Adam Rollnik Portrait 2019

Adam Rollnik

Bar roll 2010 Admitted 2001
  • Commercial Law Employment & Industrial
  • Tort Law
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Adam Rollnik practises in commercial law

Adam Rollnik practises in commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration.

Adam is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has particular expertise in contractual disputes, real property law, commercial arbitration (international and domestic), building and construction (including security of payment), large infrastructure disputes, owners corporations, commercial leasing, franchising, contract of employment and insurance.  

Adam is a former lecturer in torts law at Monash University and has taught advocacy at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.  

Previously, Adam was a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons in Perth and Melbourne, and worked for Ashurst in Melbourne and London.  He accepts briefs direct from in-house counsel.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 16 Room 4

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Consumer Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Energy & Resources
  • Residential & Retail Tenancies
  • Real Property
Employment & Industrial
  • Employment Contracts
Tort Law
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence



Master of Laws

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Applied Science



Western Australia

Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Supreme Court - Court of Appeal

Commercial Building: Grocon Constructors (Victoria) Pty Ltd v APN DF2 Project 2 Pty Ltd [2015] VSCA 190 – dispute about the interpretation of a commercial building contract. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Security of Payment: Saville v Hallmarc Construction Pty Ltd [2015] VCSA 318 – whether payment claim made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 was made within time. Led by Mark Robins QC and instructed by Kliger Partners.

Supreme Court

Arbitration – challenge to arbitrator’s jurisdiction to make further award: Mitchell Water Australia Pty Ltd v McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 753 – Acting for McConnell Dowell in its long-running dispute with Mitchell Water about the construction of a significant liquified natural gas pipeline in Queensland. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Pinsent Masons. 

Real property: Acting for property developer (and purchaser of land) in dispute with vendor in connection with alleged breach by vendor of contract of sale of land. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Real property – contaminated land: Acting for Peter J Ramsay & Associates Pty Ltd in its dispute with Amcor Limited and Orora Limited in relation to the provision of an environmental site audit and contaminated land. Led by Suresh Senathirajah QC and instructed by Wotton + Kearney.

Real Property: Dai v Liu [2018] VSC 189 – acted for vendor of real property in dispute with purchasers – validity of nomination clause – equitable interest of undisclosed purchaser and alleged constructive trust. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth. 

Contract: Dana Spicer (Thailand) Ltd v GA & L Harrington Pty Ltd – breach of contract - defective motor vehicle parts which led to national vehicle recall. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Commercial Leasing: Camperdown Dairy International Pty Ltd v The Camperdown Cheese Company Ltd [2016] VSC 693 –commercial lease and contractual dispute. Led by David Collins QC and instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Major Projects: Melbourne Water Corporation v Aurecon Australia Pty Ltd – alleged defects at the Eastern Treatment Plant. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Gilchrist Connell.  Matter settled prior to trial at mediation. 

Insurance: Bupa Australia Pty Ltd v Shaw – contract of insurance and insurer’s refusal to pay out under policy. Instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler. 

Statutory Demand: United Petroleum Pty Ltd v McGrathNicol Advisory [2017] VSC 239 – application to set aside a statutory demand. Instructed by Sewell & Kettle. 

Commercial Building: Roman Catholic Trusts Corporation v Knox City Council – large, multi-party construction dispute. Instructed by Minter Ellison. Matter settled prior to trial. 

Corporations and Securities: Groves v Austock Securities Limited – alleged failure by broker to sell shares when instructed by shareholder. Led by Philip Crutchfield and instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler. Matter settled prior to trial. 

Legal Professional Privilege: Acted for property investment company in connection with a dispute about legal professional privilege and waiver of privilege. 

Winding up application: Acted for directors of a company in opposition to a liquidator’s insolvent trading claim under s 588G of the Corporations Act. 

Breach of contract: JRC Enterprises Pty Ltd v Zoomlion Australia-New Zealand Pty Ltd – liability for supply of crane. Instructed by Norton Gledhill. 

International / Commercial Arbitration

International ICC arbitration: Acting for an overseas claimant  contracted to engineer, procure and construct components used in the processing of natural gas at the Blaydin Point processing facility in Darwin. The overseas claimant claimed significant sums outstanding upon the delivery of the processing components and the respondent alleged defects in construction and delay costs. Led by Jeff Gleeson QC and instructed by Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Perth).

