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Michael Hayter

Lit­i­ga­tion, Insol­ven­cy

I have con­sis­tent­ly been ranked by inde­pen­dent pub­li­ca­tions as one of the lead­ing lawyers in New South Wales in the areas of com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion and insol­ven­cy. My prac­tice also involves under­tak­ing com­mer­cial work and bank­ing and finance work for var­i­ous finan­cial insti­tu­tions. I am a deter­mined indi­vid­ual and I aim to achieve the best com­mer­cial results for my clients. 


I have prac­ticed as a Com­mer­cial Lit­i­ga­tion Lawyer for over 30 years with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on com­mer­cial dis­putes and insol­ven­cy mat­ters. I have act­ed in hun­dreds of pub­lic exam­i­na­tions, with­out Coun­sel, for liq­uida­tors, receivers and bank­rupt­cy trustees. 

I was one of the first lawyers appoint­ed to the State and Nation­al Com­mit­tees of Insol­ven­cy Prac­ti­tion­ers Asso­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (now known as ARI­TA) and my cas­es are reg­u­lar­ly report­ed in var­i­ous legal pub­li­ca­tions. I served on the Cor­po­ra­tions List Com­mit­tee of the Supreme Court of NSW for a num­ber of years. In Decem­ber 2020, I obtained three suc­cess­ful judge­ment in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, of which all cas­es were report­ed. I recent­ly act­ed suc­cess­ful­ly for par­ties in the High Court of Aus­tralia. I have suc­cess­ful­ly been involved in many high-pro­file cases. 

I have been involved in giv­ing advice in thou­sands of insol­ven­cy admin­is­tra­tion and con­duct­ed lit­i­ga­tion in most states of Aus­tralia. Many of my cas­es are insol­ven­cy admin­is­tra­tions such as Alan Bond and more recent­ly the miss­ing woman case of Melis­sa Cad­dick which have been high pro­file and involved com­plex legal issues. I have act­ed for many lawyers and accoun­tants in part­ner­ship and share­hold­er dis­putes. I have also suc­cess­ful­ly act­ed on behalf of var­i­ous pro­fes­sion­als includ­ing accoun­tants, lawyers and sports per­sons in dis­ci­pli­nary proceedings. 


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insolvency
  • Banking and Finance
  • Commercial areas
  • Shareholder and Partnership disputes
  • Disciplinary proceedings
  • Public examinations without Counsel
  • Negligence Claims

Roles, memberships and education

  • Bachelor of Commerce (major in Accountancy)
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of NSW)
  • Current member of ARITA and the Turnaround Management Association

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