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Michael Hayter
Senior Partner
Michael Hayter

Senior Partner

Michael has had over 20 years experience as a lawyer and leads our busy commercial litigation practice. Michael has been regularly ranked by independent publications as one of the leading lawyers in New South Wales in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency. Michael was the first lawyer appointed to the State and National Committees of Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia and his cases are regularly reported in various legal publications. Michael has, for a number of years, been serving on the Corporations List Committee of the Supreme Court of NSW. Michael’s busy commercial litigation practice also involves undertaking commercial work and banking and finance work for various banks and other financial institutions. Michael is well liked by all his clients and is known for his determination to achieve the best commercial result for his clients and his tenacity in litigious matters. He is well respected throughout the legal profession. t: +61 9394 1133 e: mkh@gdlaw.com.au

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Michael Gillis
Senior Partner
Michael Gillis

Senior Partner

Michael heads our Workplace Relations practice group advising employers and individuals on all aspects of the employment relationship and disputes including wrongful termination of employment, redundancy, discrimination, bullying and harassment and adverse action claims. Michael also practises in the insurance and commercial litigation areas of the firm specialising in workers compensation claims, CTP claims, product and liability claims and professional indemnity claims. He has conducted litigation on behalf of corporations, employers and insurers in all States and Territories of Australia. He regularly appears as an advocate for clients including employers and insurers in New South Wales courts, commissions and tribunals. He is a regular presenter of seminars for the insurance industry and provides training and guidance to companies and employers on employer liabilities, insurance risks and claims. One of Michael’s great strengths is his ability to directly negotiate outcomes for his clients with national regulators, government authorities, unions, corporations, businesses, individuals and other lawyers to bring about the practical and commercial resolution of disputes. Michael has been in practice since 1985 and continues to thrive on the challenges of representing his client every day. t: +61 2 9394 1188 e: mjg@gdlaw.com.au

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Amanda Bond
Partner
Amanda Bond

Partner

Amanda has been a lawyer since 1999 and has worked with us for her entire professional career. Amanda is a tenacious litigator and a key member of our insurance team. Amanda’s expertise includes complex insurance claims focussed on liability and property insurance as well as complex multi-party work injury damage claims. She is regularly involved in commercial insurance claims involving indemnity issues and disputes Amanda’ breadth of experience, attention to detail and analytical approach ensures that the commercial pragmatics that she brings to bear in the management of claims achieves exceptional results. Amanda is justifiably proud of the results she achieves for her clients whether successfully defending cases or negotiating early settlements. She is a member of Australian Insurance Law Association, the Risk Management Institution of Australasia, and Women in Insurance. She is also an Accredited Personal Injury Specialist Amanda’s safe hands have helped insurers with hundreds of claims. t: 9394 1118 e: asb@gdlaw.com.au

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David Newey
Managing Partner
David Newey

Managing Partner

David is our Managing Partner and leads our insurance team. He has practised extensively in corporate and commercial law and his experience covers corporate governance issues, commercial law and commercial litigation with a focus on the insurance, construction and transport industries. David regularly advises on indemnity issues arising from insurance claims and has crafted a wide range of policy wordings including wordings and endorsements for Liability, Legal Expense, Statutory Fines, D&O and Management Liability policies. David’s practice has involved conducting and managing complex insurance claims with a focus on public and products liability, construction all risks and ISR insurance, home warranty claims and professional indemnity insurance. David has a keen eye when it comes to identifying insurance issue that arise from business contracts and regularly advises on and negotiates indemnity and insurance terms found in contracts. David was admitted as a lawyer in 1984, is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association and the Risk Management Institution of Australasia and is an accredited mediator. David is an Accredited Personal Injury Specialist and was a District Court Arbitrator. David is an accomplished presenter who enjoys delivering practical training on legal and legislative developments affecting the insurance industry, insurance brokers, underwriters and claim managers. David doesn’t pull any punches and likes to tell it as it is and no matter what takes the time to understand each client’s needs and deliver the most cost effective solution. t: +61 2 9394 1111 e: dtn@gdlaw.com.au

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Naomi Tancred
Partner
Naomi Tancred

