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Awards & Recognition
Commonwealth Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry - for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Aussie Home Loans Case Study), instructed by Clayton Utz (2018).
Canberra Raiders v ACT Gambling & Racing Commission - for Canberra Raiders, instructed by Snedden Hall & Gallop (2018).
NSW Ombudsman's inquiry into water compliance and enforcement 2007-2017 - for WaterNSW, instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright (see Special Report to Parliament delivered 8 March 2018).
Public Inquiry under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 (NSW) into the RSL Charities - for veterans & aged care services provider RSL LifeCare Limited, instructed by Clayton Utz (see Report delivered to Minister 31 January 2018).
ICAC – Operation Credo (Australian Water Holdings) - for Senator the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, former Chairman of Australian Water Holdings Pty Limited, instructed by Arnold Bloch Liebler; also acted in successful defence of Federal Court claim by minority shareholders (2014-2017).
ICAC – Operation Spicer (Political Donations) - for Sen. the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, former Treasurer, Liberal Party of Australia (NSW Division), instructed by Arnold Bloch Liebler (2014-2016). Also acted in related investigation by the NSW Electoral Commission (2016-2017).
Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW - for Chief Executive Officer of state regulator Greyhounds NSW, instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright & Clayton Utz (2015-2016).
National Australia Bank in successful settlement of claim by high net worth investors re complex financial product advice: Hanley v National Australia Bank, Victorian Supreme Court (settled, 2015).
Commonwealth Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption & Governance - for Thiess/John Holland Executive General Manager, re his negotiations with the Hon. Bill Shorten MP (then National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union and now Federal Opposition Leader and Leader of the Australian Labor Party) (2015).
ICAC – Operation Tunic - for NSW Mine Subsidence Board, state-owned corporation established to administer a compensation scheme for damage caused by mine subsidence (2014-2015).
Investor representative in winding up of unregistered managed investment scheme at first instance and on appeal- ASIC v GDK Financial Solutions Pty Ltd (in liq) (2016) FCA (Middleton J); ASIC v GDK (No 14)  FCA 459 (Gordon J); ASICv GDK (No 11)  FCA 1034 and ASIC v GDK (No 12)  FCA 1035 (Dodds-Streeton J); ZMB Australia Pty Ltd v Warne  FCA 311 (Ryan J); ZMB Australia Pty Ltd v Warne  FCAFC 65 (appeal); ASICv GDK (No 8)  FCA 997 (Dodds-Streeton J) (ex parte for approval of compromise); ASIC v GDK FCA 710 (Gray J); ASICv GDK (No 6)  FCA 1092 (Finkelstein J); AVS Property Pty Ltd v McMaster  FCAFC 81; (2010) 79 ACSR 89 (appeal); AVS Property Pty Limited v Western Retirement Village Management Ltd (In Liq)  FCA 512 (Ryan J); ASIC v GDK Financial SolutionsPty Ltd (in liq) No 3  FCA 448 (2008) 169 FCR 497 (2008) 248 ALR 766;and ASIC v GDK (No 4) FCA 858 (Finkelstein J).
Derivatives clients of MF Global (Australia) liquidation of Australian Financial Services Licensee involving proper construction of client money provisions in ss 981A-981H of Corporations Act2001 (Cth) and regs 7.8.01-7.8.05 of Corporations Regulations2001 (Cth), and complex priority dispute with counter parties MF Global Singapore Pte (in liq) and Deutsche Bank AG: In re MF Global Australia Ltd (in liq)  NSWSC 994; In re MF Global Australia Ltd (in liq) (No 2)  NSWSC 1426; (2012) 267 FLR27.
Special Commission of Inquiry into The Medical Research & Compensation Foundation (the James Hardie Inquiry) - Junior Counsel Assisting the Commission, instructed by NSW Crown Solicitors (2004). Later appeared for the ASIC in civil penalty proceedings against the senior executives, directors and entities: ASIC v Macdonald (No 12)  NSWSC 714; 73 ACSR 638 and ASIC v Macdonald (No 11)  NSWSC 287; (2009) 71 ACSR 368, instructed by Clayton Utz for ASIC (2007-2010).
Commonwealth Royal Commission into collapse of HIH Insurance Ltd - for international reinsurer Hannover Re & senior executives, instructed by Minter Ellison (2001-2003). Later appeared in defence of disqualification proceedings by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority: X & Ors v Australian Prudential Regulation Authority  HCA 4; (2007) 226 CLR 630 on appeal from Applicant Y v APRA  FCAFC 37, on appeal from Applicant X v APRA  FCA 1288; (2006) 14 ANZ Ins Cases 61 (2004-2007). Also appeared in defence of shareholder class action: Johnstone v HIH Insurance Limited  FCA 1414; Johnstone v HIH Limited  FCA 190 (settled, 2005).
Education & Awards
Further Professional Education