Who we are

Our TEAM

Craig Higginbotham, Partner

Craig has had more than 30 years’ experience in law, including as a Partner in several major national mid-tier Australian Law Firms for more than 17 years.

Craig has been an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation law since 1998.  Over this time, Craig has advised multi nationals and most of Australia’s largest listed public companies in a wide range of areas from disputes, corporate and commercial, property, corporate restructure and insolvency

Craig has extensive experience on corporate and commercial transactions, including acquisitions and sales, contractual negotiation and preparation, shareholder agreements, regulatory advice and representation including in relation to directors’ duties and regulatory enforcement action.  Craig’s property experience includes a focus on the retail industry, in particular retail leasing, both transactional and disputes.

Craig is a skilled negotiator and has conducted thousands of successful negotiations and mediations, achieving the resolution of disputes for his clients.  Craig acts in both pre-litigation negotiations and mediations throughout Australia, and in litigation in all Tribunals and Courts across Australia.

Craig applies his specialist legal skills in a manner which provides a practical and commercial outcome for his clients.

In addition, Craig is an experienced corporate restructuring and insolvency practitioner and routinely acts for Liquidators and Administrators in respect of advice and recovery of assets.  This experience enables Craig to provide practical and effective advice to directors in respect of insolvency issues, including safe harbor protection, and defence of claims arising from insolvency, including preference claims and insolvent trading claims.

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

  • Alternative dispute resolution – negotiation, mediation, arbitration, expert determination
  • Litigation – Tribunals and Courts throughout Australia
  • Contractual disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Misleading & deceptive conduct
  • Retail leasing disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Regulatory disputes – ASIC, ACCC, Fair Work Ombudsman

Corporate and Commercial Law

  • Due diligence
  • Acquisition and sale
  • Shareholder issues
  • Directors’ duties and regulatory advice
  • Financing and securitisation
  • Trade terms
  • Distribution agreements
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Franchising
  • Regulatory, enforcement action advice and representation – ASIC, ACCC, Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Product recall advice

Property Law

  • Acquisitions and sales
  • Leasing – retail, commercial, office & industrial
  • Retail leasing
  • Property disputes

Insolvency and Restructuring

  • Directors duties and safe harbour protection
  • Preference claims
  • Directors breach of duty and insolvent trading claims
  • Restructuring – DOCA, VA and Liquidation
  • Personal bankruptcy

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology Sydney (LLB) (1990)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The College of Law (Grad. Dip. LP) (1991)
Solicitor of High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of New South Wales (1991)
Notary Public, Sydney (1999)
Masters of Law & Management, Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW)(MLM) (2001)
Accredited Specialist Commercial Litigation Law (Law Society of New South Wales)

Craig Higginbotham.Partner
m.          +61 402 126 222
e.            chigginbotham@teneolaw.com.au

Harrison Dobb, Solicitor

Harrison was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2018.

Harrison’s experience includes acting for multi-national corporations, major Australia corporations and small to medium enterprises in commercial dispute resolution and corporate and commercial matters.

Harrison regularly appears in the District Court of NSW, the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Circuit Court and the Federal Court of Australia in matters involving contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, unconscionable conduct and retail lease disputes.  Harrison also acts in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, including in relation to

statutory mediations under the Retail Leases Act and the Franchise Code of Conduct.

In addition, Harrison’s corporate and commercial experience includes the sale and purchase of businesses, due diligence, and the preparation of commercial agreements including shareholder, licence distribution and share sale agreements.  Harrison regularly advises on business structuring, including the incorporation of companies and trusts.

Harrison’s experience in Insolvency & Restructuring includes acting for Liquidators, Voluntary Administrators and Bankruptcy Trustees in both advice on the conduct and investigations of an insolvent administration and in the recovery of assets, including public examination proceedings and proceedings involving the recovery of damages and assets.  In addition, Harrison acts for corporate clients and directors in defending claims of insolvent trading, preference, voidable transactions and other insolvency related claims.

In addition to Harrison’s work as a junior solicitor, Harrison has also acted in the capacity as a Legal Agent at the University of Calgary Law School’s Student Legal Assistance program in Canada.  Harrison was the first international law student to be accepted in this program and was offered a unique experience not provided anywhere within Australia.  Under the supervision and guidance of practising solicitors, Harrison provided pro-bono legal information and representation in Courts throughout Alberta, Canada, to low socioeconomic residents of Calgary and the surrounding area, whilst pursuing full-time legal studies abroad.