Partner

Naomi is a Partner in our insurance team. She has had over 17 years experience in insurance law and is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law and a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association. Naomi is also a member of Women in Insurance. Naomi’s focus is on the provision of advice and assistance to employers in workers compensation and employer liability. Naomi has specialist skills to deal with stress claims and sexual harassment claims and workers compensation claims involving catastrophic injury. Naomi also has a wealth of experience in CTP insurance and regularly acts for insurers in complex CTP claims and assists in the rapid resolution of matters. t: +61 2 9394 1122 e: ndt@gdlaw.com.au

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Nicholas Dale
Partner
Nicholas Dale

Partner

Nick is a Partner in the firm’s commercial group. He has practised exclusively in commercial law since his admission as a solicitor in 1994. Nick’s commercial practice is in construction, engineering, transport and other fields. He has extensive experience in the superior courts acting for all participants in the construction industry, logistics providers and insolvency practitioners in formal appointments under the Corporations Act and the Bankruptcy Act. He acts for lenders in recovery and insolvency matters, and for insolvency practitioners in restructures. Nick regularly advises small and medium enterprises in various sectors on insurance and risk management, particularly in connection with home warranty, professional indemnity insurance, marine transit claims and contractual indemnities. With expertise in professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, auditors and valuers, and experience in matters involving breaches of directors’ duties and fiduciary duties, Nick is able to steer clients away from problems, as well as pro-actively litigate when the need arises. Nick’s style is open and approachable. His technical ability, determination and willingness to provide a frank, early appraisal of the situation ensure he achieves consistent and cost effective results. He devotes significant effort to understanding his client’s business and issues affecting their industry. Memberships: Turnaround Management Association and Logistics Association of Australia. t: + 61 2 9394 1129 e: nda@gdlaw.com.au

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Anthony Jefferies
Partner
Anthony Jefferies

Partner

Anthony is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice. Anthony’s experience spans a broad range of commercial litigation work for individuals, corporate and financial institutions including disputes arising out of fraud investigations and general litigation; joint venture and shareholder disputes; initiating and defending claims for urgent injunctive relief; leasing and other property and construction litigation and insolvency disputes. He also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution such as mediations, expert determinations and arbitrations. He has represented both private individuals and publicly listed companies in a number of high-profile cases. Anthony has extensive experience in managing complex and sensitive disputes for both the public and private sectors. Anthony’s practice and experience encompasses:

  • Commercial litigation, including commercial property litigation.
  • Contract law advisory, contract interpretation and contract dispute management.
  • Fraud investigations and fraud recovery actions.
  • Banking and financial services disputes and litigation.
  • Construction Law and Litigation.
  • Debt Recovery.
  • Entertainment, sporting and media.
  • Insolvency.
  • Intellectual Property.
  • Consumer and competition law advice and litigation.

t: +61 (2) 9394 1132 e: ajj@gdlaw.com.au

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Gerald Carides
Partner
Gerald Carides

Partner

Gerald is a Partner in the firm’s commercial group with over 10 years banking and finance, commercial and corporate experience. Gerald practices primarily in commercial lending and trade and receivables finance with a particular emphasis on advising lenders in relation to restructuring and turnaround transactions. Gerald is one of the firm’s main contact points in advising clients on changes introduced by the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) and regularly advises financiers, insolvency practitioners and commercial clients on its impact. Gerald practices extensively in commercial and corporate law primarily advising small to medium enterprises involved in a wide range of industries. Gerald regularly conducts seminars and delivers practical legal training to clients’ staff on legal developments affecting their businesses. Gerald’s style is approachable, personable and responsive. Gerald is committed to fully understanding his clients’ needs and objectives and to delivering quick, cost effective and commercial solutions. t: +61 (2) 9394 1136 e: gpc@gdlaw.com.au

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Darren King
Special Counsel
Darren King

Special Counsel

Darren is a member of our insurance team and has been a lawyer since 1995. His focus is insurance law and he brings a wealth of experience to the management of liability and property claims for insurers. His expertise includes the management of complex commercial insurance cases involving indemnity and policy disputes arising from property and liability insurance. Darren has extensive experience in litigation, including advocacy in interlocutory disputes. He also has significant experience in alternate dispute resolution including mediations Darren is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Associate (AILA), the Australian Professional Indemnity Group (APIG) and the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF). His attention to detail and tenacity ensures that he delivers the results that clients need on time and on budget. t: 9394 1150 e: dwk@gdlaw.com.au

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David Collinge
Special Counsel
David Collinge

