Louise is a highly experienced litigator with a strong background in dispute resolution in corporate and commercial law areas, particularly at Supreme Court level.
Louise joined the firm in 2010 and was appointed Partner in 2011.
Her areas of expertise include banking and finance litigation, property and commercial disputes, wills, estates and trust disputes, misleading and deceptive conduct, trade practices/competition and consumer claims.
Louise has a keen interest in senior’s rights. She was a volunteer supervisor at a Seniors Rights Legal Clinic administered by Justice Connect (formerly PILCH), and continues to receive pro-bono referrals from Justice Connect in this area.
Louise has been recognised by her peers in Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2017 – 2019), and in the 2015 edition of Doyle’s Guide as a recommended lawyer in the area of commercial litigation in Victoria.
Recent experience includes:
- Successfully acted for APS Satellite (formerly SkyMesh Pty Ltd) in a NSW Supreme Court claim that was the subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal, the claim involving a lack of fitness for purpose, lack of merchantable quality and unconscionable conduct claims under the Trade Practices Act and Australian Consumer Law. The claim was successful at first instance for APS Satellite and again on appeal. Louise is co-author of an article in relation to the proceeding: NSW Court of Appeal Clarifies Unconscionable Conduct
- Acted for Patrick Stevedores (then a subsidiary of Asciano) in a Supreme Court lease dispute against the Port of Melbourne concerning a 21 year lease and the liability to pay improvements rent and the existence or otherwise of an option. The dispute involved matters of lease construction and unconscionable conduct. The proceeding settled following judgement.
- Has acted for Westpac for over 6 years and continues to do so in matters of complex commercial recovery and general litigation matters, including acting for Westpac in relation to a $13 million pharmacy debt exposure, which involved the appointment of receivers, New South Wales Supreme Court proceedings and bankruptcy proceedings.
- Acts for Ian Morrison in his capacity as a director/trustee/executor and has done so for 6 years in multiple matters, including in a series of Supreme Court proceedings for Traparco Pty Ltd as trustee of the KW Mackenzie I Trust, where Ian and a colleague were appointed as independent directors of the corporate trustee, involving a family dispute and assets exceeding $12 million.
- Estate of Douglas Gardiner – Louise has on-going instructions in relation to a $45 million deceased estate, the subject of Supreme Court proceedings involving revocation of a grant probate, alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and lack of capacity. An aspect of that proceeding concerning standing has already been to the Court of Appeal.