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PAUL CUTLER – CURRICULUM VITAE
Admission as a solicitor: July 1996
Called to bar: November 2006
- 1983 BSc(Hons)(Chemistry) (University of Queensland)
- 1988 MSc(Hons)(Chemistry) (Macquarie University)
- 1995 Dip Law (LPAB)
- 2001 Registered as a migration agent (0101077)
- 2002 Graduate Certificate in Insolvency Practice (University of Southern Queensland)
- 2004 LLM (University of Sydney)
- Member of ARITA (formerly Insolvency Practitioners Association)
- Member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)
Experience (Industrial Chemistry)
From 1983 until 1996 I worked as an industrial chemist. I held a CSIRO postgraduate studentship to research waterways polluted by abandoned mine sites. I have also worked as a chemist in chemical manufacturing, scientific instrument sales and service as well as in the food industry.
Experience and areas of practice (Legal)
My practise as a solicitor was almost exclusively in commercial litigation and experience was gained in a number of mid-tier firms in the Sydney CBD including:
- The Argyle Partnership;
- Walker Insolvency Lawyers;
- Michell Sillar Attorneys (now HWL-Ebsworths); and
- PH Legal Pty Limited (where I was the solicitor director).
Instructions in all jurisdictions are accepted but my particular expertise is in the following areas of practice:
- Corporate insolvency;
- Equity & general commercial matters (including other matters under the Corporations Act);
- Immigration and administrative law; and
- Family Law.
I have acted for bankruptcy trustees and liquidators (as well as directors and other defendants) in various matters under the Bankruptcy Act and the Corporations Act. These include investigative matters such as public examinations, as well as proceedings to claw back assets for the benefit of creditors. Many of these proceedings were conducted in the Supreme Court, Federal Court or the commercial list of the District Court.
Although insolvency is an area of specialisation, I have also appeared in, and advised on a wide variety of commercial disputes including matters involving matrimonial property, admiralty and tax.
I have also assisted unsuccessful visa applicants with merits review cases in the MRT and judicial review matters in the Federal Magistrate’s Court.
I have also acted as mediator and am currently undertaking postgraduate study in dispute resolution.
I am a workshop leader in the ARITA education program and also regularly present on the subject of judicial review of immigration decisions in the continuing professional development program conducted by IARC/MIA .
I am volunteer in the Bar Association’s Legal Assistance Scheme and am a member of several pro-bono panels.
Tennis, swimming and playing the violin.
To be provided on request.
General Federal Law
Mansfield v Ghadie  FMCA 1489 (Trustee in bankruptcy – unpaid vendors’ lien)
Heilbrunn v Lightwood  FCA 1518 (Admiralty)
Leasing Centre v Shepard  FCA 443 (Total failure of consideration)
Dai v Zhu  FCCA 1406
Halal Certification Authority v Quality Kebabs (No 2)  FCA 840 (Trade mark – additional damages)
Hall v Poolman  NSWSC 1330
Radiancy (Sales) v Bimat  NSWSC 962
DCT v Concrete Contractors  FCA 1339
Kassem v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 152
Kassem v Commissioner of Taxation (No 2)  FCA 293
Commissioner of Taxation v Kassem  FCAFC 124
In the matter of Rivercorp  NSWSC 576
Commissioner of Taxation v Moodie  NSWCA 59
Commercial - general and mortgages
NAB v Hunter  NSWSC 71
NAB v Hunter (No 2)  NSWSC 763
Trust Co. Fiduciary Services v Hassarati  NSWSC 577
Trust Co. Fiduciary Services v Hassarati (No 2)  NSWSC 1396
Trust Co. Fiduciary Services v Hassarati (No 3)  NSWSC 979
Trust Co. Fiduciary Services v Hassarati (No 4)  NSWSC 1438
Tarrant v Statewide Secured Investments  FCA 582
Tarrant v Statewide Secured Investments  NSWCA 248
Hawkins v Kingsway Group  FCA 1073 and 1335
Hawkins v Kingsway Group (No 2)  FCA 1336
Hawkins v Kingsway Group  NSWCA 399
Kingsway Group v Hawkins  FMCA 403
Huang v Fu  NSWSC 316 (Constructive trust)
Woolf v 52 Birriga Road  NSWSC 921