Domestic ACICA arbitration: Acting for builder (claimant) in dispute with developer of large infrastructure project in South Australia. Led by B Walker SC and Elliot Hyde, instructed by King & Wood Mallesons.

International arbitration: Acted for an oil company in an international arbitration concerning the alleged repudiation of a charter party contract in relation to a floating oil platform. Led by John Digby QC (prior to his Honour’s appointment to the Supreme Court) and instructed by King & Wood Mallesons.

Domestic arbitration: Acted for telecommunications and utility provider in dispute with a supplier of telecommunications goods and services. Led by John Digby QC (prior to his Honour’s appointment to the Supreme Court) and instructed by Norton Gledhill.

​Federal Court

Franchising: Boccabella & Smith Pty Ltd v Swim Loops Pty Ltd – termination of franchise agreement. Instructed by in-house counsel for Swim Loops Pty Ltd.

Services Contract: Architecture HQ Pty Ltd v Propertylinc Pty Ltd – contract for services. Led by Ed Heerey QC and Instructed by CLP Lawyers. Matter settled prior to trial.

Corporations and Securities: Holmes v Quinte Holdings Pty Ltd – opposition to a winding up application. Instructed by Atanaskovic Hartnell.

County Court

Security of Payment: SJ Higgins Pty Ltd v The Bays Healthcare Group Inc [2018] VCC 805 – acted for defendant to claim made under the Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic). Instructed by Macpherson Kelley Lawyers.

Contract: Murray v Wylie – dispute about the interpretation of terms of an agreement, and termination of agreement. Instructed by Minter Ellison.

Security of Payment: Hercules Car Parking Systems (Victoria) Pty Ltd v MAV Group Commercial Pty Ltd – application for judgment under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic). Instructed by Frenkel Partners.

Security of payment: Valeo Construction Pty Ltd v 232 Bay Street Pty Ltd – application for judgement under the Security of Payment Act 2002 (Vic). Instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Trademarks and misleading or deceptive conduct: The Barry Plant Group Pty Ltd v FP and KH Enterprises Pty Ltd – unauthorised use of trademarks and misleading or deceptive conduct – application for injunction. Instructed by M&K Lawyers Group Pty Ltd.

Trademarks: Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd v Automotive Retail Group Pty Ltd – dispute about use of a trade mark. Led by Gerard Meehan and Instructed by Rothwell Lawyers.

Misleading conduct: Acted for a financial services firm defending an allegation of misleading or deceptive conduct.

Franchising: United Petroleum Franchise Pty Ltd v Gold Fuels Pty Ltd [2016] VCC 292 – dispute between franchisee and franchisor in relation to the termination of a franchise agreement and claim for damages for breach of contract. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Franchising: Hungry Jack’s Australia Pty Ltd v TLC Company Pty Ltd – termination of franchise agreement. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth. Matter settled part-way through trial.

Franchising: Wendy’s Supa Sundaes Pty Ltd v Lin & Hu Investment Pty Ltd – franchise dispute. Instructed by Portfolio Law Pty Ltd.

Adverse possession: Lew v Brough – Acted for landowner in claim for adverse possession of land. Instructed by SBA Law.

Wills and estates: acted for children claiming maintenance under the Administration and Probate Act (Vic)

Federal Magistrates Court

Employment law: The Director of the Fair Building Industry Inspectorate v Linkhill Pty Ltd (No.3) [2013] FMCA 165 (12 Mar 2013), led by Simone Bingham – dispute about whether workers were independent contractors or employees.

Bankruptcy: Acted for a bankrupt in the Federal Magistrates’ Court re: the validity of a sequestration order.

​Magistrates Court

Contract law: Acting for Open Developments Pty Ltd in its dispute with AHB Australia Pty Ltd in connection with the alleged breach of a commission agreement. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Employment law: Hall v Manark Printing Pty Ltd (10 December 2013) – claim for unpaid commissions against former employer and claim of misappropriation of intellectual property. Instructed by Rigby Cooke.

Corporations and Securities: Unfair preference claim brought by a liquidator. Instructed by Sewel & Kettle.

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Owners Corporations: Owners Corporation No. 4 and 5 v Bensons Property Group Pty Ltd & Roscon Property Services Pty Ltd – ongoing dispute about the efficacy of a facilities management agreement entered into by the developer with a facilities management company. Instructed by Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Owners Corporations / Water Act: Acting for owners corporations defending claim brought by lot owners alleging breach of the Water Act 1989 and breach of the Owners Corporations Act 2006.  Instructed by Terrill & Holmes Lawyers.

