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Jamie Grant

Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Grant is a lawyer in the Restructuring and Insolvency group in our Melbourne office. Mr. Grant has been in practice for six years specialising in debt recovery and securities enforcement, insolvency, banking and finance, and commercial litigation. He has particular experience in matters involving complex forensic accounting issues.

Previously in practice in New Zealand, Mr. Grant has acted for New Zealand's largest banks and their appointees and has extensive experience as counsel in general and insolvency related litigation.

Mr. Grant also has litigation experience in the areas of administrative and regulatory law, property law and construction defects, trusts and equity.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Grant worked for an Australian full-service law firm and a New Zealand high-end boutique insolvency law firm.

  • Assisting Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) in the large scale recovery of loans procured in relation to Timbercorp Securities managed investment schemes, including the preparation of forensic accounting evidence detailing the advance of funds between related entities.
  • Acting in a shareholding dispute involving the seizure and forensic analysis of the computers of a retail group involving allegations of hacking.
  • Representing Rabobank as junior counsel on a Personal Property Securities Act 1999 (NZ) priority of securities dispute.
  • Assisting Bank of New Zealand in a claim for conversion of livestock as mortgagee regarding disputed payments by way of inter-company journal entries.
  • Assisting on an application by receivers for equitable relief from forfeiture of leases of marine farm permits before the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.
  • Acting as sole counsel before the Court of Appeal in relation to removal of a caveat alleging an interest in land arising from a constructive trust alleged to include terms that land was to be held in a manner akin to native title under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Act 1993 (NZ).
  • Representing investors in a claim against the silent director of a finance company which had been liquidated following a New Zealand Serious Fraud Office investigation into Ponzi type frauds run by the managing director of the company. Included acting as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.
  • Assisting receivers in relation to a dispute before the Court of Appeal of New Zealand regarding whether GST charged on mortgagee sales conducted in furtherance of financial services were personally payable by the receivers or could be remitted to secured creditors instead of paid to the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.
  • Acting as junior counsel before the High Court of New Zealand seeking recovery of loans advanced to a Chilean rock crushing venture under 'back of napkin' guarantees. Matter involved disputes as to whether the loans constituted 'major transactions' under the Companies Act 1993 (NZ) requiring shareholder approval, and whether that approval needed to come from the ultimate (Chilean) beneficiaries of shares held on trust.
  • Acting in a shareholding dispute involving the seizure and forensic analysis of the computers of a retail group involving allegations of hacking.
  • Representing the Australian Commonwealth government as solicitor advocate on debt recovery matters.
  • Acting as counsel on contested liquor license renewals for large hospitality groups.