James Paterson

ADMITTED  1989    BAR  1993

CLERK CONTACT  03 9225 7999
PHONE  9225 6487
MOBILE  0412 586 056

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James Paterson, LLB. B.A.


  • Administrative Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Building and Construction
  • Commercial Law
  • Computers / IT
  • Copyright
  • Corporations
  • Defamation
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Local Government
  • Mediators (Accredited)
  • Patent
  • Probate / Wills / Part IV
  • Professional Negligence
  • Rent
  • Sports Law
  • Torts (Other Than PI)
  • Trade Practices




Extensive experience as a commercial barrister primarily practising in the civil jurisdictions of the Federal, Supreme and County Courts and in appeals to the Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia. Retained to advise and appear in large and complex litigation and arbitrations concerning listed public and private companies, directors and individuals with domestic and international disputes, involving expert financial, accounting and valuation evidence. Interlocutory applications including injunctions.

Recent and significant cases:

  • Middendorp Electric Co v HWL Ebsworth & Ors (VSC) (business purchase) (TPA, tort, insolvency, securities, alternative energy)
  • Mazzacca v S&I Enterprises (VSC)(property purchase) (real property, TPA)
  • Peluso v Gorman Kelly Real Estate(VSC)(real estate agency) (confidential information, data and information technology, employment law)
  • Wong v David Hughes & Ors (VSC) (contract, estate/wills/administrator)
  • Littore v Rabobank (VSC) (grape/wine production) (banking, primary industry, securities, insolvency)
  • Perfection Fresh Australia v Melbourne Market Authority (VSC) (new wholesale market) (injunction, group action, TPA, unconscionable, lease dispute, contract)
  • Commissioner of State Revenue v Aidlaw (VSC) (stamp duty) (taxation, contract, TPA)
  • Mirabella v Howard (VCAT) (Appeal) (estate/probate/wills, privacy)
  • Investec Bank v Mann & Mortimer (VSC) (building/construction, developer) (banking, contract, securities, strikeout)
  • Yan & Anor v Davinski Nominees (VSC) (undue influence/incapacity) (capacity, TPA, contract, company law)
  • Anderson v Van De Steeg (VSC) (managed investment scheme) (group action, financial services, ASIC, corporations law)
  • Fresh State Ltd v Mirvac (VSC)(wholesale market) (joint venture, contract, real property, infrastructure)
  • Sau Meng Wong Application (High Court of Singapore) (incapacity, administrator)
  • Windfarm Developments v Wind Hydrogen Pty Ltd (VSC) (alternative energy) (contract)
  • BHP v OkTedi Mining Ltd(for State of Victoria with Solicitor General) (VSC Court of Appeal) (contempt of court)
  • Toll Holdings Ltd v Patrick Corporation Ltd(VSC) (takeover) (corporations law, ASX listed public companies, mergers and acquisitions)
  • Metropolitan Ambulance Service v John Thwaites (for State of Victoria with Solicitor General) (re Royal Commission, FOI)
  • Magill v Magill (High Court of Australia) (paternity fraud) (deceit)
  • Prime Life Corporation v IOOF Community Villages Ltd(VSC) (aged care provider) (contract,TPA, purchase of business, warranty claims)
  • Azpa Pharma Pty Ltd v Meppem & Ors (VSC) (therapeutic goods) (confidential information, data and information technology, employment law)
  • Chiodo v Brincat (VSC) (building/construction, developer)(injunction, property development, contract, securities)
  • Dowsett & Ors v Stirling Horne (PKF Aust) (FCA) (bankruptcy, insolvency, banking, securities)
  • Watertek Pty Ltd v Irrigear Stores Ltd (CCV) (irrigation equipment) (contract, primary industry, TPA)
  • Miller v Lobosco (CCV)(film-making, contract)
  • Feesty v Freshwater Residential Pty Ltd (VSC) (building/construction, developer) (TPA, real estate agency, real property)
  • Thangs Family Co. v City of Wanneroo (WASC) (local government, primary industry)
  • Hamton (JV) (Malvern) v Ashington Capital (VSC) (building/construction, developer) (property development, real property, securities, contract)
  • Griffith Hack Lawyers v Fieldturf (IP) Inc (FCA) (tort, intellectual property)
  • Greenskies Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v National Rail Corporation Ltd(VSC) (rail transport) (contract, insolvency)
  • Natarajan v Siebel(VSC) (clothing retailer) (overseas investor/shareholder dispute, contract, company law, TPA)
  • Global Bins Australia Pty Ltd v Nastri(VSC) (plastics manufacturer) (corporations law, international shareholder, oppression)
  • Eftel Ltd v aaNet Communications Pty Ltd(VSC) (telecommunications) (insolvency)
  • Judo Federation of Australia-Selection Appeal (Olympic selection appeal) (sports law)
  • All Saints Estate v Vic Alps Wine Co(VSC) (wine production) (contract)
  • Babe-Ease v Dimmey’s Stores(FCA) (variety retailer) (intellectual property)
  • Mag-Tek (USA)(Letters Rogatory Examination conducted for US court) (intellectual property, IT)
  • Premier Building v Spotless Group(VSC) (building/construction, developer) (nuisance, insurance, insolvency, construction)
  • Goulburn Murray Water v Portikal(VSC) (property, water law)
  • Public Trustee of Queensland v Sgro Developments(VSC) (building/construction, developer) (injunction, property development)
  • Duke Eastern Gas Pipeline(VSC) (gas infrastructure) (contract, property)
  • Bendigo Mining NLv Greater Bendigo Gold Mining Ltd (VSC) (ASX listed gold mining company) (mining law, securities, property)
  • AWB Ltd v Agripack(FCA) (ASX listed company – primary production) (injunction)
  • Solsteel Pty Ltd v Valbruna(VSC) (stainless steel importer) (contract, international trade)
  • Ranbuild Pty Ltd v Broerson(shed manufacturer) (contract)
  • OTS Financial News Pty Ltd v ASIC(IT/internet) (securities, ASIC)
  • Elgas Ltd v Korsten Pty Ltd(contract, information technology)
  • The Opera Group Australia Ltd v United Energy(VSC) (IT consultancy) (contract)
  • Various proceedings for Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Suncorp Metway, Investec Bank, Bendigo Bank

From 04/06/2009, Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.