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Meg O'Sullivan

QUALIFICATIONS  LL.B (Hons), BA (Hons)
ADMITTED  2002    BAR  2005
CHAMBERS  ACK 2510

PHONE  9225 8544
MOBILE  0422 374215
EMAIL  meg.osullivan@vicbar.com.au

Meg O'Sullivan, LL.B (Hons), BA (Hons)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Commercial Law
  • Common Law
  • Contract
  • Environment
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Local Government
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Law
  • Public Law
  • Torts (Other Than PI)

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Experience

Meg has a busy trial and advice practice spanning commercial law, equity & trusts, property and torts. Meg appears led and unled in all state courts and tribunals and the federal court. A selection of recent cases in which Meg has acted include:

Commercial law

  • PharmX Pty Ltd v Fred IT Group Pty Ltd[2019] VSC 748 (led by Philip Solomon QC) (shareholder dispute; change-of-control)
  • PharmX Pty Ltd v Fred IT Group Pty Ltd (No 2) [2019] VSC 494 (unled) (application for dispensation from Harman obligation)
  • PharmX Pty Ltd v Fred IT Group Pty Ltd[2019] VSC 231 (led by Philip Solomon QC) (shareholder dispute; change-of-control)
  • Australian Pipe & Tube Pty Ltd v QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (No 2)[2018] FCA 1450 (led by Philip Solomon QC) (insurance; business interruption; loss of profits)
  • Advising ASIC concerning prospective breach of directors' duties proceedings;
  • Nichols & Ors v Walter Elliot Holdings Pty Ltd (VCAT C3643/2015) (ACL unfair terms)

Equity & trusts

  • IAIC v IAIC Inc[2018] VSC 413 (unled) (trusts; express trusts; resulting trusts; constructive trusts; associations and clubs)
  • McDonald v Dunscombe [2018] VSC 283 (led by Philip Solomon QC) (equity & trusts; proprietary estoppel)
  • Salkovic v Salkovic (SECI 2019 01802) (unled, settled) (equity & trusts; proprietary estoppel)

Property

Meg acts and advises in property disputes (at first instance and on appeal) including easement disputes, trespass, owners corporation cases, road & drains, and nuisance causing property damage. Examples of recent cases include:

  • Cox v McMillan [2020] VSC 11 (unled) (easements; costs).
  • Collins v Greater Geelong City Council (No 1) (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 1873 (unled) (landslip; nuisance; property damage)
  • Owners Corporation 4 PS539033E v Bensons Property Group Pty Ltd[2018] VCAT 1769 (unled) (owners corporations; commercial)
  • Collins v Greater Geelong City Council (No 2) (Building and Property) [2018] VCAT 2044 (unled) (landslip; nuisance; property damage)
  • Glen Ora v Brimbank City Council (SCI 2017 00266) (led by Adrian Finanzio SC, settled) (roads and drains)
  • Owners Corporation No 1 PS 644619K v Sofy Pty Ltd (CI 2019 01448) (unled, ongoing) (easements; owners corporations; trespass)
  • Hazelwood Power Partnership v Latrobe City Council [2016] VSCA 129 (led by Adrian Finanzio SC) (property; local government; mining; roads and drains)
  • Hazelwood Power Partnership v Latrobe City Council [2015] VSC 638(led by Adrian Finanzio SC)
  • Boerkamp v Minister for Planning[2014] VSC 167 (led by Stuart Morris QC) (standing dispute)
  • Aerolite Quarries Pty Ltd v Secretary, Department of Premier and Cabinet[2014] VSC 616 (led by Kerri Judd QC) (aboriginal heritage)

Insurance

  • Australian Pipe & Tube Pty Ltd v QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (No 2)[2018] FCA 1450 (led by Philip Solomon QC) (insurance; business interruption; loss of profits)
  • Victoria University v Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd (CI-18-05353) (unled, settled) (property damage; building and construction)

Torts

  • Meg acts for the State of Victoria (led by Philip Solomon QC and Stephen O'Meara QC) in a suite of cases concerning offending by persons on parole and by prison detainees 
  • Devon v Madgwicks & Ors[2016] FCA 875 (unled) (professional liability)
  • Owners Corporation No 1 PS 644619K v Sofy Pty Ltd (CI 2019 01448) (unled, on-going) (trespass)
  • Morrow v Heil (trespass; adverse possession)
  • Major Carpets Pty Ltd v Marandos[2018] VSCA 133 (led by Michael Wheelahan QC) (accident compensation)
  • Taseska v MSS Security Pty Ltd [2016] VSCA 193 (led by Michael Wheelahan QC) (negligence)

Consumer law

  • Insurance Replacement Rentals Pty Ltd v Mekonnon (unled) (unreported, Magistrates' Court, 15 Nov 2018) (consumer protection)
  • Nichols & Ors v Walter Elliott Holdings Pty Ltd (ACL; unfair terms)

Direct briefs and regulator work

Meg acts for regulators (presently, ASIC). She accepts direct briefs (including from in-house counsel) and briefs to advise.

Other roles

Meg is a member of the Victorian Bar Council and a former member of the Executive of the Commercial Bar Association. She is a member of the:

  • Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of the Victorian Bar;
  • Counsel committee of the Victorian Bar;
  • Pro-bono Committee of the Victorian Bar.

Background

Prior to being called to the Bar, Meg was a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons). At Mallesons, Meg's practice comprised commercial litigation and administrative law. Meg has an honours degree in Philosophy. At University, she was an accomplished mooter and debater and won the World University Debating Championships.

From 12 Feb 2009, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.