Family law firm confirms liquidation

By Tony Zhang|18 March 2020

One of the Gold Coast’s largest family law practices is in voluntary liquidation after being unable to pay its debts.

Wiltshire Family Lawyers, a Gold Coast family law practice once touted as a “leading force” in the industry, has fallen into voluntary liquidation.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission published a notice on Monday that liquidator Domenic Calabretta, of Mackay Goodwin, has been appointed to Wiltshire Lawyers Pty Ltd.

A resolution was passed at a meeting last Friday from the members of the company with director Andrew Wiltshire to voluntarily wind up the company.

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Notice was given at a general meeting of the members of the company held on 13 March 2020 and it was resolved that Mr Calabretta be appointed to the insolvency. 

The resolution read: “That as the company is unable to pay its debts as and when they fall due, the company will be wound up voluntarily and that Domenic Calabretta is appointed liquidator for the purposes of such winding up.”

Recently, Wiltshire Lawyers was also involved in a dispute cost agreement case with a client and had lost out.

The court was ultimately satisfied that the agreement was not fair or reasonable and ordered the agreement be set aside.

Wiltshire Family Law had been surging in growth during 2018 as a family law practice in the Gold Coast.

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The firm announced that it had moved its offices to a 700-square metre office building at 192 Ashmore Road, Bundall, as a part of its expansion plan. 

Back then Mr Wiltshire had announced that the business had outgrown its former premises as it had experienced “significant growth”.

“We needed to ensure our new office premises would not only accommodate our current requirements, but also make provision for future growth,” Mr Wiltshire said at the time.

“This certainly cements our commitment to maintaining our position as a leading force in family law in Queensland.”

The practice had more than 25 staff, including lawyers that were specialists in the areas of divorce and property settlement.

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