Domestic Building: Acting for developer in dispute with builder in connection with alleged defective building work and counterclaim for quantum meruit. Instructed by Frenkel Partners.

Domestic Building: Acting for builder in dispute with property owner in connection with alleged defective building work and contractual indemnity. Instructed by Frenkel Partners.

Owners Corporation / domestic building: Acted for project management company in connection with the construction of residential apartment complex comprising 20 apartments and claim by owners corporation for allegedly defective construction works. Instructed by Carter Newell Lawyers.

Owners Corporations: TM Facilities Management Pty Ltd v Owners Corporation No.1 PS646634D – termination of building management agreement by owners corporation and claim for damages for breach of contract. Instructed by Purpose Law.

Owners Corporations: O’Donnell v Owners Corporation PS443848P – dispute about an owners corporations’ obligations under the Owners Corporations Act 2006 (Vic). Instructed by Wotton + Kearney.

Owners Corporations: - Lawandi v Owners Corporation 21842D [2015] VCAT 1810 – power of Owners Corporations to make rules under the Owners Corporation Act 2006. Instructed by Norton Gledhill.

Domestic Building: Zaitsev v Urbanworks Group Pty Ltd – domestic building dispute involving 10 parties and claims in excess of $4M. Acting for insured party and instructed by Gilchrist Connell.

Domestic building: Cajkusic v Armak Constructions Pty Ltd – domestic building dispute. Instructed by Hassall’s Litigation Services.

Domestic building: Doyle v R & P Trevorrow Pty Ltd [2014] VCAT 1036 – failure to comply with settlement agreement.

Domestic building: Owners Corporation Plan 518857 v Lynchpin Constructions Pty Ltd – alleged defects in residential apartments.

Construction:  Owners Corporation 1 PS537642N v Hickory Group Pty Ltd – building defects at holiday resort ($7M claim). Led by Craig Harrison QC and instructed by Piper Alderman.

Commercial Leasing: The Gallery Bar & Grill Pty Ltd v Freilich Nepean Pty Ltd [2017] VCAT 720 – dispute about the terms of a commercial lease. Instructed by Frenkel Partners.

Professional costs: Carmelli v Marando [2012] VCAT 1900 – claim by solicitor for payment of professional fees.

Retail Tenancy: Versus (Aus) Pty Ltd v A.N.H Nominees Pty Ltd [2011] VCAT 2273 – late payment of rent and defects. Instructed by HWL Ebsworth.

Jurisdiction: Sansome v Urban Renewal Authority of Victoria – whether VCAT had jurisdiction to hear a dispute about access to telecommunications infrastructure. Instructed by K&L Gates.


26 February 2018

Commercial Law Update - Security of Payment Act may apply to residential developments by single venture companies

04 October 2017

Intellectual Property Update - Opposing trade mark registration: are the trade marks “substantially identical”?

31 August 2017

Commercial Law Update - Leave to appeal VCAT decisions

19 June 2017

Commercial Law Update - Setting aside a statutory demand: when is a dispute “genuine”?

03 March 2014

Commercial Law Update - Security of payment in Victoria: payment claims, adjudication & court intervention

03 December 2012

Intellectual Property Law Update - TicTac box rejected as a trademark: Ferrero S.p.A

01 November 2012

Intellectual Property Law Update - Opposition to "Dickie Peacock" trade mark rejected

01 May 2012

Intellectual Property Law Update: Damages for breach of copyright - does the punishment fit the crime?

03 October 2011

Commercial Law Update - Contracts and restitution: termination for anticipatory breach

03 April 2011

Contracts and Restitution - limitations to binding the State

01 January 2011

'When is possession adverse' (2011) 85 ALJ 71

01 March 2009

'Termination for breach of contract' (Mar-May 2009) Commercial Law Quarterly 3

01 December 2008

'Application of Victoria's Proportionate Liability Regime to Settled Claims' - Building Dispute Practitioner's Society News, Dec 2008

01 June 2008

'No duty of care owed by draftsman to owner': Building Dispute Practitioners Society News, June 2008

01 April 2003

'Copying DVDs - is that legal?': Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin 15 (10) April 2003

01 February 2003

'Patent Law Change - A New Grace Period': Australasian Biotechnology 13 (1) Feb/Mar 2003


Society of Construction Law

Building Disputes Practitioner’s Society

Commercial Bar Association - Arbitration & ADR

Commercial Bar Association - Building & Construction

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators