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Esther Khoo

Senior Associate
Lit­i­ga­tion, Insol­ven­cy

I am an Asso­ciate in our Lit­i­ga­tion prac­tice, with expe­ri­ence in com­mer­cial, cor­po­ra­tions, stra­ta, con­struc­tion and prop­er­ty dis­putes. I focus on help­ing clients resolve their dis­putes in a prag­mat­ic and time­ly way.

Pri­or to join­ing Swaab, I was a tip­staff at the Supreme Court of New South Wales and also worked at the Attorney-General’s Depart­ment and at sev­er­al large law firms in Syd­ney, Can­ber­ra and Sin­ga­pore in areas of com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, gov­ern­ment and reg­u­la­to­ry law.

I am flu­ent in Malay, both spo­ken and written.


  • Suc­cess­ful­ly act­ed for over­seas trust in con­trac­tu­al dis­pute in arbi­tra­tion pro­ceed­ings where the arbi­tra­tor held our client was not oblig­ed to pay a large leas­ing fee
  • Assist­ed in act­ing for joint ven­ture dis­pute involv­ing devel­op­ment of prop­er­ty and part­ner­ship dis­pute, suc­cess­ful­ly set­tled mat­ter with­out court pro­ceed­ings to allow remain­ing par­ties to con­tin­ue joint ven­ture development
  • Assist­ed in act­ing for cred­i­tor in pro­ceed­ings involv­ing admin­is­tra­tion of a leagues club 
  • Advis­ing high net worth indi­vid­u­als in asset pro­tec­tion and bankruptcy/​insolvency proceedings
  • Advis­ing and act­ing for own­ers cor­po­ra­tion in build­ing defects and neg­li­gence claims and stra­ta disputes
  • Advis­ing and act­ing devel­op­ers in build­ing defects claims
  • Advis­ing and act­ing for land­lord in rental and guar­an­tor dis­putes in Queens­land retail tenancy
  • Act­ed for execu­tors in set­tling claims against the estate and in com­plex appli­ca­tion for judi­cial advice to estab­lish char­i­ty at NSW Supreme Court


  • Litigation
  • Commercial law
  • Corporations law disputes
  • Strata and construction disputes
  • Property and leasing disputes

Roles, memberships and education

  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2017
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia, 2017
  • Masters of Law, University of Sydney (ongoing)
  • Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), The Australian National University, 2015
  • Law Exchange, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, 2013
  • Member, Law Society of NSW


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