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Graham Roberts

Partner
Graham is one of the firm’s most experienced commercial litigators, with over 30 years’ experience.

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 – Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, High Court of Australia
  • Recommended in Doyle’s Guide 2017 Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers – Queensland
  • Recognised in Best Lawyers (since 2018) – Insolvency and Reorganisation Law
  • Member – Queensland Law Society

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.

Areas of Expertise

Publications

Cooper Grace Ward named in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings for 2024

Cooper Grace Ward’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has again been ranked among the top Australian practices in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific rankings for 2024.

Approval of a court appointed receiver’s remuneration: sufficiency of evidence in support of the remuneration claim

A recent court decision considers the legal principles and sufficiency of evidence when a court-appointed receiver seeks approval of their remuneration.

20 CGW partners listed in Best Lawyers Australia

Best Lawyers has announced its annual list of leading lawyers, and CGW is thrilled to have 20 team members listed across 26 practice areas in the 15th edition.