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Scott in 60 seconds

Scott is the Chair of our Board and an internationally renowned insolvency and restructuring lawyer. He is an inaugural Fellow and a member of the Board of INSOL International. Scott is also Vice President of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA).

Scott is a trusted adviser to Australia's leading banks and insolvency and restructuring practitioners and has acted on some of the industry's most complex and sensitive banking and insolvency advisory and dispute resolution matters.

Prior to joining HDY, Scott practiced for 7 years as in-house counsel with Commonwealth Bank Group. He is now our Client Relationship Partner for the CBA Group. He is also the co-leader of our cross-border insolvency practice and our regulatory enforcement practice. Scott is recognised by his peers for his leading expertise in cross-border insolvency, acting on both inbound engagements in Australia and advising Australian clients on outbound engagements in the USA, UK, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and The Netherlands, among other jurisdictions.

Scott was the Australian delegate on the Advisory Committee on Comparative Law established by the American Bankruptcy Institute as part of its Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. This resulted in a landmark report for the reform of Chapter 11.

He is a published author on insolvency and cross-border insolvency. Most recently, Scott was one of the Australian contributors to the 2015 publication 'International Contributions to the reform of Chapter 11 U.S. bankruptcy code' which is volume 2 of the European and International Insolvency Law Studies series. He also authored the Australian chapter of Avoidance of Antecedent Transactions and Cross-Border Insolvency (INSOL International). Among other publications, he is the co-author, together with Professor Rosalind Mason, of the Australian chapter of Look Chan Ho's leading text: Cross-Border Insolvency: Cases and Materials (Kluwer International).

Scott is a visiting lecturer on cross-border insolvency at the University of Sydney in its undergraduate and postgraduate law programs lead by Professor John Stumbles.

Qualifications

  • BEc, LLB (Macq) LLM (Syd)
    Fellow of INSOL International

Independent Recognition

  • Awarded the 2015 ARITA President's Award for outstanding contribution to the professional development of ARITA
  • Listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as one of the world's leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers in Who's Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring 2014
  • Awarded INSOL International Fellowship, 2009
  • Ranked as a "Pre-eminent" lawyer in Insolvency in the Doyles Guide to The Australian Legal Profession
  • Listed as an expert in Insolvency and Reorganisation Law in Best Lawyers since 2011
  • Recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in Restructuring and Insolvency in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in IFLR1000, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012

Industry associations

  • Board Member, INSOL International
  • Chair of INSOL Fellows Committee
  • Chair of INSOL 2021 Strategic TaskForce
  • Vice President, ARITA
  • Member, INSOL Global Insolvency Practice Course Core Committee
  • Member, NSW ARITA Committee
  • Member, NSW Regional ASIC Liaison Group
  • Member, Fellowship Course Committee, INSOL International
  • Course leader, ARITA Insolvency Education Program
  • Editorial Board Member, 'Global INSOLvency' website, INSOL International
  • Editorial Board Member, International Corporate Rescue, published by ChaseCambria
  • Editorial member of INSOL's Technical Electronic Newsletter Committee
  • Chairman of the Board of Dunmore Lang College, a residential college affiliated with Macquarie University, Sydney

Scott's Recent Experience

Octaviar

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.

SAAD Group

Acts as the lead Australian adviser for the Cayman Island and English liquidators in the liquidation of Saad Investments which resulted in the first Australian decision on centre of main interest under the UNCITRAL Model Law as adopted in Australia - Ackers v Saad Investments Company Limited.

Scott's Recent Insights

Reforms to address corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme

  • 24 Jul 2017

The Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme provides cover for certain employees who have lost their jobs due to the insolvency of their employer. It is intended to be a scheme of last resort to support...

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...