Although Australian financial institutions had little exposure to US subprime assets, the global nature of the financial system meant Australia was unable to avoid the effects of what Australians call the global financial crisis. The lack of available credit following the crisis resulted in significant revenue falls and a market contraction. Locally, the Australian Government implemented several market stimuli campaigns.

As the financial markets continue to evolve, financial institutions are working to grow and maintain profits while adjusting to ever-changing regulations and the downturn’s effects on profitability and performance. Successful institutions will need to reassess their operating models and address the effects of competitive dynamics, evolving markets and increased expectations from cautious stakeholders.

We understand the specific needs, challenges and opportunities faced by different stakeholders across the sector. Our lawyers are experts at helping clients to take advantage of opportunities and protect their business interests.

Areas we cover:

Insolvency & Reconstruction

We have worked on numerous complex matters both in the corporate and personal insolvency space. We work with a diverse range of stakeholders offering a distinctly commercial approach to corporations in financial distress. Our clients include, insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, bankrupts, creditors and trustees.

General Commercial Litigation

We take a pragmatic approach to litigation by seeking to narrow the material issues in dispute. This is done through mechanisms available to parties such as issuing notices to admit facts and authenticity of documents; if appropriate, administering interrogatories; identifying questions to be determined separately and before any other matter in issue with a view to early resolution of the dispute; serving offers of compromise shortly after the close of pleadings; and briefing experts before or shortly after the commencement of proceedings.

Business Structure

To obtain the best outcome in structuring any business, our team always starts with understanding our clients’ goals, obtaining the context surrounding the transaction and identifying our client’s potential key issues that will arise in different business structures.

Banking & Finance

Our expertise includes secured and unsecured recoveries, mortgage repossession, fraud and indemnity liability, title and security issues, constructive trust claims, breach of trust, professional negligence, as well as more general commercial disputes in the financial institutions sector.


We act for private bankruptcy trustees, accounting firms, financial institutions, public and private companies as well as individuals. Our expertise extends beyond creditor services and encompasses bankruptcy trustee services as well as services for debtors.

Corporate Insolvency

Once a company is placed into external administration, we can continue to act for you in navigating any issues that arise from the life cycle of the external administration. We regularly act for receivers, controllers, administrators and liquidators in a wide range of disputes emanating from the external administration of a corporation. Our aim is to provide sound, commercial advice that guards the best interests of the directors, officers, or creditors, whilst ensuring that all obligations are met by the external administrator.


We can provide you with advice on joint ventures, regulatory matters, company law and governance, commercial contracts and the establishment of legal management structures.

Financial Obudsman

All Australian Financial Service Providers are required to be members of an external dispute resolution scheme. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), is one of the most common schemes, whose members include banks, insurers, credit providers and financial advisors.

Debt Recovery

William Roberts Lawyers acts for institutional clients in all aspects of debt recovery, from early demands and payment negotiations through to litigation and enforcement.

Robert Ishak

Principal Lawyer, Director

Bill Petrovski

Principal Lawyer, Director

Carlos Jaramillo

Principal Lawyer, Director

Bruce Cussen

Principal Lawyer


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