B. A., LL. B.
01 April 1982
Signed Bar Roll:
30 November 1989
Level 21, Room 01
200 Queen St, Melbourne
Admitted to Practice:
Areas of Practice:
- Commercial Law
- Family Law
- Bankruptcy Law
- Accredited Mediator
- Intellectual Property & Technology Law
- Property Law
- Insurance Law
In September 1989 I commenced as a reader with Mr John Middleton (as he then was – now his Honour Justice Middleton of the Federal Court) at Aickin Chambers.
I consider myself primarily a trial counsel.
In recent years my practice has consisted primarily of conducting Supreme Court and Federal Court commercial litigation briefed by both large Melbourne and Sydney firms and smaller legal practices in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. In earlier years I conducted numerous hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and then the County Court and VCAT.
The bulk of my briefs I conduct on my own, however I have on numerous occasions been briefed as junior counsel. I have been junior to, among others, John Middleton QC (as he was then), Peter Bick QC, and David Shavin QC.
More recently I have been briefed with a junior or have sought and obtained one. My juniors have included Georgie Costello, Justin Graham, Daniel Harrison, Glen Pauline, Suzie Jones, Garry Moffatt and James McKay, all of counsel.
In the last couple of years I have often appeared in matters interstate, particularly in the Supreme and Federal Courts of New South Wales and Queensland. Given that interstate flavour I am considering taking Chambers in Sydney. I have been asked by the Board of Edmund Barton Chambers to join their floor and I am considering that offer.
Banking & Finance
For many years a substantial aspect of my practice has been banking law, primarily for Commonwealth Bank, briefed by its in-house and its retained solicitors. Two of my three readers, Samantha Cipriano and Garry Moffatt, were former employees of CBA, indeed Garry was the head of litigation there for 15 years. I have also acted for ANZ Trustees, briefed by Ms Jane Sheridan, a partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler, and Bendigo Bank. I have conducted many County Court and Supreme Court trials for those banks.
I am also briefed regularly by Freehills. In particular I conducted, initially on my own and in the latter stages led by Mr David Shavin QC, a substantial intellectual property litigation for Smorgon Steel in the Federal Court of Queensland. My instructor in that matter was intellectual property partner Mr Shaun McVicar.
I have always had a substantial practice making applications for injunctions of various kinds and I am capable of acting swiftly and competently under pressure to produce a speedy outcome if required.
Memberships & Qualifications
Last year I became a Nationally Accredited Advanced Mediator, and since then my practice has included numerous mediations, the majority concerning commercial and intellectual property disputes.
I am a member of CommBar and I have been a member of the Victorian Bar Dispute Resolution Committee and the Legal Assistance Committee.
In September 2005 I obtained a Private Pilot’s Licence, which has led to an increasing interest and participation in aviation law matters. I am a former State President of the Victorian Chapter of the Aviation Lawyers Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) and I remain a committee member of that organisation. I am a former member Board of the Aviation Safety Foundation of Australia (ASFA) based in Canberra, which was until recently chaired by the former Minister for Transport, The Honourable John Sharp, and has lately merged with the international Flight Safety Foundation. I continue to receive aviation law briefs emanating from the FSF.
I have for many years been on the PILCH list and have from time to time conducted proceedings and applications, particularly concerning tenancy disputes, on a pro-bono basis. In addition I have on many occasions offered to act and have acted pro-bono for persons who have appeared in Court unrepresented.