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Colette Mintz

QUALIFICATIONS  BA, LLB (Hons I) (Monash); LLM (Columbia)
ADMITTED  2013    BAR  2019
CHAMBERS  CHY 2508

PHONE  8600 1719
MOBILE  0431 251 390
EMAIL  colette.mintz@vicbar.com.au

Colette Mintz, BA, LLB (Hons I) (Monash); LLM (Columbia)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Competition Law
  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Corporations
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Equal Opportunity / Discrimination
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Human Rights
  • Insurance
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Torts (Other Than PI)
  • Trade Practices

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Experience

Colette practises primarily in public and commercial law.

Before coming to the Bar, Colette served as Associate to Justice Edelman of the High Court of Australia.

Earlier, she practised as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, predominantly in competition law, and served as Associate to Justice Katzmann of the Federal Court of Australia.

Colette holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, with first class honours, from Monash University and a Master of Laws from Columbia University, which she attended on a scholarship and where she was named a James Kent Scholar.

Colette has served as a Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she lectured in constitutional law. She has also published work in the Public Law Review.

A selection of her recent matters is as follows:

Commercial law

  • Slea Pty Ltd v Connective Services Pty Ltd (No 9) [2022] VSC 136 (Supreme Court of Victoria): acted for the successful plaintiffs, following a 52-day trial, in proceeding concerning allegations of oppression and breaches of directors’ duties (led by Michael Hodge QC, with Kathleen Foley and Geoffrey Kozminsky).
  • Lees v Connective Services Pty Ltd [2019] VSCA 143 (Court of Appeal): acted for the successful respondents in appeal concerning the scope of the Court’s power pursuant to s 241 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (led by Catherine Button QC, with Geoffrey Kozminsky).
  • Flash Lighting Company Ltd v Australia Kunqian International Energy Co Pty Ltd [2021] HCASL 50 (High Court of Australia, special leave refused): acted for successful respondent to special leave application, concerning contract dispute (led by Jonathon Moore QC, with Geoffrey Kozminsky).
  • iSignthis Limited v ASX Limited (Federal Court of Australia): acting for ASX in proceeding concerning the suspension of applicant's securities from quotation on the Australian Securities Exchange (led by Neil Young QC, with Brendan Lim).
  • Salter Brothers Asset Management Pty Ltd v Hendry (Federal Court of Australia): acting for cross-respondent in proceeding concerning, among other things, breach of contract and employment entitlements (led by Robert Craig QC, with Franceska Leoncio).
  • Thexton v Mialls Gun Shop (Supreme Court of Victoria): acted for defendants in personal injury proceeding, including claims of negligence and breaches of trade practices legislation (led by Richard Attiwill QC) (resolved).
  • ACCC v TasPorts (Federal Court of Australia): acted for the ACCC in proceeding under s 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (led by Wendy Harris QC and Nick De Young QC, with Chris Tran) (resolved).

Public law

  • COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry: acted for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (led by Richard Attiwill QC).
  • Ridd v James Cook University [2021] HCA 32 (High Court of Australia): acted for the appellant in appeal concerning right to intellectual freedom in university enterprise agreement (led by Stuart Wood QC, with Ben Jellis).
  • Plaintiff M1/2021 v Minister for Home Affairs (High Court of Australia): acting for the plaintiff in application for constitutional writs (referred to a Full Court of the High Court of Australia: [2021] HCATrans 52) (led by Richard Knowles QC) (reserved).
  • Asmar v Albanese (No 4) [2021] VSC 672; Asmar v Albanese [2022] VSCA 19; Asmar v Albanese [2022] HCASL 71 (Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal, High Court of Australia): acted for plaintiffs in proceeding concerning validity of Federal ALP intervention in, and pre-selections in respect of, the Victorian Branch of the ALP (led by Ron Merkel QC, with Emrys Nekvapil and Katharine Brown).
  • Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd v Civil Aviation Safety Authority [2021] FCA 1160; Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd v Civil Aviation Safety Authority (No 2) [2021] FCA 1337 (Federal Court of Australia): acted for Nine Network, Seven Network and the ABC in proceeding concerning ban on helicopters used to obtain aerial footage for news media broadcast during protests in Melbourne’s CBD, successfully obtained a stay of the decision (led by Will Houghton QC).
  • Melton City Council v Minister for Planning [2021] VSC 700 (Supreme Court of Victoria): acted for plaintiff in judicial review proceeding concerning planning decision (led by Emrys Nekvapil).
  • Celsius Fire Services Pty Ltd v Magistrates’ Court of Victoria [2019] VSC 835; Celsius Fire Services Pty Ltd v Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (No 2) [2020] VSC 120 (Supreme Court of Victoria): acted for the successful plaintiff in judicial review proceeding arising out of a prosecution under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (led by Anthony Strahan QC).
  • WOTCH v VicForests (Supreme Court of Victoria): acting for the plaintiff in proceeding concerning legality of certain timber harvesting following the 2019/2020 bushfires (led by Richard Knowles QC and Kathleen Foley SC, with Shawn Rajanayagam). See WOTCH v VicForests (No 2) [2020] VSC 99; WOTCH v VicForests (No 3) [2020] VSC 220; WOTCH v VicForests (No 4) [2020] VSC 433; WOTCH v VicForests (No 8) [2021] VSC 268.

Colette is also regularly briefed to advise government on questions of constitutional law and statutory construction.

Colette read with Kathleen Foley, now SC, and her senior mentor is Wendy Harris QC.


From 3 May 2019, Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.