Scott Sharry

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Excellent understanding of the issues, very responsive and accessible. Strong advocate for his client.



Scott has market-leading reputation in Litigation and Restructuring and Insolvency. Scott was recognised as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Qld in Insolvency & Reorganisation by Best Lawyers Australia, 2023, and as a preeminent or leading individual in Queensland in Best Lawyers Australia, and Doyle’s Guide.

Specialising in both commercial litigation and restructuring and insolvency, Scott is a go-to litigator known to his clients for delivering high quality, meaningful and practical advice, providing a full range of options and well-reasoned recommendations. Scott has acted for a wide range of private sector, local, state and federal government clients over the past 20 years throughout Australia. Scott is also the Partner-in-charge of our Brisbane office.

Notable Work
  • Public Trustee of Queensland: acts as co-leads for the team. Public Trustee of Queensland is a major creditor of the Octaviar Group of companies. The Octaviar Group has approximately $2 billion in creditors. Major banks: acting in respect of numerous secured and unsecured recovery matters, general banking litigation matters as well as providing advice in relation to insolvency and external administration issues.
  • Storm Financial Group: lead adviser to the receivers and managers of the group in relation to all aspects of the receivership including recovery of assets and actions against the former directors. The Storm Group had funds under investment of approximately $1 billion.
  • JM Kelly Group: acted for the Liquidators of thirteen entities in the group in relation to one of the longest public examinations heard in the Federal Court. The liquidators estimate that the total creditors of the JM Kelly Group are in excess of A$30 million.
  • Caledon Group of Companies: advised on a range aspects of administration and subsequent liquidation.
  • CRCG-Rimfire Pty Ltd: Advised the Administrators and then Deed Administrators, including successfully defending Federal Court proceedings seeking orders for the termination of the DOCA (including on appeal) and an appeal against the Deed Administrators' rejection of certain proofs of debt.
  • Department of Health (Commonwealth): advising on all aspects of its dealings with a financially distressed aged care provider (PresCare), including the operation of aged care legislation and the Court appointment of Receivers.
  • Listed Entity and Subsidiaries: acting for the administrators of a listed entity and its subsidiaries which owned a Queensland mine.
  • APLNG: advising in respect of 4 multi-million dollar insurance claims concerning the construction of its Coal Seam Gas to Liquefied Natural Gas project (>$300M).
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