Melanie practices in commercial, tort and consumer law in the Federal and State courts. Melanie has particular experience in representative proceedings or ‘class actions’.
A sample of cases in which Melanie has appeared, in a variety of jurisdictions, both led and unled, is set out below. Melanie has also undertaken a wide variety of advice work including in commercial, consumer and administrative law.
Melanie is the Deputy Chair of the Class Actions Committee of the Commercial Bar Association. Melanie is also the Deputy Chair of the Competition and Consumer Law Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.
Prior to joining the Bar, Melanie was Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Pagone (then Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria) and subsequently Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Davies (also then a Judge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court).
Before commencing in law, Melanie worked as a scientific researcher, predominantly in synthetic organic chemistry.
Court v Spotless Group Holdings Limited – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, securities class action, led by Peter Collinson QC
Bywater v Appco Group Australia Pty Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, employment class action, led by Kristine Hanscombe QC
Money Max Int Pty Limited v QBE Insurance Group Limited (2018) 358 ALR 382 – settlement approval application, led by Bernie Quinn QC
Manus Island Class Action – Kamasaee v Commonwealth & Ors
Murrindindi Black Saturday Bushfire Class Action – Rowe v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd & Ors
Kilmore Black Saturday Bushfire Class Action – Matthews v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd & Ors
Earglow Pty Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, securities class action (settled), led by Julian Burnside QC and Lachlan Armstrong
Commercial and Consumer Law
Cargill Australia Ltd v Viterra Malt Pty Ltd – Supreme Court of Victoria, sale of business, ongoing, led by Richard Attiwill QC
IOOF Holdings Limited v Maurice Blackburn Pty Limited – Supreme Court of Victoria, confidentiality in whistleblower documents (settled), led by Richard Attiwill QC and Fiona Forsyth
Nimbona v Magnaye – County Court of Victoria, misleading and deceptive conduct (settled)
GW & BR Crameri Pty Ltd v Byford Equipment Pty Ltd – County Court of Victoria, contractual dispute (settled)
Bennett v Reid – County Court of Victoria, contractual and partnership dispute (settled)
Westpac Banking Corporation v Anderson  VCC 1117 – Application for judgment for possession
Judd v Milawa Transport Services Pty Ltd – VCAT, retail lease (settled)
Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Operation Smile (Australia) Inc & Ors (No 2)  VSC 153 – Misleading and deceptive conduct, led by Alex Richards QC
Administrative and Migration Law
Deborah Glass (Ombudsman) v President of the Legislative Council and the Attorney-General for the State of Victoria  VSC 507 – Scope of powers under s 16 of the Ombudsman Act 1973 (Vic), led by Peter Hanks QC
MZAIR v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCA 1316 – Appeal
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v Kaur  FCA 1384 – Appeal
Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 – Investigation into increased incidence of deaths (report available at http://hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au/201516-report/volume-ii-investigations-into-2009-2014-deaths)