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Renee Sion

QUALIFICATIONS  LL.B, BBus (Mgmt)
ADMITTED  2003    BAR  2006
CHAMBERS  ODW 1716B

PHONE  9225 6808
MOBILE  0412 212 988
EMAIL  reneesion@vicbar.com.au

Renee Sion, LL.B, BBus (Mgmt)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Administrative Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Building and Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Computers / IT
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Corporations
  • Defamation
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Franchising
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Professional Negligence
  • Securities
  • Sports Law
  • Trade Practices

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Experience

Renee is an experienced trial and appellate advocate with a broad practice incorporating general commercial and contractual disputes, consumer law, media and defamation, and merits review. Renee also has experience at inquiries.

Renee regularly appears for both plaintiffs and defendants in defamation actions and claims for injurious falsehood. She advises on pre-litigation strategy including choice of jurisdiction, having regard to factors such as the nature and extent of publication and whether a jury or non-jury trial is appropriate. She is experienced in managing defamatory disputes arising from publications in national print publications as well as online and social media including Twitter and Facebook.

Renee represents clients in a breadth of consumer protection matters under the Australian Consumer Law including claims for misleading or deceptive conduct, false or misleading representations, unconscionable conduct, and unfair contract terms.

Before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Renee has unparalleled experience acting on behalf of Registered Training Organisations and Higher Education Providers. She regularly advises and appears at stay hearings, dismissal applications and final hearings.

A sample of cases in which Renee has appeared in a variety of jurisdictions, both led and unled, is set out below.

Defamation

Merits Review (Administrative Appeals Tribunal)

  • Kontea Pty Ltd v Tertiary Education Skills Quality Authority (AAT) (2020) (junior to Fiona McLeod SC) (under review).
  • Australian College of Education and Training v Australian Skills Quality Authority (AAT) (2020) (under review) .
  • Kontea Pty Ltd v Australian Skills Quality Authority (AAT) (2019) (settled).
  • Cogninet Resource Corner Pty Ltd v Australian Skills Quality Authority [2019] AATA 5165 (29 November 2019) .
  • Australian Institute of Technical Training v Australian Skills Quality Authority (AAT) (2019).
  • Methodist Ladies College v Secretary Chief Executive Centrelink 2018/M/130721 (Review of ABSTUDY payments to Methodist Ladies College) (2019).
  • Quality Training and Development Pty Ltd v Australian Skills Quality Authority (Interlocutory hearing dismissal) (2019).
  • Berkeley College Pty Ltd v Australian Skills Quality Authority (Stay hearing) (2019).
  • Bandicoot Group v Australian Skills Quality Authority (Stay hearing) (2019).
  • Banwell and Comcare (Compensation) [2016] AATA 30 (28 January 2016).

Commercial, Contractual and Consumer Law

Disciplinary Proceedings

Inquiries

Renee is a member of the Commercial Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association.She read with Georgina Schoff QC and her senior mentor is William Houghton QC. Renee has had two readers – Geoff Lake (2018) and Sanjay Schrapel (2020).

Before coming to the Bar, Renee practised in the Dispute Resolution group at Phillips Fox (now DLA) and Cornwall Stodart.

From 01 Jul 2016, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.