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McCullough Robertson

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Scott Butler

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McCullough Robertson

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Restructuring and Insolvency




Scott is recognised as one of Queensland’s leading and most experienced restructuring and insolvency lawyers. He works with clients, company directors and advisers to analyse the issues and provide a range of options within tight time frames and often under difficult circumstances.

An expert in turnarounds and restructures, Scott often works collaboratively with other turnaround and restructuring professionals, assisting with and documenting financial restructures and advising company directors in relation to their duties.

Advising on all aspects of administration, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy, Scott combines his industry knowledge with strong technical and dispute resolution skills to provide innovative, commercial and cost-effective solutions, often negating the need for a formal insolvency.

A Fellow of INSOL International and an expert in cross-border insolvency law, Scott regularly presents on cross border matters and is published on a number of restructuring and insolvency matters.


Fellow of INSOL International
Member of Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
Member of Turnaround Management Association
Member of Queensland Law Society Insolvency Law Committee
Member of Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia, Business Law Section
Member of Queensland Law Society


Bachelor of Commerce - University of Queensland
Bachelor of Laws - University of Queensland
Master of Laws (Hons) - Dispute Management Law - University of Queensland
Fellow of INSOL International (Hons)


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

McCullough Robertson's ‘efficient, effective and exceptionally responsive’ practice is commended for its ‘practical approach’. Agribusiness, construction and natural resources disputes are its core strengths; Peter Stokes, who ‘seamlessly instructs large teams and gets the best out of his lawyers’, continues to act for Adani in arbitration proceedings against John Holland regarding delays and changes to the Abbot Point coal terminal in Queensland. Guy Humble heads the group; ‘outstanding communicator’ Russell Thirgood, restructuring and insolvency specialist Scott Butler and regulatory expert Tim Case are other names to note. Commercial litigation and regulatory head Jason Munstermann joined from now-defunct firm Henry Davis York.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

McCullough Robertson's Brisbane-based cross-disciplinary team specialises in alternative solutions in times of distress including workouts, turnaround and restructuring solutions; it also handles the enforcement of securities, debt recovery and insolvency issues. Practice head Scott Butler's recent work includes advising the directors and shareholders of Ostwald Brothers on its voluntary administration and recapitalisation via DoCA, acting for PwC as receivers and managers of NQ Group on a Personal Property Securities Act issue, and assisting the Australian government Department of Jobs and Small Business with issues relating to the recovery of amounts paid by the Commonwealth government under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme regarding the liquidation of companies in the McAleese and Rivet Groups. KordaMentha, Grant Thornton and Bounty Mining are also clients.

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