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Eliza Birkett

Senior Associate
+61.2.9513.2334
Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Ms. Birkett is a commercial litigation lawyer. Her particular focus is on financial services litigation, insolvency, property and contractual disputes. Ms. Birkett acts for a range of clients in the financial, insurance and professional services sectors.

She has appeared in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the District Court of New South Wales and the Local Courts in New South Wales.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Birkett worked at a national firm where she predominantly acted for financial institutions and insolvency practitioners in a range of litigated disputes involving security enforcement, debt recovery and asset realisation.

  • Ms. Birkett was seconded to Westpac Banking Corporation in 2014 to 2015 where she provided legal assistance across a number of banking products, including merchant services, equipment finance and business banking.
  • Advising on and managing litigated disputes regarding security enforcement, debt recovery and asset realisation.
  • Acting in litigated disputes concerning guarantees and indemnities.
  • Acting for financial institutions in claims against mortgage brokers, mortgage originators and valuers for breach of contract, negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Acting in commercial contractual disputes arising from the sale of businesses, failed joint ventures and disputes between directors.
  • Representing insolvency practitioners in a broad range of matters under the Corporations Act.
  • Acting for an Australian bank and the appointed Receivers and Managers of certain companies in the collapse of a financial services company.
  • Acting for professionals in negligence claims arising from commercial and property transactions in the Federal and Supreme Court.