Melanie practises in commercial, tort and consumer law in the Federal and State courts, with particular experience in class actions.
A sample of cases in which Melanie has appeared, in a variety of jurisdictions, both led and unled, is set out below. Melanie has also undertaken a wide variety of advice work including in commercial, consumer and administrative law.
Melanie is the Deputy Chair of the Class Actions Committee of the Commercial Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Bar, Melanie was Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Pagone (then Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court of Victoria) and subsequently Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Davies (also then a Judge of the Commercial Court of the Supreme Court).
Before commencing in law, Melanie worked as a scientific researcher, predominantly in synthetic organic chemistry.
McNickle v Huntsman Chemical Company Australia Pty Ltd & ors – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, negligence class action concerning Roundup, led by Jack Rush QC
Shimshon v MLC Nominees Pty Limited & Anor – Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing, superannuation class action, led by Nicholas Owens SC
Andrianakis v Uber Technologies Incorporated – Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing, conspiracy by unlawful means, led by David Collins QC
Turner v Bayer Australia Ltd & Ors, ongoing, product liability class action, led by Fiona Forsyth QC
Sister Marie Brigid Arthur (Litigation Representative) v Northern Territory of Australia, settled, administrative law class action, led by Dan Star QC
Court v Spotless Group Holdings Limited – Federal Court of Australia, settled, securities class action, led by Peter Collinson QC
Fernbrook (Aust) Investments Pty Ltd v AMP Limited – Federal Court of Australia, securities class action, led by Richard Attiwill QC
Fletcher v Lendlease Corporation Limited & Anor – Supreme Court of New South Wales, securities class action
Caason Investments Pty Ltd v Simon Xiao Fan Cao – Federal Court of Australia, acted for applicant in dispute with funder
Bywater v Appco Group Australia Pty Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, ongoing, employment class action, led by Kristine Hanscombe QC
Money Max Int Pty Limited v QBE Insurance Group Limited – Federal Court of Australia, settled, securities class action, led by Bernie Quinn QC
Manus Island Class Action – Kamasaee v Commonwealth & Ors
Murrindindi Black Saturday Bushfire Class Action – Rowe v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd & Ors
Kilmore Black Saturday Bushfire Class Action – Matthews v AusNet Electricity Services Pty Ltd & Ors
Earglow Pty Ltd v Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd – Federal Court of Australia, securities class action (settled), led by Julian Burnside QC and Lachlan Armstrong
Commercial and Consumer Law
Cargill Australia Ltd v Viterra Malt Pty Ltd – Supreme Court of Victoria, ongoing, sale of business, led by Richard Attiwill QC
IOOF Holdings Limited v Maurice Blackburn Pty Limited – Supreme Court of Victoria, settled, confidentiality in whistleblower documents, led by Richard Attiwill QC and Fiona Forsyth
Nimbona v Magnaye – County Court of Victoria, settled, misleading and deceptive conduct
GW & BR Crameri Pty Ltd v Byford Equipment Pty Ltd – County Court of Victoria, settled, contractual dispute
Bennett v Reid – County Court of Victoria, contractual and partnership dispute, settled
Noone, Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria v Operation Smile (Australia) Inc & Ors (No 2)  VSC 153 – Misleading and deceptive conduct, led by Alex Richards QC
Administrative and Migration Law
Deborah Glass (Ombudsman) v President of the Legislative Council and the Attorney-General for the State of Victoria  VSC 507 – Scope of powers under s 16 of the Ombudsman Act 1973 (Vic), led by Peter Hanks QC
MZAIR v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCA 1316 – Appeal
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v Kaur  FCA 1384 – Appeal
Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry 2015 – Investigation into increased incidence of deaths (report available at http://hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au/201516-report/volume-ii-investigations-into-2009-2014-deaths)
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