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Finding a way through the complex rules and regulations governing bankruptcy, liquidation and insolvency can be very difficult. We get it; we’ve been doing it for a long time with integrity.


about shaw gidley

we are insolvency, business recovery and bankruptcy specialists

With over 100 years combined experience, we have extensive knowledge in both corporate and personal insolvency. It is our mission to work with you and guide you through the best possible solution for your unique situation whether it be recovering or liquidating your business, or assisting you with the personal insolvency process, which can include applying for and declaring bankruptcy.

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Paul Gidley


Paul has specialist expertise and experience in both corporate and personal insolvency and has practiced in corporate recovery and insolvency since 1991 whilst working at Ernst & Young, Jirsch Sutherland, Lawler Partners, Ferrier Hodgson Newcastle and most recently, Shaw Gidley.

Paul has detailed experience in the building and construction industry, manufacturing, fabrication and engineering, retail/wholesale, indigenous enterprise and related bodies and the club and hotel...

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James Shaw


James has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and personal insolvency and reconstruction. 

James has practiced in both corporate recovery and insolvency since 1989. He became a partner of Ferrier Hodgson Newcastle in 1998 and in conjunction with Paul Gidley formed the firm Shaw Gidley in 2006.

James has been appointed personally to in excess of 1,000 corporate and personal insolvency matters including Voluntary Administrations, Creditors Voluntary Liquidations, Court...

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Jeff Shute


As a Registered Liquidator, and a highly regarded restructuring specialist, Jeff has in excess of 18 years expertise across a range of industries including construction, retail, hospitality, clubs and manufacturing.

Whether it is developing a restructuring plan under a safe harbour engagement, providing asset protection strategies to clients, or undertaking formal insolvency appointments, his solutions based approach, and ability to provide clear and honest advice, tailored to individual...

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Scott Newton


Scott is a Director with Shaw Gidley and has two decades of experience in all aspects of corporate insolvency and reconstruction, both in Australia and the UK. He has been involved in assignments involving SME's up to publicly listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries and in particular in the property, mining, manufacturing and construction areas. 

Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and...

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Ben Ismay


Ben is a Director with Shaw Gidley Port Macquarie and has over 12 years of broad experience in both corporate and personal insolvency administrations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with joint studies in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies. 

Ben is also a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association and a Registered Liquidator.

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Gemma Garrash


Gemma is the team leader of our bankruptcy division. With over 12 years experience with Shaw Gidley, Gemma has developed a personal and sympathetic approach to assist individuals facing financial issues.

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