Practices

Hector is a partner in the Hall & Wilcox Commercial Dispute Resolution team and is the office partner in charge of the Hall & Wilcox office in Perth. He has specialised in commercial dispute resolution, insolvency and bankruptcy for more than 20 years.

He has extensive experience in commercial dispute resolution matters and his clients include large corporates, high net worth individuals, financial institutions, accounting firms and government bodies. More specifically, his experience includes acting in disputes in relation to the Australian Consumer Law, financial services law, corporations, partnership law, equity, collection of overdue Federal tax debts and regulatory investigations.

He is also experienced in insolvency and bankruptcy matters, including acting and advising insolvency practitioners, directors, financial institutions in various claims and actions arising under security agreements, the Corporations Act or Bankruptcy Act.

Experience

  • Acting for the administrator of a large construction company who was in a dispute with the developer and builder of Federal Government infrastructure in Canberra. The claim by the administrator involved recovery of money in relation to a disputed landscaping contract, the value of which was several million dollars.
  • Acting for the receivers and managers of a large shopping mall and apartment development group with debts exceeding $1 billion, in a long running dispute in which various claims for breaches of officers’ duties were made and damages in excess of $200 million were made.
  • Acting in relation to disputes involving the Australian Consumer Law, predominantly claims involving misleading and deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, the supply, manufacture and installation of consumer goods and misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to the trading of financial products and provision of financial services.
  • Acting for financiers in debt enforcement proceedings, both secured and unsecured debts.
  • Acting for company directors and witnesses in investigations initiated by Australian Securities and Investments Commission in relation to unregistered managed investment schemes and directors’ duties.
  • Acting for construction clients in relation to investigations initiated by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
  • Acting for an owner of a multi million dollar commercial property in central Melbourne in relation to a partnership dispute.
  • Acting for a party who opposed a multi million dollar creditors’ scheme of arrangement of an insolvent margin loan company during the Global Financial Crisis.
  • Acting on a regular basis for shareholders, partners or trust beneficiaries, in oppression actions, shareholders disputes, partner disputes and disputes between beneficiaries or unit holders and trustees.

Awards and recognition

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021
Recommended – Dispute Resolution
Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession
Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers (Western Australia) – 2021

Latest thinking

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