Michael Terceiro

Michael Terceiro is our exclusively recommended Competition Law & Consumer Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in these areas, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

Since 2008, Michael has worked as the principal lawyer at TLC. During that time Michael has helped numerous businesses avoid unwanted attention from the ACCC.

All but one of the businesses which Michael has assisted in relation to an ongoing ACCC investigation since 2008 has been able to avoid the imposition of any formal sanctions. In other words, all but one of the clients who retained TLC at the ACCC investigatory stage has been able to avoid either being taken to court by the ACCC or being required by the ACCC to enter into a court enforceable undertaking.

Michael has been retained by a number of large, medium and small businesses to assist them in relation to competition and consumer law matters. Clients have included Airbnb, ALDI Stores, LG Electronics, InvoCare Australia, Dell Computers, Arnott’s Australia, Coates Hire, oOhmedia, Costco Wholesale, and Ozsale.

Prior to setting up TLC, Michael worked at the ACCC for 15 years. During this time, he worked as:

  • the Director (in charge) of the Sydney Mergers and Asset Sales Branch
  • the National GST Enforcement Coordinator
  • a Director of Enforcement and Compliance in the New South Wales Regional Office
  • the Director (in charge) of the ACCC’s Waterfront Team during the Waterfront Dispute.

In Michael’s various roles at the ACCC he ran more than 600 ACCC investigations, including more than 100 merger clearances, and 30 court cases. Michael’s team success rate in litigation was more than 90%.

Michael also has a range of part time – advisory roles – namely:

  • General Editor of the Thomson Reuters publication, the Australian Business Law Review
  • expert consultant on competition and consumer law to both Lexis Nexis and Wolters Kluwer/CCH

Michael is a member of the NSW Law Society, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is the Deputy Chair of the Small and Medium Enterprise Committee of the Law Council, a role he has held since 2013.

Michael’s qualifications include a Master of Dispute Resolution (with Excellence) from the University of New South Wales, Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, Professional Certificate in Arbitration from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University.

Firm Overview:

TLC can help your business avoid problems with the ACCC. Whether your business is seeking legal advice to avoid breaching the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and Australian Consumer Consumer Act 2010 (formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974) or whether it needs advice and assistance in dealing with a current ACCC investigation, TLC can help.

TLC has an unmatched record in assisting businesses avoid the negative consequences of an ACCC investigation – namely, adverse publicity and the imposition of formal sanctions at the conclusion of an ACCC investigation.

All but one of the business which TLC has represented in an ACCC investigation since 2008 has been able to avoid formal sanctions. In other words, all but one of the clients who retained TLC at the ACCC investigatory stage has been able to avoid either being taken to court by the ACCC or being required by the ACCC to enter into a court enforceable undertaking.

Amanda Banton

Amanda Banton is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Amanda directly using the contact details listed above.

Amanda is one of Australia’s leading litigators, having worked in some of the most complex litigation in Australia.  She and her team have achieved almost half a billion dollars in recoveries for clients.

Amanda leads one of the largest private practices in Australia, including 17 professional staff.  Her practice encompasses some of Australia’s largest insolvencies and class actions, along with corporate and commercial litigation and advisory work.

Key insolvencies include Lehman Brothers Australia Limited, Forge Group Limited, Arrium, Heavy Plant Leasing, LM First Mortgage Income Fund, City Pacific and Equititrust, among others.

She has led numerous multimillion-dollar disputes in the Federal and High Court of Australia, including against a global investment bank and prominent rating agency (the only litigation in the world which has secured judgment against a global credit rating agency).

Amanda is results focused and ensures that she plays an active role in all litigation.  She is well respected for her ability to be across the detail whilst also being a great strategic thinker, having executed ground-breaking cases in which new precedents have been developed.

The Chambers and Partners Guide 2020 quotes that in respect of dispute resolution in Australia, Amanda Banton maintains her position as one of the most immediately recognisable names where the representation of class action plaintiffs is concerned. One client characterises her as a “very personable, very direct, good communicator” while another simply observes: “She’ll fight for you.” Peers identify her as “an adversary we respect” with “a great ability to recall the minute details of a transaction, even under high-pressure circumstances”.

Recently in the 2021 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide, it was noted that “Amanda Banton has a highly creative approach to litigation, is not afraid to take on forensically difficult cases, and has a first-rate strategic eye to overall litigation outcomes”.

Firm Overview:

Banton Group was established in 2020 by powerhouse lawyer, Amanda Banton. She is renowned for her pioneering litigation in relation to complex financial products, particularly involving collateralised debt obligations or synthetic collateralised debt obligations, including successful ground breaking claims against global ratings agencies and global and Australian financial institutions.

Banton Group specialises in large commercial dispute resolution, class actions, restructuring and insolvency litigation and advisory matters.   We are renowned for our direct approach to challenging and obscure legal problems on behalf of our clients.

Being strategic thinkers and results focused, our team brings together some of the brightest legal minds with worldwide experience.  Our team members have successfully recovered well over half a billion dollars in settlements and judgments, with recoveries almost always at the high end of the damages claimed.

