Hayes, Mike


  Adelaide South Australia 5000, Australia
 +61 8 8205 3478
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Mike practices in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has done so actively for more than 20 years.  He has extensive experience in large scale corporate and commercial litigation across various jurisdictions in both Federal and State Courts, as both solicitor and counsel.  He acts for a wide range of clients including large corporations, firms and private individuals.  His experience provides a sound understanding of commercial risk and facilitates working closely with clients to achieve commercial and cost effective outcomes.  His litigation practice covers a range of fields including banking and finance, construction, defamation and insolvency.

He also accepts appointments as an independent lawyer in supervising the execution of search orders.

Mike has particular experience in insolvency, recoveries and restructuring.  He acts for liquidators, receivers and trustees nationally (and previously abroad) in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency and turnaround.  He also acts for directors in defending insolvent trading claims and creditors in respect of preference claims.  His experience in bringing and defending voidable transaction claims allows him to negotiate with stakeholders to achieve commercial outcomes.  He has been involved in complex insolvency administrations and liquidations across a range of industries including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceutical.

Mike also has successfully concluded the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, to complement his existing skills, and further to assist directors in navigating their way through a financial crisis.

Mike is the current chairperson of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) SA/NT Division Committee and is an ARITA insolvency education program workshop leader.  He also initiated and currently coordinates the Personal Insolvency Forum in South Australia.