Commercial litigation has been the focus of my work since 1997 and this has equipped me with broad experience advising and appearing for clients in disputes and litigation.
In particular my work has seen me involved in contractual disputes, business and shareholder disputes, insolvency matters, commercial property and lease disputes, cases involving misleading conduct under trade practices legislation, inquiries before statutory bodies such as ICAC and appellate proceedings.
I was admitted to practice in 1998 and joined Addisons as a Senior Associate in late 2006. I was promoted to Special Counsel in 2015.
Bega Cheese — acting in proceedings commenced in the Federal Court of Australia by Kraft Heinz against Bega Cheese. The dispute relates to the ownership and right to use the iconic packaging of peanut butter formerly branded “Kraft” and purchased by Bega Cheese from Mondelēz in 2017. The case involves a consideration of the nature and assignability of goodwill, copyright rights and misleading and deceptive advertising.
Blix Street Records, Inc. — acted for a US record label with the rights to the music of the late Eva Cassidy in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with a former business partner regarding the business and distribution of royalties.
ICAC — appeared for and advised two witnesses in the Independent Commission Against Corruption in the course of the Commission's investigations and hearings in "Operation Spicer". This was the high profile matter in which political fund-raising activities and donations to the Liberal Party in New South Wales were investigated by the Commission.
Liquidators of ABC Learning Centres and related companies — acted in a number of high-profile litigious matters for the liquidators of the ABC Group of Companies, the large corporate group that ran childcare centres in Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK before entering external administration in November 2008.
Committees and memberships
Member, The Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
Other areas of expertise
Shareholder and business disputes
Property and lease disputes
Trade practices and consumer protection
Insolvency and debt recovery
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)/Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales