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Desirée Pavey

Desirée Pavey is a senior associate in our Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution team with a background in commercial litigation, insolvency and restructuring advice.

She advises on various litigation issues including general contractual disputes, regulatory investigations, misleading or deceptive conduct claims, shareholder disputes, property disputes, estate litigation and schemes of arrangement litigation and has acted for clients in a variety of Australian courts and tribunals.

Desirée also has experience in providing insolvency and restructuring advice and representation to insolvency professionals, companies and directors in relation to personal and corporate insolvency. She advises client on administrations, liquidations, receiverships and bankruptcies  including routinely advising on voidable transaction claims under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and Personal Property and Securities Act 2009 (Cth) issues.

Desirée has acted for a broad range of clients including litigation funders, insolvency practitioners, high net worth individuals and corporate clients in the  automotive, aviation, mining and petroleum, hospitality and aged care sectors among others.

Desirée additionally supervises the conduct of prosecution matters for the RSPCA as part of the Perth Office's Pro Bono Assistance Program. She is also Australian coordinator of research for projects of International Justice Mission liaising with local counsel in Cote d'Ivoire.

Desirée is Chair of the Women In the Profession Committee for K&L Gates' Perth office. 

Prior to commencing at K&L Gates, Desirée worked at an Australian national commercial law firm in its litigation and insolvency and restructuring team. She has also worked at Western Australian based law firms in commercial litigation and insolvency with experience in general commercial and corporate law. She began her career as professional assistant to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia and subsequently as the research assistant to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

  • Member, Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association
  • Member, Restructuring and Insolvency Network Western Australia
  • Member, Law Society of Western Australia
  • Member, Women Lawyers of Western Australia
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