National Commercial Law Seminar Series

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About the Series

Since 2013, the Monash Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS) in the Faculty of Law, in conjunction with the Federal Court of Australia, Commercial Bar Association, Victorian Bar co-hosted seminars covering current commercial law topics. The seminars are of interest to the legal fraternity, students and the general public.

2 June 2022We need to talk about class actions!

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Rachel Doyle SC will pose a series of questions to a panel of class action experts /silks about the latest developments in the world of class actions.

Joined by the following panel of senior counsel:

  • Lachlan Armstrong QC
  • Robert Craig QC
  • Fiona Forsyth QC
  • Wendy Harris QC
  • Ruth Higgins SC
  • Cameron Moore SC
  • Bernie Quinn QC
  • Jonathon Redwood SC
  • John Sheahan QC

21 July 2021

Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of the Corporations Act

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Chair
Sam Rosewarne, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Presenters
The Honourable Justice Connock, Supreme Court of Victoria
The Honourable Associate Justice Hetyey, Supreme Court of Victoria
Professor Jennifer Hill, Bob Baxt AO Professor of Corporate and Commercial Law at Monash University Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies (CLARS)
Philip Crutchfield QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar

3 Mar 2021

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

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Chair
The Hon Justice John Middleton, Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and President of the Competition Tribunal

Presenters
Rod Sims, Chairman, ACCC
Neil Young QC, Victorian Bar

11 Nov 2020

Model Defamation Provision Amendments 2020 – much needed reform or missed opportunity?

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Chair
The Hon Justice Michael Wheelahan
Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Georgina Schoff QC, Barrister, Victoria Bar
Justin Quill, Partner, Thomson Geer
Nicholas Pullen, Partner, HWL Ebsworth

4 Mar 2020

Corporate Culture and Director Accountability

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Chair
Justice Jonathan Beach, Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Michael Borsky QC, Victorian Bar
Professor Jennifer Hill, Bob Baxt AO Chair, Monash Law
Michelle Bennett, Partner, Allens

16 Oct 2019

Recent Developments in Misleading and Unconscionable Conduct

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Chair
The Honourable Justice Michael O'Bryan
Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Monash Law School and member of the Australian Government Panel whose recommendations led to reform of the law of statutory unconscionability
Caroline Coops, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Katrina Close, Melbourne Director, Australian Government Solicitor

5 June 2019

Financial Services Law and Enforcement after the Banking Royal Commission

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Chair
The Honourable Justice Mark Moshinsky, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Lucinda Hill, Ashurst 
Catherine Button QC, Victorian Bar
Daniel Crennan QC, Deputy Chair, ASIC

6 Mar 2019

Recent Developments in Schemes of Arrangement

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Chair
The Honourable Justice Paul Anastassiou, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Greg Ahern, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Kim Demarte, Senior Specialist - Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporations, ASIC
Bruce Dyer, Counsel, Takeovers Panel

17 Oct 2018

Bad Company: Know corporate crime or your clients will do the time

Chair
The Honourable Justice David O’Callaghan Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Neil Clelland QC, Victorian Bar
Prof Jonathan, Clough Monash University, Faculty of Law
Prof Liz Campbell, Monash University, Faculty of Law

6 June 2018

Law in the digital world

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Chair
The Honourable Justice Mark M

Presenters
Cheng Lim Partner, King & Wood Mallesons 
Michael Rivette Victorian Bar
Jane Perrier Special Counsel, Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property, Telstra Corporation Limited

7 Mar 2018

International arbitration procedure and the courts

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Chair
The Honourable Justice John Middleton, Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Bronwyn Lincoln Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Chair, Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre
Dr Lisa Spagnolo, Faculty of Law. Monash University

18 Oct 2017

Quarter century of class actions in the Federal Court

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Chair
The Honourable Bernard Michael Murphy
Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Ruth Overington, Herbert Smith Freehills
Brooke Dellavedova, Maurice Blackburn
Professor Vince Morabito, Monash University

7 June 2017

Developments in Corporate Insolvency Law

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Chair
The Honourable Justice O’Callaghan
Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Adrian Brown, ASIC
Ian Walker, Brian Ward & Partners
Jonathan Evans QC, Victorian Bar

8 Mar 2017

The Flight Centre case and its implications: Competition Law

Chair
The Honourable Justice John Middleton Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenter
Wendy Peter, General Counsel ACCC
Michael O’Bryan QC, Victorian Bar
Alice Muhlebach, Victorian Bar Readers’ Course, former competition partner at Ashurst.

