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Bruce is a banking and finance lawyer, with a particular focus on secured transactions law. He worked for most of his career in the finance practice at law firm Ashurst, for many years as a partner and then as a consultant, before retiring from the firm in 2018. While at Ashurst, Bruce acted for both banks and borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions.
From 2016 to 2019, Bruce was the Australian delegate to Working Group VI of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), dealing with secured transactions law reform initiatives. As part of Working Group VI, Bruce participated in the drafting of UNCITRAL’s Model Law on Secured Transactions (2016) and the accompanying Guide to Enactment (2017). In 2017, Bruce was elected as the chair of Working Group VI. In that role, he led Working Group VI in the preparation of its Practice Guide to the Model Law on Secured Transactions (2019).
Bruce also represents Australia at meetings of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in relation to the Pretoria Protocol to the Cape Town Convention.
As a consultant to Natlaw, Bruce has worked on secured transactions law reform projects for a range of States.
Bruce is a Senior Fellow in the Law School at the University of Melbourne.