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  • 29 October, 2014 - New Reader- Martin Garrett

    We warmly welcome Martin Garrett, our new Reader, who has completed the Readers course and has commenced taking briefs. read more

    We warmly welcome Martin Garrett, our new Reader, who has completed the Readers course and has commenced taking briefs.

    Martin understands the solicitor’s perspective of litigation, and the need for counsel to provide practical, clear and outcome-focused advice for solicitors and their clients. He looks forward to applying that perspective and his commercial experience in his practice at the Bar.

     
    Martin’s principal areas of practice are Commercial, Corporations, Insolvency, Arbitration, Insurance, Administrative Law, Product Liability and Stamp Duty law.


    Martin’s background is as a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills from 2000 to 2014, where he was Practice Area Leader of the Commercial Disputes Group from 2007 to 2014.  His work included mediation and litigation for many ASX 200 clients in the County, Supreme, Federal and High Courts. This encompassed both large-scale litigation and short sharp disputes, according to client needs. He is also a trained mediator.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



  • 28 October, 2014 - Joel Silver wins Daniel Pollack Readers Award

    Our congratulations to Joel Silver, one of our readers from earlier this year, on his being awarded the Daniel Pollack Readers Award for Pro Bono assistance to consumer... read more

    Our congratulations to Joel Silver, one of our readers from earlier this year, on his being awarded the Daniel Pollack Readers Award for Pro Bono assistance to consumers in Banking Law and in volunteer work. Joel’s award follows on list member Leana Papaelia receiving the same award last year.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 26 August, 2014 - Interlocutory Injunctions, Freezing Orders and other applications

    Interim and interlocutory injunctions and freezing orders are a critical part of the litigation lawyer’s armoury. A timely invocation of the remedy may be the differenc... read more

    Interim and interlocutory injunctions and freezing orders are a critical part of the litigation lawyer’s armoury. A timely invocation of the remedy may be the difference between real success and a pyrrhic victory. This paper discusses the procedure and principles which regulate their grant and inform their utility, including assessing damages pursuant to the undertaking as to damages, and appeal.

    Written by list member John Arthur.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 18 July, 2014 - French Australian Lawyers Society - Bastille Day Evening

    The French Australian Lawyers Society held its first Bastille Day Dinner on 18 July 2014 at the French Brasserie in Melbourne. Over 40 guests were welcomed by Marie Wil... read more

    The French Australian Lawyers Society held its first Bastille Day Dinner on 18 July 2014 at the French Brasserie in Melbourne. Over 40 guests were welcomed by Marie Wilkening- Le Brun, President of the Society.  The event was sponsored by Champagne house Devaux Cuvee D.  Guests were able to enjoy this wonderful champagne.  Marian Clarkin, guest speaker and Barrister, gave an interesting speech about the history of Champagne.  Natalie Vogel, Barrister and professional singer spiced up the evening by singing Edith Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien”.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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