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  • 07 July, 2014 - Vale Rebecca Thomas

    It is with profound sadness that the List Members and Staff at Gordon & Jackson record and advise of the untimely and sudden death over the weekend of our colleague Reb... read more

    It is with profound sadness that the List Members and Staff at Gordon & Jackson record and advise of the untimely and sudden death over the weekend of our colleague Rebecca Thomas.   Rebecca was 26 years of age.

    Rebecca joined the list as a reader in the September 2013 intake of the Victorian Bar having graduated from the University of Melbourne as LL.B. (Hons) in 2011. She worked as a solicitor at Gadens before commencing the Readers’ course in 2013.  Rebecca completed her International Baccalaureate at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in 2005.

    Rebecca was a very competent young counsel who impressed every one that came into contact with her.  Her skill as a new barrister received much favourable comment from those who briefed her and her peers.  Her smile and general demeanour lit up a room when she entered.

    As a list that prides itself on the relationship of all members with each other and with all within the clerk’s office I would ask that you take a moment to remember Rebecca.  Be glad that we had the chance to have her in our life, even if for such a short period.  

    To all of Rebecca’s family and friends we express our sincere condolences.  Though words are inadequate, our thoughts are with those who knew and loved Rebecca.

    Carpe diem

    Gary Hevey
    List Chair

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 04 July, 2014 - Don’t get caught thinking VCAT is never a court

    Is the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal a court? According to the Court of Appeal decision this week in Subway Systems Australia v Ireland and Ireland [2014... read more

    Is the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal a court?

    According to the Court of Appeal decision this week in Subway Systems Australia v Ireland and Ireland [2014] VSCA 142 the answer depends upon the context of the question.

    List member Paul Duggan discusses this further in his latest blog entry.

     

     

     

     

     

  • 16 June, 2014 - Jonathan B.R. Beach QC appointed to the Federal Court of Australia

    Congratulations to list member Jonathan B.R. Beach QC who has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, commencing in the Melbourne registry on 30 Ju... read more

    Congratulations to list member Jonathan B.R. Beach QC who has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, commencing in the Melbourne registry on 30 June 2014.

    Justice Beach, as he will be known, has enjoyed a distinguished career at the Bar.  He was admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1984 and worked as a solicitor with Blake and Riggall in Melbourne before signing the roll in November 1987, and being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999.

    A much sought after and greatly respected silk, his experience includes commercial and corporations, administrative, energy and resources and trade practices law. He has consistently been in the annual listings for Australia’s Best Lawyers in the litigation specialty and has contributed greatly to the Victorian Bar in his roles with the Bar Council and various sub committees.

    Justice Beach will be a valuable addition to the Federal Court and we wish him every success in all of his endeavours!

     

     

     

     

     

  • 10 June, 2014 - Stanford and Other Recent Developments in Family Law Property Cases

    List member Paul Glass who specialises in Family Law, has written a paper examining developments in family law property cases since the High Court’s decision in Stanford. read more

    List member Paul Glass who specialises in Family Law, has written a paper examining developments in family law property cases since the High Court’s decision in Stanford.

    "The High Court’s decision in Stanford challenges our conceptualization of the court’s power to alter property interests pursuant to s 79. The High Court has disavowed any notion that a party has an entitlement to property settlement relief as of right. Further, the High Court has emphasized the prohibition against making an order altering property interests unless the court is satisfied under s 79(2) that it is just and equitable to do so. "

    Full Paper








  • 10 June, 2014 - Privacy Considerations and Social Media in the Workplace

    Andrew D H Denton, a new list member specialising in Commercial & Industrial Law, has written a paper discussing the newly imposed Australian Privacy Principles amended... read more

    Andrew D H Denton, a new list member specialising in Commercial & Industrial Law, has written a paper discussing the newly imposed Australian Privacy Principles amended into the Privacy Act, the proposed statutory cause of action for breach of privacy put forward by the ALRC, the established common law breach of confidence, and the potential effect that these reforms may have in the employment sphere. 

    "12 March 2014 saw the legislation of 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) into the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) regulating all elements of the ‘information life cycle’; including the notification of the collection of personal information, the collection itself, use and disclosure of personal information, secure maintenance of personal information, and in allowing individual’s access to and correction of their personal information."

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  • 26 May, 2014 - Electricity Generation Corporation v Woodside Energy Ltd [2014] HCA 7

    List member Vince Stefano has written a case note on a recent High Court decision which considers a “reasonable endeavours” clause in a commercial contract. The decisio... read more

    List member Vince Stefano has written a case note on a recent High Court decision which considers a “reasonable endeavours” clause in a commercial contract. The decision offers important observations on the use of such clauses.

     

    Case:

    The Electricity Generation Corporation (trading as Verve Energy) (Verve) had entered into a gas supply agreement (GSA) with, amongst others, Woodside Energy Limited (Woodside). Separate contracts between Verve and the suppliers, including Woodside, were contained in the GSA, each of which obliged the suppliers to deliver to Verve a proportionate share of a maximum daily quantity of gas (MDQ), delivered in a common and commingled stream. (read more)

     

     

  • 15 May, 2014 - Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin Vol 1 No 1

    The Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin features several articles of interest to members of the bar and solicitors in relation to the legislative context... read more

    The Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin features several articles of interest to members of the bar and solicitors in relation to the legislative context of ADR in jurisdictions around Australia.

    Included in the bulletin is an article by list member John Arthur entitled "Statutory requirements to attend or use ADR: Victoria." John is on the editorial board for the AADR Bulletin.

    The Bulletin will cover the procedures and issues surrounding negotiation, mediation and arbitration and aims to provide practitioners with succinct practical and academic commentary of recent developments and best practices in these areas.

     

     

     

  • 12 May, 2014 - Melbourne Launch of the French Australian Lawyers Society

    On 8 May 2014, the French Australian Lawyers Society held an evening cocktail for the Melbourne launch of the Society at Wheat Restaurant and Bar in Melbourne. read more

    On 8 May 2014, the French Australian Lawyers Society held an evening cocktail for the Melbourne launch of the Society at Wheat Restaurant and Bar in Melbourne. The event was attended by more than 60 lawyers and other legal professionals, some dually qualified to practice law in both France and Australia.  It was very successfully attended. 

    Mme Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul de France spoke about a number of French associations and societies operating in Melbourne including the French Chamber of Commerce.  Marie Wilkening-Le Brun, Barrister and President of the Society, spoke about her role as President and of her personal journey from France to Australia.  The Society will be holding both networking and professional events in Melbourne and Sydney in 2014.   We encourage legal professionals to join the French Australian Lawyers Society and to take part in these events.

     

     

    Photo:

    Marie Wilkening-Le Brun, President (left) and Myriam Boisbouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul de France (Right) at the Melbourne Launch of FALS.

    Photo by Marian Clarkin, Barrister form Gordon & Jackson