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, misleading and deceptive conduct, injunctions – primarily in the Supreme and Federal Courts, shareholders trust and partnership issues, trade practices/competition and consumer claims, and wills and estates disputes.
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 Reorganisation Law (2017 & 2018) and in the 2015 edition of Doyle’s Guide as a recommended lawyer in the area of commercial litigation in Victoria.
Recent experience includes:
- Acted for Alcoa in Supreme Court of Victoria litigation against a number of AGL Loy Yang related companies, concerning an electricity hedging agreement the parties had entered into. The hedging agreement hedged the spot price for electricity in the National Electricity Market for a specific load for a period of 22 years. Alcoa sought declarations as to the meaning of certain clauses in the hedging agreement, which related to the Point Henry aluminium smelter. The proceeding settled at a court ordered mediation, with the parties mutually agreeing to terminate the hedging agreement.
- Acting for Westpac in relation to a A$13m farm debt exposure, which involved the appointment of agents for Westpac, successful Supreme Court injunction proceedings to prevent the dissipation of funds and ultimately a negotiated settlement.
- Acting for Westpac in relation to a substantial debt exposure in relation to a customer who held a property portfolio. This instruction included the appointment of receivers and addressing issues arising out of leases and contracts of sale.