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

  • Contractual disputes, arising from breach of contract, distribution, service, supply and licence agreements
  • Enforcement and defending of claims arising from a guarantor’s liability
  • Trademark infringement
  • Debt recovery
  • Rural fencing disputes

Corporate and Commercial Law

  • Advice involving the structure of entities
  • Regulatory advice involving ASIC and ACCC, including misleading and deceptive conduct, and unconscionable conduct
  • Contract preparation and advice

Insolvency and Restructuring

  • Bankruptcy and corporate insolvency advice
  • Recovery proceedings on behalf of liquidators, administrators and trustees
  • Corporate and director defence of claims of insolvent trading, preference claims and other insolvency claims

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University (LLB) (2018)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The College of Law (Grad. Dip. LP) (2018)
Solicitor of Supreme Court of New South Wales (2018)
Solicitor of the High Court (2019)

Harrison Dobb
e.          hdobb@teneolaw.com.au

Richen Mojica, Solicitor

Richen completed his law degree in 2019 and in addition to his many years of experience as a paralegal now practises as  a graduate solicitor, providing assistance in a wide range of matters including dispute resolution and litigation, insolvency, commercial and property matters.

Richen is highly skilled in assisting with all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation, including preparing briefs to counsel, witness statements and affidavits, evidence bundles for Court and mediation, and undertaking the essential legal and factual research required in a range of matters.  In commercial matters, Richen routinely drafts commercial agreements including share sale agreements and terms of trade.  Richen also has an in-depth knowledge of the insolvency and reconstruction sector and assists on recovery claims made by liquidators for insolvency trading and uncommercial transactions, and in bankruptcy matters.

Richen is also a qualified Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand, a Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines and an expert in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  He has had more than 12 years’ experience in assurance and business advisory, corporate and financial reporting, tax and statutory compliance, and treasury.

This experience provides Richen with a wide range of legal, accounting and business experience and industry knowledge.  Richen’s diverse professional background and experience provides additional value to the work he undertakes for our clients.

Richen is widely travelled and has worked in several large firms and corporations in Australia and overseas, including the Philippines and the United States of America.

Practice Areas

Dispute Resolution

  • Debt recovery proceedings – preparation of statement of claim, service and application for default judgment and enforcement
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct claim – preparation of brief to counsel, instructing counsel in witness conferences, preparation of court bundles and general assistance at hearing
  • Retail lease mediations
  • Claim for defective work and claims for misleading and deceptive conduct and fraud
  • Claim for breaches of the Retail Lease
  • Misleading and deceptive conduct claim – preparation of witness affidavits
  • Breach of commercial lease claims – appearance at court on return of subpoena, preparation of court bundles, brief to counsel, witness statements, research both legal and factual

Corporate and Commercial

  • Sale of shares transaction – drafting Share Sale Agreements.
  • Privacy policy – advice on Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) and drafting corporate privacy policy
  • Advice on TGA compliance issues
  • Advice to Liquidators on the assetless administration fund of ASIC
  • General corporate regulatory advice
  • FOI advice and requests
  • FWO advice and representation

Insolvency

  • Application for annulment of bankruptcy
  • Letters of demand and Statements of Claim on behalf of the Trustee of a bankrupt estate to recover properties from transactions that were regarded as void against the Trustee
  • Acting on behalf of a Liquidator in the interlocutory application of the Defendant to terminate the winding up of a company

Property

  • Commercial lease advice
  • Residential conveyancing
  • Retail leasing

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, University of the City of Manila, Philippines (2000)
Certified Public Accountant, Philippines (2000)
Chartered Accountant, Australia and New Zealand (2009)
Juris Doctor, University of Sydney (2019)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The College of Law (Grad. Dip. LP) (2020)
Solicitor of Supreme Court of New South Wales (2020)

Richen Mojica
e.            rmojica@teneolaw.com.au

Lynette Prichard, Senior Paralegal

Lynette has over 20 years experience in the legal industry, having commenced working for a sole practitioner shortly after her arrival to Australia from New Zealand in 1998.

Lynette has comprehensive knowledge of the legal system, gaining her experience firstly as a law clerk working in a small CBD based Sydney legal practice, before taking on a role as executive assistant for the busy Senior Litigation Partner of a mid-tier law firm.  Her desire to continually learn, remain challenged and build and maintain strong client relationships led to promotions as Paralegal and then Senior Paralegal, supporting larger Litigation and Dispute Resolution teams in a vast range of matters across all jurisdictions.

