Phil Corbett QC practices in commercial, construction and property law in all jurisdictions. He has more than 30 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution. He specialises in contractual disputes, corporations, administrative review, commercial arbitration, employment law, trusts, shareholder disputes, franchising, retail leases, real property, professional negligence, equitable remedies, trade practices and insolvency.
Phil has appeared as counsel at royal commissions, public examinations, disciplinary proceedings and regulatory investigations. He has worked with large corporations, regulators, government agencies, as well as small businesses and individuals. Phil has a wealth of commercial and practical experience acquired from a very broad commercial and private client base. He is available to take direct briefs in appropriate cases and is an experienced mediator.
He was Chairman of the Victorian Bar Health and Wellbeing Committee from 2014 until 2019. He was also the Chairman of the International Advocacy Training Committee and a member of the Victorian Bar Education Executive. He is an accredited advocacy coach with more than 20 years of advocacy teaching experience in Australia and the South Pacific.
Phil is also a member of the National Sports Tribunal Legal Assistance Panel (NSTLAP) appointed 2020, the Federal Court Users Group-Insolvency Section and director of and the Victorian Bar representative of the Wellness and the Law Foundation.
List of Recent Significant Cases
Queenfield Pty Ltd v Gordon Finance Pty Ltd  VSCA 282 (Appeals, contract law, rectification and estoppel).
Mediator appointed to assist resolution of national franchise dispute between franchisor and franchisees throughout Australia
MWL Financial Group Pty Ltd v Focus Australia Holdings  FCA 548 (Injunctions, shareholders rights and remedies, derivative proceedings)
Safer Storage Systems v Dexion (Australia) Pty Ltd (2019) 148 IPR 450 (Injunctions, restraint of trade, misleading and deceptive conduct)
ATG Lanka (PVT) v Safety Mate Pty Ltd  VSC 634 (Injunctions, wrongful termination, restraint of trade, declaratory relief)
Application for review and appeal of the suspension of building practitioner by Victorian Building Authority in relation to use of combustible cladding (November 2019, VCAT)
Asic Investigations arising from Banking Royal Commission (2019- 2020)
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2019 -2020) (retained to act and appear for various Victorian Aged Care Service providers)
Shao v AG Advanced Construction Pty Ltd  VSCA 93 (Judicial review, building and construction, domestic building contracts, breach and damages)
JPA Finance Pty Ltd v Gordon Nominees Pty Ltd  VSC 171 (Contract, breach, equity, relief against forfeiture)
Westpoint Corporation Pty Ltd (in Liquidation) v Yeo  VSC 705 (Corporations, insolvency, liquidator’s remuneration)
Bowden v Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative  VSC 591 (Practice and procedure, pleadings, director’s duties, employment law)
Northway Panels v Warry  VSC 581 (Corporations, injunctions, insolvency, winding up)
Colin R Price & Associates v Four Oaks Pty Ltd  FCFCA 101 (Appeals, unconscionable conduct, misleading conduct, contract, building and construction)
Byrne v Javelin Asset Management Pty Ltd  VSCA 214 (Appeals, Class actions, settlement and compromise)
Vicwest Community Telco Limited  VSC 1133 (Corporations, schemes of arrangement mergers and acquisitions)
ASIC v Sino Australia Oil and Gas Limited  FCA 934 (Breach of director’s duties, disqualification, false representations and penalties)
ASIC v Sino Australia Oil and Gas Limited  FCA 16;  FCA 201 (Provisional liquidation and winding up on just and equitable grounds)
Whirlpool (Australia) Pty Ltd v Castel Electronics Pty Ltd  FCA 906 (Cross-vesting, antisuit injunctions).
LHRC v DCT  FCAFC 184 (Appeals, administrative law, judicial review and taxation)
In Re Gunns Limited (No 6)  VSC 425 (Managed investment schemes, liquidators' approval, schemes of arrangement)
Legal Services Board v Forster  VSC 136 (Disciplinary proceedings, freezing orders, injunctions, variation of injunctions)
Falkingham v Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club Limited  VSCA 16 (Appeals, sale of land, incorporated associations and civil procedure)
Bryant & Ors (in their capacity as Liquidators of Gunns Plantations Limited in Liquidation)  VSC 369 (Managed Investment Schemes, corporations, insolvency and reconstruction)
Bob Jane Corporation Pty Limited v Jane  VSC 27 (Jurisdiction of Courts and cross-vesting, family law)
L & H New Developments Pty Limited v MYR Investments Pty Ltd  VSC 689 (Partnership, receivership and winding up of partnership business) and (No 2)  VSC 89 (taking of partnership accounts and preliminary questions)
AJB Group Pty Ltd v Qanstruct Construction (Aust) Pty Ltd (November 2013- Private Commercial Arbitration, Building and Construction Contracts and latent defects)
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