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Ian Dorey

Fax +61.7.3233.0900

Mr. Dorey has a great depth of experience in all areas of insolvency, banking, recovery, and commercial litigation. His main focus is in the area of secured recovery, where he advises major banks, regional banks and other financial institutions on banking, insolvency, and recovery issues. He concentrates on providing practical commercial advice to clients to get the best possible outcome.

Mr. Dorey also acts for insolvency practitioners appointed as receivers and managers, voluntary administrators, liquidators or trustees in bankruptcy. He has been involved in litigation of all sizes in Australian state and federal jurisdictions, including matters involving injunctive and declaratory relief, complex banking litigation, mortgage recovery, and debt recovery, including recovery against guarantors and principal debtors where a shortfall exists. Mr. Dorey has participated in numerous mediations and is a supporter of alternative dispute resolution processes.


  • Recognised in Best Lawyers for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law Litigation, 2014 – 2019
  • Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Restructuring and Insolvency, 2017
  • Recommended in Doyle's Guide for Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer, Queensland, 2015 and 2017, 2018

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association board member (QLD)
  • Queensland Law Society Insolvency Committee member
  • Law Council of Australia Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee member
  • Banking & Financial Services Law Association member
  • INSOL (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals) member
  • INSOL global electronic newsletter editorial board member

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Dorey regularly presents seminars on all aspects of banking recovery, insolvency, and litigation. He also provides specialised training for clients in the areas of recovery and insolvency.

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Acting for a top four Australian bank in reviewing securities, appointing receivers and managers over a trading fish and chip business, as well as over commercial property. As part of this engagement, we acted for the receivers appointed over the business and property in all aspects of the receiverships, including issues of food licences, leasing issues, interests of a former spouse of the director residing at one of the commercial properties, sale issues and liaising with the director, his lawyers and other advisers.
  • Acting for a large regional bank in relation to recovery possibilities (debt in excess of AUD18 million), issuing notices dealing with a potential purchaser of the debt and drafting deeds to reflect the agreement. 
  • Acting for the receivers and managers appointed by a top four Australian bank in an application to allow the appointment to proceed over a motel business and a non-trading hotel business, which ultimately allowed the receivers to go into possession of the properties. We subsequently acted for the receivers in all aspects of the receiverships, including status of 'permanent occupiers' at the motel, liquor licence issues, attempts to obtain books and records from the owner, dealing with an alleged break in at one of the properties and, ultimately, all sale issues. 
  • Appointing receivers and managers on behalf of a top four Australian bank over a rental car business. As part of this engagement, acting for the receivers and managers advising on over 300 Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) interests benefiting the position of the appointing bank. 
  • Providing advice to top four banks and insolvency practitioners on various PPSR claims.
  • Advising a top four Australian bank with respect to defaults including appointing receivers over a motel property, advising the bank and documenting a deed of settlement for a related entity over a major tourist business in Tasmania resulting in the bank 'writing back' its loss provision of AUD4.5 million.
  • Acting for a large Australian bank appointing receivers and managers to a company carrying on a management rights business and in turn acting for the receivers and managers with respect to issues that arose, such as licensing, dealings with the body corporate, obtaining possession of the managers units, ongoing issues relating to protecting the management rights and steps to sell the management rights.
  • Acting for receivers and managers appointed to five separate companies over properties such as shopping centres, taverns, and commercial property in Australia. Issues involved in the receiverships included lease issues, conversion of property by former employees, OH&S issues involving dangerous goods, and funds transferred out of one of the company accounts inappropriately by a director.
  • Acting for a large regional Australian bank appointing receivers and managers over a pharmacy business and acting for the receivers in all aspects of the administration, including the sale.
  • Acting for court appointed receivers appointed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission over an alleged Managed Investment Scheme and advising the receivers on all aspects of the administration.

Litigation and disputes

  • Acting for financial institutions with respect to actions for alleged breaches of the Australian Corporations Act 2001 by proper authority holders.
  • Acting for Australian financial institutions in mortgage recovery matters and banking litigation matters.
  • Acting for financial institutions in litigation in Australian state and federal jurisdictions involving injunctive and declaratory relief.
  • Acting in litigation that involves guarantees and other financial documents for monies owing.
  • Acting for financial institutions in actions under the Australian Consumer Credit Code/National Credit Code.
  • Acting for Australian financial institutions and debt collection agencies in debt recovery matters.