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Johnson Winter & Slattery

Work Department

Transactional & Advisory


Practice Group Head


David is a leading insolvency lawyer with over 25 years’ experience specialising in workouts, recovery and reconstructions.

He advises on all elements of insolvency and reconstruction including representing insolvency appointees and borrowers, restructuring of managed investment schemes and PPP’s, dispute resolution, and working closely with insolvency practitioners and funders to maximise opportunities for recoveries. David’s clients include domestic and foreign insolvency practitioners, ASX listed entities, large private or unlisted companies and trusts, litigation funders and Australian and foreign banks and financial institutions.

David is a member of the legal committee of the former Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee and ARITA and INSOL International. He was also a member of the consultative group advising the Attorney General on Personal Property Security Reforms, and past National and State Chair of the Insolvency & Reconstruction Committee of the Law Council of Australia.

David is recognised as a leading lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency by both Chambers Asia-Pacific and Best Lawyers Australia.


Legal committee of the former Corporate and Markets Advisory COmmittee
Member of ARITA and INSOL International
Past National and State Chair of the Insolvency & Reconstruction Commitee of the Law Council of Australia


Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Restructuring and insolvency

Joseph Scarcella leads the standalone practice at Johnson Winter & Slattery, which is a key name in the market for debtor clients; it also acts for key insolvency practitioners including Ferrier Hodgson, McGrathNicol and Grant Thornton, and counts several ASX listed companies on its roster. The team is also singled out for its sector-specific approach, which focuses on the energy and natural resources industries; and its expertise in debt finance and dispute resolution work. Former practice head David Proudman is highly regarded for his insolvency work, and Melbourne-based Paul Buitendag focuses on contentious mandates.