Michelle Dean

Partner. Perth.

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Michelle Dean

Michelle is a specialist in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She is recognised in the Australian market for her expertise in insolvency, restructuring and banking litigation. She regularly acts in complex and large scale insolvencies. Michelle also worked in London for a number of years advising clients on cross border restructuring and enforcement in the immediate aftermath of the GFC. 

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Michelle is a specialist in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She is recognised in the Australian market for her expertise in insolvency, restructuring and banking litigation. She regularly acts in complex and large scale insolvencies. Michelle also worked in London for a number of years advising clients on cross border restructuring and enforcement in the immediate aftermath of the GFC. 

Michelle’s clients include major Australian banks, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. She also advises a wide range of corporations and boards in relation to highly reputational and strategic litigation, insolvent trading, voidable transaction risk and their dealings with insolvent companies. 

Michelle Dean

Michelle's Expertise

  • Financial Institution Advising on security position and enforcement strategies, including advising on Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth), representing clients on measures to overcome issues with their loan and security positions, and advising on their on-going relationships with customers and defence of claims.

    Representing financial institutions in court actions to recover loans, enforcement of security positions and pursuing guarantors.

    Defending the security trustee and the receivers in relation to a challenge to the fixed and floating charge Saraceni v Mentha [No.2] (2012) WASC 336
  • Administrators Advised and represented the administrators of a mining group, including on numerous highly contested disputes which were integral to their strategic position.

    Advising administrators on restructuring options, drafting deeds of company arrangement, the conduct of contentious creditors meetings and various operational matters.
  • Publicly-listed companies Prepared a matter for trial for a publicly listed client in an action against bondholders in relation to a breach of financial covenant.

    Advised boards on insolvent trading and safe harbour protection.

    Advised companies on restructuring options and strategies, involving both solvent and insolvent processes.

    Represented multiple resources companies in significant litigation involving the power stations.
  • Oil & Gas Represented a large oil and gas company on a highly contested expedited trial involving wide-ranging allegations of breach of contract, misleading or deceptive conduct, unconscionable conduct, and estoppel.
  • Pro bono Acted for the Churches’ Commission on Education Incorporated (Youthcare) as amicus curiae in Williams v Commonwealth of Australia [2012] HCA 23 in the constitutional challenge to the Commonwealth Government’s funding of the School Chaplains Program.

What others say

  • “Best Lawyer – Litigation” Best Lawyers Peer Review 2018

Michelle's Leadership

  • WA Committee of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association Member
  • Law Council of Australia BLS Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee Member
  • Corrs Women in Business Chairperson
  • IWIRC (WA) and IWIRC International Member
  • Turnaround Management Association Member