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John Poulsen

Special Counsel – Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Restructuring and Insolvency

John Poulsen is a corporate restructuring, insolvency and commercial litigation lawyer based in Brisbane. John has 10 years’ experience in the resolution of disputes, including advising insolvency practitioners and creditors in relation to the realisation of distressed assets in Australia.

John's experience includes general commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including in respect of procedure and strategy, appearing and instructing counsel in superior courts of Australia and assisting with complex litigation.

John’s experience spans many industry sectors including retail, commercial, rural and residential property, hotels and mining. 

Prior to Hamilton Locke, John worked for firms including Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and Henry Davis York. In addition, he has completed several secondments to major trading banks, assisting with internal and external dispute resolution, commercial litigation and regulatory compliance.


Corporate Restructuring; Insolvency; Bankruptcy; Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation; Mediation; Corporate Law; Contract Law; Banking Law; Contract Negotiation; Corporate Governance; Regulatory Compliance



  • Bachelor of Commerce - University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws - University of Queensland
  • ARITA Advanced Certificate in Insolvency - Queensland University of Technology
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland



  • Assisting the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority with the conduct of the NSW Casino Inquiry in Sydney.
  • Assisting a secured creditor and court appointed receivers with the conduct of a complex 36-day concurrent trial of three proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales involving ecclesiastical law, the law of guarantee, and professional negligence against persons and entities associated with the Anglican Church of Australia.
  • Advising the liquidators of a listed mining company in respect of the funding of the external administration and the conduct of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland to compel the release of registered encumbrances in order to complete a sale of resource authorities, real property and plant and equipment.
  • Assisting a secured creditor with the opposition of proceedings commenced by a self-represented litigant in the Supreme Court of Queensland for relief, in the form of injunctions, due to the delivery of promissory notes in purported discharge of indebtedness.
  • Assisting liquidators with the opposition of proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales by a court appointed receiver and manager and liquidator seeking judicial advice in respect of an agreement for the off-market sale and purchase of property and to discharge asset preservation orders.