Partner
Graham is one of the firm’s most experienced commercial litigators, with over 30 years' experience. He is recommended in Doyle's Guide in its 2015 list of leading Queensland insolvency lawyers.

Graham is a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s litigation and dispute resolution team. He acts for commercial clients, major suppliers and secured creditors. He specialises in enforcement of securities, lending disputes, insolvency and bankruptcy matters, company and partnership disputes and commercial litigation.

He also has considerable experience in mortgagee sales, receiverships, statutory demands, winding up applications, voluntary administration, liquidation and bankruptcy matters. Graham also acts for liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy.

 

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of Queensland
  • Solicitor – Supreme Courts of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and High Court of Australia
  • Recommended in Doyle’s Guide 2015 list of leading Queensland insolvency lawyers

Insolvency, security enforcement and recovery matters

  • Acting on statutory demand and winding up applications.
  • Acting in bankruptcy matters.
  • Defending preference recovery claims.
  • Acting for directors in insolvent trading claims.
  • Providing advice on director penalty notices.
  • Acting for unsecured creditors in obtaining court orders to freeze and trace assets.
  • Acting for secured creditors in enforcing securities.
  • Acting in contested receiverships.
  • Acting in disputes against lenders.
  • Providing advice regarding the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).
  • Acting in matters involving the enforcement of a foreign judgment.
  • Acting on behalf of liquidators and trustees in bankruptcy in the recovery of preference payments from creditors (including the Australian Taxation Office).
  • Acting for an insurer to obtain an order for the appointment of a court receiver where a misappropriation was traced to a residential property. Orders were obtained that the property was held on constructive trust for the insurer and that the property be sold and the proceeds be paid to the insurer.
  • Acted for a creditor where the debtor failed to comply with conditions imposed by the NSW Supreme Court on a statutory demand application enabling the creditor to pursue winding up proceedings against the debtor.
  • Acting for a United States Chapter XI Trustee in tracing money misappropriated in the US and invested by a company in Australia by purchasing a rural property. A negotiated agreement was entered into with the delinquent director and proceedings were brought for the reinstatement and winding up of the Australian company to recover the misappropriated money. We then acted for the liquidator on the sale of the property.
  • Acting for a liquidator in recovering trust assets from the new trustee where the former trustee company was placed into liquidation.
  • Acting for a liquidator in obtaining court approval for action taken as a bare trustee.
  • Acted for a New Zealand financier in NSW Supreme Court proceedings involving a $3 million dispute relating to the appointment of a receiver, a commercial building dispute and a bank guarantee claim (matter settled at mediation).
  • Acted for a receiver in NSW Supreme Court proceedings seeking to enforce NSW mortgage securities involving disputes under the Contracts Review Act 1980 (NSW) and Consumer Credit Code (matter settled at mediation).
  • Acted for a mortgagee in NSW Supreme Court proceedings involving alleged forged mortgages, issues as to priority and disputes as to indefeasibility of title (matter settled at mediation).
  • Acted in a matter involving a forged residential mortgage and statutory compensation under the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld) (matter settled at mediation involving the mortgagee, registered owner and Qld Registrar of Titles).
  • Acted for lenders in consolidated Supreme Court proceedings involving allegations of fraud made against the lender’s broker, disputes as to alleged agency of the broker and adequacy of lender’s loan approval process.
  • Obtained a Queensland Supreme Court judgment for possession on a $4.7 million loan prior to the expiry of the commercial loan where the mortgagor had failed to obtain a sale contract by the stipulated date in accordance with the loan conditions.

  • ‘Has the company correctly signed the contract – Director’s personal liability for incorrectly signing contracts’, Australian Construction Law Newsletter, Jan/ Feb 2015.
  • ‘Can you seek specific performance of a clause in a contract after termination?’, Australian Construction Law Newsletter, Sept/ Oct 2014.
  • ‘Accord and Satisfaction: can a lender safely bank a debtor’s cheque for an amount less than the debt’, Australian Banking and Finance Law Bulletin, 2010.
  • ‘Indefeasibility of forged mortgages in Queensland: a qualified win for the registered mortgagee’, The Australian Law Journal, 2008.