Fourth partner joins DibbsBarker’s Melbourne office

Services: Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Restructuring & Insolvency
Industry Focus: Financial Services
Date: 05 September 2017

DibbsBarker has appointed commercial litigation and insolvency expert Joanne Hardwick as the fourth partner in the firm’s Melbourne office.

Recognised in the 2017 Doyle’s Guide list of Victoria’s leading insolvency and restructuring lawyers, Joanne has advised on several high profile collapses including Timbercorp Finance, where she acted for the liquidators. Joanne has 17 years’ experience working with insolvency practitioners, accountants, company directors, creditors and other key stakeholders involved in or impacted by a company's voluntary administration, receivership or liquidation. Regularly acting on the company side of insolvency-related matters, Joanne has strong expertise in formulating and effecting restructure plans for businesses facing financial distress.

Throughout her career Joanne has worked on insolvency and restructuring matters across a broad range of industries including financial services, building and construction, aged care and retail.

Joanne’s practice also includes general commercial litigation and disputes work, which sees her representing clients in varied matters including debt recovery, shareholder disputes, breach of contract, franchising and breach of duty cases. 

Scott Guthrie, head of Banking, Insolvency & Disputes at DibbsBarker, said: “Joanne is an excellent practitioner who is held in high regard by the market and our clients. With her wealth of experience, Joanne adds further depth to our restructuring and insolvency practice which has gathered significant momentum in Melbourne since John Stragalinos arrived. The safe harbour and other reforms due to take effect next year will only enhance the opportunities that already exist in a highly active market, and together with John, Joanne will be key in enabling us to realise those opportunities.”

“Joanne is also a perfect fit with DibbsBarker’s culture, which is highly enthusiastic with a strong focus on collaboration,” said Scott. “It has been vital for us to continue cultivating that culture as our newest office has grown. Joanne is someone who shares our firm’s values and has a lot to offer our staff, her fellow partners and all of our clients.”

Joanne has joined DibbsBarker from Mills Oakley, where she began her legal career and spent the past eight years as a partner. Earlier in her career, Joanne also gained two years of international experience working in London as a litigator and insolvency lawyer.

“DibbsBarker is a collaborative, diverse firm with immensely talented and respected lawyers in its ranks,” said Joanne, commenting on her appointment. “DibbsBarker opening a Melbourne office has given me an exciting opportunity to join forces with John Stragalinos, combining our skills and experience to offer a fresh alternative in the Melbourne insolvency market. The firm’s strategy and vision are clear and the potential for growth and success here is great. I am delighted to play a pivotal role in expanding DibbsBarker’s Melbourne presence and servicing our valued clients and referrers.”

Joanne’s appointment as the fourth partner in DibbsBarker’s Melbourne office closely follows the arrival of banking and finance specialist Jason Morris, who joined last month from Allens.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Parks | Communications Manager
+61 2 8233 9704


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