Our Team

Nick Dale

Partner
Com­mer­cial, Cor­po­rate, Lit­i­ga­tion, Insol­ven­cy

Since my admis­sion as a solic­i­tor in 1994 I have act­ed for major builders, devel­op­ers and nation­al trans­port & logis­tics com­pa­nies. I have also act­ed for SMEs in many indus­tries and for high net-worth indi­vid­u­als. I act for insol­ven­cy prac­ti­tion­ers in for­mal appoint­ments. My first pri­or­i­ty is to lis­ten care­ful­ly to devel­op an in-depth under­stand­ing of your busi­ness and needs, bud­get and con­cerns. I enjoy craft­ing a strat­e­gy ear­ly on, for a quick and eco­nom­i­cal res­o­lu­tion, includ­ing by using ADR tech­niques. I am down to earth, approach­able and practical. 

Expe­ri­ence

Com­mer­cial and cor­po­rate litigation:

  • Assign­ments of debt, enforce­ment of guar­an­tees and secu­ri­ty inter­ests in real and per­son­al property.
  • Build­ing and con­struc­tion dis­putes — defects, delay and pro­lon­ga­tion claims on com­mer­cial projects and defects in res­i­den­tial (includ­ing stra­ta) projects, for own­ers, builders, sub­con­trac­tors and pro­fes­sion­al con­sul­tants. Expert deter­mi­na­tions, ref­er­ences and con­ven­tion­al trials.
  • Con­veyanc­ing disputes.
  • Dam­ages claims, debt recov­ery and enforce­ment of judgments.
  • Direc­tors’ and office­hold­ers’ statu­to­ry lia­bil­i­ty and breach­es of fidu­cia­ry duties.
  • Injunc­tions and freez­ing orders.
  • Joint ven­tures, con­struc­tive and result­ing trusts, includ­ing over inter­ests in real property.
  • Nation­al trans­port & logis­tics com­pa­nies in con­trac­tu­al dis­putes includ­ing pal­let disputes. 
  • Pro­fes­sion­al neg­li­gence claims against engi­neers, lawyers, val­uers and mort­gage brokers.
  • Trusts, share­hold­er and part­ner­ship disputes.

For insol­ven­cy, both cor­po­rate and per­son­al — act­ing for Admin­is­tra­tors, Liq­uida­tors and Receivers in all types of dis­putes in numer­ous indus­tries, and for Trustees in Bank­rupt­cy and Trustees appoint­ed under sec­tion 66G of the Con­veyanc­ing Act. In overview: 

  • In Admin­is­tra­tions — exten­sions of con­ven­ing peri­ods, val­i­da­tion of appoint­ments and in Bank­rupt­cy — defend­ing removal applications.
  • Assign­ments of caus­es of action for Liquidators.
  • Appli­ca­tions to the Court (con­test­ed) for approval of remu­ner­a­tion of Liq­uida­tors, Receivers and Sec­tion 66G Trustees.
  • Appli­ca­tions to the Court for direc­tions (judi­cial advice) includ­ing in a lead­ing case in the con­text of insol­vent cor­po­rate trustees.
  • Deeds of Com­pa­ny Arrange­ment and Cred­i­tors’ Schemes of Arrangement.
  • Enforc­ing secu­ri­ties by sub­ro­ga­tion to mort­gagee rights.
  • Opti­mis­ing asset sale strate­gies with the appointee.
  • Orders for pos­ses­sion of real prop­er­ty in Bank­rupt Estates.
  • Pub­lic exam­i­na­tions in Bank­rupt­cy and wind­ing ups, includ­ing appear­ing at times with­out Counsel.
  • Replace­ment of Liq­uida­tors by appli­ca­tion to the Court.
  • Trac­ing, seiz­ing and real­is­ing assets of var­i­ous kinds.
  • Ter­mi­na­tions of wind­ing ups for Liq­uida­tors and also for shareholders.
  • Void­able trans­ac­tions in per­son­al and cor­po­rate insol­ven­cy, includ­ing lead­ing cas­es on moth­er­ship pref­er­ence pro­ceed­ings for Liquidators.

Expertise

  • Scoping the project at hand, with input from the client.
  • Appearing as an advocate without Counsel in appropriate matters in the Federal and Supreme Courts.
  • Commercial drafting such as contracts, correspondence, deeds and resolutions.
  • Drafting pleadings and evidence, where necessary without Counsel.
  • Working with carefully selected Barristers and sometimes Senior Counsel at the optimum time refining strategy, pleadings and evidence, and conducting trials.

Memberships and education

  • Turnaround management association.
  • BA (1991) Macquarie University.
  • LLB (1993) Macquarie University.

In the News

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