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        Kirsten Farmer

        Principal Lawyer

        Kirsten is one of Australia’s leading legal practitioners in the areas of Insolvency, Restructuring and Commercial Litigation and heads the Commercial Disputes and Insolvency Group of DWF (Australia).
        Kirsten  is honoured to be a serving member of the Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee of the Law Council of Australia, as well as an elected Committee member of the NSW/ACT Division of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA). She is a highly skilled litigator renowned for her commercial and strategic approach to complex and sensitive matters and is an advocate for alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and negotiation. 

        She advises clients across a wide range of industries, including financial services, health care, insurance, real estate, automotive, construction, retail, manufacturing, hotel and franchising.

        Kirsten has been widely recognised as a leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyer appearing in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 2012/13, 2014, 2015, and 2016/17 for Restructuring and Insolvency, the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers Australia for Insolvency and Reorganisation, the Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide (2017 & 2018) and the AsiaLaw Profiles (2014, 2015 & 2016) for Restructuring & Insolvency.

        Kirsten was also trained as a senior prosecutor at the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions Office specialising in money laundering investigations and the recovery of proceeds of crime.

        In her down time Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family. She is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and regularly plays tennis with friends and practices yoga.
        • Member of the Law Society of New South Wales.
        • Committee member of the NSW/ACT Division of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA).
        • Serving member of the Insolvency and Reconstruction Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
        • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia
        • Admitted as a practitioner to the High Court of Australia
        • Passed the United Kingdom Law Society Solicitors’ Final Examination for admission to the Supreme Court of England and Wales 
        • Admitted as a Solicitor in Scotland
      • “Ms Farmer is regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced bankruptcy lawyers”: Jason Porter, SV Partners
      • “I have worked with Kirsten for over 15 years. She is a trusted adviser, pragmatic and commercially astute, accessible and easy to work with.” Christopher Chamberlain Chamberlains SBR
      • “Highly skilled in bankruptcy and corporate insolvency” : IFLR1000 Legal Guide Results for 2018
      • “Kirsten has been on the Official Trustee’s panel of lawyers since at least 2009 and, during that time, has provided high quality, timely and cost effective advice”: Business Manager NSW/WA Trustee Services and National Co-ordinator Proceeds of Crime ITSA
      • “Good strategic thinker” : The Legal 500