Caitlin Murray
Partner, Sydney
I have more than 20 years' experience in restructuring, insolvency and commercial litigation, with a focus on financial services, Corporations Act matters and regulatory disputes.

My client base includes financial institutions, lenders, creditors, insolvency practitioners, corporations and regulators. I am described by my clients as ‘a tenacious and knowledgeable litigator’ (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific).

My practice spans workouts and reorganisations; secured and unsecured recoveries; commercial, corporate and contractual disputes; regulatory investigations and civil penalty prosecutions (including by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission); as well as matters involving the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). I have appeared before the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and various state courts, as well as in administrative tribunals and alternative dispute resolution settings.

Career highlights

  • Westpac Banking Corporation v Forum Finance Pty Limited (in liquidation) (and others): Acting for Westpac in connection with a very significant fraud and subsequent recovery actions. Involving complex questions of fraud and tracing.
  • Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Nuix Ltd: Solicitor for ASIC in connection with its civil penalty proceedings against Nuix Ltd & its directors.
  • Australian Institute of Professional Education: – Advising the liquidators of the Australian Institute of Professional Education Pty Ltd (in liquidation), one of Australia’s largest vocational education and training colleges, which involved complex proceedings commenced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
  • Ramsay Health Care: Successfully obtained a judgment for the client in connection with a significant and protracted commercial dispute, including appeals to the High Court, as well as various Federal Court, Full Court and NSW Supreme Court proceedings.
  • Westpac Life Insurance Services Ltd v RGA Reinsurance Company of Australia Ltd: Acting for and advising WLIS in connection with a preliminary discovery dispute.
  • Oppression action: Acting for a shareholder of a large privately held Australian company in connection with allegations of oppressive action by other shareholders.
  • Bill Express Limited: Acted for Optus Mobile, Prepaid Services Pty Ltd and Virgin Mobile in relation to a claim by the liquidators of Bill Express Limited (in liquidation).
  • Channel Ten receivership: Acted for the receivers and managers appointed to the Channel Ten group, advising on all aspects of the receivership including a sale of the group's assets.
  • Virgin Australia Airlines administration: Acting for and advising various creditors, including large airline lessors, in respect of the collapse of Virgin.
  • Actively contribute to the legal community as a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association and the Turnaround Management Association of Australia.