The Board

Scott Atkins

I'm unapologetically determined and fearless. I pursue excellence. Always.

Scott Atkins Partner
Chairman of the Board

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.

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Michael Bampton

Experience and thinking differently allows me to provide commercial solutions when it absolutely matters.

Michael Bampton Partner

Michael is a member of the Board and specialises in all aspects of construction law. His clients include government and public sector entities, financial institutions and major contractors.

Michael is highly experienced in advising on the drafting and negotiation of all documentation required to successfully undertake complicated top-end projects.  This experience also includes providing extensive commercial contract administration assistance throughout the life of his client's projects.

Michael is also an experienced litigator and his clients trust him to achieve strategic and commercial results for them through the contract dispute processes, including the use of alternative dispute resolution methods.

One of Michael's recent career highlights was his involvement in the Melbourne Observation Wheel. This very public and highly scrutinised Melbourne attraction failed in its early operation. Michael, as part of a legal team that acted for the owner of the wheel, was instrumental in achieving a resolution of all issues arising in a multi party dispute and the eventual sale of the asset through a series of complicated transactions.

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Michael Greene

I am energised most by delivering for our clients, our people and our community.

Michael Greene Managing Partner

Michael is our Managing Partner. He is also one of our top litigators and is recognised as a expert in this field by his clients and peers alike. Over his 22 years at HDY, he has held many leadership roles and has been instrumental in shaping the firm to where it is today.

As Managing Partner, Michael leads the firm's Executive Team and is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm, the high quality of the service provided to our clients and the well being of all staff, working in close consultation with the firm's Board.

Michael has been a member of the HDY family for over 22 years, and during that time has held many other leadership roles, including as a member of the Board, Leader of the firm's Dispute Resolution practice and Head of the firm's Government Sector practice. Michael has been instrumental in formulating and implementing sector, client and performance strategies which have strengthened our firm.

As one of our top litigators, Michael has acted for public and private sector clients in the government, financial services, and other corporate sectors. His clients call upon him to advise them on disputes concerning contracts, tendering and procurement, fraud, intellectual property, directors and shareholders, corporate governance, administrative law, statutory duties and interpretation, road transport law, regulation and enforcement and issues concerning privilege and confidentiality.

Michael specialises in advising and appearing for government clients in statutory inquiries including several significant ICAC inquiries, a judicial inquiry, WorkCover investigations and a large number of coronial inquests.

One of the most significant matters of his career was representing the New South Wales Police Force in relation to the Special Commission of Inquiry into matters relating to the police investigation of certain sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland - Newcastle and in relation to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Michael is also renowned for his expertise in road transport law and he regularly advises Roads and Maritime Services in relation to enforcement and prosecution matters.

In the private sector, Michael advises clients on their dealings with corporate regulators such as ASIC and the ACCC, and in substantial contractual disputes, often involving multiple parties and complex project documentation, and trade practices matters.

Michael is listed by Chambers Asia-Pacific as a "Leader in the Field" of government. He is a CEO Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's national pay equity campaign and a non-executive director of Streetwork, a Sydney based charity which provides support for "at risk" young people.

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Andrew Steele

I strive for excellence. I believe near enough is simply not good enough.

Andrew Steele Partner

Andrew is a member of our Board. He specialises in both advice and transactional aspects of property law and is a trusted adviser to a range of clients including fund managers, financial institutions, restructuring and insolvency practitioners and developers.

Andrew regularly advises on the development, acquisition and disposal of industrial, retail and commercial properties, negotiating development agreements, joint venture documents and management agreements and commercial and industrial leases.

His clients include Goodman, GPT, Eureka, Dexus, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Volkswagen Group.

Andrew's career highlights all involve projects directed at transforming communities. He is delighted to be working alongside GPT on its community focussed projects at Rouse Hill Town Centre and Newcastle CBD. Andrew has also assisted the New South Wales State Government on its world-class Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Program.

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Elizabeth Wild

Knowing the law is not enough – our value is in delivering our clients a commercial and practical solution.

Elizabeth Wild Partner

Liz is a member of the Board. She is a specialist in all areas of environmental law, with a particular focus on contamination and pollution. Liz is also the Head of our Property, Environment and Planning practice and recognised by her clients, peers and legal directories as a leader in her field.

Our clients call upon Liz to help them tackle environmental issues such as negotiating the sale and purchase of contaminated sites and obtaining planning and environmental approvals for the remediation and development of contaminated land. She also advises on environmental due diligence, licensing and compliance issues and pollution law, as well as drafting and implementing environmental management systems.

One of Liz's career highlights has been acting for Jeffman Pty Limited in an action it successfully brought against the NSW Environment Protection Authority in the first ever legal challenge under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997 (NSW).

Liz acts for large manufacturing companies, government agencies, listed property trusts and property developers.  Her clients include Sydney Trains, RMS, Orora and the Department of Defence.

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Diane Smith-Gander Independent Board Member

Diane is the first non-partner to be appointed to the Henry Davis York Board. She is a leader in the Australian business community and has been described as one of the most influential women in the country.

Diane Smith-Gander is non-Executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, a board member of Keystart Loans, Henry Davis York, CEDA and immediate past President of Chief Executive Women, Australia’s pre-eminent women’s advocacy group. 
Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director of the CBH Group, commissioner of Tourism WA and board member of the Committee for Perth.
Diane’s last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac; a member of the leadership team of the corporation, responsible for all Information Technology, back office operations, global vendor management and property.  Diane was a General Manager at Westpac for 10 years in the 1990s responsible for back office functions, retail networks and support functions. 
Prior to re-joining Westpac Diane was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey serving clients in diverse industries globally.  Diane became a senior advisor to McKinsey in Australia in 2016.
Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency, the government agency responsible for deterring the use of performance enhancing drugs.
Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from the University of Western Australia (UWA).  In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from UWA.  She is a Fellow of the AICD and Governance Institute of Australia and an adjunct professor of corporate governance at UWA where she serves on the advisory board of the Business School. She is also a Council member of Perth’s Methodist Ladies’ College.
Diane is a keen down hill skier and operates a vineyard in Margaret River.
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