Henry Davis York is a Sydney firm with 52 partners and 400 staff.

“We are establishing our office in Brisbane in response to the needs and requests from our clients to provide on-the-ground advice in insolvency, banking disputes and restructuring work”, said Sharon Cook, the firm’s managing partner.

“The focus of our Brisbane office will be on these core service areas for which we have a strong market reputation.”

Ms Cook also said: “Henry Davis York already has a solid profile in the Brisbane market being the key adviser on two of Australia’s largest insolvencies – ABC Learning Centres and Octaviar.”

The partners relocating from Sydney to run the Brisbane office are John Evans and Leonard McCarthy. Both John and Leonard are the lead Henry Davis York partners advising the Receivers of ABC Learning Centres.

John Evans is one of Australia’s leading practitioners in restructuring and insolvency law. Leonard McCarthy has extensive experience in advising insolvency practitioners, creditors and directors in all forms of external administrations and workouts. He was promoted to partner on 1 July 2010.  www.hdy.com.au