Alexandra Lane

Senior Associate

Qualifications: LLB (Hons), BA (Hons)

Practices

Alexandra is an insolvency and commercial litigator, with a particular focus on corporate insolvency and restructuring. Her expertise includes creditor claims, directors’ duties, voluntary administration, deeds of company arrangement, receivership and liquidation.

Alexandra also regularly advises on property matters, acting for Victorian Government departments, national landlords, significant tenants, investors and developers in a wide range of real estate, land acquisition and leasing disputes.

She also has experience in contractual and partnership disputes, high quantum equitable disputes and intellectual property claims.

Alexandra brings her combined experience in commercial litigation and insolvency law to debt recovery matters.

Alexandra conducts litigation in all courts and tribunals across Victoria, as well as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Alexandra works closely with her clients to ensure the best outcome is achieved expeditiously and in a cost effective manner, whilst ensuring that her clients’ commercial imperatives are kept front of mind at all times.

Alexandra regularly publishes articles and presents to clients and associations from a range of sectors, particularly on insolvency, property and leasing issues.

Experience

  • Acting for trustees in a Supreme Court of Victoria proceeding to recover assets worth in excess of $500 million arising out of breaches of directors’ duties and involving numerous complex factual and legal issues.
  • Advising landlords and tenants on all aspects of property disputes including:
    • lease defaults, terminations and disputes;
    • mediations before the Small Business Commissioner and VCAT claims;
    • misleading and deceptive conduct claims;
    • disputes arising out of the sale of property; and
    • caveats and co-ownership disputes.
  • Acting for various Victorian Government departments and public authorities in respect of various complex and large acquisition claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria, pursuant to the Land Acquisition and Compensation Act 1986 (Vic). In addition to the significant quantum claimed, these matters involve novel arguments (some of which have not yet been tested) regarding the proper zoning of land and valuation of loss.
  • Acting for the liquidator of the C&D Recycling (in liq) in respect of several potential claims under the Corporations Act. C&D Recycling operated a recycling business in Lara. On liquidation, there were outstanding VCAT enforcement orders requiring security and waste disposal. It is estimated that clean-up of the site will cost up between $40 million and $100 million.
  • Experience in advising creditors and insolvency practitioners in claims associated with unfair preference payments and uncommercial transactions.
  • Acting for companies over which administrators have been appointed and assisting in restructuring by executing deeds of company arrangement.
  • Advising insolvency practitioners and creditors (private companies or individuals) and the Victorian Government in respect of PPSA issues and the consequences of parties failing to perfect security interests on the PPSA.
  • Advising private clients on Freedom of Information issues, including the validity (or otherwise) of the scope of a request, the assessment of exemptions, the preparation of the decision and complaints in respect of FOI decisions.
  • Acting for creditors seeking to recover amounts outstanding and to enforce their contractual or statutory rights including at all stages of the litigation process from advising on strategy, issuing initial demands, representing clients at structured negotiations or mediations to during formal proceedings.

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