5 Oct 2016

Consumer and Small Business Protection

Philip Field presentation

Justin Malbon presentation

Chair
The Honourable Justice Susan Kenny, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Noelia Boscana, Special Counsel – Competition Group, Minter Ellison
Philip Field, Lead Ombudsman – Banking and Finance, Financial Ombudsman Service Australia
Professor Justin Malbon, Faculty of Law, Monash University

14 Sep 2016

An International Commercial Court for Australia

Chair
The Honourable Justice Michael Sifris, Supreme Court of Victoria

Presenters
The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC, Supreme Court of Victoria
The Honourable Justice Clyde Croft, Supreme Court of Victoria

Commentator
Paul Anastassiou QC, President, Victorian Bar Council

1 June 2016

Pitfalls in Sale of Business Event Flyer

Adrian Ryan QC, notes

Mark Robins QC, notes

Rob Jackson, presentation

Chair
The Honourable Justice Mark Moshinsky, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Adrian Ryan, QC Barrister, Victorian Bar
Mark Robins, QC Barrister, Victorian Bar
Rob Jackson, Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers

29 July 2015

Regulating competition – contrasting perspectives

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Chair:
The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies, Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters:
Michael O'Bryan QC Barrister (member of the Competition Review Panel which recently published the Harper Report)
Associate Professor John Duns, Faculty of Law, Monash University
Wendy Peter, General Counsel, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

28 Apr 2015

Securities class actions, corporate governance and liability: current issues

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Chair:
The Hon. Justice Beach Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters:
Wendy Harris QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Jonathan Clough, Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University
Priscilla Bryans, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

16 Sep 2014

Commercial Transactions in an Insolvency Context
ASIC and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions - what to expect and how to deal with them

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Chair
The Hon. Justice Michelle Gordon, Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Presenters
Michael Kingston, ASIC's Chief Legal Officer
Shane Kirne, Deputy Director of the CDPP
Ray Finkelstein, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University and Former Judge, Federal Court of Australia
Robert Strong, Barrister, Victorian Bar

7 May 2014

Things every commercial lawyer should know about judicial review

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Chair: Bruce Dyer, Partner, Ashurst and Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law, Monash University

Presenters:
The Hon. Justice Debbie Mortimer, Judge, Federal Court of Australia
Mr Peter Hanks QC, Barrister, Victorian Bar
Ms Emily Nance, Senior Executive Lawyer, Australian government Solicitor

21 Oct 2013

Unconscionability and good faith in business transactions

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Unconscionability and good faith in business transactions - presentation by Professor Bryan Horrigan (PDF, 0.25 MB)

Unconscionability and good faith in business transactions - presentation by Dr Paul Vout (PDF, 0.07 MB)

Chair
The Hon. Ray Finkelstein, Adjunct Professor, Monash Law School, former Federal Court Judge

Presenters
The Hon. Chief Justice James Allsop
Professor Bryan Horrigan
Dr Paul Vout

3 Sep 2013

Current issues in the Interpretation of Federal Legislation

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Current issues in the interpretation of federal legislation - presentation by Professor Jeffrey Goldsworthy (PDF, 0.05 MB)

Current issues in the interpretation of federal legislation - presentation by Mark Moshinsky S.C. (PDF, 0.28 MB)

Current issues in the interpretation of federal legislation - presentation by The Hon Justice Susan Kenny. (PDF, 0.06 MB)

Chair: The Hon. Chief Justice James Allsop

Presenters:
The Hon. Chief Justice James Allsop (chairing the seminar)
The Hon. Justice, Susan Kenny
Professor Jeffrey Goldsworthy
Mark Moshinsky S.C.