Mike Hayes



Mike practices in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has done so for more than 25 years. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial litigation across various jurisdictions in both Federal and State Courts, as both solicitor and counsel. He acts for a wide range of clients including corporations, firms and individuals. Mike’s experience in commercial litigation provides him with a sound background and understanding of commercial risk. He works closely with clients to achieve commercial and cost effective outcomes.

Mike is a leading insolvency, recoveries and restructuring practitioner. He acts for liquidators, receivers and trustees nationally (and previously abroad) in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency and restructuring. Mike also acts for directors in defending insolvent trading claims and creditors in respect of voidable transaction claims. Mike’s experience in acting for stakeholders on both sides of voidable transaction claims provides him with a firm platform to negotiate with stakeholders and achieve commercial outcomes. He is a Fellow of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association.

Mike has a keen interest in governance and advises directors on potential liability issues and assists directors in navigating companies in financial difficulties.

Mike has a B.Juris, LLB, M(Com) Law and a Graduate Certificate in Insolvency and Restructuring.



Mike Hayes always has an opinion and is happy to share without having to research everything in depth. He thinks on his feet and adapts his style to the required situation.‘
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Restructuring and insolvency, 2020 edition – Testimonials

Mike Hayes and Antony Disciscio are exceptional practitioners who are both extremely knowledgeable on the law, and the commercial realities of our profession, working collaboratively to identify and implement effective and efficient legal strategies.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Restructuring and insolvency, 2023 edition – Testimonials

Mike Hayes & Antony Disciscio: both extremely knowledgeable in insolvency law and practice, both very approachable and willing to provide initial advice at no cost, both prepared to “go the extra mile” to assist the client and achieve a good result, also both very nice people with good values outside of the professional environment.’
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: Restructuring and insolvency, 2024 edition – Testimonials


  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific – Recommended for Restructuring and Insolvency, 2019 – 2024 editions (Recommended and Key lawyer – 2024 edition)
  • Doyle’s Guide – Recommended for Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – South Australia, 2021 – 2023 editions
  • Doyle’s Guide – Recommended for Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers – South Australia, 2021 – 2023 editions
  • Best Lawyers – Recognised for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Reorganisation Law, and Commercial Law, 2025 edition


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  • Australian Institute of Company Directors – Graduate
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
    • Executive, Deputy President
    • Director and Board member
    • Practitioner Conduct Committee (Deputy Chair)
    • Membership Committee
    • SA/NT Division Committee (Former Chair)
  • Law Council – Business Law Section, Insolvency
  • Law Society – Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Federal Court Liaison
  • Rugby Union South Australia
    • Board member
    • Governance and Risk Committee (Former Chair)
  • Admitted to practice in Australia (NSW&SA), England and Wales and South Africa

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