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Our Year in Review

Updated: Dec 22, 2019

A lot was accomplished by the Gartree Thomson team in 2019!

Here’s a quick summary:


Achievements of 2019

  • Our debt recovery litigation portfolio is growing, and the team are getting some great results. We had 400 new litigation files opened in 2019.

  • Our Director, Paul Hutchinson, completed an advanced ARITA accreditation and now holds an Advanced Certificate in Insolvency.

  • Our in-house conveyancing star, Ruth Tzouras, completed 11 conveyances plus 25 real property securities and finalised 10 leases (including renewals and lease disputes) in addition to her paralegal duties.

  • There has been a substantial increase in the amount of statutory demands issued and subsequent winding-up of companies this past year.

  • We are continuing to settle the large majority of matters which result in a better return to clients.

  • Arpana Sugrim has grown the secured recoveries side of the business and is making it look easy.

A short update on notable matters finalised in 2019

  • In 2018, Matthew Munzenrieder successfully argued for indemnity costs in the Local Court and then applied for a costs assessment which was riddled with mistakes and unfavourable for our client. After 6 months of wrangling, the mistakes were rectified, and we finally obtained a favourable costs assessment.

  • We settled a significant insolvent trading claim in record time mostly due to the pragmatic approach of the solicitors on both sides. This will result in the liquidator being able to make a dividend payment to creditors.

  • A shareholder dispute that has been running for 3 years has been finalised after the commercial property was sold and the associated litigation and accounts were finalised.

Holiday closure

  • Our office will be closed from 5:00 pm Monday 23 December 2019 and will re-open at 9:00 am on Monday 6 January 2020.


From all of us at Gartree Thomson Lawyers we wish you a happy and safe holiday period.

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