Graeme is a principal with 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation acting for clients in a broad range of industries in small to complex claims. He works with insolvency practitioners acting in their capacities as liquidators, receivers and voluntary administrators, advising on all aspects of their appointment.
Graeme has a keen interest in the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) (PPSA) and has presented to a range of professional associations, accountants, insolvency practitioners and clients on the practical implications of the PPSA. He also advises on the full suite of intellectual property rights in their protection, enforcement and commercialisation.
Graeme views litigation as a tool to achieving a desired outcome, whether that be a commercial solution or a determination of rights at trial. Graeme works closely with his clients to obtain a clear understanding of their objectives and to then set a strategy to best achieve them.
Graeme has been recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution for 2021.
A selection of Graeme’s significant experience includes:
- Acting for liquidators of Hastie Group, an ASX listed building and construction group in a major investigation and public examination of its officers and auditors and subsequent claim against multiple major building contractors in pursuing payment claims.
- Acting for the security trustee in relation to funds invested in a development in Mission Beach and Dunk Island.
- Acting in relation to the vesting of creditors’ security interests under the PPSA and applications to extend time for registration.
- Acting for liquidators in the removal of PPSA security interests over company property.
- Acting for liquidators and creditors in prosecuting and defending voidable transaction claims, including unfair preferences.
- Drafting Deeds of Company Arrangement.
- Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy concerning a claim dealing with the alleged loss of cryptocurrency.
- Acting for a supplier of disposable gloves in a claim for infringement of the copyright in its packaging and passing off in its get up.
- Acting as supervising solicitor in the execution of a search and seizure order seeking evidence of a former employee diverting and appropriating business opportunities.
- Acting for a patentee of a combination lid with spoon in a claim that it had breached its grant of an exclusive licence.
- Acting for an international freight and logistics group in defending a claim that its global branding infringed a local trader’s trade mark.
- Acting for a manufacturer of an instant water heating unit in a negligence claim against a contractor.