Firm History

WJ Hamilton & Co. genesis dates back to May 1960.  Bill Hamilton as a sole practitioner established himself in the specialist field of insolvency mainly through his success in reconstruction of companies by implementing Schemes of Arrangement by application to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

He pioneered the means of utilising this procedure to restructure and turnaround companies. Through his many applications to the Court this established his reputation and competence in legal accounting matters which lead to his appointment as an Official Liquidator for the State in October 1962 by the Attorney General for New South Wales.  For a period he was the sole Official Liquidator for the State of New South Wales at the age of 31 years.

At that time Ian Ferrier, a person with whom he had worked with as an insolvency clerk at Partridge & Co Chartered Accountants, joined him as a partner and the firm became known as Hamilton and Ferrier establishing itself as the leading specialist insolvency firm in New South Wales.  In 1976 the practice dissolved.  Ian Ferrier formed a partnership with Tony Hodgson from Melbourne and Bill Hamilton commenced the practice ‘Hamiltons Chartered Accountants’.

‘Hamiltons’ now continues as ‘WJ Hamilton & Co.’ and is currently known for the expertise it holds in the specialised field of implementing Deeds of Company Arrangements under the Corporations Act as a means of rehabilitating companies.

WJ Hamilton & Co. from time to time also specialises in Experts Reports as a part of Litigation Support and has assisted in many highly successful major litigation cases.