Special Counsel

David is a litigation specialist with a focus on complex commercial litigation involving insurance claims, termination of senior executive service agreements and shareholder disputes. He has acted for a broad range of clients advising on all aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution for more than 20 years. He has particular expertise in managing large volume litigation and in claims arising from executive workplace agreements. David has extensive experience in the negotiation and review of commercial agreements, the development of alternate dispute resolution protocols, and the design and implementation of financial risk management strategies for commercial enterprises. The provision of education and training to clients, employers and insurers forms a central aspect of David’s service. David’s experience allows him to see the “big picture” in commercial disputes, delivering solutions that are timely, cost effective, and which meets his clients’ commercial needs. His advice is strategic, not just tactical. David is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association. t: +61 (2) 9394 1114 e: dec@gdlaw.com.au

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Belinda Brown
Special Counsel
Belinda Brown

Special Counsel

Belinda is a senior associate in our Insurance Team. She was admitted as a lawyer in 1983 and has practised extensively in workers compensation and third party insurance law. She also has experience in public liability claims and property damage claims. Belinda’s practice is centred on provision of advice and assistance to employers and their insurers. Her practice has involved conduct of serious injury claims, successful defence of fraudulent claims and she has represented third party insurers in defence of two major bus accident claims including recovery actions against the responsible regulatory authorities. Possessing a great eye for detail, very little escapes Belinda’s attention. You can count on her giving your matters her full attention reflecting experience, commitment and care which provide excellent results. t: +61 2 9394 1117 e: bjb@gdlaw.com.au

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Alan Brown
Special Counsel
Alan Brown

Special Counsel

Alan is a member of the firm’s commercial group. He has been providing legal advice and services to the banking, finance and property sector for over 35 years. Alan’s practice has provided valuable advice and representation in commercial transactions such as the sale and acquisitions of property, companies and businesses, and in due diligence programs. Alan regularly advises clients on lending criteria, including credit controls, strategies to minimize risk, and on corporate governance issues. He has acted for banks and financial institutions on numerous property transactions, often involving complicated security documents. Alan has also held numerous directorships. He is a former chairman and non-executive director of Moss Capital Funds Management Limited and is currently a member of the advisory board to Moss Capital Pty Ltd. He was Chairman of Racing NSW and is currently a director of that board. Racing NSW is the lead regulator for the State’s racing industry. On its behalf he oversaw the Racefields Legislation litigation through to the successful High Court hearing and determination in August and September 2011. t: +61 (2) 9394 1161 e: afb@gdlaw.com.au

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Ray Perkes
Special Counsel
Ray Perkes

Special Counsel

Ray was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 1978, and has many years experience principally dealing with commercial transactions, commercial litigation and property transactions. He has been actively involved for over 30 years in property transactions of all nature, including acting for purchasers and developers/vendors in relation to off-the-plan transactions, commercial and specialised properties, and the lending transactions associated therewith. He acts for clients in commercial transactions of all types, including preparing and advising on contracts for sales of businesses, recovery of debts, commercial dispute resolution and mediation. Ray is experienced in insolvency law, acting for numerous insolvency practitioners and also for lenders in relation to winding up proceedings in the Supreme Court, and bankruptcy proceedings in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. Ray is also able to assist private clients in relation to property settlements under the Family Law Act, claims under the Succession Act, and issues concerning estate planning. Ray’s focus is to provide a very prompt turn-around so that his clients commercial objectives can be achieved. t: +61 (2) 9394 1115 e: rdp@gdlaw.com.au

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Linda Holland
Special Counsel
Linda Holland

Special Counsel

Linda is a specialist in construction law.   Having practised exclusively in this area since being admitted as a lawyer in 1999, she has extensive experience in:

  • the negotiation and documentation of projects
  • advising on strategies during the course of the project to minimise risks and maximise returns
  • preparing and defending claims arising out of the project.

Her practice encompasses all aspects of construction, including:

  • claims made by a contractor or subcontractor for time related costs and variations
  • claims by the principal or head contractor for defective works and/or liquidated damages
  • expert determinations, mediations, arbitrations, and court proceedings at all levels
  • adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) and under parallel legislation in other Australian States
  • claims of defects and breaches of warranties under the Home Building Act 1989
  • disputes over damage caused to the construction works or to third party property
  • work health and safety issues
  • debt recovery
  • statutory demands.

