Michelle Lykiardopoulos

Special Counsel


Legal Expertise


Michelle has more than 12 years’ experience acting for major banks and various financial institutions and lenders on insolvency, bankruptcy, and complex debt recovery matters.

She has undertaken a secondment as a Senior Consultant/Legal Counsel at one of the four major Australian banks, during which time she gained valuable exposure to the financial services industry and honed her commercial acumen.

Michelle specialises in securities enforcement, priority disputes, fraud and forgery claims and general commercial litigation.

She also has international legal experience, having practised law in the Philippines in the areas of intellectual property, M&A and corporate law.


Michelle’s recent experience includes:

  • advising a lender in relation to a complex dispute involving fraudulent cheque dealings;
  • representing a creditor in winding up a property development company and opposing an application for leave under section 459S of the Corporations Act 2001 to dispute a debt underlying a statutory demand;
  • facilitating negotiations on behalf of a secured creditor and receiver in relation to a priority dispute with liquidators claiming an equitable lien over the assets of a social club;
  • defending a bank against allegations of undue influence and breaches of the Code of Banking Practice; and
  • acting for a creditor in relation to recovery proceedings against a borrower involved in illegal phoenix activity.

Memberships and Associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Women in Banking & Finance


  • Masters of Laws (International)
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practise

  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • High Court of Australia
  • Philippines

Language Skills

  • Tagalog

“I am passionate about the work I do and am committed to delivering top quality advice to my clients. I focus on solutions and always aim to find the best result that meets my clients’ needs.” 

Banking & Finance
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Restructuring, Turnaround & Insolvency