Zayd Chothia

Zayd is an experienced commercial litigator focusing predominately in the areas of general litigation, corporate and commercial debt recovery, insurance and insolvency.

His practice leads him to represent a range of clients in disputes in all Queensland Courts, other State Courts, and the Federal and High Courts of Australia.

He is regularly instructed by the Queensland State Government, publicly listed companies, corporate clients and insolvency practitioners.

Recent experience includes:

  • Acting as principal panel lawyer for the Queensland State Government on its debt recovery panel;
  • Acting for a publicly listed automotive company and commercial collection agency, nationally, in commercial litigation disputes;    
  • Instructed by publicly listed building supplier to obtain a Supreme Court judgment against a guarantor - in circumstances where the guarantor alleged the guarantee was procured by duress and coercion;
  • Acted for a proprietary limited company (subject to Deed of Company Arrangement), and its Administrators in separate complex Supreme Court and Federal Court proceedings, where the Supreme Court proceedings concerned alleged retention of title and conversion of stock, and the Federal Court proceeding concerning a challenge to the validity of the Deed;
  • Instructed by a major international agrichemicals company in its opposition of Supreme Court winding up proceedings, where there were allegations of breach of trust and oppression, and associated proceedings to obtain mareva orders, and subsequently to appoint a provisional liquidator to a subsidiary company;
  • Acting for company directors in claims brought by liquidators of a junior start-up mining exploration company firstly in relation to public examinations and subsequently, in separate Queensland Supreme Court proceedings brought by the liquidators for insolvent trading;
  • Acted for numerous clients, liquidators and trustees in the following circumstances:
    • Issuing and opposing bankruptcy notices;
    • Issuing and opposing creditor’s petitions;
    • Issuing and opposing creditor’s statutory demands;        
    • Obtaining sequestration and liquidation orders