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Derek Hilliard

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P.   +61 2 9228 9223
O.   Sydney

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About Derek

Derek Hilliard works on insolvency matters with Partners in Melbourne and Brisbane. He has 38 years’ experience in all forms of litigation and corporate and commercial law.

His extensive experience includes providing insolvency and restructuring advice, and litigation services to insolvency practitioners and providing a range of commercial litigation services to individuals and companies. Clients report that he is ‘technically very strong, with an easy going manner that belies his tenacity’.

Derek has developed an expertise in inquiries conducted by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and proceedings for judicial review of ICAC findings.

Clients praise him for ‘his organisational and analytical skills which are effective in complex litigation’. More recently Derek was involved in the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program.

Derek and the team received the ultimate compliment from a Supreme Court judge who, at the conclusion of a hearing to restructure a corporate group involving multiple applications to the Court said ‘I agree with senior counsel that everyone involved in [this litigation] deserves congratulations’.

More recently Derek has developed an expertise in the area of personal property securities.

Derek's Achievements & Credentials

Derek Hilliard was selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2006/07, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2016/17) for Restructuring & Insolvency and is also listed in the Asian In-House Handbook (2008/09) for Restructuring & Insolvency.

Derek has recognised in the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide (2017) as a Leading Lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency and as been listed as a Leading Lawyer in the Asialaw Profiles (2015 and 2016) for Restructuring & Insolvency and has been mentioned in the (2016) Firm highlights where TressCox is 'recommended' for its Restructuring & Insolvency expertise.

He has also been mentioned in the IFLR1000 Legal Guide of leading financial and corporate law firms (2017) for Restructuring & Insolvency work and has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers® Australia for Insolvency and Reorganisation.

In May 2011, Derek Hilliard was selected to contribute to the Global Legal Group's (GLG) 'International Comparative Legal Guide to: Corporate Recovery & Insolvency 2011' endorsing Derek as a leading lawyer in Australia for Restructuring and Insolvency.

Derek is a serving member of the Law Council of Australia’s NSW Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee and a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA).

In 1995 Derek was recognised by the Law Society of New South Wales as an accredited specialist in commercial litigation (insolvency and reconstruction). 

The Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation

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