November 1998 - Barrister, Melbourne
July 1999 – Dec 1999 - ATO Legal Unit, Casselden Place Melbourne
2000 - present Barrister, Melbourne.
Areas of Practice for litigation and advice include:
Debt recovery, Taxation, Insolvency, Commercial, Administrative Law,Freedom of Information, Corporations, and media in the Federal and State jurisdictions. Matters include drafting and settling court documents and preparing memoranda of advice, appearing at interlocutory and summary judgement applications and at final hearings in Courts and tribunals, and appearing at mediations. Advising directors in relation to litigation by liquidators, ASIC and/or ATO. Advising the ATO in relation to preference matters; Advising and acting for the ATO in respect of director penalty notice and s588FGA litigation; Advising as to rights of contribution and indemnity as to DPN and s588FGA. Appearing on tax prosecutions. Advising and appearing in relation to ASIC investigations as to financial services licence; Advising and appearing in commercial list matters;
2009- 2011 - Member of ATO (National) Legal Practitioner Working Party (for WBA)
2011 - Freelance editor for Smokeball Legal online Publications.
Co-presenter (with David Vasudevan, Pitcher Partners) on PPSA - Personal Property Securities Act 2009 for CPD seminar to Victorian Bar and to Molino Cahill LawyersBar accredited mediator Presentations -2012-15 - Presenter- CPD seminars to liquidator firms on legislative changes to Director Penalty provisions - Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No2) Act 2012 and PAYG Withholding Non-compliance Tax Act 2012 and also CPD seminar on Observations re the ATO in the context of insolvency related litigation to an insolvency discussion group; In 2015, presenter of CPD seminar entitled Tax Update to Leo Cussen Institute
More information on various areas of practice (see below):
Appeared with P.Crutchfield (now SC) in the Supreme Court in Birch Grange v CT. Acted for the Commissioner in 588FGB cases including appearing, drafting third party notices against directors. Appeared at many winding up hearings and bankruptcy hearings for the DCT. Appeared for the Commissioner in Corporations list, Acted for directors sued by a liquidator for preferences Briefed with Samantha Marks (now SC) drafted submissions on costs for bankruptcy hearings in the Federal Magistrates Court; appeared at directions hearings in the Federal Court on appeal. Preparation of statutory demand and winding up application including against publicly listed company. Drafted points of defence and affidavit material in Federal Court matter for a director in respect of interlocutory process by Commissioner raising reasonable grounds to expect and expectation of solvency as at date of payments, Advised in relation to insolvency issues, advising Commissioner of Taxation on preference matters, examinations
Appeared with the then C. Maxwell QC and J.Batrouney S.C. in CT v Mochkin for the Commissioner (briefed by AGS) in the Full Court of the Federal Court. Appeared for the DCT in numerous defended debt matters (director penalty notices, income tax) in Supreme, County, and Magistrates Courts. Acted with the then M.Gordon SC for the DCT in DCT v Eldridge. Appeared in the AAT sitting in Warnambool for the Commissioner of Taxation in a deductions case for an owner of rural land. Prepared objections for private clients. Appeared for a financial professional in a tax prosecution matter. Appeared in an RBA matter with George Beaumont QC. Appeared for the Commissioner of State Revenue in Woodfield in VCAT in a stamp duty case; Appeared with J. Batrouney S.C. for the taxpayer in VCAT in a land tax matter relating to the principal residence exemption extending to four properties. Acted against the Commissioner in a land tax dispute with H. Symon S.C., Advising a large remitter in the context of director penalty notices issued by the Commissioner; Acted against the Commissioner in the AAT and appearing at Early Neutral Evaluation in a matter alleging workers were contractors and not 'employees' and also for the purposes of s12(3) Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992.
Briefed to appear against DFAT for foreign state in an FOI hearing; various advices; preparation of administrative law chapter for Law Handbook 2007
Trusts & Superannuation & Financial Services
Acted for a unit holder with D.Macclean SC and the late Peter Hayes QC in a dispute against the Trust for access to financial documents in the Supreme Court, Acted for a unitholder/beneficiary seeking distribution from the Trust, Advising SMSFs, Acted and appeared with N.O'Bryan SC in a commercial list matter for an authorised representative vis its financial service licensee
Appeared with the late C. Francis Q.C. and F.McNiff (acting for a lawyer in a case in the Legal Practice Tribunal). Appeared with F. McNiff in the Supreme Court defending a lawyer from being struck off the roll under the 1996 Legal Profession Practice Act.
Debt Recovery work & damages claims
Advising and appearing in trials involving recovery of debts on behalf of the ATO and for private clients for liquidated claims. Acted for the ATO/ Commissioner of Taxation in director penalty litigation; Drafting defence for a director on a guarantee claim pursued by a Receiver and advising;
Acted against a publisher, advice and documentation in relation to film production, and copyright advice. Advised in relation to internet and defamation.
Other items of interest-
Law Institute Journal, According to Merit – I was a regular columnist (every second month) for the Law Institute Journal since May 2005 to December 2009 on work life issues and issues affecting women in the workplace. Topics included: Topics include: discrimination in relation to the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Family Responsibilities) Act 2008; discrimination in the profession (“Firm Opinions, “For the High Jump” “Its all over Bar the Shouting Down”, “A Broader Bench”); domestic violence (“Zeroing in on violence against women); sexual trafficking in women; flexible work practices (“Work Away from Home”, “Taking the long term view of part-time”), alternative work arrangements (“Say Goodbye to Billable Units”); issues affecting the profession (“ Be Happy”, “Survival of the Fittest”, Leaving the Law”), child care arrangements (“Childcare is Taxing”, “Onsite Childcare”), maternity leave (“Pay for Parents”), and about the importance of recording oral histories.
Past Convenor: Women Barristers Association 2006-7
Arranged the production of and the digitising of the Women Barristers then and now exhibition which now appears on the oral history section of the Vicbar website