Insolvency and restructuring expert joins Hall & Wilcox as specialist partner

The appointment boosts the firm’s insolvency and commercial litigation offering in Queensland

Insolvency and restructuring expert joins Hall & Wilcox as specialist partner
Scott Butler

An insolvency and restructuring expert has joined Hall & Wilcox as a specialist partner.

Scott Butler is a commercial litigation lawyer with over two decades of experience in the field. He has advised on commercial disputes and on all aspects of administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy.

He has particular expertise in distressed turnarounds and restructures. He has documented restructures and assisted company directors on their duties. He has also worked together with turnaround and restructuring professionals on matters.

Butler holds leading roles in insolvency organisations—he serves as the chair of the Law Council of Australia’s insolvency and restructuring committee and the chair of the Queensland Law Society’s insolvency law committee. In addition, he is an INSOL International Fellow.

He will be working from Hall & Wilcox’s Brisbane office.

“Scott is a very impressive commercial litigator, with a strong profile in Brisbane and nationally. He advises many clients in the financial services, energy and resources and government sectors, which aligns with our team’s focus,” said Graydon Dowd, Hall & Wilcox’s head of commercial dispute resolution.

The firm’s insolvency practice head, Wayne Kelcey, lauded Butler as “one of the leading insolvency lawyers in Brisbane.” He said that Butler, who covers both the commercial litigation and insolvency practice areas, would be “of great value to the firm, especially in a post-COVID-19 market.”

Hall & Wilcox managing partner Tony Macvean said that the addition of Butler to the team was in line with the firm’s strategy to strengthen its national commercial dispute resolution and insolvency practices, especially in a burgeoning market.

“This appointment also further expands our commercial offering to clients in Brisbane. We see a lot of opportunity in Brisbane and are keen to invest further in that market to support our Queensland-based and national clients,” Macvean said.

“[I’m] excited to be joining Hall & Wilcox and to help expand the firm’s expertise and capabilities in Queensland,” Butler said. “Hall & Wilcox is a wonderful firm which I have long admired and I am looking forward to the years ahead.”

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