Piper Alderman’s national dispute resolution team adds strategic lateral partner hire in Adelaide


National law firm Piper Alderman has announced the appointment of Mike Hayes as a Partner in its national dispute resolution team based in Adelaide. Mike joins with Associate, Antony Disciscio.

Mr Hayes has practiced in commercial litigation and dispute resolution for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in large scale corporate and commercial litigation across various jurisdictions, as both solicitor and counsel.  Acting for a wide range of clients including large corporations, firms and private individuals, Mike’s routinely advises clients across many industries including financial services, insurance and construction.

As an adjunct to Mr Hayes’ practice, he has particular experience in insolvency, recoveries and restructuring having acted for liquidators, receivers and trustees nationally and internationally.  He has also acted for directors in respect of insolvent trading claims and creditors in respect of preference claims in South Australia and interstate.  He has been involved in complex insolvency administrations and liquidations. Mike is the Chair of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) (SA/NT Division).

Managing Partner, Tony Britten-Jones said he was delighted to welcome a practitioner of Mr Hayes’ calibre and market reputation to Piper Alderman.

“Mike is a highly respected practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, and we are delighted to welcome him to Piper Alderman. Mike’s appointment reflects our strategic focus of offering clients in Australia market-leading dispute resolution capabilities. He is an excellent addition to our team in Adelaide and his strengths dovetail well with our strong Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane litigation and insolvency practices”.

Over the past 12 months alone, in addition to Mike we have welcomed a further 6 new partners into our Adelaide office across all of our key practice areas. We continue to see a lot of opportunities in Adelaide and our growth strategy will ensure that we are able to capitalise on them”.

Commenting on his decision to join Piper Alderman, Mr Hayes said he had worked with many of the firm’s partners and was impressed by Piper Alderman’s client centric culture.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to join a firm known for its exceptional client service. We have long admired Piper Alderman for its culture, its commitment to its clients and staff, the quality of its lawyers. Its values and priorities closely align with ours”.

“We are very excited to have joined a firm that already has great bench depth in litigation and insolvency and we expect that a lot of new business opportunities will arise in the short term” added Mr Hayes.