Lynette’s extensive experience includes working with individuals, small to medium enterprises, major Australian companies and multinational corporations, supporting her team in a wide range of matters across a variety of sectors.  This has encompassed work in the areas of corporate and commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, property and retail, and insolvency and restructuring.

Lynette has also been responsible for the day to day managing of conveyancing, breach of lease, divorce, debt recovery and wills and estates matters, including attending settlements, drafting Court pleadings and evidence, co-ordinating interviews and taking witness statements, conducting research and investigations, and briefing and instructing Counsel in Court proceedings.

Career highlights for Lynette include being involved in larger high profile Court proceedings and government inquiries, having assisted her team during the Royal Commission into the AWB Limited Oil-for-Food Program scandal, and the McCabe family’s action against cigarette giant British American Tobacco, as well as its subsequent appeal against the McCabe Estate, and eventual out of Court settlement.

Lynette plays an essential role within the firm, and continues to utilise her skills to provide practical, capable and efficient support to her team.  She is a sound, mature, team player who is committed to anticipating and meeting deadlines, who deals with the unexpected promptly and professionally and is able to facilitate seamless collaboration and teamwork, for the benefit of our clients and to ensure the firm’s continual success.

Practice Areas

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Investigation and evidence gathering
  • Preliminary document drafting, including Statements of Claim, other pleadings and evidence
  • Co-ordinating and communicating with parties, experts, legal support agencies, mediators and Counsel
  • Arbitration, mediation and negotiation support
  • Researching relevant case law, regulations and legal commentary
  • Handling, reviewing and undertaking discovery
  • Reviewing and reporting on Subpoenas and produced material
  • Briefing and instructing Counsel
  • Pre-trial, courtroom, and hearing support
  • Judgment enforcement and recovery
  • Costs assessment proceedings

Corporate and Commercial

  • Loan security
  • PPSR
  • Contract drafting, deed drafting

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

  • Investigation and evidence gathering
  • Drafting and issuing letters of demand
  • Issuing Bankruptcy Notices, overcoming service issues
  • Drafting and serving Statutory Demands and supporting Affidavit evidence
  • Preparation, filing and service of Creditors Petitions and supporting documentation
  • Briefing and instructing Counsel
  • Co-ordinating and communicating with parties, Trustees, Administrators, Liquidators, legal support agencies and Counsel
  • Researching relevant case law, regulations and legal commentary
  • Pre-trial, courtroom, and hearing support

Property and Retail

  • Residential conveyancing transactions
  • PEXA transactions
  • Preparation and lodgement of Caveats
  • Preparation, execution and registration of retail and commercial leases for both tenants and landlords
  • Issuing relevant notices for lease breaches

Probate

  • Investigation into assets, liabilities and claims against Estate
  • Publishing statutory Notices
  • Drafting Court pleadings and evidence
  • Co-ordinating and communicating with Executors, beneficiaries and relevant third parties
  • Administration of Estate, including liquidation and transfer of assets, both real and personal
  • Distribution of Estate to beneficiaries, and passing of accounts to Court

Lynette Prichard
e.          lprichard@teneolaw.com.au

Isobel Bathgate, Paralegal

Isobel supports our team 3 days per week as our team Paralegal.  Isobel commenced her legal studies in 2019 and is in her second year at Macquarie University, studying for her Bachelor of Arts with a Bachelor of Laws.  Isobel assists our solicitors and clients across all of our practice areas, and is known for her superior research skills.

Isobel’s experience includes assisting on matters involving briefing Counsel, Court hearings, advices, small claims, conveyancing and property related matters.  Isobel is a valued member of our team and her enthusiasm and proactive initiative in assisting clients adds significant value to the work we undertake.

Practice Areas

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Assisting with investigation and evidence gathering
  • Preliminary document drafting
  • Co-ordinating and communicating with parties, experts, legal support agencies, mediators and Counsel
  • Court support
  • Researching relevant case law, regulations and legal commentary
  • Assisting with discovery and production of documents
  • Assisting with briefing Counsel

Corporate and Commercial

  • Research and briefing memorandums
  • Assisting with drafting of advices

Bankruptcy and Insolvency

  • Drafting and issuing letters of demand
  • Assisting in the issue of Bankruptcy Notices
  • Assisting with drafting and serving Statutory Demands and supporting Affidavit evidence
  • Assisting with briefing Counsel
  • Researching relevant case law, regulations and legal commentary
  • Court support

Property and Retail

  • Assisting with residential conveyancing transactions
  • Assisting with PEXA transactions
  • Assisting with issuing relevant notices for lease breaches

Isobel Bathgate
e.          ibathgate@teneolaw.com.au