Natasha Riach

Position: Senior Consultant - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Direct Telephone: +61 8 8233 0636
Direct Facsimile: +61 8 8233 0699
Direct E-mail: nriach@fisherjeffries.com.au
Practice Areas
Aged Care & Retirement Villages
Agribusiness
Banking & Financial Services
Health
Insolvency & Corporate Reconstruction
Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Professional Experience

Natasha has over 18 years' experience as a litigator and is one of South Australia's leading insolvency lawyers. She acts for all major banks and other financiers on a range of matters including security enforcement, priority disputes and work outs in the insolvency context, as well as customer disputes and operational issues.

Natasha advises insolvency practitioners on all types of corporate and personal insolvency administrations and contentious recovery matters. She has been involved in complex litigation in the Superior Courts and regularly acts on matters involving insolvent trading, voidable transactions, breach of director's duties and other Corporation Act issues.

She also represents corporate and private clients in respect of credit management advice and debt recovery services, and investigations and recovery action following the detection of a fraud. As a skilled litigator in the insolvency field, Natasha has been involved in a number of investigations and inquiries, and is experienced in client responses to regulatory investigations, especially by ASIC and professional conduct boards such as the CALDB.

Major Assignments

  • Acting for receivers, voluntary administrators and liquidators on all aspects of an external administration, including the appointment, the sale of the business and assets of the insolvent entity, compliance with statutory duties and recovery of assets;
  • Forensic investigations and asset tracing, including in a number of high profile, complex and long running matters involving corporate fraud and illegal schemes. Natasha has a special interest in public examinations and a successful track record in locating, freezing and recovering assets for creditors and clients who have been defrauded, both in Australia and overseas, often involving urgent court action including mareva orders, third party disclosure orders and civil search and seizure orders.
  • Providing commercial and strategic advice in cases of personal insolvency and bankruptcy, including initiating bankruptcy proceedings, acting for bankruptcy trustees to investigate and claw back assets, and advising insolvent individuals and creditors of a bankrupt estate or Part X arrangement;
  • Working with creditors whose interests are adversely affected by the insolvency of a customer or counterparty, including: in preparing and enforcing terms and conditions for suppliers that maximise their rights when a customer becomes insolvent, such as through retention of title, PPSA compliant security mechanisms and indemnities; assisting with credit risk reduction and management strategies; advising on termination and other rights in contracts relating to insolvency related default; defending unfair preference claims and other claw back proceedings; and assisting with creditor meetings and the proof of debt regime; and
  • Providing advice to directors in the context of insolvency, including insolvent trading risks, effects of a deed of company arrangement and defence of breach of duty claims and investigations by regulatory bodies.

Professional & Industry Memberships

Law Society of South Australia
Law Council of Australia (Member of South Australian Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee)
Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
Insol International
International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (SA Branch)
Flinders University Law School Advisory Board and guest lecturer

Tertiary Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Flinders University of South Australia) (1995)
Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (University of South Australia) (1996)
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice (University of Southern Queensland / ARITA) (2001)
Admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia, High Court of Australia and Federal Court of Australia