Linda has built up a reputation as a knowledgeable lawyer who understands the issues and challenges faced by stakeholders and others affected by construction projects, and provides clear, practical and effective advice and assistance.

Linda is a member of the Society of Construction Law Australia and Women in Construction, and is also on the management committee for the Australian Construction Law Discussion Group.

t: +61 (2) 9394 1112 e: lmh@gdlaw.com.au

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Suzi Stojanovski
Associate
Suzi Stojanovski

Associate

Suzi is a member of our commercial group. Suzi’s practice has a focus on commercial litigation, banking/finance litigation, corporations law, securities enforcement, insolvency and contractual disputes. Suzi has over 10 years experience in all areas of commercial litigation. She has experience appearing in all Jurisdictions and regularly appears in the Supreme Court in a range of commercial litigation matters. Suzi’s experience includes:

  • Acting for major financial institutions in relation to banking/finance disputes, enforcement of guarantees, mortgages and charges.
  • Insolvent trading litigation and unfair preference claims acting for liquidators.
  • Corporate Insolvency litigation before the Supreme Court and Federal Court.
  • Personal Insolvency claims acting on behalf of Creditors and Trustees in Bankruptcy in various litigation.
  • Commercial contractual disputes.

Suzi is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients. t: + 61 2 9394 1138 e: srs@gdlaw.com.au

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Renee Hinkelbein
Paralegal
Renee Hinkelbein

Paralegal

Renee has over 15 years experience as a paralegal practicing in banking and finance with a particular focus on mortgages and conveyancing work. Renee acts and has acted for Banks, Mortgage Managers and non-bank lenders on all aspects of residential and commercial mortgages. Renee also looks after the conveyancing practice of our firm and is certified by the Office of State Revenue to perform in-house stamping of documents. Renee manages mortgage files from the time of receiving instructions from the lender to settlement and completing registration. Renee has experience in preparing facility documentation such as Security Deeds, Deeds of Priority, Guarantees, Factoring Agreements and all other commercial agreements. Renee acts for lenders in ensuring proper execution, stamping and registration of company charges. Renee has a depth of experience in registration and preparing certifications on which lender clients rely to advance moneys to borrowers. These certifications go to matters such as proper execution of the security documents and advising in respect of any prior securities on the PPSR register. Renee has experience in reviewing discretionary and unit trust arrangements where borrowers act as trustees to ensure the trustee’s capacity to enter into the transaction. Renee acts for bankruptcy trustees when they realize their interest in real property. Renee’s experience in this area involves both acting on straight forward residential and commercial property sales preparing contracts for sale, attending settlement and also in more complex buy-back arrangements where the bankrupt remains in the property and the bankruptcy trustee relinquishes their interest in a property in consideration for payment by third party purchasers. Renee assists with the preparation of Receivership documents and also the busy debt recovery practice in the firm. Clients continually praise Renee for her efficiency and quick turnaround of work. t: +61 (2) 9394 1139 e: rxh@gdlaw.com.au

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Victoria Upton
Lawyer
Victoria Upton

Lawyer

Victoria is a specialist insurance practitioner.  Her experience includes medical negligence actions, public liability claims, property and ISR claims.  Victoria is a member of the firm’s Insurance team and is driven to achieve outstanding results for her clients, and is an experienced litigator with a pragmatic approach to claims and frequently appears in the Local, District and Supreme Court. +61 (2) 9394 1121     e:  vmu@gdlaw.com.au

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Diane Sargeant
Lawyer / Knowledge Manager
Diane Sargeant

Lawyer / Knowledge Manager

Having practiced as an IT lawyer, and with experience working with precedents in the legal publishing industry, Diane brings extensive drafting experience to the firm. As Knowledge Manager Diane works with the firm’s precedents and is responsible for the firms suite of commercial and employment law documents . Diane’s expertise extends to drafting commercial documents including policies, terms of use and supply agreements. In addition, she is a litigator and has been involved in defamation matters and class action proceedings. Diane is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients. t: + 61 2 9394 1110 e: dks@gdlaw.com.au

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Sharly Mesbah Amin
Lawyer
Sharly Mesbah Amin

Lawyer

Sharly is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her clients. t: + 61 2 9394 1147 e: sma@gdlaw.com.au

 

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