Shane Roberts



Brisbane Office


With over 25 years’ experience, Shane is a skilled commercial litigator with a focus on corporate insolvency and recovery. His clients comprise of ASX top 100 companies, major banks, other financial institutions and a number of large national and multi-national corporations.

Prior to commencing at Holman Webb, Shane was admitted to practice in the UK, where he worked in-house at one of the UK’s largest listed companies. This experience has given Shane the ability to bring a level of true business acumen when advising his client.

Shane’s corporate insolvency and recovery practice extends to representing clients under investigation by ASIC, advising Directors and Company Officers with respect to their duties under both common law and the Corporations Act and acting for secured creditors in regard to the appointment of receivers under their security instruments, and also acting for and against liquidators and other insolvency practitioners.

As a litigator, Shane has represented clients in franchise disputes, building and construction claims and professional negligence matters involving stockbrokers, financial advisers and valuers. His experience extends through the Federal, Queensland Supreme and District Courts and QCAT. He regularly participates in Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures including mediation, case appraisal and arbitration.

Shane is a highly sought-after author, having numerous articles published in leading industry publications including the Insolvency Law Bulletin, Journal of Chartered Secretaries Australia and Australian Risk Management Magazine. He is regularly invited to present at industry seminars including the ‘CPA SME Day’ and the Governance Institute of Australia.

In 2015 and 2017, Shane was the joint course co-ordinator and lecturer in the University of Queensland’s Personal and Corporate Insolvency module offered every 2 years in their Bachelor of Laws Course. Shane is also a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Insolvency sub-committee.

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Shane manages an experienced and responsive team. They are driven to secure commercial outcomes with a service that is both cost effective and timely.

When resolving disputes for clients, Shane favours exploring alternative solutions - such as mediation, resorting to litigation only as a final resort.

As many of his clients are national entities, Shane works closely with his fellow partners in Sydney and Melbourne.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Disputes; Trade Credit; Equipment Finance; Insolvency; Building and Construction Disputes.


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