Our lawyers have experience acting in some of Australia’s largest class actions and insolvencies and are experts in assisting clients with high-value and reputationally significant disputes and investigative matters.  Our practice also encompasses a broad range of regulatory matters, state and federal litigation, international arbitration, out-of-court restructurings, major private and public entity distressed transactions, multijurisdictional corporate collapses and court sanctioned schemes.

Banton Group will act on a contingency fee basis where appropriate in the Supreme Court of Victoria. We also have strong relationships with many litigation funders who we work with on a day to day basis. We can assist our clients in obtaining competitive funding for class actions, commercial and insolvency claims.

Consistent with our strong social conscience, Banton Group also acts in pro-bono matters where appropriate.

Michael Kuzilny

Michael Kuzilny is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michael directly using the contact details listed above.

Michael is a prominent Criminal Defence Lawyer, Published Author, public speaker, life coach, and award winning TV presenter.

He is the Director of MK LAW Australia. Michael’s purpose in life is to make the world a better place for everyone; and to help people through the Tough Times.

Michael has written several self-help including:

  • “Success: You Can Make It” (New Holland Publishers Australia 2007)
  • “A Life in Crime” (New Holland Publishers 2008)
  • “Meditate or Go Crazy”
  • “Expiry Date 25000 Days”
  • “Split Second” (New Holland Publishers 2019)

As one of Australia’s leading defence lawyers, Michael has been a lawyer in many high-profile cases. He has also appeared as a trusted legal expert on Australia’s most popular morning show, Sunrise, for many years.

Michael has been a legal commentator on National television and current affairs, and has hosted several award winning TV programs over the years. He loves the mix between the media and the law.

Check out Michael’s new YouTube Channel for all his latest shows, and also tons of inspirational video’s to help you take your life to another level.

For several years, Michael worked on Australia’s most popular morning Show “Sunrise” as their Legal Affairs Expert.

Firm Overview:

Melbourne’s Best-Known Criminal & Traffic Law Firm

With over 30 years’ experience in the criminal justice system, Michael Kuzilny has become a household name when it comes to solid, dependable legal expertise. When you choose MK LAW to represent you, you can rest assured you are in safe and caring hands.

We represent clients for all criminal, traffic, and family violence matters. With MK LAW, you can rest easy knowing you’ll benefit from our first-class court representation in courts throughout Victoria, and interstate.

We’ve won multiple awards for Excellence and Community service, including the recent “Best Business Award 2020” and a nomination for the “Australian Law Awards 2020”. With hundreds of 5-star reviews from our clients, we will help you get through the tough times.

At MK LAW, we know that going to court can be a daunting and stressful experience. That’s why we work hard to minimise your burden, by keeping your legal costs to a minimum. We charge a fixed flat fee, and flexible instalment payment plans, so you can stop worrying about the cost of representation and focus on what matters – your defence.

At MK LAW, our commitment is to YOU. We will go the extra mile to get you and your loved ones through the tough times and give you peace of mind.

Neil Brydges

Neil Brydges is our exclusively recommended Tax Advisory Services expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Neil directly using the contact details listed above.

Neil is a principal in the business law area, with a particular focus on taxation advice and disputes. Taxation law is a complex area. His aim is to provide technical expertise to clients, commercially applied and in a friendly and approachable manner.

Neil’s practice involves advice, audits, disputes, and transactions. The client mix includes both family groups and business enterprises. Neil also regularly assists professional advisors, including tax agents, accountants and financial advisors, to understand complex legal issues and help them to better assist their own clients. Neil is a Chartered Tax Advisor with The Tax Institute and accredited as a specialist in taxation law with the Law Institute of Victoria.

Since 2019, Neil Brydges has been named one of Australia’s “Best Lawyers of the Year” in the practice of tax law. The list is compiled by United States peer-review company Best Lawyers and published in the Australian Financial Review. Neil was also recognised in Doyles Guide as a recommended tax lawyer in 2021.

Firm Overview:

A refreshingly different kind of law firm

Sladen Legal is a Melbourne based law firm dedicated to providing expert advice and legal services to private enterprise.

Representing some of Melbourne’s most innovative and forward-thinking businesses, we are driven by the fierce determination and entrepreneurial spirit of our clients. We offer a client-driven and personalised approach to law. We take the time to understand our clients and their business, ensuring that we reflect their values in the work that we do.

Our team of talented principals, special counsel and lawyers share an unwavering focus on carving out the road ahead for private enterprise. We are dedicated to championing truth, pioneering thought and inspiring outcomes for our clients.

The Sladen Legal brand represents the unique nature of our firm – an innovative and forward-thinking law firm with a rich history and strong foundations in legal practice. For more information on the Sladen Legal brand and our values, download a copy of the Sladen Legal brandbook.

Harry Rigney, LL.M.

Harry Rigney is our exclusively recommended Investment Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Harry directly using the contact details listed above.

