Alison Robertson

For more than 20 years Alison has specialised in all aspects of insolvency, reconstruction and recovery. Alison has consistently acted for major banks, as well as mid-tier lenders, providing strategic advice, and where necessary, acting to enforce securities in the most efficient way, cognisant always of the lender’s policies toward customers.

Alison also acts for insolvency practitioners, both big firm and boutique, in their various roles as receivers, administrators, and liquidators. She brings her significant experience and judgment to every aspect of external administrations.

Alison also specialises in general commercial litigation, including contract disputes, litigation arising from board disputes, representation based claims, partnership and property disputes, with a focus on timely and cost efficient outcomes.

Alison has received the following industry recognition; Asialaw Profiles (Restructuring and Insolvency) 2014 and 2015; Best LawyersTM Australia (Insolvency and Reorganisation Law) 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Chambers Asia Pacific (Restructuring/Insolvency) Up and Coming 2016 and 2017, Doyle’s Guide (Insolvency) Leading Lawyer, 2017 and 2018, and Doyle’s Guide (Insolvency) Recommended Lawyer, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Alison’s experience includes advising:

  • Major banks in relation to complex enforcements in multiple industries including commercial property, SMEs, agribusiness, hospitality and health. Alison also assists major banks to enforce personal guarantees, including dealing with difficult customers;
  • Administrators, then liquidators of a major construction contractor, including advice on competing securities, advice on complex PPSA issues, negotiating with contractual counterparties to achieve commercial outcomes and advice on voidable transactions;
  • An Australian bank and its receivers in relation to a hospitality and accommodation concern including issues of safety, advice on the sale process, disputes with the disgruntled director and ultimately enforcement of personal guarantees;
  • Provisional liquidators then liquidators of a failed Ponzi scheme, including strategic advice on avenues of recovery;
  • Lenders in high volume mortgage recovery actions, leading a team of solicitors and law clerks to produce efficient and consistent outcomes; and
  • Directors in providing advice on corporate structuring as well as personal protection including Safe Harbour.

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