I am a solicitor of New South Wales Supreme Court and a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania, Australia.
I started my career with the Government of Hong Kong in 1984 as a solicitor in the Official Receiver's Office, which was then part of the Registrar General's Department. I then worked in other departments before I was transferred back to the Official Receiver’s Office as the Deputy Principal Solicitor in 1999 where I stayed until 2004. I returned to the ORO as the Official Receiver in 2011 when the then Official Receiver retired. During my career in the ORO, I saw the transformation of “life time” bankruptcy to the now 4-year bankruptcy period. I also saw the number of bankruptcy cases escalate from a mere few hundred to 25 000 during SARS. During my different times in ORO, I saw the move from in-house handling of most corporate insolvency cases to the present outsourcing of almost all of the cases. In so far as corporate insolvency is concerned, our role has been transformed from one of case management to being a regulator of private insolvency practitioners.