Scott Atkins

Deputy Chair, Australia; Head of Risk Advisory, Australia; Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

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T:+61 2 9330 8015
Scott Atkins

Scott Atkins



Scott Atkins is an internationally renowned insolvency and restructuring lawyer based in Sydney. He is the head of the firm's Australian risk advisory practice.

Scott is an inaugural Fellow and a member of the Board of INSOL International. He is also Vice President of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA).

Scott is a trusted adviser to Australia's leading banks and insolvency and restructuring practitioners and has acted on some of the industry's most complex and sensitive banking and insolvency advisory and dispute resolution matters.

Scott is recognised by his peers for his leading expertise in cross-border insolvency, acting on both inbound engagements in Australia and advising Australian clients on outbound engagements in the USA, UK, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and The Netherlands, among other jurisdictions.

Scott was the Australian delegate on the Advisory Committee on Comparative Law established by the American Bankruptcy Institute as part of its Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. This resulted in a landmark report for the reform of Chapter 11.

He is a published author on insolvency and cross-border insolvency. Most recently, Scott was one of the Australian contributors to the 2015 publication 'International Contributions to the reform of Chapter 11 U.S. bankruptcy code' which is volume 2 of the European and International Insolvency Law Studies series. He also authored the Australian chapter of Avoidance of Antecedent Transactions and Cross-Border Insolvency (INSOL International). Among other publications, he is the co-author, together with Professor Rosalind Mason, of the Australian chapter of Look Chan Ho's leading text: Cross-Border Insolvency: Cases and Materials (Kluwer International).

Professional experience

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  • Federal Court of Australia 1999
  • High Court of Australia 1999
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 1994
  • Lecturer on cross-border insolvency at the University of Sydney in its undergraduate and postgraduate law programs lead by Professor John Stumbles.
  • English


Work health and safety class action risk for directors: An emerging space

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Reputational Risk Australia 2019

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Climate change and environmental risk

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Navigating Environmental, Social and Governance issues

Thought leadership | November 10, 2019