Thomas Russell

Former contributor to Practical Guidance Insolvency & Restructuring, Partner, Piper Alderman

Area of expertise

Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Insolvency; Turnaround and Recoveries


BA/LLB (Victoria University of Wellington)

About Thomas

Thomas is a Partner of Piper Alderman Lawyers and the head of Piper Alderman’s Sydney Insolvency team. He is recognised as a leading restructuring and insolvency practitioner, as well as an expert in Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) litigation and securities enforcement.

Thomas’s expertise 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.

Thomas also regularly assists directors of companies in financial distress, bringing to the table not only his industry connections and knowledge of the technical rules and regulations, but also years of real world experience in assisting company directors to work their way through the commercial realities of a financial crisis.

During his career, Thomas has acted in a number of high-profile insolvency and turnaround matters across a range of industries including property, retail, manufacturing, logistics, information technology and communications, automotive and aviation. Thomas is also active with industry associations and is a member of the Law Council of Australia, the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA), the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and others.

He is also the author of a widely distributed bulletin on updates in insolvency law and practice and is known throughout the industry for his pragmatic approach.