Piper Alderman appoints insolvency and turnaround specialist to its Sydney office


Piper Alderman has announced the appointment of Thomas Russell as a Partner in its national Dispute Resolution practice team. Mr Russell joins from a Sydney-based boutique insolvency practice, where his reputation as a leading insolvency and commercial litigation expert has been recognised for over a decade.

Mr Russell is regarded as a leading practitioner in the Insolvency and Turnaround field, as well as an expert in Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) litigation and securities enforcement.

Mr Russell’s insolvency-related work includes advice and representation to company boards, liquidators, receivers, administrators and bankruptcy trustees, with specific expertise in voidable transaction claims, remuneration and priority issues, statutory and regulatory compliance and stakeholder negotiations.

Mr Russell has acted in a number of high-profile insolvency and turnaround matters across a range of industries such as property development, retail, manufacturing, logistics, information technology and communications, automotive and aviation.

Head of Piper Alderman’s Dispute Resolution practice team, Simon Morris, said he was delighted to welcome a practitioner of Mr Russell’s calibre and market reputation to the team.

“Our dispute resolution practice is highly regarded in the market and will be further enhanced with Thomas’ appointment. Thomas is a highly respected insolvency practitioner and is widely known for his strategic thinking, tenacity and commerciality. With his technical and professional expertise, Thomas adds further bench depth to our team – reinforcing our leading position in the insolvency and litigation market. Thomas culturally and professionally will be a great addition to our team”.

Mr Russell is active with industry associations and is a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA), the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and WINA (NSW).

Furthermore, Mr Russell is a strong advocate and supporter of Movember and took out the coveted title of highest fundraiser across all Australian law firms in 2014 and first runner-up in 2015.