Current Matters

  • Registered Organisations Commissioner in Federal Court civil penalty proceedings against the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union of Australia, briefed by Lander & Rogers Melbourne (fixed for 2 week hearing, July 2019)

  • Commonwealth of Australia (represented by the Department of Defence & Australian Signals Directorate), briefed by Ashurst, Canberra

  • WaterNSW, briefed by Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney

  • Aussie Home Loans (CBA Group), briefed by Clayton Utz, Sydney

  • OnePath Custodians (ANZ Group), briefed by MinterEllison, Sydney

  • NULIS (Australia) Nominees & MLC Nominees (NAB Group), briefed by Minter Ellison and by K&L Gates

  • National Australia Bank, briefed by MinterEllison, Sydney

  • Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme, briefed direct

  • Aon Hewitt Financial Advisory, briefed by Sparke Helmore, Sydney

  • Couer de Lion Investments in Federal Court (Queensland) proceedings

  • Tabcorp Holdings, briefed direct

  • Australian Securities & Investments Commission in Administrative Appeals Tribunal proceedings brought by disqualified director, briefed for ASIC direct: Kender v ASIC [2018] AATA 4555 (stay)

  • Australian Securities & Investments Commission investigation & compulsory examinations into alleged conflicted remuneration contraventions, briefed by Hall & Wilcox, Sydney

  • Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety, various residential aged care & home care providers, briefed by Clayton Utz, Hall & Wilcox, Moray & Agnew, and Piper Alderman

Recent & Select Cases

Regulatory Enforcement

Royal Commissions & Public Inquiries

Financial Services, Trusts & Superannuation

  • Re Simpson’s Trust [2018] QSC - for Victorian beneficiary of a substantial testamentary trust, Supreme Court of Queensland judicial advice application (distribution directed) briefed by Bradley, Allen, Love, Canberra

  • RSL LifeCare (2018-2019) (charitable trust) briefed by Clayton Utz

  • Energy Industries Superannuation Scheme (Default Fund Superannuation Fair Work Review & “Poles & Wires” privatisation of state electricity network assets re Defined Benefits scheme) - briefed direct

  • In re MF Global Australia (in liq) [2012] NSWSC 994; (2012) 267 FLR 27; In re MF Global Australia (in liq) (No 2)[2012] NSWSC 1426; (2012) 267 FLR 27 (insolvency of financial services business; application for judicial advice  s 63 Trustee Act 1925 (NSW) re distribution of $200 million in client money & complex priority dispute) - briefed by Arnold Bloch Liebler

Commercial & Corporations Matters

  • Class actions (continuous disclosure & consumer protection) - various funders & insureds re prospects & coverage opinions, advice on pleadings

  • Re Bridgeland Investment [2018] NSWSC (termination of winding up)

  • TSDack v Australian Water Holdings [2015] FCA 93 (shareholder dispute, for Senator Sinodinos) - briefed by Arnold Bloch Liebler

  • Australian Mortgage & Finance Co v Rome Euro Windows (2014) NSWSC 29; [2014] NSWSC 1173; [2014] NSWSC 996; [2014] NSWSC 1744 (minority oppression, fiduciary duties, freezing orders, for successful applicant) - briefed by Aitkens Lawyers (now Russell Kennedy)

  • Leda Holdings v Securcorp Limited [2013] FCA 1364 (Queensland) (settled at hearing, 2015) (managed investment scheme & responsible entity provisions)

  • Mercedes Holdings v Waters (No 6) [2012] FCA 1412; Hodges v Waters (No 7) [2015] FCA 264 (MFS class action, for founder & Chairman)