Anita Caruso

Position: Partner - Property & Development, Dispute Resolution
Direct Telephone: +61 8 8233 0640
Direct Facsimile: +61 8 8233 0699
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Practice Areas
Aged Care & Retirement Villages
Insolvency & Corporate Reconstruction
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Property & Development

Professional Experience

Anita works across the firm's Commercial Litigation and Insolvency Group and in the firm's Property and Infrastructure Group.

Anita handles unsecured debt recovery and commercial lease enforcement work from routine letters of demand through to court recovery proceedings in the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of South Australia.

She also handles property matters, including the sale and purchase of commercial and residential premises as well as retail and commercial leasing and licensing.

Her expertise in insolvency includes all types of corporate and personal insolvency. Anita has acted for a number of creditors and insolvency practitioners, including liquidators and bankruptcy trustees, in small and large recoveries and provided advice to bankrupt individuals and directors of failed companies.

Major Assignments

  • Managing Renewal SA's commercial lease and contractual enforcement work, including for the Port Adelaide Waterfront moorings.
  • Co-management of multifaceted proceedings on behalf of a South Australian based liquidator for the recovery of preference payments, including supervision of a team of legal practitioners and external people to complete an analysis of a substantial number of documents (more than 60 boxes) to prepare a matter for trial.
  • Educating and providing specialised advice to insolvency practitioners and suppliers of goods in relation to the Personal Property Securities Act.
  • Developing and implementing strategies with large commercial landlords to reduce defaults under commercial leases and to efficiently recover debts due.
  • Drafting and negotiating documentation for the sale of large parcels of commercial land and of large scale residential developments for insolvency practitioners.
  • Co-management of complex judicial review proceedings and related litigation in relation to the adverse impact of Development Plan Amendments on behalf of a large commercial landlord.

Professional & Industry Memberships

Law Society of South Australia

Tertiary Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Flinders University of South Australia) (2005)
Bachelor of Commerce (Flinders University of South Australia) (2005)
Admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia (2005)
Emerging Leaders Course (Law Society of South Australia) (2012)