AREAS OF PRACTICE
I completed my Articles in 1982 at Adams Maguire (now Adams Maguire & Sier), and was called to the Bar that year. After appearing for about ten years
in the civil and criminal jurisdictions of the Magistrates’ Court and in the Family Court, I concentrated on commercial and professional negligence
litigation in the Supreme and County Courts, appearing most recently in the following matters:
Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Codovo Developments Pty Limited & Ors  VSC 122, Hycenko v Hrycenko & Anor 
VSC 112, Lombardo v Bahnan  VSC 410, Gill v Gill  VSC 250, Fato v Fato & Anor 
VSC 125, State Trustees Limited v Hassett  VSC 55, Roads Corporation v Pearse  VSC
527, Shtrambrandt & Anor v Hanscombe & Ors  VSC 102, VSC 508, Cassar v Pendergast & Anor 
VSC 559, Bernstein v Georgakakis & Anor  VSC 52 and Perpetual Trustees Australia Limited v Schmidt & Anor 
White Cleland Pty Ltd v. Burgess Properties Pty Ltd  VCC 266, Villafuerte v. Ahmed & Anor  VCC 874 and Denysenko v. Dove  VCC 7.
I have appeared on an irregular basis in the Court of Appeal, the two most recent matters being: Marijancevic v Ferraro & Anor 
VSCA 124 and Violet Homes Loans Pty Ltd v Schmidt & Anor  VSCA 56.
In more recent times, I have concentrated on succession law, both as an advocate and mediator (for which I am fully accredited). My most recent appearances
are: Re Williams, Smith v Thwaites  VSC 365, Re Mountney  VSC 364, Thompson v Thompson 
VSC 706, Bailey v Richardson  VSC 255, Re Salvana; State Trustees Ltd v Attorney-General (Vic) 
VSC 117 and Re the will of Meshakov-Korjakin (dec’d)  VSC 372.
In 2017, I completed writing “The Three Brothers – when George Washington and Edmund Barton sat down to dinner”, a historical novel about a chance
meeting between the first president of the United States and the first prime minister of Australia in a London restaurant at the time of the First
World War. It is my fourth book. Between 1974 and 1978 I taught at Strathmore High, principally Legal Studies. During my teaching career and I continuing
after I was called to the Bar, I co-authored what became the standard Legal Studies textbook for Year 12 students. The book was published in eight
editions over seventeen years. I also co-authored a Legal Studies textbook for Year 11 Students as well as the first Australian Legal Dictionary for secondary and tertiary students. In an earlier life, I was a bookmaker’s clerk and operated a small fencing staining business in partnership. My
interests are American, Australian and British history, and music (in particular the drums). I am married. I have two children and six grandchildren.
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