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Michael Hayter

Com­mer­cial, Com­mer­cial Finance, 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. 


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

Practice & Industry Sectors

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance


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.

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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