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Sean Green­wood

Senior Associate
Lit­i­ga­tion, Insol­ven­cy, Stra­ta

I spe­cialise in com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, insol­ven­cy, cor­po­ra­tions mat­ters as well as prop­er­ty, con­struc­tion and stra­ta relat­ed dis­putes. My focus is to help clients nav­i­gate through com­plex com­mer­cial dis­putes and achieve excel­lent outcomes.

Expe­ri­ence

  • Resist­ed appli­ca­tion for stay of enforce­ment pend­ing oth­er par­ty’s appeal being heard and deter­mined. Stay grant­ed on fur­ther monies being paid into court to secure amounts owed to client — ACN 057 690 034 Pty Lim­it­ed v Wykro­ta (No 2) [2020] NSWSC 1780
  • Obtained secu­ri­ty for costs in respect of appeal pro­ceed­ings com­menced by oth­er par­ty — Mual­im v Dzelme [2020] NSW­CA 333
  • Suc­cess­ful­ly resist­ed an appli­ca­tion to set aside a judg­ment alleged to have been made irreg­u­lar­ly, against good faith or in the absence of the sub­ject defen­dant — In the mat­ter ACN 057690 034 Pty Lim­it­ed v Wykro­ta [2020] NSWSC 1430.
  • Act­ed for com­pa­ny and its direc­tor in Supreme Court of New South Wales pro­ceed­ings and suc­cess­ful­ly defend­ed an appli­ca­tion under s 175 of the Cor­po­ra­tions Act to cor­rect the com­pa­ny’s share reg­is­ter and also obtained an order val­i­dat­ing the appoint­ment of the direc­tor — In the mat­ter of Pacif­ic Springs Pty Lim­it­ed [2020] NSWSC 1240.
  • Obtained secu­ri­ty for costs order against non-res­i­­dent plain­tiffs — In the mat­ter of Pacif­ic Springs Pty Ltd (No 2) [2019] NSWSC 1183.
  • Suc­cess­ful in obtain­ing an adverse costs order against oppos­ing par­ty in Appeal Pan­el pro­ceed­ings — The Own­ers – Stra­ta Plan No 54026 v UniLodge Aus­tralia Pty Ltd (No 2) [2020] NSW­CAT­AP 80.
  • Suc­cess­ful in oppos­ing trans­fer of pro­ceed­ings from the Civ­il and Admin­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal to the Supreme Court of New South Wales – The Own­ers – Stra­ta Plan No. 54026 v UniLodge Aus­tralia Pty Ltd [2019] NSW­CAT­AP 289.
  • Act­ed for a lot owner/​building man­ag­er in a Stra­ta Appli­ca­tion to the NSW Civ­il and Admin­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal suc­cess­ful­ly seek­ing orders for the removal of the exist­ing stra­ta com­mit­tee and the com­pul­so­ry appoint­ment of a stra­ta man­ag­er to the scheme under s237 of the Stra­ta Schemes Man­age­ment Act 2015 to effec­tive­ly restore​‘func­tion’ to the owners.
  • Act­ed for a steel fab­ri­ca­tor defend­ing an unfair pref­er­ence claim for an amount exceed­ing $1 mil­lion in the Fed­er­al Court of Australia.
  • Act­ed for a secured cred­i­tor in oppos­ing appli­ca­tion by vol­un­tary admin­is­tra­tor of a leagues club who was seek­ing relief against it under sec­tion 444F of the Cor­po­ra­tions Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Assist­ed in act­ing for joint ven­turer in its dis­pute with oth­er joint ven­ture par­ty in respect of the devel­op­ment of a high val­ue com­mer­cial prop­er­ty. Suc­cess­ful­ly set­tled mat­ter with­out court pro­ceed­ings hav­ing to be com­menced, with oth­er joint ven­ture par­ty resign­ing from the joint ven­ture and client con­tin­u­ing with devel­op­ment of property.
  • Appeared for a com­pa­ny that con­ducts a high­ly spe­cialised civ­il con­struc­tion busi­ness in an action for dam­ages for defec­tive work against a sub-con­­­trac­­­tor. The client was suc­cess­ful at both first instance an on appeal (to the Court of Appeal) — PND Civ­il Group Pty Ltd v Bas­tow Civ­il Con­struc­tions Pty Ltd [2017] NSW­CA 159.*
  • Suc­cess­ful­ly defend­ed a com­pa­ny direc­tor (both at first instance and on appeal) who was being sued pur­suant to an alleged guar­an­tee con­tained in a Cred­it Account Appli­ca­tion which he signed on behalf of his com­pa­ny — Aquawest Pty Ltd v Twyn­ham [2017] NSWSC 652.*
  • Suc­cess­ful­ly act­ed for a com­pa­ny in apply­ing to have a statu­to­ry demand set aside on basis of gen­uine dis­pute/off-set­ting claim — In the mat­ter of Bas­tow Civ­il Con­struc­tions Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 934.*

*Mat­ter han­dled pri­or to join­ing Swaab

Exper­tise

  • Gen­er­al com­mer­cial litigation 
  • Cor­po­rate insol­ven­cy and bankruptcy 
  • Prop­er­ty, con­struc­tion and stra­ta disputes 

Roles, mem­ber­ships and education

  • Admit­ted to prac­tise as a solic­i­tor in New South Wales in April 2011
  • Bach­e­lor of Laws (LLB), Uni­ver­si­ty of Wol­lon­gong, 2010
  • Bach­e­lor of Com­merce, Uni­ver­si­ty of Wol­lon­gong, 2010
  • Mem­ber of the Law Soci­ety of NSW

Publications

Is your stra­ta scheme functioning?

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