Harry Rigney is an Australian legal practitioner, solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Tasmania.

Harry has specialised since 1981 in taxation research, advice, and the implementation of taxation solutions through senior positions in professional firms, with responsibilities in achieving national quality assurance standards for firm-wide taxation consulting and compliance. Harry has expertise in the areas of business succession planning, structuring for business and investment within Australia and international, design and implementation of overseas business and joint venture structures for exporters, property development, and asset acquisitions and sales. His areas of practice include all tax-sensitive areas of commerce and investment.

Harry combines academic and practical professional backgrounds; graduating as Menzies Scholar from Harvard Law School in 1980, lecturing in law in several universities, author of “Australian Business Taxation” published by Butterworths in 1990, National Tax Director for PKF for several years, senior tax manager PwC, tax partner law firm and sole practitioner providing services in all Australian East Coast States since 2004.

His background reflects the ‘revolving door’ ethos acquired and cultivated during his Harvard studies; to deliver excellence in professional service by building and sharing skills and expertise within and across commerce and academic forums. His work and standing continues to be recognised and acknowledged by international accreditation agencies.

Firm Overview:

Australian Tax Coaching:

Understanding Australian tax law and making the best decision for you or your business can be a complicated matter. Decision makers in commerce, business and superannuation aren’t necessarily tax experts and could need some extra support. TaxCoach’s global award winning service can ease the heavy lifting involved in taxes and produce better outcomes for you.

TaxCoach designs, builds and implements tax coaching systems across member-based professional enterprises, national publishers, professional firms in accountancy and law, financial planners and trustees of self-managed superannuation funds.

TaxCoach Services:

At TaxCoach we have a range of services to support different types of clients in their understanding of the Australian tax system.

The TaxCoach Direct system is great for helping decision-makers in business or investment better understand the tax system.

With TaxCoach Support, we assist tax professionals deliver best standard tax services.

TaxCoach Products:

The team at TaxCoach have devised a great range of products to help you with all your taxation needs. Our downloadable products are convenient and easy to use and they can improve your understanding of taxes.

Experience is Essential:

The award winning team behind TaxCoach have been providing products and services since 2001. With more than a decade of experience in the tax industry, our packages are supported by a wealth of knowledge and a long term understanding of the Australian taxation system. The TaxCoach line of products remain on the cutting edge of tax in Australia and are a great tool for navigating this often uncertain topic.

Avinash Singh

Avinash Singh is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Avinash directly using the contact details listed above.

Avinash is the Principal Lawyer of Astor Legal.

He is one of Australia’s most respected and highly sought-after lawyers, having represented some of Australia’s elite sportspeople including Olympians & National Rugby League (NRL) players.

Avinash commenced his legal career over ten years ago as a law clerk with some of Australia’s most well-known barristers. There he worked on some of the country’s most prolific cases.

He was able to learn first-hand from Senior Counsel & Queens Counsel the techniques used by them to analyse voluminous and complex material and develop successful case strategies.

Upon his admission he began honing his advocacy skills in courtrooms throughout New South Wales and has built a reputation as one of the Australia’s most fearsome advocates.

Some of Avinash’s most notable and highest profile cases include:

  • representing rugby league great Andrew Johns and forcing prosecutors to withdraw all proceedings against him before the first court date;
  • persuading the Court to not record a conviction against an Australian Olympian for serious drug charges. Mr Singh was also able to ensure that his client’s name was not published in any media reports;
  • a successful appeal to the High Court which transformed the landscape of Evidence law in Australia and resulted in the prosecution being unable to present any evidence against his client;
  • representing the son of a prominent overseas government official and obtaining ‘not guilty’ verdicts for multiple sexual assault charges against him;
  • the only acquittal in the greyhound racing ‘live-baiting’ scandal;
  • dozens of acquittals in sexual assault trials, commercial drug trials, complex fraud trials, grievous bodily harm, robbery, dangerous driving occasioning death, proceeds of crime and various other trial matters;
  • murder & manslaughter cases which have attracted media attention;
  • representing companies and individuals in corporate crime (ie. white collar crime) proceedings and investigations, money laundering, bribery and other forms of corruption.

Avinash is respected by Judges and Magistrates as a persuasive advocate. He has an exceptional record in having clients found ‘not guilty’ as well as avoiding criminal convictions if they choose to plead guilty. Mr Singh is often able to negotiate to have charges dismissed or downgraded when other lawyers cannot.

He has recognised by the Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. This is a title that less than 6% of lawyers in Australia have been honoured with, putting him in a truly elite bracket. This achievement was made all the more impressive as he achieved this title before the age of 30.

He has since been appointed to the Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee. This is the body that develops & conducts the assessments for lawyers who are applying to be Accredited Specialists in Criminal Law.

Other members of the profession often seek out his advice on complex legal matters. His success has seen him be recognised in television, radio, online and print media. Journalists regularly contact him for his legal expertise on breaking news and legal developments.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Avinash Singh and Astor Legal in Australia (streetinsider.com)