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James Hewer

Senior Associate

James Hewer

James is a senior associate in our Business Restructuring and Insolvency team in Australia.  James brings ten years' extensive experience, acquired in both London and Sydney, in delivering work-out strategies to financiers and other investors in relation to international and domestic lending exposures and investments in distressed businesses.

James assists banks, funds, specialist financiers, other lending institutions, creditors and insolvency practitioners across a variety of secured and unsecured exposures, both in relation to work-outs and turnarounds, and in relation to formal insolvency processes such as liquidation, receivership and voluntary administration.  James also guides our corporate clients in navigating their statutory duties during times of financial difficulty. James has particular in-depth knowledge in relation to the Personal Property Securities Act 2009, particularly in its application to insolvencies, enforcement action and structuring of turnaround transactions.

James is a professional member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association, having achieved the highest rank in the Advanced Certificate in Insolvency course in New South Wales for 2014.

James spent the first seven years of his career working in an international law firm in London, which enabled him to expand his knowledge and experience of complex, cross-border restructurings and insolvencies.

Representative experience

Advising a mining services company on the restructuring and reacquisition of one of its key strategic assets out of receivership and voluntary administration.

Advising a financial institution on its exposure to an insolvent mining services company, including the eventual sale of the key assets by the liquidator.

Assisting an overseas importer in relation to the insolvency of its key Australia distributor, including enforcement of retention of title provisions via the PPSA.

Advising a UK financial institution on a £250m exposure to an offshore property investment and management limited partnership, including restructuring of the facilities.

Advising a UK financial institution and their appointed administrators on the "pre-pack" disposal of a car park and petrol station business.

Assisting with a members' scheme of arrangement of an ASX listed company to achieve a full acquisition of the issued share capital by the majority shareholder.

Advising a US-based leather goods supplier in relation to its exposure to a distressed Australian retail business.

Education and admissions


  • Legal Practice Course, University of Nottingham, 2005
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Nottingham, 2003


  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Law Society of New South Wales

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of England and Wales
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales


Ranked 1st in NSW and 2nd nationally for academic achievement

ARITA Advanced Certificate in Insolvency

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