AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Commercial Law
- Contract Disputes
- Intellectual Property
- Professional Negligence
- Land Valuation
Helen practises in all areas of commercial law, and has appeared and advised in a variety of commercial matters, including insurance, professional negligence, contract, construction, trade practices, and corporations litigation. Helen has also appeared in both international and domestic commercial arbitration.
Recent commercial litigation experience includes the following:
Leckenby v Note Printing Australia Limited  VSCA 105;  VSC 538 – claim by CEO for indemnity for legal costs from company (led by Rodney Garratt QC).
Love v Commonwealth Bank of Australia  VCC 1653 – duties of a mortgagee, land valuation (led by Jim Delany QC).
Johnston v Endeavour Energy  NSWSC 117 – representative proceeding, power of insurer to opt out insured, doctrines of subrogation and dominis litis (led by Lachlan Armstrong QC).
Akron Roads (in liq.) v Crewe Sharp & Ors  VSC 34 – application by liquidators to join insurer as defendant (led by David O’Callaghan QC).
Newstart 123 Pty Ltd v Billabong International Limited (ongoing) FCA – shareholder class action (led by Charles Scerri QC with Catherine Button).
BC Iron Nullagine Pty Ltd v Watpac Civil and Mining Pty Ltd (ongoing) WASC – contractual dispute (led by Brahma Dharmananda SC).
Timbercorp Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) v various defendants (ongoing) VSC – managed investment scheme, recovery of loan book (led by David Batt QC with Charles Parkinson).
McCormack v Holding Redlich (settled mid trial) VSC – allegations of breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against a firm of solicitors (led by Philip Crutchfield QC).
Esperance Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Granite Hill Pty Ltd  WASC 279 – claim for damages for trespass (led by David O’Callaghan QC).
REA Group Ltd v Real Estate 1 Limited  FCA 559 – trademark infringement, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct (led by Graeme Clarke QC).
Mills Oakley Lawyers Pty Ltd v Huon Property Holdings Pty Ltd  VSC 39 – defence of professional negligence allegations against a firm of solicitors (led by Tony Nolan QC).
De Brett Seafood Pty Ltd v Qantas Airways Limited (settled) – FCA – representative proceeding, trade practices (led by Bernie Quinn QC).
Recent arbitration experience includes the following:
UNCITRAL Arbitration re base pricing provision of coal mining contract (Singapore) - contract pricing review (led by Alan Archibald QC and David Batt QC with Tamieka Spencer-Bruce)
UNCITRAL Arbitration re operating issues arising pursuant to coal mining contract (Singapore) (led by David Batt QC with Albert Dinelli)
UNCITRAL Arbitration re construction of gas pipeline (Perth) (led by Brahma Dharmananda SC with Eric Heenan)
Immediately prior to joining the Bar, Helen was an associate to the Honourable Justice Jessup in the Federal Court of Australia. Helen has experience in private practice as a solicitor in Australia (at Minter Ellison) and London (at Clyde & Co LLP), and as an in-house solicitor at ITV plc (the United Kingdom’s largest commercial television network).
Helen holds a first class honours degree from Monash University (ranked fourth on the final honours list). She was awarded the Academic Prize for the best result in Contract Law, the Sir Charles Lowe Prize for the best senior advocate in the Monash University Mooting Competition, and the Australian Advocacy Institute Prize for the best result in the Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot (Vienna) (the world's largest private international law moot).
Helen is a reporter for the Commonwealth Law Reports.
Helen is also a member of the Western Australian Bar and maintains chambers at Francis Burt Chambers in Perth.
*liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation