Rena Solomonidis Special Counsel

Meet Rena

Rena is a dispute resolution lawyer specialising in large scale commercial litigation, corporate insolvency and class actions.

Rena’s experience in commercial litigation includes contractual disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, directors and professional liability claims, commercial leasing disputes and disputes in the engineering industry and resources sector.

She also advises insolvency practitioners in prosecuting claims for breaches of auditors’ and directors’ duties, as well as on issues in the external administration of companies including proof of debt claims, insolvent trading claims and enforcing security interests.

Rena has also prosecuted and defended class actions involving financial institutions, auditors, lawyers, a resources multinational and companies in liquidation in the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and Supreme Court of Victoria.

Experience

General

Gunns Ltd (In Liquidation)

Acted for the liquidators in claims with a combined value of approximately $250 million arising from the collapse of one of Australia’s largest timber and forestry management companies. Claims were against former auditors, KPMG, for professional negligence and breach of contract, and against former directors in respect of misstatements in the annual reports. Also defended a class action for alleged losses from managed investment schemes regarding the establishment of timber plantations across Australia.

Bill Express (In Liquidation)

Acted for the liquidators of one of Australia’s largest pre-paid phone card and bill payment facility collapses in claims against former auditors, Pitcher Partners and KPMG, for professional negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct for claims in excess of $200 million, as well as against former directors of the company for insolvent trading.

Inductotherm Group

Acted for an engineering company specialising in induction heating and other processed electronic engineering methods in international litigation against NZ Steel Ltd involving a complex contractual dispute.

Recognition

Rising Star in Litigation, Dispute Resolution & Insolvency
Doyle's Guide, 2018

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University

Memberships

  • Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria:
    • Co-Chair, Advocacy Sub-Committee, 2016 and 2017
    • Committee of Management, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Society of South Australia