking clients in a wide variety of claims including claims against valuers and a variety of issues arising in respect of the maintenance and enforcement of securities. He also acts on behalf of a number of insolvency practitioners and trustees.

Rodney's practice covers litigation to recover money and property on behalf of banks, financiers, receivers, administrators, provisional liquidators, liquidators and trustees for the benefit of creditors, as well as litigating the many issues that arise in the course of insolvent administrations.

Rodney has worked on some large insolvencies in the financial, rural, mining, aged care, property development, industrial and technology sectors.

He has also acted in matters involving ASIC prosecutions, and has been involved in the preparation and conduct of other major multi-party litigation.

Rodney has recently taken a leading role in the team assembled by HDY to perform a retainer from the Asian Development Bank to assist Myanmar with insolvency law reform. That team has consulted with senior officials in the government and judiciary of Myanmar (as well as other interested parties), prepared a substantial policy report and drafted insolvency legislation for consideration of the Myanmar authorities and Parliament.


  • BA, LLB

Rodney's Recent Experience

Super Fund

Acts for a large super fund as one of 4 institutional investors in a unit trust engaged in property development, where the retired trustee and manager alleged that a retirement agreement had been entered into and has asserted a quantum meruit claim.


HDY acts for Bentleys Corporate Recovery on all aspects of the liquidation of the Octaviar Group (formerly MFS) and the resulting global litigation. The collapse of Octaviar is one of the country's largest ever liquidations. The formal recognition of the Australian proceedings against Octaviar in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York in 2013 are testament to the significance of the liquidation and its global impact.

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.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Acted for the Bank in novel proceedings in which a defaulting property developer sought to have the Bank's securities transferred to another financier in the face of a claim by the second mortgagee to have the mortgage transferred to it.