Clayton is the Principal Lawyer at Stacks Law Firm in Bowral. He conducts dispute resolution, commercial litigation, estate litigation and family provision claims, and has particular expertise in insolvency matters. As Managing Director of the Bowral firm, Clayton also oversees the operations of the firm and manages its staff. He has been with Stacks for over 12 years.
Growing up in rural NSW, Clayton completed his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of NSW. His extensive legal experience includes working in London for one of the largest law firms in the world.
Clayton has vast experience in resolving disputes commercially and a proven record of achieving excellent results for his clients. For example, he recovered over $19 million in the Supreme Court for a large and well-known furniture retailer from the company’s insurer, which had wrongfully refused to indemnify the company for a claim following a catastrophic fire that destroyed its flagship premises.
Clayton’s firm litigates in the Federal Court in nearly every state in Australia, conducting litigation and public examinations under the Corporations Act. Normally acting for liquidators, Clayton’s team has also assisted directors of companies who have been in financial difficulty.
During his time in London, Clayton acted as part of a large team defending the Bank of America against wrongful trading proceedings commenced by the liquidators of BCCI in the High Court of England. At the time the proceedings were the largest before the courts in the UK.
Clayton’s team has experience in injunctions and obtaining urgent interlocutory relief in commercial disputes. He helped a client achieve payment of a debt by obtaining a Supreme Court injunction preserving the net proceeds from the sale of a property, over $150,000, where the vendor had promised to use those funds to pay back the debt.
The successes Clayton has achieved in corporate law include resolving a complex directors’ dispute in the Supreme Court, resulting in the client obtaining complete control of the company and having their legal costs paid. He has acted for creditors in numerous winding up and bankruptcy applications in the Supreme Court and Federal Court.
Clayton is committed to his clients and always keen to take on the next challenge. A father of two, outside of work Clayton is a keen but irregular golfer and an avid sports fan.