Emily Barrett Partner

Emily is a restructuring, insolvency and commercial litigation lawyer specialising in all aspects of external administrations, security enforcement, insolvency and commercial dispute resolution.

She has experience in all facets of external administrations from restructuring via Deeds of Company Arrangement and other workouts through to litigation, both on an urgent basis, for example freezing orders and extensions of convening periods, to more substantive litigation such as commercial disputes and applications to the Court for judicial advice. 

Emily’s clients include insolvency practitioners, medium to large corporate entities, including ASX listed corporations, and directors and officers of corporate entities.

Emily is recognised as a rising star in the insolvency and litigation space by Australasian Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide.  She was also the Chair of the Australian Restructuring and Turnaround Association’s NSW Young Professional’s Committee for two years and sat on the Committee for four years.


Work highlights


Acted for the administrators in relation to the administration of the Probuild Group.


Acted for the administrators in relation to the administration of this construction company.


Acted for the director of the Cubic Group as well as the liquidator in a novel application on section 588FL of the Corporations Act.


Acted for director of the Ralan Group of companies which were placed in administration, then liquidation with certain entities being under Deeds of Company Arrangement for a short period of time.

Colton Coal and Northern Energy Corporation

Acted for the administrators and then liquidators of two coal miners in relation to the general conduct of the administration and in a High Court construction and rectification dispute of a Deed of Cross Guarantee.

Halifax Investment Services

Acted for the administrators of a financial services licensee.

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice, Flinders University
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA), Advanced Certification, University of Technology Sydney


  • Chair, Young Professionals Committee (NSW), ARITA (2019 and 2020)
  • Member of ARITA, Turnaround Management Association and the Women’s Insolvency Network Australia

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