(07) 3210 2011
(07) 3236 3026
  • Appellate
  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy
  • Corporations
  • Land Law & Property
  • Admitted to the Bar in 2000
  • Bachelor of Laws, with Honours, University of Queensland (1985 to 1988)


  • Bracton Chambers (2001 to 2009)
  • Level 10, Inns of Court (2009 to present)


  • Senior Associate at Clayton Utz (1993 to 2000)


    • Board member of Barristers Chambers Ltd (September 2018 – )
  • Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession – Leading Insolvency & Reconstruction Barristers – Queensland (2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession – Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Barristers – Queensland (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • In 2009 he conducted a public examination for the liquidators of Storm Financial Limited into the affairs of that company
  • From early 2012 he acted for the special purpose liquidator of Octaviar Limited in a preference claim against Fortress Credit Corporation (Australia) II Pty Ltd (the claim was settled shortly before trial, in April 2015, for a payment by Fortress of $12.35 million)
  • Since 2010 he has acted in more than forty District and Supreme Court claims of negligence against financial planners, most of which have been successfully resolved by mediation
  • Recently acted for a large financial services licensee (led by Mr Dunning QC) in the trial in the Supreme Court of Queensland of a claim by an authorised representative for a declaration that the licensee’s termination of the authorised representative was unlawful (together with associated injunctive relief).
  • ACCC v World Netsafe Pty Ltd (2003) 127 FCR 542; (2003) 133 FCR 279 (contempt)
  • ASIC v Edwards (2004) 22 ACLC 1469 (corporations; winding up)
  • Barton v Atlantic 3 Financial (Australia) Pty Ltd (2004) 212 ALR 348 (corporations; set-off)
  • Ensham Coal Sales Pty Ltd v Electric Power Development Co Ltd [2005] QSC 236 (pleadings; striking out) (led by Mr Webb SC)
  • ASIC v Green Pacific Energy Ltd (2006) 59 ACSR 142 (corporations; winding up; corporate governance)
  • Lang Parade Pty Ltd v Peluso [2006] 1 Qd.R 42 (real property; statutory rights of user) (led by Mr Stewart SC)
  • Sunnyville Pty Ltd v ADIG (Australia Development & Investment Group) Pty Ltd (in liq) [2006] QSC 249 (equitable liens) (led by Mr Bain QC)
  • AMCI Investments Pty Ltd v Rio Doce Australia Pty Ltd [2008] QCA 387 (contracts) (led by Mr Gotterson QC, as his Honour then was)
  • DCT v PM Developments Pty Ltd (2008) 173 FCR 247 (tax; insolvency) (led by Mr Stewart SC)
  • Jadewell Pty Ltd v Shelley [2008] QSC 336 (contracts; joint ventures) (led by Mr Savage SC)
  • Gold Coast Commerce Club Inc v Body Corporate for Surfers Plaza Resort [2008] QSC 323; [2009] QCA 238 (leases; recovery of possession of land; views) (led by Mr Morris QC)
  • Maclag (No. 11) Pty Ltd v Chantay Too Pty Ltd [2010] QSC 299; [2010] QSC 396 (partnership dispute) (led by Mr Savage SC)
  • Northbuild Construction Pty Ltd v Discovery Beach Project Pty Ltd [2011] QSC 174 (issue estoppel; arbitration) (led by Mr Savage SC)
  • Anglo Coal (Dawson Management) Pty Ltd v Greig [2011] FCA 941 (pre-action discovery)
  • Northbuild Construction Pty Ltd v Discovery Beach Project Pty Ltd (No. 4) [2011] 1 Qd.R 145 (discovery; implied undertaking) (led by Mr Savage SC)
  • Street v Ladini [2012] QSC 9 (contracts; option to purchase real property; unconscionability)
  • Re ACN 103 753 484 Pty Ltd (in liq), formerly Blue Chip Development Corp Pty Ltd [2012] 2 Qd R 504 (disclaimer by liquidators of an agreement to arbitrate) (led by Mr Savage SC)
  • Chan v First Strategic Development Corp Ltd (in liq) [2015] QCA 28 (insolvent trading; whether company insolvent) (led by Mr Martin QC)
  • Jenkins v Bourke [2015] QDC 249 (contract; identity of contracting parties; admissibility of extrinsic evidence)
  • Re Octaviar Ltd (in liq) [2015] NSWSC 1621; (2015) 110 ACSR 72 (litigation funding agreement; application for directions by special purpose liquidator) (led by Mr Sheahan QC)
  • Bank of Queensland Ltd v Ross Auto Auctions Pty Ltd (in liq) (recs and mgrs apptd) [2015] QSC 347 (removal of liquidator for reasonable apprehension of bias)
  • Re Octaviar Ltd (in liq) [2016] NSWSC 16 (applications for directions by liquidators) (led by Mr Sheahan QC)
  • Re Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd (in liq) [2017] NSWSC 1556 (directions sought by liquidators to settle claims between companies in group) (led by Mr Oakes SC)
  • Khatri and Lane v McDonald [2018] FCA 543 (bankruptcy; transfers void as against trustees)
  • Longley v Chief Executive, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (2018) 124 ACSR 527 (disclaimer of contaminated land by liquidators; whether s.109 inconsistency with State legislation is avoided; admissions by State government and DEHP) (led by Mr Walker SC)
  • Huda v Huda [2018] FamCAFC 85 (procedural unfairness; excessive interventions by the primary judge)
  • McDonald v AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd [2018] QSC 195 (financial services; right of licensee to terminate authorised representative for contraventions of the Corporations Act; led by Mr Dunning QC)
  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • Bar Association of New South Wales

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