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Esther Khoo

Special Counsel
Lit­i­ga­tion, Insol­ven­cy

I am a Spe­cial Coun­sel 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.

Before 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.


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

Practice & Industry Sectors

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution


  • 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

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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